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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 produces a bimonthly 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.


Stacy Phillips

It is the policy of the Branford Folk Music Society to present performers who perform traditions-based folk music. Most of our performers specialize in one, or two traditions. Occasionally a performer comes along who has a repertoire that spans several different and highly varied traditions. Stacy Phillips was one of these unique performers. Stacy played music in numerous tradition-based styles including, but not limited to Bluegrass, Contradance, Klezmer, Hawaiian, Southern Mountain, Americana and Celtic. Branford Folk Music Society had the pleasure of being able to book Stacy Phillips on several occasions, in a variety of configurations, including him appearing with:

It is with great sadness that we must announce the passing of Stacy Phillips on Tuesday, 6/5/2018. He was a great friend, strong advocate for music, keeper of tradition, teacher, writer, etc. His loss will be felt for some time to come, but his influence lives on in his students and in the musicians he played with in both formal and informal settings.

From the New Haven Independent: https://www.newhavenindependent.org/index.php/archives/entry/stacy_phillips_obituary/

Stacy Phillips' appearances at Branford Folk Coffeehouse


Branford Folk Coffeehouse

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. Admission prices are listed for each concert. Please pay at the door – there are no advance sales.

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. Email: branfordfolk@gmail.com
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.

September 15, 2018: Yves Lambert Trio

The Yves Lambert Trio showcases the unique connection between maturity and youth by creating a new world of poetry and celebration. Yves Lambert's charisma and talent, coupled with Tommy Gauthier and Olivier Rondeau's virtuosity and passion, the nuances of their arrangements and their distinct harmony make this trio one-of-a-kind musical experience. By reviving undiscovered songs and adding their own brand of energy, multicultural ambiance and colorful sounds there's really nothing quite like the Yves Lambert Trio.

October 13, 2018: To be announced

November 10, 2018: Bill Staines

After touring and playing concerts for over 41 years, you would think that musician and songwriter Bill Staines might think about slowing down, but that's just not the case. Bill continues to perform more than 175 shows a year and drives close to 70,000 miles getting to them. He is one of the most durable and beloved singers on the folk music scene today.

December 8, 2018: Jerry Bryant

Jerry Bryant is a native of the State of Maine who for the last 30 years has performed folk music all over the United States. Performing on guitar, concertina, banjo, melodeon and other acoustic instruments, his repertoire includes hundreds of traditional and contemporary folk songs, with a particular interest in the music of sailors

January 12, 2019: Josée Vachon

Born in Québec and raised in Maine, Josée Vachon 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.

February 16, 2019: James Keelaghan

Called Canada's finest singer-songwriter by one of the most respected and lauded music journalists of the last 50 years, James Keelaghan is an artist who has proven to be a man for all seasons.

March 9, 2019: Joel Mabus

Joel Mabus is a maverick in the folk music world. He defies any easy pigeonhole. By turns, he picks a mountain banjo to accompany an ancient ballad, sings a witty song about modern life, plays a sweet Irish melody on guitar, swings a hot jazz number, and then reaches deep for a soulful expression of values in a troubled world. He tops it all with a fiddle tune or old Carter family song - all skillfully blended into a seamless flow.

April 13, 2019: To be announced

May 11, 2019: Too Blue

Seamlessly blending their vocals are guitarist Betsy Rome and banjoist Joan Harrison. Mandolin powerhouse Michael Sassano astounds and entertains, while jazz bassist Jamie Doris brings a creative and unique perspective to the band. Together, Too Blue makes exciting bluegrass that swings and entertains.


Previous concerts at the Branford Folk Coffeehouse

Branford Folk Photo Gallery

BRANFORD FOLK NEEDS VOLUNTEERS!

Branford Folk Coffeehouse performers are often provided overnight accommodations by volunteers in their homes. However, some performers are very sensitive to furry critters, so if you can provide overnight accommodations in a pet-free environment, please let us know, either at a concert or by email at branfordfolk@gmail.com. Hosts receive complimentary admission to the show! Thank you!

Wanna be on our Board?

The all-volunteer Board of Directors of the Branford Folk Music Society is looking for new members with a passion for traditional and tradition-based folk music and the skills to help us bring the joy of that music to wider audiences. We are seeking interested people with the time and willingness to take an active role in creating awareness of Branford Folk Music Society events in Connecticut, particularly in the broader shoreline community, and with skills to complement those of members of the current Board. These could include experience in public relations, arts or events coordination (not necessarily in music), outreach or fundraising; or connections with media, historical and cultural organizations in the New Haven area and towns along the shoreline. Anyone interested should contact us at 203-488-7715 or branfordfolk@gmail.com.


The Branford Folk Music Society is a member of the Folk Alliance International,
the Arts Council of Greater New Haven and the Shoreline Chamber of Commerce.

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.

Other folk music events in Connecticut and southern New England

Please send event listings to the editor at bshall@cox.net.


Branford Folk Music Society
P.O. Box 441
Branford, CT 06405
http://branfordfolk.org/