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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.


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 14, 2019: The Vox Hunters

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.

October 12, 2019: Sarah McQuaid

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.

November 9, 2019: Archie Fisher

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.

December 14, 2019: Low Lily

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).

January 11, 2020: Molsky's Mountain Drifters

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).

February 8, 2020: The Johnson 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.

March 14, 2020: Matt Byrne and Cliff Haslam

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.

April 18, 2020: (to be announced)

May 9, 2020: Connie Dover and Skip Gorman


Previous concerts at the Branford Folk Coffeehouse

Branford Folk Photo Gallery

Other folk music events in Connecticut and southern New England

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

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 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
http://branfordfolk.org/