FOLK MUSIC IN THE AREA

GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTIONS
GuitartownCT at 166 Mather Street, Hamden, CT. 203-430-6020. Tickets: http://www.guitartownct.com/
Aug. 8, 2021: Mile Twelve bluegrass band, 3:00 p.m.

THIRD ANNUAL SAINT JOHN'S BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL 'ON THE HILL', NORTH GUILFORD, CT
August 28, 2021: The Third Annual Bluegrass Festival will take place on Historic Meetinghouse Hill on the grounds of Saint John's Episcopal Church, 129 Ledge Hill Road, North Guilford, CT, on Saturday, August 28, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. All lovers of bluegrass music are invited to join us for an incredible evening of local bluegrass bands including Sperry Creek, Gray Sky Girls, Five 'n Change and Grass Routes. The rural atmosphere on Ledge Hill Road long ago hosted preacher Lyman Beecher (father of Harriet Beecher Stowe), and more recently in 2014, was the location for the filming of the movie, "Freedom" about the Underground Railroad. Join us for bluegrass music and a fun family event. Bring a chair and a picnic supper if you wish and settle in and enjoy a unique afternoon and evening of song.
Tickets are $20 in advance at EventBrite.com https://www.eventbrite.com/e/st-johns-2nd-annual-bluegrass-festival-tickets-62919143853?ref=eios , by emailing bluegrassfestival@yahoo.com, or $25 at the door. Children under 12 free. Rain date Sunday, August 29. ALL COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS WILL BE IN PLACE PER CDC AND STATE OF CONNECTICUT GUIDELINES.
For more information please contact Mary Peitler, Communications Director for Saint John's Church, at berryfitzp@gmail.com or 203-686-1334.

PHIL ROSENTHAL
Aug. 4, 2021: Phil Rosenthal concert, Hagaman Memorial Library, 227 Main St., East Haven, CT. 6:30 p.m. 203-468-3890. (Rain date is August 12th). https://www.hagamanlibrary.org/category/adult/
Aug. 28, 2021: Third Annual Bluegrass on the Hill Festival: The Gray Sky Girls (featuring my daughter Naomi Sommers, and Lisa Bastoni) will be performing along with Sperry Creek, Five 'n Change and Grass Routes at Saint John's Episcopal Church, 129 Ledge Hill Rd., Guilford, CT. 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. 203-686-1334. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/3rd-annual-bluegrass-festival-tickets-154560784467
Sep. 4, 2021: Frog Hollow concert, Best Video Film and Cultural Center, 1842 Whitney Ave., Hamden CT. Featuring Peter Menta on harmonica, Bobo Lavorgna on upright bass, Chris Wuerth on guitar and me on banjo, guitar and mandola, Frog Hollow blends bluegrass and blues. 4:30 p.m. 203-287-9286. https://www.bestvideo.com/
http://www.americanmelody.com/phil.htm

TRADMAD CAMP
Aug. 28 to Sep. 3, 2021: TradMaD Camp live and in person! Traditional Music and Dance Camp is happening at Pinewoods Camp (near Plymouth, MA). (All participants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 at least 2 weeks prior to camp and provide a copy of your vaccination record. All camp staff, crew and program staff are fully vaccinated.) Web: http://www.tradmadcamp.org/ You can register for TradMaD Camp at https://tinyurl.com/26w9zveb

ROBBIE COLLOMORE CONCERT SERIES
Chester Meeting House, intersection of Goose Hill Rd. and Liberty St., Chester, CT. 5:00 p.m. For more information call 203-488-8403. Web: http://collomoreconcerts.org/
Sep. 19, 2021: Paul Huang, Violin, & Helen Huang, Piano (classical)
Oct. 17, 2021: Frank Vignola's Hot Jazz Guitar Duo (jazz)
Nov. 21, 2021: Ulysses String Quartet (classical)
Dec. 5, 2021: Sam Reider & The Human Hands (bluegrass fusion)

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


SOUNDING BOARD COFFEEHOUSE
Most concerts are at the Universalist Church of West Hartford, 433 Fern Street, West Hartford, CT. 7:30 p.m. Web: https://www.thesoundingboard.org/

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/

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/

VOICES CAFE
Unitarian Church of Westport, 10 Lyons Plains Road, Westport, CT. For more information call 203-227-7205 x14. Web: https://voicescafe.org/

SHAMROCK TRADITIONAL IRISH MUSIC SOCIETY
For reservations, concert locations, or more information, call 203-257-8737 or email: tmquinn@optonline.net Web: http://www.shamrockirishmusic.org/

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.
http://www.ctfolk.com/

EAST ROCK CONCERT SERIES
All shows are at 7:00 (doors at 6:30) on either Saturday or Sunday, at 285 Nicoll Street, New Haven, CT. Web: https://www.mactivity.com/events-calendar also https://www.fernandopintopresents.com/

GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTIONS
GuitartownCT at 166 Mather Street, Hamden, CT. 203-430-6020. Tickets: http://www.guitartownct.com/
Aug. 8, 2021: Mile Twelve bluegrass band, 3:00 p.m.

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/

ROBBIE COLLOMORE CONCERT SERIES
Chester Meeting House, intersection of Goose Hill Rd. and Liberty St., Chester, CT. 5:00 p.m. For more information call 203-488-8403. Web: http://collomoreconcerts.org/
Sep. 19, 2021: Paul Huang, Violin, & Helen Huang, Piano (classical)
Oct. 17, 2021: Frank Vignola's Hot Jazz Guitar Duo (jazz)
Nov. 21, 2021: Ulysses String Quartet (classical)
Dec. 5, 2021: Sam Reider & The Human Hands (bluegrass fusion)

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

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/

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/

NORTHWEST PARK CONCERT SERIES
Northwest Park Nature Center, 145 Lang Road, Windsor, CT. 7:30 p.m. 860-285-1886. Web: http://www.northwestpark.org/

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

BLACKSTONE RIVER THEATRE
549 Broad Street, Cumberland, RI. For reservations call 401-725-9272. Web: http://www.riverfolk.org/

STONE SOUP COFFEEHOUSE
The Music Mansion, 88 Meeting Street, Providence, RI. 7:00 p.m. 401-529-5622. http://www.stonesoupcoffeehouse.org/

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. For more information contact Paul Kaplan, 413-687-5002.
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/

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.
http://commongroundfusw.com/

RIVER SPIRIT MUSIC
House concerts in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY. http://www.riverspiritmusic.com/

FOLK PHONE
WWUH Listener Line: 860-768-5913


FOLK ARTISTS

PHIL ROSENTHAL
Aug. 4, 2021: Phil Rosenthal concert, Hagaman Memorial Library, 227 Main St., East Haven, CT. 6:30 p.m. 203-468-3890. (Rain date is August 12th). https://www.hagamanlibrary.org/category/adult/
Aug. 28, 2021: Third Annual Bluegrass on the Hill Festival: The Gray Sky Girls (featuring my daughter Naomi Sommers, and Lisa Bastoni) will be performing along with Sperry Creek, Five 'n Change and Grass Routes at Saint John's Episcopal Church, 129 Ledge Hill Rd., Guilford, CT. 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. 203-686-1334. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/3rd-annual-bluegrass-festival-tickets-154560784467
Sep. 4, 2021: Frog Hollow concert, Best Video Film and Cultural Center, 1842 Whitney Ave., Hamden CT. Featuring Peter Menta on harmonica, Bobo Lavorgna on upright bass, Chris Wuerth on guitar and me on banjo, guitar and mandola, Frog Hollow blends bluegrass and blues. 4:30 p.m. 203-287-9286. https://www.bestvideo.com/
http://www.americanmelody.com/phil.htm


BLUEGRASS EVENTS

THIRD ANNUAL SAINT JOHN'S BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL 'ON THE HILL', NORTH GUILFORD, CT
August 28, 2021: The Third Annual Bluegrass Festival will take place on Historic Meetinghouse Hill on the grounds of Saint John's Episcopal Church, 129 Ledge Hill Road, North Guilford, CT, on Saturday, August 28, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. All lovers of bluegrass music are invited to join us for an incredible evening of local bluegrass bands including Sperry Creek, Gray Sky Girls, Five 'n Change and Grass Routes. The rural atmosphere on Ledge Hill Road long ago hosted preacher Lyman Beecher (father of Harriet Beecher Stowe), and more recently in 2014, was the location for the filming of the movie, "Freedom" about the Underground Railroad. Join us for bluegrass music and a fun family event. Bring a chair and a picnic supper if you wish and settle in and enjoy a unique afternoon and evening of song.
Tickets are $20 in advance at EventBrite.com https://www.eventbrite.com/e/st-johns-2nd-annual-bluegrass-festival-tickets-62919143853?ref=eios , by emailing bluegrassfestival@yahoo.com, or $25 at the door. Children under 12 free. Rain date Sunday, August 29. ALL COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS WILL BE IN PLACE PER CDC AND STATE OF CONNECTICUT GUIDELINES.
For more information please contact Mary Peitler, Communications Director for Saint John's Church, at berryfitzp@gmail.com or 203-686-1334.

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

TRADMAD CAMP
Aug. 28 to Sep. 3, 2021: TradMaD Camp live and in person! Traditional Music and Dance Camp is happening at Pinewoods Camp (near Plymouth, MA). (All participants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 at least 2 weeks prior to camp and provide a copy of your vaccination record. All camp staff, crew and program staff are fully vaccinated.) Web: http://www.tradmadcamp.org/ You can register for TradMaD Camp at https://tinyurl.com/26w9zveb


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/