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.
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.
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.
Armand Aromin and Benedict Gagliardi are multi-instrumentalists based in Rhode Island. Aromin is primarily a fiddler and Gagliardi is a concertina player, but both play a variety of instruments. Both are also wonderful singers and inveterate song and tune collectors.
Recently honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Ards International Guitar Festival in Northern Ireland, Sarah's also drawn critical praise for her voice (which has been likened to malt whiskey and melted chocolate) and her engaging rapport with audiences: "I've attended hundreds of concerts of all kinds, and her subtle mastery on stage launches her straight into my fave shows ever," wrote The Huffington Post.
Beloved worldwide as one of the finest traditional singers of all time, Archie Fisher is recognized as Scotland's foremost folk troubadour with a career spanning over four decades. A talent that transcends generations and genres.
With a vocal blend that has been dubbed "outstanding" and "meticulous," Low Lily's cohesive sound comes naturally for musicians whose lives have been entwined on the road and onstage for almost two decades. Setting down roots in Brattleboro, Vermont, the band has crafted a signature sound which they have shared with enthusiastic audiences throughout North America and the UK. Low Lily includes Liz Simmons (vocals and guitar), Flynn Cohen (mandolin, guitar and vocals) and Lissa Schneckenburger (fiddle and vocals).
Molsky's Mountain Drifters packs a punch with three of the most captivating performers in the most recent generation of Old-Time and American Roots music. The band features Bruce Molsky, (Grammy nominated, revered Old-Time music ambassador and Berklee College of Music Visiting Scholar) along with guitar genre bender Stash Wyslouch (of the Deadly Gentlemen) on guitar and vocals and master of the clawhammer banjo, Allison de Groot (of The Goodbye Girls).
The Johnson Girls is an energetic all-woman a cappella ensemble, performing traditional and contemporary music with an emphasis on songs of the sea and shore. With a sound that has been called "exciting," "haunting," and "uplifting," the Johnson Girls give powerhouse performances that bring audiences to their feet wherever they go.
Usually playing guitar, and singing in a very gentle manner Ed Trickett is known as a "song interpeter". He looks for the hidden truths in songs, and sings them to us in a manner that gives us a new meaning to old songs.
Last time Matt was in Branford he said he would love to share the stage with Cliff Haslam. We are thrilled to be able to put these two fantastic performers together for a special night of ballads, sea chanties and chorus songs. Both performers come from families where traditional singing was a part of their upbringing. They both support these traditions with powerful vocals, polished guitar work, and a presence that fills the room.
All you pickers and singers and whatnot...
The next House Hoot will be at 7:30 on Friday, June 21, at Amy Novick and Tom Stio's house. The theme for the first round is Home Goods: songs about furniture, tableware, pictures, tchotchkes, etc. Second round and beyond ... anything goes.
Please come prepared with a couple of songs to sing or to lead the rest of us in singing. Those not prepared or too shy to sing are welcome to enjoy the music. Also, please bring a snack or drinks to share during the break.
The address is 95 Jackson Road, Hamden.
The House Hoot, loosely associated with the Branford Folk Music Society, has been going since the 1950s. It's an opportunity to get together and Sing Good Songs, originally mostly folk songs but these days including many other musical realms including rock, pop, jazz, blues, and sometimes even silly songs! All acoustic instruments and voices are welcome.
Please send event listings to the editor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
|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 is a member of the Folk Alliance International, the Arts Council of Greater New Haven, and the Shoreline Chamber of Commerce.
Branford Folk Music Society
P.O. Box 441
Branford, CT 06405