Branford Folk Music Society
The Branford Folk Music Society, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization recognized as tax exempt under the Internal Revenue Service Code section 501(c)(3). The Society sponsors the Branford Folk Coffeehouse, a monthly folk music concert series, September through May, at the First Congregational Church, on the green in Branford, Connecticut.
The group also holds monthly "house hoots" at members' homes, open to all for informal singing and playing, and produces a monthly newsletter with schedules and information on concerts and folk performers in Connecticut and the region. Branford Folk Music Society members receive a copy of the newsletter in the mail, as well as discounts in admission to our coffeehouse concerts. Become a member of the Branford Folk Music Society. Facebook members: Look us up on Facebook.
The Branford Folk Coffeehouse is in the auditorium of the First Congregational Church of Branford, 1009 Main Street, Branford, CT. Wheelchair accessible. Concerts begin at 8:00 P.M. Unless otherwise specified, admission is $15 for nonmembers, $12 for members, and $5 for children 12 and under.
Admission policy for this season's great folk shows: Pay at the door. Thanks!
Directions: Take I-95 Cedar Street exit #54, go south on Cedar
Street to the end (crossing Route 1), turn left on Main Street. The
Congregational Church is the brick church on the green (on the right).
For more information, call 203-488-7715.
If parking immediately next to the Church and the Green is full, there is additional parking nearby.
Please contact us if you are interested in helping the coffeehouse as a volunteer. In particular, refreshment donations will be welcomed.
If you are wondering if a concert will be held on an evening when the weather is bad, please call 203-488-7715. (There is no one at the church who can give out concert information.) Also, cancellations will be posted on WTNH Channel 8.
March 8, 2014: A Franco-American Soirée
Circle the calendar. This is a concert not to be missed. Renowned French-Canadian chanteuse Josée Vachon and fiddler extraordinaire Donna Hébert continue the vibrant association of performing together that they forged more than 20 years ago when they founded the famed folk group Chanterelle.
Born in Québec and raised in Maine, Josée has been sharing her Franco-American upbringing for over 25 years through traditional and contemporary folksongs from Québec and Acadia and through her own compositions. Likewise, Donna Hébert, a celebrated teacher and master fiddler, is steeped in Franco-American music. Society members will recall the vibrant concert she performed for us in December, 2011.
Donna is the author of the contemporary classic "Fiddling Demystified", a book/CD/DVD set for violinists, violists and cellists that grew out of her fiddling classes and her method for teaching by ear and playing in multiple fiddle styles. Certified as a Creative Teaching Partner, she has trained seven fiddling apprentices under National Endowment for the Arts sponsorship in her native Franco-American style. She's an adjunct fiddle instructor at Amherst College, and in 2008 won a prestigious Massachusetts Fellowship in the Folk Arts.
Josée Vachon began singing publicly with the support of the Franco-American Center at the University of Maine, where she discovered others who shared her rich heritage. After receiving her BA in Romance Languages in 1984, she continued to perform, quickly gaining recognition as a new Franco-American voice through early performances at state festivals in Maine and at schools and parish soirées. In 1999 she received the National Culture through the Arts Award from the New York State Association of Foreign Language Teachers, and was inducted into the French-Canadian Hall of Fame Class of 2007 for the American-French Genealogical Society.
Serving as a Franco-American ambassadrice, she has presented her music at hundreds of venues throughout the world ranging from Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C.; to the Congrès Mondial du Conseil International d'Etudes Francophones in Martinique, to the Festival été indien in St-Etienne, France. Josée's vast international television appearances include "Bonjour!" on which she made over 500 tapings from March 1987 to April 1998 of what became the most widely seen French-language television show in the United States.
Her music is included in "La Bolduc", a documentary made for Canada's History Channel; Microsoft's AutoMap Trip Planner software; and the Smithsonian Folkways CD, "Mademoiselle voulez-vous danser: Franco-American music from the New England Borderlands." Josée also has 12 solo recordings to her credit.
Chanterelle bassist and accordionist Alan Bradbury and Max Cohen, Donna's guitar accompanist, will join the women for the concert.
Sparky and Rhonda are sure to deliver an uplifting presentation of toe-tapping music spiced with humor, history, and tall tales. Their music includes a variety of old-time blues, slave songs, Appalachian music, spirituals, ballads, work songs, Civil War music, cowboy music, railroad songs, and a few of their own original compositions.
SAVE THE DATE!!!
CELEBRATE THE 40TH SEASON OF THE BRANFORD FOLK MUSIC SOCIETY COFFEEHOUSE!!!
SUNDAY, APRIL 27, 2014
ITALIAN AMERICAN SOCIAL CLUB
Details to be announced!
Steve and Cindy have been performing together for over 20 years, bringing together their love of traditional music and their wealth of original songs. Accompanying themselves with guitars and concertinas, their performances are known for rich harmony, compelling songs and a good dose of humor.
The February House Hoot will be on Sunday, February 23rd, from 4:00 to 6:30 (afternoon!) at the home of Barbara and Bjorn Ljungstrom. The address is 122 Court St., Unit #13, New Haven, CT. The theme for the first round, in honor of Pete Seeger, is Fifties Hootenanny Songs; after that, it’s every man and woman for themselves. Go to a list of The Weavers songs on the net, or any song Pete wrote or collaborated on or sang himself.
Directions: Trumbull St. Exit, turn left on Orange St. , pass Elm St., turn onto Court St. next left, 122 is center of block, on the right. Access is from keypad Dobay #13 to come in door. Elevator on left, second floor, #13. Street parking on Sundays in New Haven is free, or there are parking lots on Court, State and Orange. Also bring a snack or drink(s) to share. – Sheldon Campbell
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The Branford Folk Music Society is looking for a volunteer to manage the signs that we put up at the church for each concert. This includes storing the signs at your home, bringing them to each concert and setting them up. If you are interested or would like more information, please let us know at a concert or by email at email@example.com.
New Board Members Sought
The Board of Directors is currently accepting nominations to fill at large positions on the Board.
The Branford Folk Music Society is a member of
the North American Folk Music and Dance Alliance,
and the Arts Council of Greater New Haven.
|The Branford Folk Music Society primarily books "traditional" and/or "traditions based" acoustic music, rooted in the Anglo-Celtic and/or American folk genres, and other traditional forms, such as Cajun, French Canadian, Klezmer, etc. We are also open to booking "traditions based" performers who write their own material provided their music demonstrates a knowledge and respect for these long established traditions.|
The Branford Folk Music Society posts monthly concert listings on the following web sites and blogs:
americantowns.com at http://www.branford.americantowns.com/
Nonprofit Bulletin at http://www.nhbulletin.blogspot.com/
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Branford Folk Music Society
P.O. Box 441
Branford, CT 06405