– A publication of the Sounding Board, Inc.

The Sounding Board is an all-volunteer non-profit organization that presents folk music concerts at the Sounding Board Coffeehouse on most Saturdays from September through May, in addition to publishing this newsletter. Sounding Board members receive the printed version of the newsletter in the mail, as well as discounts in admission to our concerts as indicated in the listings below. Become a member of the Sounding Board.

Most concerts are held at The Universalist Church of West Hartford, 433 Fern Street, West Hartford, CT. Wheelchair accessible. Concerts start at 8:00 P.M. Doors open at 7:00 P.M., and reservations are held until 7:45 P.M. Admission prices are noted below for each concert. Unless otherwise noted, admission for children 12 and under is $8.00. Note our new student admission prices as shown for each concert; for high school through college age, show your student ID at the door. Admission may be paid by cash or check. You may also purchase advance tickets for all Sounding Board concerts online (through simply click the "Buy Advance Tickets" button for each concert listed below.

For reservations or more information, please email (Note: If you do not have email call Janet at 860-635-7685.) Reservations must be made before 4:00 p.m. the day of the show, either by phone or email.

Directions: From I-84, take the "Park Road, West Hartford Center" exit. Turn right at the end of the long exit ramp, then turn left immediately at the light onto Trout Brook Drive. Go straight through the first three traffic lights (Boulevard, Memorial Road, and Farmington Avenue), then turn left at the next traffic light onto Fern Street. The Universalist Church is a short way down on the left hand side of the road. Turn into the driveway just before the church and park in the lot behind the church. Enter through side doors.

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The Sounding Board begins its fall season on September 6th

Bill Staines

September 6, 2014: BILL STAINES

One of the most durable and beloved singers on the folk music scene today, Bill Staines has 26 recordings to his credit and has written more than 300 songs. Composer David Amram once described Bill as "a modern day Stephen Foster. His music will be around a 100 years from now." An intimate, compelling performer, he mixes traditional tunes with his own contemporary folk ballads. His humorous tales of life on the road and observations of everyday people provide an entertaining blend of story and song. $17 general, $15 members, $10 students with ID.

September 13, 2014: DAVID MALLETT

From a small town in rural Maine, David Mallett’s music has traveled to all corners of the world. His songs have been recorded by more than 150 artists, including Pete Seeger, Emmylou Harris, even the Muppets. His Garden Song has become an American folk classic. He has recorded 14 albums. The latest, Greening Up, is a compilation of 12 of his nature tunes to benefit the Maine Farmland Trust, which preserves farmland from development. $20 general, $18 members, $10 students with ID.

David Mallett

Roy Zimmerman

September 20, 2014: ROY ZIMMERMAN

Roy Zimmerman skewers the issues of the day with his voice and guitar. The Los Angeles Times has said that “Zimmerman displays a lacerating wit and keen awareness of society’s foibles that brings to mind a latter-day Tom Lehrer. Tom Lehrer has thanked him for “reintroducing literacy to comedy songs.” With 12 CDs over 20 years, Roy has brought the sting of satire to the search for peace and social justice. He’s a regular blogger for The Huffington Post, and has shared the stage with many comedy luminaries including George Carlin, Bill Maher, and Andy Borowitz. $20 general & members, $12 students with ID.

September 27, 2014: SUSAN WERNER

Dubbed by NPR as the “Empress of the Unexpected,” singer-songwriter Susan Werner pays tribute to her Iowa farm roots with her new albun, Hayseed. lending her wry humor to American agriculture. With lyrics as sharp as thistles, and music that is homemade and hoppin’, Werner continues her reign as one of the most bold and creative forces on today’s acoustic music scene. The Chicago Tribute has called her “one of the most innovative songwriters working today.” $23 general, $21 members, $12 students with ID, $10 children.

Susan Werner

Sally Rogers and Claudia Schmidt


Over four decades, Claudia Schmidt has recorded 14 albums of mostly original songs, exploring folk, blues, and jazz idioms. Sally Rogers specializes in traditional folk, old-timey and children’s music on guitar, banjo, and dulcimer. Together, they’ve created a CD called Evidence of Happiness, a whimsical combination of traditional songs, Sally and Claudia’s own compositions, and a few wonderful contemporary pieces, all sung with tight harmonies by the soaring voices of these veterans of the folk world. $17 general, $15 members, $10 students with ID.

October 11, 2014: GIDEON FREUDMANN

Folk, Blues and Jazz Cello - Composer and electric cellist Gideon Freudmann enjoys an international reputation for his innovative compositions and unique style of playing. His art is inspired by classical, modern, jazz, and blues traditions, and his music is both immediately accessible and richly detailed. The Boston Globe said of him, “Taking a modern artist's approach to the four-stringed instrument, Gideon Freudmann has brought the cello to a new realm.” $17 general, $15 members, $10 students with ID.

Gideon Freudmann

The Hanging Hills

The Zolla Boys


First time at The Sounding Board! The Hanging Hills are a rocky outcropping overlooking the city of Meriden as well as an indie folk-rock band who got their start there in 2012. They were a finalist in the Best New Band and Song of the Year categories at the 3rd Annual Connecticut Music Awards earlier this year.

The Zolla Boys are a hot bluegrass duo that has been wowing audiences in their hometown of Torrington and throughout Southern New England. Oh, and did we mention that they have to ask their parents for a ride to this show. Neither Zolla Boy is old enough to drive yet. $16 general, $14 members, $10 students with ID.

Watch this video of The Hanging Hills!

Watch this video of the Zolla Boys!

The Sounding Board will be closed on October 25, 2014.

November 1, 2014: MODERN MAN

Back despite public demand, Modern Man brings a unique blend of comedy and music to The Sounding Board in a not-to-be-missed performance. Founded in 1998 by Rob Carlson, George Wurzbach, and David Buskin, Modern Man went on to record three critically acclaimed CDs and performed throughout the US and Canada until 2009. Reunited after a five-year hiatus, get set for a night of quirky musical humor. $17 general, $15 members, $10 students with ID.

Modern Man

The Sounding Board will be closed on November 8, 2014.

John McCutcheon

November 15, 2014: JOHN McCUTCHEON

An American folk music legend, critically acclaimed songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and master of the hammered dulcimer, John McCutcheon has recorded 34 albums during his lengthy career. Well-known for his politically and socially conscious songs, critics have described his music as "little feats of magic," "breathtaking in their ease and grace...," and "like a conversation with an illuminating old friend." This show will sell out and advanced tickets are recommended. $22 general, $20 members, $12 students with ID.


"Amy's voice hits you like a refreshing warm breeze… as warm as her personality, and perfectly suited to bluegrass, country, as well as any style she cares to sing." according to British Bluegrass News. It's going to be a night to recapture the roots and to return to the simple yet endearing sounds of traditional country music when Amy and her band, Stillwaters, take the Sounding Board stage. $17 general, $15 members, $10 students with ID.

Amy Gallatin

Vance Gilbert

November 29, 2014: VANCE GILBERT

Vance Gilbert burst onto the singer/songwriter scene in the early 1990s when the buzz started spreading in Boston’s folk clubs about an ex-multicultural art teacher who was knockin’ ‘em dead at open mics. Eight albums later, Vance continues to refine his unlikely union of humor and musicianship, tempered with a lot of the unexpected. His catchy melodies support keenly crafted lyrics. Dirty Linen magazine has placed him “…among the quintessential musical poets.” $18 general, $16 members, $10 students with ID, $8 children.

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Branford Folk Music Society, First Congregational Church, 1009 Main Street, Branford, CT. 8:00 p.m. For more information call 203-488-7715. Email: Web:
Sep. 13 - Finest Kind
Oct. 11 - Diane Taraz
Nov. 8 - The Honey Dewdrops
Dec. 13 - Pete Rushevsky Klezmer Ensemble

Concert Happenings in Ridgefield's Parks (CHIRP), a series of free summer concerts in Ballard Park located in the heart of Ridgefield, CT. 7:00 p.m. Rain venue for most concerts will be the Ridgefield Playhouse (call 203-431-2760 after 4:00 p.m. to confirm location). The series is co-sponsored by The Town of Ridgefield through the Parks & Recreation Dept. and The Ridgefield Press. Web:
Aug. 19 - Ruthie Foster
Aug. 21 - The Wiyos
Aug. 26 - Max Baca & Los Texmaniacs
Aug. 28 – Alexis P. Suter Band

More information and tickets available on-line at
Sep. 14 - Martyn Joseph, at St. Stephen's North Hall, 351 Main Street, Ridgefield, CT. 4:00 p.m.

We sing from the Sacred Harp every Tuesday from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. in Room B01 of Stoeckel Hall on the campus of Yale University, 469 College Street, New Haven, CT. (Call to confirm location.) All are welcome. For more information:

For tickets, directions and information: or Chris at 203-430-6020.
Aug. 24 - The Dale Ann Bradley Band, 2:30 p.m. at Spaceland Ballroom, 295 Treadwell St. Hamden, CT.

68 1/2 Quinnipiac St.,Wallingford, CT. For more information call 203-213-2512 or 203-626-5560. If no one answers leave a message. Web: Facebook:
Sep. 20 - Brian McDonald and Steve Vozzolo with songs of peace love and civil rights

Old-timey music jam at The Pine Loft Cafe, 1474 Berlin Turnpike, Berlin, CT. No summer jams. See you in September. For more information:

All Souls Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 19 Jay Street, New London, CT. 7:30 p.m. For more information or to reserve or purchase tickets visit
Sep. 19 - Sound of Silence: Simon & Garfunkel Tribute, 7:30 p.m.

300 Main Street, Old Saybrook, CT. (Partial listing.) For tickets call 877-503-1286. Web:
Sep. 18 - The New Christy Minstrels, 7:30 p.m.

605 Main Street, Middletown, CT. For more information call 860-347-4957. (Partial listing.) Email: Web:
First Thursdays - Open Mic with Bob Gotta, 6:30 p.m. sign-up

Come to sing the harmonies that form the basis of the "high lonesome sound" of Bluegrass and Southern Mountain ballads. Voices only, no instruments. Loaner books provided. More information at

On the corner of Routes 44, 169, and 97, Pomfret, CT. 8:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted. 860-928-1562. Web:
Aug. 23 - RealTime Sax Quartet
Aug. 30 - Atwater-Donnelly
Sep. 5 - Open Mic - Jacob Haller, 7:30 pm
Sep. 6 - Original Jelly Roll Soul
Sep. 12 - Hootenanny/Sessions - Lisa Martin Hosts, 7:00 pm
Sep. 13 - Hugh Blumenfeld
Sep. 20 - Meg Hutchinson
Sep. 27 - Sally Rogers & Claudia Schmidt

Open Mike on the fourth Thursday of each month, at the Song-a-Day Music Center, 2809 Boston Tpk (Rt. 44), Coventry, CT. 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Proceeds benefit Knights outreach programs. Refreshments available. All type of music, spoken word welcome. RJ (Ruth & Jim) are your hosts. Ruth O'Neil & Jim Hammitt, Song-a-Day Music Center, 860-742-6878,

The last Monday of every month, for an acoustic open mic at the Wood Memorial Library and Museum, 783 Main Street, South Windsor, CT. 6:00-6:30 sign up. All forms of music welcome. A piano is available. Hosted by flutist Minta White. For more information call the library on Monday or Thursday: 860-289-1783.

Meeting House Sing-Along, usually second Saturday of each month, 2:00-5:00 p.m. at the Unitarian Society of Hartford, 50 Bloomfield Ave., Hartford, CT. For more information contact Ed Savage at edsavage(atsign) or phone 860-233-9897 (Meeting House office).

Traditional Irish Music Jam Session every Wednesday night, 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. at McKinnon's Irish Pub, 114 Asylum St., Hartford, CT. No charge. All Celtic players, singers and dancers invited. Weekly special guests. 860-524-8174

The Firebox Restaurant, 539 Broad St., Hartford, CT. 5:00-8:00 p.m. 203-650-3492.
Aug. 24 - Hot Mustard
Sep. 7 - The Gather Rounders
Sep. 21 - Patuxent Partners

Wilde Auditorium (W) or Millard Auditorium (M), University of Hartford, 200 Bloomfield Ave. (Rte. 189), West Hartford, CT. Celtic Airs is sponsored by WWUH and is a benefit series for WWUH. For tickets call 800-274-8587 or 860-768-4228. Web:
Oct. 18 - North Sea Gas, 7:30 p.m. (W)

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The Universalist Church of West Hartford, 433 Fern Street, West Hartford, CT. 8:00 p.m. For information or reservations email: or call Janet at 860-635-7685. Web:
Sep. 6 - Bill Staines
Sep. 13 - David Mallett
Sep. 20 - Roy Zimmerman
Sep. 27 - Susan Werner

41 Bridge Street, Collinsville, CT. Partial listing. 860-693-9762.
Oct. 16 - Janis Ian, 8:00 p.m.

20 Greenwoods Road West (Rte. 44), Norfolk, CT. (Partial listing.) 866-666-6306. Web:
Oct. 8 - B.B. King, at The Warner Theatre, 8:00 p.m. Tickets will be sold through the Warner Theatre's Box Office: 860-489-7180. Web:

An informal monthly gathering of local folk musicians, including but not limited to players of mountain dulcimer, autoharp, bamboo pipe, bowed psaltery, hammered dulcimer, recorder and others. Varying skill levels, all invited. Meets at 2:00-5:00 p.m. first Saturdays of the month at The Farmington Inn, Route 4, Farmington, CT (I-84 exit 39, Route 4 West). $15 annual dues. Info regarding local dulcimer teachers is available. Contact Don Moore 860-242-3003 or for information. Web:

549 Broad Street, Cumberland, RI. For reservations call 401-725-9272. Web:
Sep. 14 - Cassie & Maggie MacDonald / Brendan Carey Block Band, 7:00 p.m.
Sep. 20 - The Alt (John Doyle - Nuala Kennedy And Eamon O'Leary), 8:00 p.m.
Sep. 21 - Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas, 7:00 p.m.
Sep. 27 - The Bohemian Quartet, 8:00 p.m.
Oct. 4 - North Sea Gas, 8:00 p.m.
Oct. 11 - Tannahill Weavers, 8:00 p.m.
Oct. 17 - Väsen - 25th Anniversary Tour, 8:00 p.m.
Oct. 25 - Paddy Keenan, 8:00 p.m.

The Nacul Center, 592 Main St., Amherst, MA. For more information call Paul Kaplan, 413-687-5002. Web:
Sep. 6 - Cliff Eberhardt, 7:00 p.m.

The Pioneer Valley Folklore Society presents a Song and Story Swap on the first Saturday of each month (except July and August), 7:00 p.m. at The Nacul Center, 592 Main St., Amherst, MA. Open to the public, free of charge with donations accepted. People of all ages gather to share stories and songs that are traditional, newly written, or of personal experiences. You can tell, sing, or lead everyone in singing, or request a song or story. Listeners are welcome. For more information contact Paul Kaplan, 413-687-5002. Web:

The first Friday of each month at 8:00 to 11:00 p.m. at St. James Church, at the intersection of Rte. 116 and June Rd., North Salem, NY. All acoustic folk round robin jam. For more information call Marcia and Gary Jones at 203-438-5204.

The Folk Music Society of New York. Partial listing. For more information call 718-672-6399. Email: Web:
Oct. 17 - Magpie, location to be announced


FOLK PHONES: Southern New England (WWUH): 860-768-5000
New York City: 718-651-1115


ALLENDALE ROSE (Cece Borjeson, Ruth George & Kevin Gallagher)
Sep. 12 - The Buttonwood Tree Center for the Arts, 605 Main St., Middletown, CT. 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. Info/Directions/Reservations: 860-347-4957, or or contact Cece Borjeson at 860-665-7149.

ATWATER-DONNELLY: Aug. 28 - With John and Heidi Cerrigione, Music and Movies in the Park, Warren Band Shell, Burr's Hill Park, Warren, RI. 7 p.m. If rain, rescheduled.
Aug. 30 - The Vanilla Bean, Rtes. 44, 169, & 97, Pomfret, CT. 8:00 p.m. 860-928-1562. Web:
Sep. 19 - Wesley United Methodist Church, 55 Woodland St., Lincoln, RI. 7:30 p.m. 401-724-7954
Sep. 20, 21 - Annual Harvest Fair at Coggeshall Farm, Coggeshall Farm Museum, 1 Colt Road, Bristol, RI. (Times to be announced.) 401-253-9062

JERRY BRYANT: Sep. 5 - House concert in Hamden, CT. 7:30 p.m. For details contact Sheldon or Nancy Campbell at 203-865-4171, or email

CLIFF HASLAM: Mondays at the Griswold Inn, 36 Main Street, Essex, CT. 860-767-1776

LAST FAIR DEAL: Aug. 23 - Concert in the Gazebo, center of Southbury, CT. 12:00-2:00 p.m. Free concert following volunteer event.

KERRI POWERS: Aug. 22 - Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, 600 Main Street, Hartford, CT. 6:30 p.m. Members free, non-members $10.
Sep. 5 - Mechanics Hall, 321 Main Street, Worcester, MA. 8:00 p.m. Supporting Jon Pousette Dart.
Sep. 19 - Infinity Hall, Front Street, Hartford, CT. 8:00 p.m. Supporting New Riders of The Purple Sage. Tix:

THE ROSENTHALS: Aug. 30 - Phil Rosenthal, Farm Day, Fish Family Farm, 20 Dimock Lane, Bolton, CT. 10:00 a.m. 860-646-9745
Aug. 31 - Phil and Daniel Rosenthal, Club Passim, 47 Palmer Street, Cambridge, MA. 3:45 p.m. 617-492-7679
Sep. 11 - Phil Rosenthal, "Songs of Pete Seeger", Brainerd Memorial Library, 920 Saybrook Road, Haddam, CT. 6:30 p.m. 860-345-7735

DON SINETI: Mondays - Mystic Seaport Museum, Mystic, CT. 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Education and shanties, mornings and afternoons.

ROGER SPRUNG, HAL WYLIE & FRIENDS: First Saturday of every month except July and August - Folk, Irish, Bluegrass and Traditional Music (instrumentalists welcome to jam), The "Pasta Project" at the United Methodist Coffee House, Newtown, CT. (Exit 10 off I-84, 1/5 mile north.) Dinner 5:00-7:30 p.m., music 8:00-10:30 p.m.

TUESDAY SAINTS: Aug. 23 - Storrs Farmers' Market 20th Birthday Party, Storrs, CT. 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Aug. 30 - Jeff Burnham Solo Show, Lefty's Landing, 875 Main St., Willimantic, CT. 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Aug. 31 - Town of Chaplin Family Concert at Garrison Field, Route 198, Chaplin, CT. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Sep. 17 - Storrs Downtown Concert Series, Rt. 195, Storrs, CT. 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Sep. 21 - Coventry Farmer's Market, Nathan Hale Homestead, 2299 South St., Coventry, CT. 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

GAIL WADE AND TURNING POINT: Aug. 23 - Hebron Days at Burnt Hill Park, 148 East St., Hebron, CT. Showtime TBA, celebration runs noon to 8:00 p.m. (Rain date Aug. 24.)
Nov. 21 - Holiday kick off concert, Marlborough Arts Center, 231 North Main St., Marlborough, CT. 7:30 p.m. 860-295-9389


There are many more bluegrass concerts, festivals and jams than we can list here. If you would like to keep informed of bluegrass events, you may subscribe to the Upcoming Bluegrass Events email list. Send an email to and type subscribe in the subject line. It is published monthly on the 1st and 15th.


WOODY SEZ - The Life and Music of Woody Guthrie
Through Sep. 14 at TheaterWorks, 233 Pearl Street, Hartford, CT. Web: 860-527-7838. Folk hero Woody Guthrie defined an American era of social consciousness and political expressions with songs like "This Land Is Your Land." He comes to life in this joyous, toe-tapping, and heartfelt musical portrait that uses Woody's words and songs to transport the audience through his fascinating and sometimes tragic life. Features four actor-musicians performing his classic songs. Discover why Woody Guthrie's music and mission have influenced singers from Pete Seeger and Bob Dylan to John Mellencamp and Bruce Springsteen. "Woody Sez" captures the heart and spirit of America's great folk troubadour.

Aug. 29-31, 2014 at Ninigret Park, 4890A Old Post Road, Charlestown, RI. Hosted by The Duhks all three days. Featuring Leftover Salmon, Masters of the Fiddle with Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy, Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys, Donna The Buffalo, Jim Lauderdale with The Travelin’ McCourys, Elizabeth Cook, Matt Anderson, CJ Chenier & The Red Hot Louisiana Band, Southern Hospitality, Courtbouilion, Chuck Mead, AJ Ghent, Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience, Ten Strings & A Goatskin, Matuto, The Pine Leaf Boys, Jim Lauderdale, Jeffery Broussard & the Creole Cowboys, Sarah Potenza, The Revelers, 24th Street Wailers, Mo' Mojo, The Handsome Family, Ed Poullard & Preston Frank, Magnolia, and more. Tickets and information: 888-855-6940. Web:


Also look at for Contra Dance listings in Southeastern New England, and for an index to Contra Dancing in Connecticut.

Contra dances on the second Saturday of every month (except August), and the Saturday after Thanksgiving, at the Stone House at the North Stamford Congregational Church, 31 Cascade Road, Stamford, CT. 8:00-11:00 p.m. with basics for beginners at 7:30. Partners not required. Please bring a separate pair of clean, flat, soft-soled shoes for dancing. For further information, call 203-372-3890.

Not your bar-mitzvah/wedding-type Israeli dances! We do circle dances, line dances, and partner dances to a Middle Eastern beat. Dance incorporates many elements of Swing and Salsa. Every Thursday night, Jewish Community Center, 360 Amity Rd., Woodbridge, CT. No partner or experience necessary. Beginner dancing from 8:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Intermediate and Advanced from 9:30 p.m. until midnight. Both sessions include teaching. $7.00. Light refreshments. For more information, contact Yossi at 860-985-7550 or

Contra Dances on the first and third Saturdays throughout the year, at the Branford Community House, 46 Church Street, Branford, CT. Beginner's lesson at 7:30 p.m., dance 8:00-11:00 p.m. Please bring soft-soled shoes or sneakers. Admission $10.00. Call 203-776-1812 for more information. Web:

Friday nights from 8:00 to 10:30 p.m. at the Neighborhood Music School Recital Hall, 100 Audubon St., New Haven, CT. Dances will be taught by Paul McGuire. Music by Marshall Barron, Grace Feldman and Margaret Ann Martin with musicians from Marshall's Dance Band Workshops. Admission $10.00. Cheerful dances, friendly community, beautiful music. All dances taught. Beginners welcome. Come with or without a partner. For more information call 203-776-6929.

Enjoy the social dances of Scotland every Tuesday evening from 7:45 to 10:00 at the Whitney Arts Center, 591 Whitney Avenue, New Haven, CT. New dancers welcome. All dances taught. Come alone or with a partner. Contact: Leslie 203-281-6591 or

Every Wednesday evening from 7:00 to 9:30 at the First Church of Christ, Congregational, 190 Court Street, Middletown, CT. Beginners are welcome for lessons and Dance. Soft soled shoes. Contact Lucile at 860-347-0278, or Joyce at 203-238-0694.

Mostly Waltz features waltzes, waltz mixers, and other couple dances like blues, swing, tango, and polka. Except as noted, our events are typically the first Sunday of the month, with beginner lesson 2-3 pm and dancing 3-6 pm. We offer a mini lesson on some aspect of waltz (or another popular dance style) during the band breaks. Dance admission is $12 (students with ID $5). Your ninth regular HCD dance admission is free with your HCD frequent dancer card. At the American Legion Post, 275 Main Street, Wethersfield, CT. $12, $5 students with ID. For more information:

Hartford Community Dance sponsors monthly contra dance jam sessions 5:30-7:30 p.m. second Saturdays from September through July at the American Legion Post, 275 Main Street, Old Wethersfield, CT. The jams provide an opportunity for new and experienced musicians to learn, play, and enjoy the contra dance repertoire. Players of all instruments are welcome. The jam is most appropriate for "intermediate" skill levels. For more information, contact Rob at 860-232-2504. Web:

Dance to the world's music every Sunday, at Temple Beth Torah, 130 Main Street, Wethersfield, CT. No partner or experience needed. Warm-up and beginner instruction 7:00-8:00 p.m., general dancing until 10:00 p.m. Clean-soled, danceable shoes, please. Requested donation is $8 (party and workshop nights $12). For more information: or call 860-521-6440.

The Farmington Folk Dancers meet on most Tuesday evenings from 7:30 to 9:30 in Amistad Hall, First Church of Christ, 75 Main Street, Farmington, CT (across from Miss Porter's School on Route 10). Sessions are held during the church program year from September through the end of June. Beginners and people with 'two left feet' are welcome. The cost for the evening is $3.00; refreshments are served. For more information: or call 860-747-4711.


Internet radio: streaming folk music hosted by WKSU-FM at Kent State University in Ohio.

WAMC (90.3 FM, Albany, NY): "Mountain Stage", Monday 9:00-11:00 p.m.
"Dancing on the Air", Jay Ungar and Molly Mason, second Wednesday of each month, 8:00-10:00 p.m.
"The Tao of Tao", Tao Rodriguez-Seeger, third Wednesday of each month, 8:00-10:00 p.m.
"Hudson River Sampler", Wanda Fischer, Saturday 8:00-10:30 p.m.
"Thistle & Shamrock", Fiona Ritchie, Sunday 7:00-8:00 p.m.

WAPJ (89.9 and 105.1, Torrington, CT): Folk and roots show, Barrie Soucy, Thursday 9:00-11:00 a.m.

WCNI (90.9 FM, New London, CT): Alternating weeks: "Traditions" with Art Dean, and "Open to Suggestion..." with Bridgett Ellis, Sunday 6:00-9:00 p.m.

WCUW (91.3 FM, Worcester, MA): "In the Tradition", Monday-Thursday 7:00-9:00 p.m.
"The Four Green Fields" (Irish), Saturday 10:00 a.m.-noon.
"Music of Scotia" (Scotland), Saturday 12:00 noon-2:00 p.m.

WESU (88.1 FM, Middletown, CT): Sing Out! Radio Magazine, Saturday 4:00-5:00 a.m.
The Celtic Cafe with Pat Laffan and Mark Gallagher, Saturday 6:00-7:00 a.m.
75% Folk with Michael Benson, Mondays, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Unfocused Folk with Chip Austin, 2nd & 4th Monday of the month, 8:00-9:30 p.m.
Acoustic Blender with Bill Revill, Tuesday 6:00-8:00 p.m.

WHUS (91.7 FM, Storrs, CT): "Bluegrass Cafe," Amy Orlomoski and Jim Beaver (alternating weeks), Sunday 4:00-7:00 p.m. Email:
"Sunday Night Folk Festival", Susan Forbes Hansen, Sunday 7:00-10:00 p.m.

WICN (90.5 FM, Worcester, MA): "The Contemporary Cafe" with Nick DiBiasio, Folk, Americana, Acoustic Blues, Thursday 7:00-11:00 p.m.

WKZE (98.1 FM, Salisbury, CT and Red Hook, NY): "New Harmony", Dick Hermans, Saturday 8:00-11:00 a.m.

WMNR (88.1 FM, Monroe, and 91.5 Guilford, CT): "Good Folk", Richard Hageman, Thursday 9:00-11:00 p.m.

WNHU (88.7 FM, West Haven, CT): "The Folk Show", Saturday 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. with John Mazza; Thursday 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. with Chuck Vigue.
"Echoes of Erin", Sunday Noon to 2:00 p.m. with Pat Kennedy.

WSHU (91.1 FM, Fairfield, CT) and WSUF (89.9 FM, Noyack/Greenport, NY): "Profiles in Folk", Steve Winters, Friday 10:00 p.m.-midnight.
"Prairie Home Companion", Saturday 6:00-8:00 p.m.
"Thistle and Shamrock", Fiona Ritchie, Saturday 8:00-9:00 p.m.
"AcousticConnections", Walt Graham, Saturday 9:00-10:00 p.m.

WUMB (91.9, Boston, MA):

WWUH (91.3 FM, West Hartford, CT): (Also carried by WAPJ in Torrington 89.9 and 105.3, WDJW in Somers 89.7, and WWEB Wallingford 89.9)
"FM On Toast", Sunday-Friday 6:00-9:00 a.m.
"Watch This Space", Susan Forbes Hansen, Friday 6:00-9:00 a.m.
"Mixed Grille", Steve Theaker, Monday 1:00-4:00 p.m.
"UH Radio Bluegrass", Brian Burness, Saturday 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. is published by the Sounding Board, Inc., an all-volunteer non-profit organization. We include listings for folk music concerts, festivals, radio programs, etc., that occur in Connecticut and the southern New England area.

The Sounding Board has a new web site,, which was created by and will be maintained by Jim Rigby. This "old" web site,, will continue to be maintained by Brent Hall.
Please send your event listings to and the information will get to both of us.

If you are an artist interested in playing at the Sounding Board Coffeehouse, please contact:
Janet Steucek
668 Main Street
Cromwell, CT 06416

Directors of the Sounding Board: Brent Hall, President; Charles Eirmann, V.P.; James Rigby, Secretary; Janet Steucek, Treasurer; Jerry Jacques, Director of Operations; Laura Cipriano; Paul Cipriano.