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. Admission may be paid by cash or check. You may also purchase advance tickets for all Sounding Board concerts online: go to www.brownpapertickets.com and search for the artist's name.
For reservations or more information, please email email@example.com. (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!
The Sounding Board will take a break in December. We will return on January 4th:
January 4, 2014: CARAVAN OF THIEVES
If Django Reinhardt, the cast of Stomp and the Beatles all had a party at Tim Burton’s house, Caravan of Thieves would be the band they hired. Driving gypsy jazz rhythms, acoustic guitars, upright bass and violin lay the foundation for mesmerizing vocal harmonies and fantastic stories. It’s theatrical, humorous, musical and intense, while welcoming spectators to join the band throughout the performance in momentary fits of claps, snaps and sing-alongs. $20 general, $18 members.
January 11, 2014: SPUYTEN DUYVIL
Spuyten Duyvil's Alternative Roots sound wanders through the last 100 years of American music conjuring embittered civil war veterans, recalcitrant small town bawds, suicidal bureaucrats, star crossed lovers and brave hearted fools navigating the mysteries of daily life. Rich Warren, host of the nationally syndicated public radio folk show “Midnight Special,” named their 2011 CD “New Amsterdam” as one of his favorite CDs of the year. $17 general, $15 members.
January 18, 2014: LAST FAIR DEAL
Last Fair Deal has been called “rambunctious and fun-loving” by the Boston Globe’s Scott Alarik. SingOut! Magazine has deemed them, "Lively... Solid... A complete new acoustic package worthy of attention beyond just the East Coast." The group redraws the map of American roots music with fluid energy and creativity. Their latestt CD, Tune Tales, serves up twelve original and three regrooved traditional tunes. Last Fair Deal’s live performances, with stellar vocals and unique acoustic synergy, will captivate any audience. Last Fair Deal has an eclectic repertoire drawing on old-time string band, bluegrass, swing, and popular music $17 general, $15 members.
January 25, 2014: GUY VAN DUSER & BILLY NOVICK
Together for more than 30 years – longer than most marriages – Guy and Billy have wed together two musical personalities. Their music is based around Guy's finger-style guitar wizardry, and uncanny ability to play bass lines, chords and melodies at the same time. Billy's soulful clarinet provides the ideal complement to Guy's guitar. With their vast knowledge of the classic jazz era, dazzling improvision, and entertaining vocals, Guy and Billy bring a fresh, original approach that is deeply rooted in the rich legacy of the classic jazz age. $17 general, $15 members.
Bay Spring Folk plays “eclectic folk” which includes traditional American folk songs as well as originals. Songs include great vocal harmonies and fun instrumental work on fiddle, guitars, mandolin, bass, harmonica, recorder, weissenborn, and egg. They are the house band at the Bay Spring Community Center in Barrington, RI and were a finalist in the Providence Local Band Showcase at Roots Cultural Center. The Providence Journal called their music “thoughtful and whimsical and fun.” As a little girl, band member Sydney Montstream-Quas played fiddle along with Jon Steucek in the State Street String Band. The band's first CD, Get Yours, was released in 2012. $12 general, $10 members.
Performing together for 25 years, Steve and Cindy bring together their love of traditional music and wealth of original songs. Their live performances are known for rich harmony, compelling songs and a good dose of humor. Their albums have appeared on many folk Top Ten lists, from the WFMT Midnight Special (Chicago) to The Boston Globe. “Their voices and their styles meld seamlessly with a gentleness and a maturity that is unmatched in the world of folk duos,” says Folk Alley DJ Matt Watroba. $17 general, $15 members.
Bob Franke (it rhymes with “Yankee”) is known for wise and spiritually generous songs along with wrenchingly convincing topical and hilarious material. Tom Paxton has said of Bob’s music, "I always think of Bob as if Emerson and Thoreau had picked up acoustic guitars and gotten into songwriting. There's touches of Mark Twain and Buddy Holly in there, too." Bob’s music has been covered by performers from Peter, Paul & Mary to Garnet Rogers and John McCutcheon, and he has written several songs which have become anthems in the folk world. $18 general, $16 members.
The Sounding Board will be closed on February 22, 2014.
Bob Zentz began performing professionally in his native Norfolk, Virginia in 1962. Today, he has no intention of slowing down. As a performer, Bob is a prolific musician, playing several dozen instruments in a repertoire of more than 2,000 songs. Upon hearing Bob's first release, Mirrors and Changes, country legend Johnny Cash was moved to send the young artist an encouraging letter, calling the album, "one of the finest works I've heard by any artist." Bob spans the genres of folk, traditional, Celtic and maritime music and beyond, and as a songwriter, he is celebrated by fans and peers alike; dozens of performers have covered his original compositions, three of which have been published in "Rise Up Singing," Sing Out! Magazine's award-winning community songbook. $17 general, $15 members.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Photos of the October 29, 2011 Folk Legacy Sounding Board Concert, by photographer Duane Degutis.
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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: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: http://folknotes.org/branfordfolk/
Dec. 14 - Honey Dewdrops
Jan. 11 - Mestizo Manta
Feb. 8 - Bill Staines
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.
Jan. 19 - Tim Grimm with guest Ben Bedford
Jan. 26 - John Wort Hannam
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/
Jan. 25 - Kate McDonnell
Feb. 22 - Pierce Campbell
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/
Jan. 3 - No Fuss and Feathers Roadshow: an evening with The YaYas, Carolann Solebello and Karyn Oliver
Feb. 7 - Connecticut Artist Showcase (artists tba)
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/
CT OLD TIMEY ACOUSTIC JAM
Old-timey music jam at The Pine Loft Pizzeria and Cafe, 1474 Berlin Turnpike, Berlin, CT on Jan. 1, 2014, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Acoustic instruments only - no plug-ins or amps please. Blog: 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/
Jan. 17 - Geoff Kaufman, Charlie King & Karen Brandow
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.
Jan. 12 - Fellswater
Feb. 9 - David Littlefield
SONGS AT JANET'S
House concerts in East Lyme, CT. For reservations or more information, email: SongsatJanets@aol.com
Dec. 13 - Ed Trickett
Jan. 17 - Aoife Clancy
KATHARINE HEPBURN CULTURAL ARTS CENTER
300 Main Street, Old Saybrook, CT. For tickets call 860-510-0453. Web: http://www.KatharineHepburnTheater.org/
Dec. 8 - Lori McKenna, 7:00 p.m. Mark Erelli opens.
Dec. 13 - Aztec Two-Step, 8:00 p.m.
Jan. 25 - Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem, 8:00 p.m.
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
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/
Jan. 11 - Amy Gallatin
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/
Dec. 13 - Songwriter Sessions - Lisa Martin Hosts, 7:00 p.m.
Dec. 14 - Anders Vercelli & Friends
Dec. 21 - Atwater-Donnelly
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
RIVER TOWN VILLAGE CONCERT SERIES
River Town Village Clubhouse, 401 Tributary Lane, River Town Village, Windsor, CT. 7:00 p.m. To reserve tickets, email email@example.com, or call 860-219-9296.
Dec. 8 - Cancelled (Buskin & Batteau)
Jan. 19 - April Verch
Feb. 9 - Rani Arbo
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/
Dec. 14 - Farmington Valley Chorus of Sweet Adelines, 7:30 to 10:00 p.m. Call 860-285-1886 or 860-688-6106 to reserve tickets.
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.
MEETING HOUSE SING-ALONG
Meeting House Sing-Along 21st Anniversary, Dec. 14, 2:00-5:00 p.m. Share food and voices! Acoustic sing-along, primarily from "Rise Up Singing." Second Saturday of each month, 2:00-5:00 p.m. Unitarian Meeting House, 50 Bloomfield Ave., Hartford, CT. For information call Ed Savage 860-966-8155 (mobile), email edsavage (atsign)ushartford.com.
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/
Dec. 8 - Too Blue
Dec. 15 - New England Bluegrass Band
Dec. 22 - BigApple'achia
Dec. 29 - Korey Brodsky Band
Jan. 5 - Driftwood
Jan. 12 - Southeast Expressway
Jan. 19 - Michelle Canning and Rough Edges
Jan. 26 - Cricket Tell the Weather
Feb. 2 - The Lonely Heartstrings Band
Feb. 9 - The Homesteaders
Feb. 16 - TruegrassCT
Feb. 23 - Chasing Blue
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/
Feb. 28 - Karan Casey (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: firstname.lastname@example.org or call Janet at 860-635-7685. Web: http://folknotes.org/
Jan. 4 - Caravan Of Thieves
Jan. 11 - Spuyten Duyvil
Jan. 18 - Last Fair Deal
Jan. 25 - Guy Van Duser & Billy Novick
Feb. 1 - Bay Spring Folk
Feb. 8 - Steve Gillette & Cindy Mangsen
Feb. 15 - Bob Franke
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/
Jan. 18 - Krista Detor & Trio
Feb. 15 - Darlingside & Caitlin Canty
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/
Jan. 11 - Bill Staines
BRIDGE STREET LIVE
41 Bridge Street, Collinsville, CT. Partial listing. 860-693-9762.
Dec. 8 - Sultans of String & Darlingside, 7:00 p.m.
Dec. 12 - Patty Larkin, 8:00 p.m.
INFINITY MUSIC HALL
20 Greenwoods Road West (Rte. 44), Norfolk, CT. (Partial listing.) 866-666-6306. Web: http://www.infinityhall.com/
Dec. 8 - Solas, 2:00 p.m.
Dec. 12 - Cheryl Wheeler and Steve Forbert, 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/
Dec. 14 - Cricket Tell The Weather (house concert)
Jan. 25 - Roosevelt Dime, Poor Old Shine
Feb. 15 - Goodnight Moonshine (house concert)
BLACKSTONE RIVER THEATRE
549 Broad Street, Cumberland, RI. For reservations call 401-725-9272. Web: http://www.riverfolk.org/
Dec. 8 - Irish Dance Christmas Spectacular featuring Tir Na Nog Irish Dance And Showcase Dance Productions, 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.
Dec. 14 at 8:00 p.m. and Dec. 15 at 7:00 p.m. - Blackstone River Theatre Christmas Celebration
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: email@example.com Web: http://www.stonesoupcoffeehouse.com/
Dec. 14 - Bluegrass Gospel Project
Jan. 11 - Box Car Lilies, opening: Paul Pasch
COMMON FENCE MUSIC
933 Anthony Road, Portsmouth, RI. 401-683-5085. http://commonfencemusic.org/
Jan. 11 - John Gorka, 8:00 p.m.
Jan. 25 - A Gathering of Fiddlers and Fishermen, open mic tribute to the sea, 6:30 p.m.
Feb. 15 - The Gnomes, 8:00 p.m.
SANDYWOODS CENTER FOR THE ARTS
43 Muse Way, Tiverton, RI. 401-241-7349. Web: http://sandywoodsmusic.com/
Dec. 21 - Antje Duvekot
Jan. 4 - Magnolia Fais-Do-Do
Jan. 18 - Atwater-Donnelly Trio
Feb. 1 - Paddy Keenan
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: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: http://arts-cape.com/whfolkmusic/
Jan. 5 - 4tet
Jan. 19 - Bill Staines
NARROWS CENTER FOR THE ARTS
16 Anawan St., Fall River, MA. 508-324-1926. Web: http://www.narrowscenter.org/
Dec. 29 - David Wax Museum
Jan. 3 - Chris Smither
Jan. 11 - Cheryl Wheeler
Feb. 14-15 - Eilen Jewell Band
Feb. 21 - Red Molly
Feb. 22 - Aztec Two-Step
Mar. 14 - Richard Shindell
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
Dec. 20 and 21 - Dar Williams
Jan. 3 and 4 - Livingston Taylor
Jan. 11 - Tracy Grammer
Jan. 12 - April Verch
Jan. 17 and 18 - Cheryl Wheeler
Feb. 8 - The Nields
Feb. 14 - Chris Smither
Feb. 15 - Aztec Two-Step
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: email@example.com Web: http://uNiCoffeehouse.org/
Dec. 14 - Ed Trickett
Jan. 11 - Priscilla Herdman with guitarist Max Cohen
Feb. 8 - Cindy Kallet and Grey Larsen - Almost Valentines Day Concert
BULL RUN RESTAURANT
215 Great Rd., Rte. 2A, Shirley, MA. (Partial listing.) 978-425-4311 or 877-536-7190. Web: http://tickets.bullrunrestaurant.com/
Jan. 4 - Claudia Schmidt
Jan. 26 - Judy Collins
Jan. 31 - Catie Curtis
Feb. 8 - Christine Lavin & Don White
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
NEW YORK PINEWOODS FOLK MUSIC CLUB
The Folk Music Society of New York. Partial listing. For more information call 718-672-6399. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: http://www.folkmusicny.org/
Jan. 31 - Legends: The New Boys of Old New York (Jeff Davis and Dave Ruch), 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/
Dec. 14 - New York City Labor Chorus.
Jan. 4 - Kim & Reggie Harris; John Flynn.
Jan. 11 - Dave Lippman; David Laibman.
Jan. 18 - Duncan Phillips; Generations: Michael & Aleksi Glick.
Jan. 24-26 - Closed for People's Music Network Winter Gathering.
COMMON GROUND COMMUNITY CONCERTS
Common Ground Coffeehouse at the First Unitarian Society of Westchester, 25 Old Jackson Avenue, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY.
Dec. 28 - Rock for the Run Benefit for Midnight Run, 7:30 p.m., (featuring The Lords of Leichtenstein)
Jan. 25 - Barnaby Bright, Tall Heights, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 22 - The Andy Statman Trio, 8:00 p.m.
Common Ground @ South Church at South Presbyterian Church, 343 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry, NY.
Jan. 4 - Chris Smither, with Milton, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 1 - Marika Hughes and Bottom Heavy, 7:30 p.m.
FOLK MUSIC SOCIETY OF HUNTINGTON
Congregational Church of Huntington, 30 Washington Drive, Centerport, NY. For more information, call 631-425-2925. Web: http://fmsh.org/
Jan. 4 - Members Showcase
Southern New England (WWUH): 860-768-5000
New York City: 718-651-1115
Dec. 13 - Foundry Artists Holiday Sale, The Pawtucket Armory Arts
Center, 172 Exchange St., Pawtucket, RI. A-D plays 6-8 pm.
Dec. 14 and 15 - With Cathy Clasper-Torch), Pendragon, and more, Blackstone River Theatre Holiday Show, 549 Broad St., Cumberland, RI. Dec. 14 at 8:00 p.m., Dec. 15 at 7:00 p.m. 401-725-9272. Web: http://www.riverfolk.org/
Dec. 21 - The Vanilla Bean, Rtes. 44, 169 & 97, Pomfret, CT. 8:00 p.m. http://www.thevanillabeancafe.com/
Dec. 22 - Annual Jean Ritchie Folk Concert, Port Washington Library, One Library Drive, Port Washington, NY. 3:00 p.m. Free to the public. 516-883-4400. http://www.pwpl.org/
Dec. 31 - First Night Chatham, Chatham, MA. 3:00 p.m. performance, Monomoy Hall at Chatham Bars Inn. http://www.firstnightchatham.com/
THE CELTICITY TRIO: Dec. 8 - Christ Church School of the Arts, Inc., 78 Washington Street, Norwich, CT. 3:00 p.m. 860-425-0663. Web: http://www.ccsarts.org/ Email: email@example.com
CLIFF HASLAM: Mondays at the Griswold Inn, 36 Main Street, Essex, CT. 860-767-1776 http://cliffhaslam.com/
THE ROSENTHALS (Phil and Daniel):
Dec. 8 - The Rosenthals and Naomi Sommers, Leif Nilsson Spring Street
Studio and Gallery, One Spring St., Chester, CT. 4:00 p.m. 860-526-2077
Dec. 12 - The Rosenthals and Naomi Sommers, Cafe Nine, 250 State St., New Haven, CT. 8:00 p.m. 203-789-8281 http://www.cafenine.com/event/382697-rosenthals-naomi-sommers-new-haven/
DON SINETI: Mondays - Mystic Seaport Museum, Mystic, CT. 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Education and shanties, mornings and afternoons.
Jan. 11 -
Linden Tree Coffeehouse,
UU Church, 326 Main St., Wakefield, MA. 8:00 p.m. Limited tix at the door.
Feb. 1 - Homegrown Coffeehouse, 1st Parish Church, 23 Dedham Ave., Needham, MA. 8:00 p.m. 781-444-7478. Advance tix: http://www.uuneedham.org/Coffeehouse/
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.
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.
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
Dec. 14 - HCD-Contra Dance with music by Dogtown with caller Bill Fischer 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.
Dec. 22 - Featuring Zdravets
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.
ROCKY HILL CONCERT
Dec. 8 - Concert of Advent and Christmas carols interspersed with readings of the Christmas story, 4:00 p.m. at the Rocky Hill Congregational Church, 805 Old Main St., Rocky Hill, CT. This annual tradition will feature our senior and children's choirs as well as the handbell choir and members of our orchestra. All are welcome. Free admission/goodwill donation. Call the church office for tickets: 860-529-4167
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):
"The Folk Spot", Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
"In the Tradition", Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday 5:00-8:00 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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