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 monthly 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 brownpapertickets.com): simply click the "Buy Advance Tickets" button for each concert listed below.
For reservations or more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. (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.
NOTE: To Sounding Board members who have mailed in their membership renewal checks: please pick up your membership cards at the Sounding Board on a concert night. Thanks!
March 8, 2014: BOK, TRICKETT & MUIR (at the Unitarian Society of Hartford)
Gordon Bok, Ann Mayo Muir and Ed Trickett are not a "trio" in the usual sense. On the concert stage, each retains his or her musical identity, often performing solo songs along with those performed together. Their concerts reflect diverse tastes and experiences of music. You may hear sea songs, mountain songs and river songs, mournful tales of far-off lands, dances, stories, cantefables, all with unforgettable harmonies. This concert will be held at The Unitarian Society of Hartford, 50 Bloomfield Ave., Hartford, CT (near U of H). $22 general, $20 members, $12 students, $10 children.
NOTE: This concert is sold out, but we are accepting names for the waiting list. If you have already made a reservation or paid by credit card, please make sure you are there before 7:45 p.m. in order for you to get in, otherwise we will give your reservation to people on our waiting list.
March 15, 2014: MIKE + RUTHY
Mike + Ruthy's sound ranges from soft blues to raucous tradfolk to grungy folk rock that frames them as exemplars of their age to critics and peers alike. Ruthy draws some of her musical heritage as the daughter of fiddler Jay Ungar and country songwriter Lyn Hardy. Mike picked up the guitar at the age of 12, joined a band, and hasn't stopped since. Hailed as "one of acoustic America's most revered musical duos," Mike + Ruthy promise to thrill your senses and raise your spirits. Time Out NY has called them,"Warm, rich, vintage Americana." $16 general, $14 members, $10 students.
March 22, 2014: BROTHER SUN
National Touring Artists Greg Greenway, Pat Wictor, and Joe Jencks have made their mark as veteran touring singer-songwriters, but Brother Sun is no songwriter's round. The trio's harmonies, as much as their lyrics, tell what they are about: warm as a campfire, stirring as a gospel church, rousing as a call to arms. Fusing folk, Americana, blues, pop, jazz, rock, and a cappella singing, Brother Sun is an explosion of musical diversity and harmony, in the finest of male singing traditions. $20 general, $18 members, $12 students, $10 children.
March 29, 2014: KLEZAMIR (at the Unitarian Society of Hartford)
New England's roots rockin' klezmer band extraordinaire serves up traditional Jewish favorites and a great selection of pop, jazz, swing, classical, country and Bossa Nova. Together since 1987, you probably enjoyed Klezamir at Shelly's bar mitzvah or David and Rachel's wedding long ago. Now you can see them again on the Sounding Board stage. No gefilte fish at the refreshment table, though. This concert will be held at The Unitarian Society of Hartford, 50 Bloomfield Ave., Hartford, CT (near U of H). $16 general, $14 members, $10 students.
April 5, 2014: MARK ERELLI
Mark Erelli was finishing a graduate degree when his self-titled debut CD was released in 1999. He hit the ground running by winning the prestigious Kerrville New Folk contest. He has toured with Dave Alvin, John Hiatt, Gillian Welch, among others, and has produced 8 studio albums. He has also collaborated with Taylor and Jake Armerding with the bluegrass band Barnstar!, whose debut record, "C’mon!" came out in 2011. $18 general, $16 members, $10 students.
April 12, 2014: NORA JANE STRUTHERS & THE PARTY LINE
A former English teacher from a family steeped in Americana music, Nora Jane Struthers writes literate variations on classic folk themes and sings them with just enough twang to sound authentic. Spend some time with Nora and her band and you'll quickly discover what separates them from the rest of the roots-inspired crowd: Rich storytelling, repeat-worthy melodies and a modern mashup of traditional, bluegrass, folk, country and rock influences. $18 general, $16 members, $10 students.
April 19, 2014: WALT MICHAEL & CO.
"Walt Michael is a hammered dulcimerist of uncommon power." according to Frets Magazine. His music and the various groups he’s been associated with have taken him from coal camps in Appalachia to the White House. Walt’s wide repertoire ranges from old-time Southern Appalachian, to Celtic, to breath-taking original compositions. As a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist and he has recorded 14 albums and instructional videos. Walt has played venues throughout the U.S. and Europe, including The Kennedy Center and Lincoln Center. We’re pleased to welcome him back to The Sounding Board. $18 general, $16 members, $10 students.
April 26, 2014: RANI ARBO & DAISY MAYHEM
This concert will be held at The Unitarian Society of Hartford, 50 Bloomfield Ave. Hartford, CT (near U of H).
Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem inventively mix traditional, original, and contemporary sounds on fiddle, guitar, bass and recycled percussion - and top that with joyous harmonies from four skilled singers. They draw from the deep well of American roots music, and have an adventurous way of mixing things up. $20 general, $18 members, $10 students.
The Sounding Board will be closed on May 3, 2014.
May 10, 2014: RED MOLLY (at The Unitarian Society Of Hartford)
Since 2004, Americana trio Red Molly has been bringing audiences to their feet with gorgeous three-part harmonies, crisp musicianship, and their warm, engaging stage presence. The band consists of Laurie MacAllister (bass, banjo), Abbie Gardner (dobro, banjo) and Molly Venter (guitar). This past year, the ladies were invited to open multiple shows for music legend Willie Nelson and they performed at the venerable RockyGrass festival in CO. Their new CD "Light in the Sky" spent 20 weeks on the Americana Music Association's Top 40 radio chart and charted as Folk DJ's #3 Top Album of 2012. In 2013, the band will spend the month of March touring throughout Australia, and in August will head to Europe for the first time, for Denmark's Tonder Festival. They have also been invited to appear for the third time at NC's legendary music gathering, MerleFest. Also scheduled is a fourth appearance at the Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion, where in September 2012 the Bristol Herald Courier dubbed Red Molly "The Twin City's sweethearts", saying the band "lit up the stage, as a massive crowd of adoring fans sat mesmerized by their silky smooth harmonies and superb musicianship." $20 general, $18 members, $10 students.
Photo: Annabel Braithwaite
May 17, 2014: THE PORTABLE FOLK MUSIC FESTIVAL
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BRANFORD FOLK COFFEEHOUSE
Branford Folk Music Society, First Congregational Church, 1009 Main Street, Branford, CT. 8:00 p.m. For more information call 203-488-7715. Email: email@example.com Web: http://folknotes.org/branfordfolk/
Mar. 8 - Franco-American Music
Apr. 12 - Sparky and Rhonda Rucker
May 10 - Steve Gillette and Cindy Mangsen
Temple Shearith Israel, 46 Peaceable Street, Ridgefield, CT unless otherwise specified. 4:00 p.m. For more information call 203-431-6501. Tickets available on-line at http://www.acousticcelebration.org/ or at Ridgefield Music, 19 Governor St., Ridgefield.
Mar. 23 - Krista Detor
Mar. 30 - Tom Pacheco
Apr. 7 - The Carper Family (at St. Stephen's North Hall, 351 Main Street, Ridgefield, CT)
Apr. 27 - Ernest Troost
THE RIDGEFIELD PLAYHOUSE
The Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Road, Ridgefield, CT. For tickets or more information call 203-438-5795. Web: http://www.ridgefieldplayhouse.org/
Mar. 23 - Jake Shimabukuro
Apr. 4 - Ted Vigil (John Denver Tribute Show)
May 1 - Jammin' Divas
June 13 - Cash is King (Johnny Cash Tribute Show)
GOOD FOLK COFFEEHOUSE
Rowayton Methodist Church, Fellowship Hall, 5 Pennoyer St., Rowayton, CT. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., music starts at 8:00 p.m. For more information call 203-866-4450. Web: http://www.goodfolkcoffeehouse.com/
Mar. 22 - Ronny Cox
Apr. 26 - Small Potatoes
SHAMROCK TRADITIONAL IRISH MUSIC SOCIETY
For reservations, concert locations, or more information, call 203-362-5912 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: http://www.shamrockirishmusic.org/
Mar. 7 - Niamh ni Charra Trio, 8:00 p.m. at Newtown Meeting House
FIRST FRIDAYS NEW HAVEN
Presented by CT Folk at First Presbyterian Church, 704 Whitney Avenue (corner of Whitney & Huntington), New Haven, CT. 7:30 p.m. For more information: http://www.ctfolk.com/
Mar. 7 - Burning Bridget Cleary
Apr. 4 - Festival Auditions night
SHAPE NOTE SINGING IN NEW HAVEN
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: http://www.yale.edu/ynhrs/
For tickets, directions and information: http://www.guitartownct.com/ or Chris at 203-430-6020.
Mar. 21 - Sierra Hull and Courtney Hartman, 8:00 p.m. at Spaceland Ballroom, 295 Treadwell St. Hamden, CT.
CT OLD TIMEY ACOUSTIC JAM
Old-timey music jam at The Pine Loft Cafe, 1474 Berlin Turnpike, Berlin, CT. Mar. 4, 2014, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., with a slow jam at 6:30 p.m. For more information: http://oldtimeyjam.blogspot.com/
FRIDAY NIGHT FOLK AT ALL SOULS
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 http://www.fridaynightfolk.org/
Mar. 21 - Red Molly
May 2 - The Kennedys
HOUSE CONCERTS IN NORTH STONINGTON
4 Starlight Lane, North Stonington, CT. 4:00 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Reservations necessary. Call 860-434-2047 or 860-535-8485.
Mar. 16 - Patrick Ball
Apr. 13 - Lee Murdock
SONGS AT JANET'S
House concerts in East Lyme, CT. For reservations or more information, email: SongsatJanets@aol.com
Mar. 21 - Dave Littlefield
ROBBIE COLLOMORE MUSIC SERIES
Chester Meeting House, intersection of Goose Hill Rd. and Liberty St., Chester, CT. 5:00 p.m. For more information call 860-526-5162. Web: http://www.collomoreconcerts.org/
May 11 - Tribecastan
THE BUTTONWOOD TREE
605 Main Street, Middletown, CT. For more information call 860-347-4957. (Partial listing.) Email: email@example.com Web: http://www.buttonwood.org/
First Thursdays - Open Mic with Bob Gotta, 6:30 p.m. sign-up
Mar. 7 - Marci Geller with Marshal Rosenberg, 8:00 p.m.
SHAPE NOTE SINGING IN MIDDLETOWN, CT
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 http://www.fasola.org/
CT AUDUBON SOCIETY CENTER AT GLASTONBURY
1361 Main St. (Route 17), Glastonbury, CT. 7:30 p.m. For more information or reservations call 860-633-8402. Web: http://www.ctaudubon.org/center-at-glastonbury/
Mar. 8 - Arlon Bennett
THE VANILLA BEAN CAFE
On the corner of Routes 44, 169, and 97, Pomfret, CT. 8:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted. 860-928-1562. Web: http://www.thevanillabeancafe.com/
Mar. 7 - Open Mic - Grayson McCarthy, 7:30 p.m.
Mar. 8 - Maria Sangiolo & Anne Belliveau
Mar. 15 - Cashel Rock
Mar. 21 - Songwriter Sessions - Lisa Martin Hosts, 7:00 p.m.
Mar. 22 - Delta Generators
Mar. 29 - Tim Peck Trio
OPEN MIC IN COVENTRY
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
NORTHWEST PARK CONCERT SERIES
Northwest Park Nature Center, 145 Lang Road, Windsor, CT. 7:30 p.m. For more information call 860-285-1886. Web: http://www.northwestpark.org/
Mar. 15 - The International String Trio
Mar. 29 - Banish Misfortune
Apr. 12 - Porch Party Mamas
May 17 - The Steel Wheels
OPEN MIC IN SOUTH WINDSOR
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.
IRISH MUSIC SESSIONS
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
SUNDAY NIGHT BLUEGRASS SERIES
The Firebox Restaurant, 539 Broad St., Hartford, CT. 5:00-8:00 p.m. 203-650-3492. http://www.fireboxrestaurant.com/
Mar. 2 - BigApple'achia
Mar. 16 - Feinberg Brothers
Mar. 30 - Jacob Jolloff and Mike Barnett
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. 7:30 p.m. For tickets call 800-274-8587 or 860-768-4228. Web: http://wwuh.org/
Mar. 22 - The Masters of Tradition (Lincoln Theater)
Apr. 12 - The Teetotalers (Martin Hayes, Kevin Crawford, John Doyle) (W)
CENTRAL CT ACOUSTIC MUSICIANS SOCIETY
For more information: http://www.meetup.com/Central-CT-Acoustic-Musicians-Society/
SOUNDING BOARD COFFEEHOUSE
The Universalist Church of West Hartford, 433 Fern Street, West Hartford, CT. 8:00 p.m. For information or reservations email: email@example.com or call Janet at 860-635-7685. Web: http://folknotes.org/
Mar. 8 - Bok, Trickett & Muir (at The Unitarian Society Of Hartford)
Mar. 15 - Mike & Ruthy
Mar. 22 - Brother Sun
Mar. 29 - Klezamir (at The Unitarian Society Of Hartford)
Apr. 5 - Mark Erelli
Apr. 12 - Nora Jane Struthers & The Party Line
Apr. 19 - Walt Michael & Co.
Apr. 26 - Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem (at The Unitarian Society Of Hartford)
May 10 - Red Molly (at The Unitarian Society Of Hartford)
May 17 - The Portable Folk Festival
May 31 - The Dulcimer Folk Association (at The Unitarian Society Of Hartford)
NIGHTS AT THE BEEKLEY
The Beekley Community Library, 10 Central Ave., New Hartford, CT. 7:00 p.m. reception, 7:30 show. For tickets and more information, call 860-379-7235. Web: http://www.nightsatthebeekley.com/
Mar. 8 - Barnaby Bright
Apr. 26 - Ellis Paul
ROARING BROOK CONCERTS
Roaring Brook Nature Center, 70 Gracey Road, Canton, CT. 7:30 p.m. For reservations and information call 860-693-0263. Web: http://www.roaringbrookconcerts.org/
Mar. 8 - Kristen Graves & Glenn Roth
Mar. 22 - Amy Gallatin & Stillwaters featuring Roger Williams
Mar. 29 - Pete Huttlinger
Apr. 5 - (To be announced)
Apr. 12 at 7:30 p.m. and Apr. 13 at 7:00 p.m. - 34th Anniversary Shows: Pat Donohue (with special guest Stephen Bennett on Sunday show only).
Apr. 26 - Geoff Muldaur
May 3 - Harvey Reid & Joyce Andersen
BRIDGE STREET LIVE
41 Bridge Street, Collinsville, CT. Partial listing. 860-693-9762.
Mar. 13 - The Steel Wheels, 8:00 p.m.
DULCIMER FOLK ASSOCIATION OF CONNECTICUT
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 DonSawmill@aol.com for information. Web: http://www.dulcimerfolkct.org/
Unitarian Church of Westport, 10 Lyons Plains Road, Westport, CT. http://www.voicescafe.org/
Apr. 12 - The YaYas & Carolann Solebello
May 10 - Cheryl Wheeler
BLACKSTONE RIVER THEATRE
549 Broad Street, Cumberland, RI. For reservations call 401-725-9272. Web: http://www.riverfolk.org/
Mar. 6 - Karan Casey Band, 8:00 p.m.
Mar. 7 - Josee Vachon, Donna Hebert, Alan Bradbury & Max Cohen, 8:00 p.m.
Mar. 8 - Robbie O'Connell / Caitlin Nic Gabhann & Ciaran O Maonaigh, 8:00 p.m.
Mar. 15 - David Francey, 8:00 p.m.
Mar. 16 - Pendragon, 7:00 p.m.
Mar. 22 - Legends of the Celtic Harp, 8:00 p.m.
Mar. 29 - Eastern Medicine Singers, 2:00 p.m.
Mar. 29 - The Jobe/Redfearn Project, 8:00 p.m.
Apr. 5 - (To be announced)
Apr. 11 - Celtic Rock with Tempest, 8:00 p.m.
Apr. 12 - Marjorie Thompson And Chris Monti, 8:00 p.m.
Apr. 19 - Mama's Rib featuring Kim Trusty 8:00 p.m.
Apr. 26 - International String Trio, 8:00 p.m.
May 3 - The Atwater-Donnelly Band, 8:00 p.m.
May 10 - Martin Hayes And Dennis Cahill, 8:00 p.m.
STONE SOUP COFFEEHOUSE
St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 50 Park Place, Pawtucket, RI. 8:00 p.m. For more information call 401-723-0354. (Hoot means open mike, come early to sign up.) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: http://www.stonesoupcoffeehouse.com/
Mar. 8 - Peter Mulvey with Heather Maloney opening
Mar. 22 - Sally Rogers and Claudia Schmidt
Apr. 12 - Bill Staines with WS Monroe opening
May 3 - Catie Curtis
MUSIC AT LILY PADS
Lily Pads Professional Center, 27 North Rd., Peace Dale, RI. 7:30 p.m. Web: http://musicatlilypads.org/
Apr. 12 - Honey Dewdrops, Jonah Tolchin
COMMON FENCE MUSIC
933 Anthony Road, Portsmouth, RI. 401-683-5085. http://commonfencemusic.org/
Mar. 8 - The Sweetback Sisters
Mar. 29 - Poor Old Shine
Apr. 5 - The Carper Family
Apr. 26 - Tom Rush
SANDYWOODS CENTER FOR THE ARTS
43 Muse Way, Tiverton, RI. 401-241-7349. Web: http://sandywoodsmusic.com/
Mar. 28 - Cantrip
WOODS HOLE FOLK MUSIC SOCIETY
Woods Hole Community Hall, 68 Water Street, Woods Hole, MA. 7:30 p.m. For more information call 508-540-0320. Email: email@example.com Web: http://arts-cape.com/whfolkmusic/
Mar. 2 - Amy Gallatin and Stillwaters
Mar. 16 - Anne Hills
NARROWS CENTER FOR THE ARTS
16 Anawan St., Fall River, MA. 508-324-1926. Web: http://www.narrowscenter.org/
Mar. 14 - Richard Shindell
GUTHRIE CENTER AT THE OLD TRINITY CHURCH
2 Van Dusenville Road, Great Barrington, MA. 413-528-1955. Web: http://guthriecenter.org/
Thursdays: Hootenanny, 8:00 p.m., signup, 7:00 p.m.
May 23-25 - Arlo Guthrie’s Spring Revival
PVFS SONG AND STORY SWAP
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: http://www.filbert.com/pvfs/
IRON HORSE MUSIC HALL
20 Center St., Northamption, MA. (Partial listing.) All shows 7:00 pm unless noted. Web: http://www.iheg.com/iron_horse_main.asp
Mar. 17 - Celtic Crossroads
Mar. 21 - Lori McKenna
Apr. 11 - Rani Arbo and daisy mayhem
Apr. 20 - David Mallett
May 16 - Jonathan Edwards
THE uNi COFFEEHOUSE
Unitarian Universalist Society Meetinghouse, 245 Porter Lake Drive, Springfield, MA. 7:30 p.m. For information and reservations call 413-562-3990. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: http://uNiCoffeehouse.org/
Mar. 8 - Magpie: Greg Artzner and Terry Leonino
Apr. 12 - Small Potatoes: Jacquie Manning and Rich Prezioso
May 17 - Matt and Shannon Heaton
BULL RUN RESTAURANT
215 Great Rd., Rte. 2A, Shirley, MA. (Partial listing.) 978-425-4311 or 877-536-7190. Web: http://tickets.bullrunrestaurant.com/
Mar. 14 - Karla Bonoff
CARAMOOR CENTER FOR MUSIC AND THE ARTS
149 Girdle Ridge Road, Katonah, NY. For tickets call 914-232-1252. Web: http://www.caramoor.org/
Mar. 8 - Sarah Jarosz, 8:00 p.m.
Apr. 12 - Aoife O'Donovan, 8:00 p.m.
MONTHLY FOLK JAM
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.
FIRST ACOUSTICS COFFEEHOUSE
First Unitarian Congregational Society, 50 Monroe Place at Pierrepont St., Brooklyn, NY. Info: 718-288-5994. Web: http://www.firstacoustics.org/
Mar. 22 - Christine Lavin with Hugh O'Doherty
Mar. 30 - Wool & Grant, Boxcar Lillies
Apr. 12 - Aztec Two-Step
NEW YORK PINEWOODS FOLK MUSIC CLUB
The Folk Music Society of New York. Partial listing. For more information call 718-672-6399. Email: email@example.com Web: http://www.folkmusicny.org/
Mar. 2 - Pete Seeger Memorial Sing, 2:00-5:00 p.m. at the John St. Church, 44 John Street, in lower Manhattan, NYC. This event is co-sponsored by The New York Packet and the Folk Music Society of NY (aka NY Pinewoods Folk Music Club). A number of special musical guests with connections to Pete and the Clearwater have been invited. As Pete would want, everyone is encouraged to join in, not just a concert, a sing along! This is a "Free will donation" event. All the balance after expenses will be sent to the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater.
Mar. 28 - Peggy Seeger (location to be announced)
May 2 - John Roberts and Tony Barrand (location to be announced)
PEOPLES' VOICE CAFE
At The Community Church of New York Unitarian Universalist, 40 East 35th St. (between Madison & Park), New York City, NY. 8:00 p.m. For more information call 212-787-3903. Web: http://www.peoplesvoicecafe.org/
Mar. 8 - Alix Dobkin; Wool & Grant
Mar. 15 - People's Purim: Jewish Voices for Peace and Justice (Robin Greenstein, Paul Stein)
Mar. 22 - The Brooklyn Community Storytellers; Robin Bady
Mar. 29 - Terry Kitchen; Pat Lamanna; Mara Levine & Caroline Cutroneo
Apr. 5 - Ray Korona Band
Apr. 12 - Pete Seeger Celebration!
Apr. 26 - Sharon Abreu & Mike Hurwicz; Colleen Kattau and Some Guys
COMMON GROUND COMMUNITY CONCERTS
Common Ground Coffeehouse at the First Unitarian Society of Westchester, 25 Old Jackson Avenue, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY.
Mar. 22 - Jules Shear and Pal Shazar, 7:30 p.m.
Apr. 26 - Roosevelt Dime and Driftwood, 7:30 p.m.
May 31 - Blind Boy Paxton and Mamie Minch, 7:30 p.m.
Common Ground @ South Church at South Presbyterian Church, 343 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry, NY.
Apr. 5 - Sam Baker and Carrie Elkin, 7:30 p.m.
May 3 - Ron Vincent Quartet with Ron Vincent, Mark Morganelli, Jay Azzolina with the RiverArts Jazz Ensemble, 7:30 p.m.
Irvington Town Hall Theater, 85 Main St., Irvington, NY.
Mar. 29 - Richard Shindell, 8:00 p.m.
RIVER SPIRIT MUSIC
House concert, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY. For more information call 347-MUSIC-76. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: http://www.riverspiritmusic.com/
Mar. 16 - Vance Gilbert, 5:00 p.m.
FOLK MUSIC SOCIETY OF HUNTINGTON
Congregational Church of Huntington, 30 Washington Drive, Centerport, NY. Web: http://fmsh.org/
Apr. 5 - An Evening of Fingerstyle Guitar featuring Bob Ardern, Howard Emerson and Hiroya Tsukamoto
May 3 - Beaucoup Blue & Jon Brooks
June 7 - John Gorka
Southern New England (WWUH): 860-768-5000
New York City: 718-651-1115
Mar. 6 - Windsor Art Center Concert Series, 40 Mechanic St., Windsor,
CT. 7-8 p.m. 860-688-2528
Mar. 7 - With Cathy Clasper-Torch and Kevin Doyle, Swansea Public Library Event held at Christ Church, 57 Main St., Swansea, MA. 6:30-8:00 p.m. Free. 508-674-9609. Special program theme: Irish Music in America. http://www.swansealibrary.org/
Mar. 8 - With The Millers (Ruby May, Evelyn, and Samuel Miller) - Russell Library, Hubbard Room, 123 Broad Street, Middletown, CT. 2-4 p.m. Free. 860-347-2528 x171 http://www.russelllibrary.org/
Mar. 25 - VSA Arts of Rhode Island Annual Paul Sherlock Memorial Exhibit, Atrium Gallery, One Capitol Hill, Smith St., Providence, RI. 12-1:30 p.m. Free. 401-725-0247. Email: email@example.com Web: http://www.vsartsri.org/
Mar. 29 - With Cathy Clasper-Torch and Kevin Doyle, Amazing Things Arts Center, The Amazing Firehouse, 160 Hollis St., Framingham, MA. 8 p.m. 508-405-2787 http://www.amazingthings.org/
Mar. 30 - Aubrey Atwater solo, Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., Newport, RI. 2 p.m. 401-847-8720. Free. Special theme: Irish Music in America. http://www.newportlibraryri.org/
COTTON HOLLOW RISING: Mar. 28 - Milford Performing Arts Center, 40 Railroad Avenue, Milford, CT. 8:00 p.m. 203-878-6657 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Web: http://milfordarts.org/events/category/music/performance-coffeehouse/
DEBRA COWAN: Mar. 7 - Blackstone Library auditorium, 758 Main Street, Branford, CT. 7:30 p.m. Presented by The Musical Art Society of Branford. Free concert and open to the public. For more information: 203-481-2819 or email@example.com.
CLIFF HASLAM: Mondays at the Griswold Inn, 36 Main Street, Essex, CT. 860-767-1776 http://cliffhaslam.com/
LAST FAIR DEAL:
Mar. 13 - Opening for The Steel Wheels at Bridge St. Live, 41 Bridge St.,
Collinsville, CT. 8:00 p.m.
Apr. 19 - The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts & Cultural Center, 605 Main Street, Middletown, CT. 8:00 p.m. 860-347-4957. http://www.buttonwood.org/
DON SINETI: Mondays - Mystic Seaport Museum, Mystic, CT. 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Education and shanties, mornings and afternoons.
Mar. 15 - Javawocky Coffeehouse, UU Church Of Brockton, 325 West Elm
St., Brockton, MA. 7:30 p.m. 781-718-3041 Tickets at
Mar. 23 - Medway Public Library, 26 High St., Medway, MA. 3:00-5:00 p.m. Family Concert. 508-533-3217
Apr. 1 - Cantab Lounge, 738 Mass Ave., Central Square, Cambridge, MA. 10:00-11:00 p.m.
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.
Mar. 26 - The Stomping Ground, 132 Main Street, Putnam, CT. 8:00 to 11:00 p.m.
THE SELDOM SCENE
Mar. 8 - The Seldom Scene with Michelle Canning and Rough Edges, at the National Heritage Museum, 33 Marrett Road, Lexington, MA. For tickets and further details: http://www.bbu.org/
UPCOMING BLUEGRASS EVENTS
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and type subscribe in the subject line. It is published monthly on the 1st and 15th.
Apr. 25-27, 2014. Mansfield High & Middle School, Mansfield, MA. http://www.neffa.org/
SPRING GULCH FOLK FESTIVAL
May 15-18, 2014. Spring Gulch Resort Campground, New Holland, PA. 717-354-3100. Performers: Beausoleil, Craig Bickhardt, Boxcars, Michael Braunfeld, Brother Sun, Antje Duvekot, Tom Chapin, Claire Lynch Band, Mary Gauthier, John Gorka, Grand Slambovians, Cassie & Maggie McDonald, Mustard’s Retreat, Spuyten Duyvil, Stray Birds, Nora Jane Struthers, Alexis P. Suter Band, Vinegar Creek Constituency. http://www.springgulch.com/folkfestival.cfm
STRAWBERRY PARK BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL
May 29-31, 2014 at Strawberry Park Campground, Preston, CT. Performers (partial list): Claire Lynch Band, Greencards, Sierra Hull, Stray Birds. http://www.strawberrypark.net/
The Great Hudson River Revival, June 21-22, 2014 at Croton Point Park, Croton-On-Hudson, Westchester County, NY. Performers (partial list): David Bromberg Big Band, Lake Street Dive, Bettye LaVette, Josh Rotter, Richard Thompson. For more information: http://www.clearwaterfestival.org/
34TH ANNUAL OLD SONGS FESTIVAL
June 27, 28 & 29, 2014 at the Altamont Fairgrounds, Altamont, NY. Performers: Peter & Mary Alice Amidon, Stefan Amidon. Annie & the Hedonists, Anita Best, Debra Cowan, Comas, Todd Crowley’s Musical Petting Zoo, De Temps Antan, Stuart Fuchs, Fourth Wall, Groovemama, Ken & Brad Kolodner, Long Time Courting, Matuto, Will Mentor, Nanne Kalma & Ankie van der Meer, Tim Mason & Regie O’Hare Gibson, Chris Newman & Maire NiChathasigh, Cindy Mangsen & Steve Gillette, Nor’easter, Panache Quartet, Ocean Quartet, Roger the Jester, John Roberts, Laura Sheehan, Sheesham & Lotus, Stray Birds, Swallowtail, Toby Stover, Jake Thomas, Vishten, George Wilson, Brooks Williams, Vanaver Caravan. For more information: http://www.oldsongs.org/festival/
CARAMOOR AMERICAN ROOTS FESTIVAL
Saturday, June 28, 2014 at Caramoor Center for the Arts, Katonah, NY. Performers: Roseanne Cash, The Lone Bellow, Bruce Molsky, Tony Trischa & Michael Davis, Kim & Reggie Harris, Miss Tess & The Talkbacks, Joe Crookston & the Bluebird Junkies, Cricket Tell The Weather, Spuyten Duyvil, Walkabout Clearwater Chorus. Web: http://www.caramoor.org/
NEW BEDFORD FOLK FESTIVAL
July 5-6, 2014, New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, downtown New Bedford, MA. Performers (partial list): Ronny Cox, Cliff Eberhardt, Bob Franke, Spuyten Duyvil. http://www.newbedfordfolkfestival.com/
NEWPORT FOLK FESTIVAL
July 25-27, 2014, Fort Adams State Park, Newport, RI. http://newportfolk.org/
LOWELL FOLK FESTIVAL
July 25-27, 2014, Downtown Lowell, MA. http://www.lowellfolkfestival.org/
Also look at http://ContraSENE.tripod.com/ for Contra Dance listings in Southeastern New England, and http://www.CTcontra.com/ for an index to Contra Dancing in Connecticut.
ROUND HILL COUNTRY DANCES
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. http://www.roundhill.net/
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 email@example.com
NEW HAVEN COUNTRY DANCERS
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: http://www.ctcontra.com/nhcd/
ENGLISH COUNTRY DANCE
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. http://www.nmsmusicschool.org/
SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING IN NEW HAVEN
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING IN MIDDLETOWN
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: http://www.hcdance.org/waltz.htm
HARTFORD COMMUNITY DANCE JAM
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: http://www.hcdance.org/
HARTFORD COMMUNITY DANCE
Mar. 8 - HCD-Contra Dance with music by Michael, Audrey and Nora with caller Jim Fownes at the American Legion Hall, 275 Main St., Wethersfield, CT. New dancer lesson at 7:30, dance from 8-11 p.m. Please wear clean, comfortable flat-soled shoes. This dance is smoke, alcohol and perfume free. $12 adults, $10 seniors, $5 students. http://www.hcdance.org/ or email email@example.com or call 1-888-423-0423 for more information.
ALWAYS ON SUNDAY INTERNATIONAL FOLK DANCE
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: http://www.alwaysonsunday.us/ or call 860-521-6440.
Mar. 2 - Dance party with Shining Moon
Mar. 9 - Dance party with Hijaz
THE FARMINGTON FOLK DANCERS
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: Kathydncr@aol.com or call 860-747-4711.
Internet radio: http://www.folkalley.com/ 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.
Life is a Killer with Johnny Analog, 1st, 3rd and 5th Monday of the month, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
75% Folk with Michael Benson, 2nd & 4th Monday of the month, 6:30-8:00 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 6:30-8:00 p.m.
This Southbound Train with Mary Barrett, 1st, 3rd, 5th Tuesday 10:30-11:30 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.
"Black Diamond Show", mostly bluegrass with Richard Gordon, Monday, Noon to 2:00 p.m. http://blackdiamondshow.blogspot.com/
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): http://www.wumb.org/programs/schedule.php
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.
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