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.
December 14, 2013: The Honey Dewdrops
The Virginia-based Honey Dewdrops will grace our stage on Dec. 14 in still yet another Branford Folk Music Society debut during this our 40th Anniversary season. There is a high lonesome quality to the way the voices of Laura Wortman and her spouse Kagey Parrish blend that is familiar, yet the mixture is unique. Their music covers the ground between handcrafted folk songs, Appalachian fiddle tunes, and a cappella spirituals.
The musical career of Laura and Kagey has been on an upward curve since they captured the "Prairie Home Companion" Talent Contest in 2008, besting five other bands in the finals of the national radio show competition hosted by Garrison Keillor. Up to that time, Kagey and Laura were teachers who performed music on the side but who desired to ultimately make music a full-time occupation. "Winning the contest really inspired us to keep on going and writing at the time," Kagey said. A year later, they recorded their first CD, let their teaching contracts expire and hit the road.
Since then they've crisscrossed America with their blend of new Americana and traditional folk music, building up loyal audiences along the way. They create inspired songs that are rooted in the experience and lives of people. The songs they write shine with energy and emotion through intimate performances with a handful of acoustic instruments and tightly layered harmonies. On stage, the Honey Dewdrops focus on dynamically blending the sounds of instruments and voices by singing and playing into a single microphone.
Today this duet is in the vanguard of a new generation of young performers bringing contemporary folk into the mainstream. The Honey Dewdrops have recorded three albums and are now gathering material for a fourth. Their latest offering, "Silver Lining", ranked fourth in 2012 in folk music radio play monitored by FolkDJ. It's no wonder that Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine said this about the duo: "Their talent is such that it's quite possible that a new band recording in the year 2020 might cite the Honey Dewdrops as a prime influence."
January 11, 2014: Mestizo Manta
Connecticut-based Mestizo Manta is a group of Peruvian aficionado musicians joined to cultivate Andean music from Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, Colombia and other neighboring countries of South America. The group was formed in 1994 and most of its founding members still play together. Using traditional native instruments as well as European guitars the ensemble continues to share their ancient melodies with the modern world. They enjoy performing almost anywhere they are invited because they love what they do – musica!
Mestizo Manta interprets different styles of music from each Andean nation. San Juanitos from Ecuador, Huaynos from Peru, cumbias from Colombia, sikuris and tinkus from Bolivia and many other Latin American folk styles. Their melodies are performed on native instruments such as the quena (Indian flute), the zamponas (panpipes), bombo/Tinya (drums), shacshas (seeds) and palo de lluvia (rain sticks). They also utilize the charango, a little guitar with five double strings born in the Andes, blended with European instruments such as the acoustic guitar, mandolin and violin. Performances are enhanced with explanations of Latin-American culture and traditions.
Bill Staines is an intimate, compelling performer, out of the folk scene of the 60's, encouraging his audience to sing with him on his chorus songs. 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.
An evening of Franco-American joie de vivre! Singer Josée Vachon and fiddler Donna Hébert continue the vibrant association forged over twenty years of performing together. Chanterelle bassist and accordionist Alan Bradbury joins in, as does Donna's guitarist, Max Cohen, for an evening with the French ladies! Ooo la la!
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.
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.
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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