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Concerts at The Universalist Church, 433 Fern St., West Hartford, CT*
860-770-3001•Credit/Debit Cards Accepted at the Door

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A Meeting House Presents! event in cooperation with The Sounding Board.

This concert will be held at The Unitarian Society of Hartford, 50 Bloomfield Ave., Hartford, CT

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The Sounding Board is an all-volunteer, non-profit 501(c)3 organization founded in 1973 to present and preserve folk music in all its forms in the Greater Hartford area

 

 

“… a master of both the acoustic and

electric guitar”

– Atlantic City Press

DENNIS McCORKLE
Friday, February 23, 8:00 p.m.

Producer, composer, musician, and author; Dennis McCorkle has been motivating influence in the music and publishing industry for over 30 years.

 

As a guitarist, he has studied with guitar masters Dennis Sandole, Frank Mullen and the late John Marlow. McCorkle has also written over two hundred compositions for guitar, voice, musical theater, and orchestra. His guitar repertoire encompasses Celtic, American folk, classical, jazz, ragtime, blues, and Brazilian music. From jazz guitar to marching band. From the blues to ancient music from the Psalms—there is something for everyone in here.

 

Dennis McCorkle will be accompanied by his trio and Brazilian and Scottish guest vocalists.

 

$20 General
$12 Students with ID
Children under 12 free with a parent

No reservations are available for this concert

 

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 "Are You In The Mood"  (Django Reinhart/Stephane Grappelli)

 "Spanish Sangria"  (Dennis McCorkle)

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A Sounding Board Too event in cooperation with Winding Trails.

This concert will be held at The Lodge at Winding Trails, Farmington, CT

A ST. PAT'S DAY PRELUDE with
MATT & SHANNON HEATON
Sunday, February 25, 2:00 p.m.

Jam & Song Swap 2:00-2:45 p.m.

Concert begins at 3:00 p.m.

 

The husband-and-wife team of Matt and Shannon
Heaton are two of the best from Boston's rich traditional Celtic music scene. With engaging stage presence and masterfully-crafted music, The Heatons offer well-travelled Irish music from the heart. Steeped in sessions in County Clare and brewed in the acoustic music scenes of Chicago & Boston, their flute/guitar/bouzouki instrumentals and sweet husband-and-wife harmony singing draw deeply from the Irish tradition.

 

$20 General
$15 Sounding Board or Winding Trails Member
$10 Students with ID
Children under 12 free with a parent/adult

“Their playing is masterful and
   inventive, their arrangements
   city-smart and spacious.”

– Scott Alarik, Boston Globe

  Irish Tradiional Reels

 "Demon Lover"  Live on New Hampshire Public Radio (Traditional)

LARRY KAPLAN with
DAVID PATON & TOM WHITE
Saturday, March 3, 7:30 p.m.

Larry Kaplan’s songs are known and loved in the US and around the world. In addition to his five CDs – three with Folk Legacy – many of his songs are performed and have been recorded by respected artists and audiences. poignant stories in song, written in the truest folk traditPon, honest, highly singable…always memorable. Larry's newest CD, "True Enough" was released in January 2018 and will be available for a special discounted price at this concert

 

David Paton is a well-known and highly respected for his virtuoso concertina and hammered dulcimer playing as well as his rich repertoire of music from diverse sources including Quebecois, Swedish, Finnish, English and Scottish traditional ballads, and traditional American folk music.

 

Tom White was raised in the rich musical environment of Maryland along the Chesapeake Bay water front. His family gatherings always had what they called "ole time music", rich in bluegrass, folk and traditional music of all kinds. Over the years, starting with guitar, he’s added many instruments to his expertly played collection including fiddle, tin whistle, concertina, mandolin, hammer dulcimer, and others.

 

$17 general, $15 members,
$10 students with ID, $8 children 12 & under

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“Larry paints pictures with his words and turns of phrase in a way that few current songwriters do.”

– Sally Rogers

 "Old Time Riverman"  (John Hartford)

 "Don't Forget To Play Your Fiddle"

JOHN GORKA
Sat., March 10, 7:30 p.m.

From New Jersey, John Gorka is a world-renowned singer-songwriter who got his start at a neighborhood coffeehouse in eastern Pennsylvania. He soon found himself acting as resident MC and sound man, encountering legendary folk troubadours like Canadian singer-songwriter Stan Rogers, Eric Andersen, Tom Paxton and many others. In 1987,  Red House Records caught wind of John’s talents and released his first album, I Know, to popular and critical acclaim.

 

Fourteen albums and extensive worldwide touring later, John Gorka is recognized as one of America's top singer-songwriters. There are few contemporary songwriters that come anywhere close to the talent of John Gorka. His songs have a way of working on you long after you thought you had it all figured out.

 

$25 General
$23 Sounding Board Member
$12 Students with ID
$10 Children under 12 with a parent/adult

“… With a tangle of songs that

   emotionally connect us all and leave a

   tender trace, John Gorka stimulates

   the cerebrum, keeps our smiles agile

   and fit and reconnects us with what

   really matters most in music:

   honesty.”

– Brian DAmbrosio, Huffington Post

  "I'm From New Jersey"

  "Mennonite Girl"  From John Gorka's new CD "True In Time"

A Sounding Board Too event in cooperation with Winding Trails.

This concert will be held at The Lodge at Winding Trails, Farmington, CT

SCOTT AINSLIE
Sunday, March 11, 2:00 p.m.

Jam & Song Swap 2:00-2:45 p.m.

Concert begins at 3:00 p.m.

 

When he was three, Scott Ainslie's mother found him at the family piano picking out the melodies from the records she listened to during the day. He's been a musician ever since.

 

As a traditional musician with expertise in Piedmont and Delta Blues as well as Southern Appalachian fiddle and banjo traditions and a gifted songwriter, his performances present a wonderful palette of sounds and stories that will delight the ear, awaken the mind, and satisfy the heart.

 

$20 General
$15 Sounding Board or Winding Trails Member
$10 Students with ID
Children under 12 free with a parent/adult

“With Scott’s performance, you don’t

   just get a guy singing songs. He’s a

   great storyteller, historian, and

   educator. From the minute he starts,

   you know you’re with someone who

  cares deeply about both music and

  people.”

– Shane W. Cadman, Artistic Director

Ruth B. Shannon Theatre for the Performing Arts, Whittier College, Whittier, CA

 "The Land That I Love" (Scott Ainslie)

 "Dust My Broom"  (Robert Johnson)

Coming soon...

Advance Tickets available now
for February and March shows.

Rani Arbo and daisy mayhem (3/17/18)

JP Cormier (3/23/18)

A Meeting House Presents! concert in cooperation
with The Sounding Board.  This event will take place
at The Unitarian Society of Hartford, 50 Bloomfield
Ave., Hartford, CT

Lisa Bastoni (3/25/18)

A Sounding Board Too! concert in cooperation
with Winding Trails Inc.  This event will take place
at The Lodge at Winding Trails, 50 Winding Trails
Drive, Farmington, CT. Open jam/song swap at
2 p.m., concert begins 3 p.m.

Susie Burke & David Surette (3/30/18)

A Meeting House Presents! concert in cooperation
with The Sounding Board.  This event will take place
at The Unitarian Society of Hartford, 50 Bloomfield
Ave., Hartford, CT

Villa Palagonia (4/6/18)

A Sounding Board Too! concert in cooperation
with Winding Trails Inc.  This event will take place
at The Lodge at Winding Trails, 50 Winding Trails
Drive, Farmington, CT. Open jam/song swap at
2 p.m., concert begins 3 p.m.

Davy Sturtevant & Lisa and Lori Brigantino  (4/14/18)

An Evening with Mary Gauthier (4/27/18)

A Meeting House Presents! concert in cooperation
with The Sounding Board.  This event will take place
at The Unitarian Society of Hartford, 50 Bloomfield
Ave., Hartford, CT

Johnson Girls (4/28/18)

Porch Party Mamas (5/12/18)

Portable Folk Festival (5/19/18)

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Please make reservations using the online form or by email. You can also make a reservation by sending a text to 860-770-3001.

If you really feel the need to make your reservation by a traditional phone call, dial 860-770-3001 and leave a voice mail with your name, the concert you wish to attend, and the number of people in your party. The Sounding Board does not confirm reservations made by phone or text.

Reservations must be made before 3:30 p.m. on the day of the concert. Reservations must be claimed at the admissions table by 7:15 on the night of the performance.

Please do not call the church for reservations or Sounding Board information. The Sounding Board is not affiliated with The Universalist Church and only rents the hall where we hold our concerts.

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