FOLK MUSIC IN THE AREA

SOUNDING BOARD COFFEEHOUSE
Most concerts are at the Universalist Church of West Hartford, 433 Fern Street, West Hartford, CT. 7:30 p.m. Web: http://www.soundingboardcoffeehouse.org/
The Sounding Board has decided to postpone all remaining concerts in its 2019-2020 season.

MEETING HOUSE PRESENTS CONCERT SERIES
All concerts held at The Unitarian Society of Hartford, 50 Bloomfield Avenue, Hartford, CT, in cooperation with the Sounding Board Coffeehouse. 7:30 p.m. For more information and tickets: http://www.ushartford.com/nourishing-spirit/music/meetinghousepresents/
Closed until further notice.

BRANFORD FOLK COFFEEHOUSE
Branford Folk Music Society, First Congregational Church, 1009 Main Street, Branford, CT. 8:00 p.m. For more information call 203-488-7715. Email: branfordfolk@gmail.com Web: http://branfordfolk.org/
Apr. 18 - Cancelled
May 9 - Cancelled

THE RIDGEFIELD PLAYHOUSE
The Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Road, Ridgefield, CT. (Partial listing.) For tickets or information call 203-438-5795. Web: http://www.ridgefieldplayhouse.org/
Apr. 15 - Brett Dennen, 8:00 p.m.
Apr. 16 - Rosanne Cash, 8:00 p.m.
Apr. 18 - Art Garfunkel, 8:00 p.m.
May 1 - Ann Hampton Callaway: The Linda Ronstadt Songbook, 8:00 p.m.
Aug. 13 - Don McLean, 8:00 p.m.

VOICES CAFE
Unitarian Church of Westport, 10 Lyons Plains Road, Westport, CT. For more information call 203-227-7205 x14. Web: https://voicescafe.org/
Apr. 11 - Kipyn Martin & Jenner Fox, 8:00 p.m.
May 9 - David Jacobs-Strain and Bob Beach, 8:00 p.m.

FOLK FRIDAYS SERIES
Presented by CT Folk at First Presbyterian Church, 704 Whitney Avenue (corner of Whitney & Huntington), New Haven, CT. 7:30 p.m.
Apr. 3 - Cancelled
May 1 - Cancelled
http://www.ctfolk.com/

SHAPE NOTE SINGING IN NEW HAVEN
We sing from the Sacred Harp every Tuesday from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. in Room 106, Stoeckel Hall on the campus of Yale University, 469 College Street, New Haven, CT. No singing in late December, when Yale is closed. All are welcome. For more information: http://www.yale.edu/ynhrs/

GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTIONS
GuitartownCT at Best Video, 1842 Whitney Avenue, Hamden, CT. For tickets, directions and information: http://www.guitartownct.com/
May 8 - Twisted Pine, 7:30 p.m.
June 19 - The Honey Dewdrops, 7:30 p.m.

FRENCH FOLK MUSIC JAM
Jam Francais at City Sports Grille, 177 Farmington Ave., Bristol, CT. Preserving French Canadian culture, music, songs, and more. All acoustic instruments and all skill levels welcome. Every 1st and 3rd Wednesday evening from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. For more information contact jamfrancais@yahoo.com

CT OLD TIMEY ACOUSTIC JAM
Old-timey music jam at The Pine Loft Cafe, 1474 Berlin Turnpike, Berlin, CT. For more information: http://oldtimeyjam.blogspot.com/

FRIDAY NIGHT FOLK AT ALL SOULS
All Souls Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 19 Jay Street, New London, CT. Note that these concerts are on Saturdays. 7:30 p.m. For more information and tickets see http://www.fridaynightfolk.org/
Apr. 4 - Cancelled
May 9 - Braiden Sunshine & Jake Kulak

THE BUTTONWOOD TREE
605 Main Street, Middletown, CT. For more information call 860-347-4957. (Partial listing.) Email: thebuttonwoodtree@gmail.com Web: http://www.buttonwood.org/
First Thursdays - Acoustic Open Mic with Bob Gotta, 6:30 p.m. sign-up
Apr. 18 - Don White

THE PACKING HOUSE
156 River Road (Route 32), Willington, CT. The Packing House is the performance venue of the Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance, Inc. 518-791-9474. Web: http://thepackinghouse.us/
Apr. 17 - Ramblin Dan Stevens, acoustic blues
Apr. 25 - AJ Jansen, The outlaw Women of Country
May 2 - Bob Malone, keyboardist, original rock
May 9 - Amy Rigby, folk/indie

THE VANILLA BEAN CAFE
On the corner of Routes 44, 169, and 97, Pomfret, CT. Show times are 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. 860-928-1562. Web: http://www.thevanillabeancafe.com/
All shows in April have been cancelled
May 1 - Open Mic - Lisa Martin
May 2 - Atwater~Donnelly
May 9 - Kat Wallace and David Sasso
May 15 - My Word! - Spoken Word Night: TEEG Benefit
May 16 - Sally Rogers
May 22 - SING: The Quiet Corner Song Swap, 7:00 p.m.
May 23 - Beck n' Call
May 30 - Joel Cage
June 5 - Open Mic - Bob Chabot
June 19 - SING: The Quiet Corner Song Swap, 7:00 p.m.

OPEN MIC IN COVENTRY
Open Mike on the fourth Thursday of each month, at the Song-a-Day Music Center, 2809 Boston Tpk (Rt. 44), Coventry, CT. 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Proceeds benefit Knights outreach programs. Refreshments available. All type of music, spoken word welcome. RJ (Ruth & Jim) are your hosts. Ruth O'Neil & Jim Hammitt, Song-a-Day Music Center, 860-742-6878, songaday@hotmail.com

NORTHWEST PARK CONCERT SERIES
Northwest Park Nature Center, 145 Lang Road, Windsor, CT. 7:30 p.m. Visit http://www.northwestpark.org/ for links to our performing artists. Tickets are available online or by calling the nature center at 860-285-1886 or at the door the night of the performance.
Apr. 4 - Postponed (Lucy Kaplansky)
Apr. 18 - Porch Party Mamas
May 2 - Postponed (Gil Gutierrez Trio)

MEETING HOUSE SING-ALONG
Meeting House Sing-Along, usually second Saturday of each month, 2:00-5:00 p.m. at the Unitarian Society of Hartford, 50 Bloomfield Ave., Hartford, CT. For more information contact Ed Savage at edsavage@ushartford.com or phone 860-233-9897 (Meeting House office).

IRISH MUSIC SESSIONS
Traditional Irish Music Jam Session every Wednesday night, 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. at McKinnon's Irish Pub, 114 Asylum St., Hartford, CT. No charge. All Celtic players, singers and dancers invited. Weekly special guests. 860-524-8174

ROARING BROOK CONCERTS
Roaring Brook Nature Center, 70 Gracey Road, Canton, CT. 7:30 p.m. For reservations and information call 860-693-0263. Web: http://www.roaringbrook.org/concerts/concerts.html
Apr. 4 - Garnet Rogers
Apr. 18 - Chris Smither (celebrating RBC's 40th Anniversary)

DULCIMER FOLK ASSOCIATION OF CONNECTICUT
An informal monthly gathering of local folk musicians, including but not limited to players of mountain dulcimer, autoharp, bamboo pipe, bowed psaltery, hammered dulcimer, recorder and others. Varying skill levels, all invited. Meets at 2:00-5:00 p.m. first Saturdays of the month at The Farmington Inn, Route 4, Farmington, CT (I-84 exit 39, Route 4 West). Info regarding local dulcimer teachers is available. Contact Don Moore 860-242-3003 or DonSawmill@aol.com for information. Web: http://www.dulcimerfolkct.org/

BLACKSTONE RIVER THEATRE
549 Broad Street, Cumberland, RI. For reservations call 401-725-9272. Web: http://www.riverfolk.org/
Apr. 4 - Cancelled
June 20 - 10th annual Blackstone River Theatre Summer Solstice Festival, at Diamond Hill Park, Rte. 114, Cumberland, RI. 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

STONE SOUP COFFEEHOUSE
The Music Mansion, 88 Meeting Street, Providence, RI. 7:00 p.m. 401-529-5622. http://www.stonesoupcoffeehouse.org/
Apr. 25 - Joe Jencks & Pamela Means

PVFS SONG AND STORY SWAP
The Pioneer Valley Folklore Society and the Nacul Center jointly sponsor a Song and Story Swap on the first Saturday of each month (except July and August), 7:00 p.m. at The Nacul Center, 592 Main St., Amherst, MA. Open to the public, free of charge with donations accepted. People of all ages gather to share stories and songs that are traditional, newly written, or of personal experiences. You can tell, sing, or lead everyone in singing, or request a song or story. Listeners are welcome.
Due to pandemic-imposed restrictions on travel and socializing, the April 4 Song & Story Swap will be conducted as a Zoom online meeting. To register for the event please visit http://filbert.com/pvfs/ and click on the "Register" button at the top of the page. For more information contact Paul Kaplan, 413-687-5002. Web:
http://www.filbert.com/pvfs/

NEW YORK PINEWOODS FOLK MUSIC CLUB
The Folk Music Society of New York. For more information call 718-672-6399. Email: nypinewood@aol.com Web: http://www.folkmusicny.org/

PEOPLES' VOICE CAFE
At The Community Church of New York Unitarian Universalist, 40 East 35th St. (between Madison & Park), New York City, NY. 8:00 p.m. For more information call 212-787-3903. Web: http://www.peoplesvoicecafe.org/
All concerts through May 16 - Cancelled

COMMON GROUND COMMUNITY CONCERTS
Common Ground Coffeehouse at the First Unitarian Society of Westchester, 25 Old Jackson Avenue, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY. 7:30 p.m.
Apr. 25 - Postponed
May 16 - Postponed
http://commongroundfusw.com/

RIVER SPIRIT MUSIC
House concerts in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY. For more information and reservations: http://www.riverspiritmusic.com/
Apr. 19 - Vance Gilbert

FOLK PHONE
WWUH Listener Line: 860-768-5913


FOLK ARTISTS

CLIFF HASLAM
Mondays at the Griswold Inn, 36 Main Street, Essex, CT. 860-767-1776 http://cliffhaslam.com/

LARRY KAPLAN
May 7 - Austin Acoustical Café, 2874 Shoal Crest Ave., Austin, TX. https://www.austinacousticalcafe.org/
May 8 - New World Deli Coffeehouse, 4101 Guadalupe St., Austin, TX. 512 451-7170. https://www.neworldeli.com/
http://www.larrykaplanmusic.com/

LAST FAIR DEAL
Apr. 11 - Postponed
Apr. 25 - Postponed
http://www.lastfairdeal.com/

PORCH PARTY MAMAS
Apr. 17 - Sound Retreat, Chester, CT. 7:30 p.m.
Apr. 18 - NW Park, Windsor, CT. 7:00 p.m.
May 1 - With Jennifer Kimball, Amazing Things, Framingham, MA. 7:00 p.m.
May 2 - Press Room, Portsmouth, NH. 7:00 p.m.
May 9 - Fallout Shelter/Extended Play Sessions, Norwood, MA. 7:00 p.m.
For more information: https://www.porchpartymamas.com/

PHIL ROSENTHAL
Apr. 12 - Frog Hollow, Best Video Film and Cultural Center, 1842 Whitney Ave., Hamden, CT. 6:30 p.m. 203-287-9286. https://www.bestvideo.com/
http://www.americanmelody.com/phil.htm

ROGER SPRUNG, HAL WYLIE & FRIENDS
First Saturday of every month except July and August - Folk, Irish, Bluegrass and Traditional Music (instrumentalists welcome to jam), The "Pasta Project" at the United Methodist Coffee House, Newtown, CT. (Exit 10 off I-84, 1/5 mile north.) Dinner 5:00-7:30 p.m., music 8:00-10:30 p.m.


BLUEGRASS EVENTS

BOSTON BLUEGRASS UNION
The Boston Bluegrass Union is an all-volunteer New England-based bluegrass music association promoting and supporting bluegrass festivals, concerts, jams and bluegrass music education throughout the Northeast. Web: http://www.bbu.org/

CT BLUEGRASS MUSIC ASSOCIATION
Web: http://www.ctbgma.org/


FESTIVALS AND SPECIAL EVENTS

MUSIC & MORE FEATURING NEFESH MOUNTAIN
Apr. 5 - Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek (CBSRZ) brings internationally known progressive bluegrass band Nefesh Mountain to the stage on April 5, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. Critically acclaimed Nefesh Mountain ingeniously brings together the worlds of American Roots music with Jewish heritage and tradition. The quintet tours internationally year-round as a beacon of diversity; sharing their music and love for American and Jewish culture with audiences worldwide.
Phone: 860-526-8920. Email: office@cbsrz.org. Website: https://www.cbsrz.org/engage/events/music-more/nefesh-mountain/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/536104200322692/

CONNECTICUT STORYTELLING FESTIVAL & CONFERENCE
CANCELLED
https://connstorycenter.org/festival.htm

CDSS DANCE, MUSIC, AND SONGS CAMPS
Dance, Music, and Songs Camps by the Country Dance and Song Society. The following camp weeks are planned, from July 18 through August 29, 2020: Family Week at Pinewoods, Harmony of Song & Dance at Pinewoods, Family Week at Ogontz, English Dance Week at Pinewoods, American Dance & Music Week at Pinewoods, Dance, Music & Spice at Cavell, Cascade of Music & Dance at Louise, Early Music Week at Pinewoods, Campers' Week. For more information: https://camp.cdss.org/

MAINEWOODS DANCE CAMP 2020
Located at Camp Indian Acres in Fryeburg, Maine. Session 1: Aug. 16-22. Session 2: Aug. 23-29. For more information: http://mainewoodsdancecamp.org/


FOLK DANCING

There are many more dance listings than are included here.
Also look at http://www.contradancelinks.com/schedule.html

ROUND HILL COUNTRY DANCES
Traditional New England contra dances held on the 4th Saturday of the month (except February, May, August, and December) at First Congregational Church of Stamford, 1 Walton Place, Stamford CT located in the heart of downtown Stamford between Bedford and Prospect Streets. Suggested donation is $15 - 25 (minimum $12). All dances are 7:30-10:30 p.m. unless otherwise specified, with basics for beginners at 7:15. Partners are not required. Please bring a separate pair of clean, flat, soft-soled shoes for dancing. For further information, call 203-372-3890, or email Carol Mazza (jmazza@snet.net). http://www.roundhill.net/

NEW HAVEN COUNTRY DANCERS
Contra Dances on the first Saturday throughout the year, at the New Haven Friends Meeting House, 225 East Grand Avenue, New Haven, CT. Beginner's lesson at 7:15 p.m., dance 7:30-10:30 p.m. Wear clean soft-soled comfortable shoes. Admission $12.00. Call 203-776-1812 for more information. Web: https://newhavencontra.org/

SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING IN HAMDEN
Enjoy the social dances of Scotland every Tuesday evening from 7:15 to 9:45 at the Whitneyville Cultural Commons, 1253 Whitney Avenue, Hamden, CT. New dancers welcome. All dances taught. Come alone or with a partner. Contact Leslie 203-281-6591 or newhavenscottish@gmail.com.

SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING IN MIDDLETOWN
Every Wednesday evening from 7:15 to 9:30 at the First Church of Christ, Congregational, 190 Court Street, Middletown, CT. Beginners are welcome for lessons and Dance. Soft soled shoes. Contact Barbara Link at 860-653-5258, blink6325@yahoo.com.

MOSTLY WALTZ
Mostly Waltz features waltzes, waltz mixers, and other couple dances like blues, swing, tango, and polka. Except as noted, our events are typically the first Sunday of the month, with beginner lesson 2:30-3:00 pm and dancing 3:00-6:00 pm. At Griffith Dance Academy (formerly the American Legion Hall), 275 Main Street, Old Wethersfield, CT. $13, $6 students with ID. For more information: http://www.hcdance.org/waltz.htm

HARTFORD COMMUNITY DANCE JAM SESSION AND CONTRA DANCE
Hartford Community Dance sponsors monthly contra dance jam sessions 5:30-7:15 p.m. second Saturdays at Griffith Dance Academy (formerly the American Legion Hall), 275 Main Street, Old Wethersfield, CT. The jams provide an opportunity for new and experienced musicians to learn, play, and enjoy the contra dance repertoire. Players of all instruments are welcome. The jam is most appropriate for "intermediate" skill levels. The jam session is followed by an introduction to contra dancing at 7:30 and a contra dance until 10:30 p.m. For more information, contact Rob at 860-232-2504. Web: http://www.hcdance.org/

ALWAYS ON SUNDAY INTERNATIONAL FOLK DANCE
Due to the state of emergency in Connecticut, Always on Sunday will be cancelling dances from now until May. http://www.alwaysonsunday.us/


FOLK MUSIC ON THE RADIO

Internet radio: http://www.folkalley.com/ streaming folk music hosted by WKSU-FM at Kent State University in Ohio.

WAMC (90.3 FM, Albany, NY)
"Mountain Stage", Monday 9:00-11:00 p.m.
"Hudson River Sampler", Wanda Fischer, Saturday 8:00-10:30 p.m.
"Thistle & Shamrock", Fiona Ritchie, Sunday 7:00-8:00 p.m.
http://wamc.org/

WCNI (90.9 FM, New London, CT)
Alternating Fridays: "River Road" (a mix of folk and Americana) with Helen Jankoski, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Alternating Sundays: "Traditions" with Art Dean, and "Home on the Eclectic Range" with Bridgett Ellis, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
http://wcniradio.org/

WCUW (91.3 FM, Worcester, MA)
"In the Tradition", Monday-Thursday 7:00-9:00 p.m.
"The Four Green Fields" (Irish), Saturday 10:00 a.m.-noon.
"Music of Scotia" (Scotland), Saturday 12:00 noon-2:00 p.m.
http://www.wcuw.org/

WESU (88.1 FM, Middletown, CT)
"75% Folk" with Michael Benson, Monday 6:30-8:00 p.m.
"Unfocused Folk" with Chip Austin, 2nd & 4th Monday of the month, 8:00-9:30 p.m.
"Acoustic Blender" with Bill Revill, Tuesday 5:05-8:00 p.m.
"The Celtic Cafe" with Pat Laffan and Mark Gallagher, Saturday 6:00-7:00 a.m.
http://wesufm.org/

WHUS (91.7 FM, Storrs, CT)
"Bluegrass Cafe," Amy Orlomoski and Jim Beaver (alternating weeks), Sunday 4:00-7:00 p.m. Email: whusbluegrasscafe@gmail.com
"Sunday Night Folk Festival", Susan Forbes Hansen, Sunday 7:00-10:00 p.m.
http://www.whus.org/

WICN (90.5 FM, Worcester, MA)
"Folk Revival" with Nick Noble, Thursday 7:00-10:00 p.m.
http://www.wicn.org/

WKNH (91.3 FM, Keene, NH)
"Mostly Bluegrass", Rob Mayo, Thursday 8:00-11:00 a.m.
http://www.wknh.org/

WKZE (98.1 FM, Salisbury, CT and Red Hook, NY)
"New Harmony", Dick Hermans, Saturday 8:00-10:00 a.m.
http://www.wkze.com/

WMNR (88.1 FM, Monroe, and 91.5 Guilford, CT)
"Good Folk", Richard Hageman, Thursday 9:00-11:00 p.m.
http://wmnr.org/

WNHU (88.7 FM, West Haven, CT)
"The Folk Show", Saturday 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. with John Mazza. wnhufolk@yahoo.com
"Echoes of Erin", Sunday Noon to 2:00 p.m. with Pat Kennedy.
http://www.wnhu.net/

WSHU (91.1 FM, Fairfield, CT) and WSUF (89.9 FM, Noyack/Greenport, NY)
"Profiles in Folk", Steve Winters, Friday 10:00 p.m.-midnight.
"Thistle and Shamrock", Fiona Ritchie, Saturday 8:00-9:00 p.m.
"AcousticConnections", Walt Graham, Saturday 9:00-10:00 p.m.
http://www.wshu.org/

WTCC (90.7 FM, Springfield, MA)
"Country Corner", Dave Helman, Saturday 1:00-3:00 p.m. Vintage Country and Bluegrass. Email: davehelman@comcast.net.
http://www.wtccfm.org/

WWUH (91.3 FM, West Hartford, CT)
(Also carried by WAPJ in Torrington 89.9 and 105.1, WDJW in Somers 89.7, and WWEB Wallingford 89.9)
"FM On Toast", Sunday-Friday 6:00-9:00 a.m.
"Watch This Space", Susan Forbes Hansen, Friday 6:00-9:00 a.m.
http://www.wwuh.org/program/music/folk/folk.htm
"UH Radio Bluegrass", Brian Burness, Saturday 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
http://wwuh.org/