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:

  • guitarist Paul Howard playing what Stacy called neo-Americana
  • Stacy Phillips and His Bluegrass Characters
  • Joe Gerhard doing an evening of comparative fiddle styles (Stacy playing Southern Appalachian fiddle and Joe playing Irish fiddle)

It is with great sadness that we look back on the passing of Stacy Phillips on June 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

Stacy Paul BFMS Stacy Paul on stage

Stacy Phillips and Paul Howard at Branford Folk


Stacy Phillips and Joe Gerhard

Joe Gerhard and Stacy Phillips accompanied by Phil Zimmerman and Ellen Cohn


Stacy Phillips and HIS Bluegrass Characters Stacy Phillips and HIS Bluegrass Characters

Stacy Phillips and HIS Bluegrass Characters Stacy Phillips and HIS Bluegrass Characters

Stacy Phillips and HIS Bluegrass Characters