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Presented by The Sounding Board

This concert will take place at The Universalist Church of West Hartford,
433 Fern Street, West Hartford, CT.


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



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Saturday, September 7, 7:30 p.m.

New England-based string and vocal trio Low Lily

explores the roots of American folk music with traditional influences and modern inspiration. The members of the trio -- Liz Simmons, Flynn Cohen and Lissa Schneckenburger -- have deep relationships to traditional music styles, ranging from bluegrass to Irish, Scottish, English, New England, and old-time Appalachian sounds. Their music is rooted, yet contemporary, with a vocal blend that has been dubbed "outstanding" and "meticulous.".


Low Lily’s new full-length album, 10,000 Days Like These, brings its members’ histories together and also takes a step forward with originals, covers, and overall, fresh new music. Simmons produced the album, creating a running thread through the project of political, personal, and occasionally humorous and quirky subject matter.


Low Lily will be joined at this performance by bassist Corey DiMario.


$25 General
$20 Sounding Board Members
$12 Full Time College/High School Students
$10 Children 12 and under with parent/adult

 "Hope Lingers On" – from the Low Lily CD "10.000 Days Like This"

"Exuberant yet sensitive... exceptional and refreshing."

— No Depression


 "False Sir John" – Low Lily at Celtic Colors

Presented by The Sounding Board

This concert will take place at The Universalist Church of West Hartford,
433 Fern Street, West Hartford, CT.


Saturday, September 14, 7:30 p.m.

No one remembers when the neighbors started calling the McCutcheons to complain about the loud singing from young John's bedroom. It didn't seem to do much good, though. For, after a shaky, lopsided battle between piano lessons and baseball (he was a mediocre pianist and an all-star catcher), he had "found his voice" thanks to a cheap mail-order guitar and a used book of chords.


From such inauspicious beginnings, John McCutcheon has emerged as one of our most respected and loved folksingers. As an instrumentalist, he is a master of a dozen different traditional instruments, most notably the rare and beautiful hammer dulcimer. His songwriting has been hailed by critics and singers around the globe. His thirty recordings have garnered every imaginable honor including seven Grammy nominations. He has produced over twenty albums of other artists, from traditional fiddlers to contemporary singer-songwriters to educational and documentary works. His books and instructional materials have introduced budding players to the joys of their own musicality. And his commitment to grassroots political organizations has put him on the front lines of many of the issues important to communities and workers.


But it is in live performance that John feels most at home. It is what has brought his music into the lives and homes of one of the broadest audiences any folk musician has ever enjoyed. People of every generation and background seem to feel at home in a concert hall when John McCutcheon takes the stage, with what critics describe as "little feats of magic," "breathtaking in their ease and grace...," and "like a conversation with an illuminating old friend."


$25 General
$20 Sounding Board Members
$12 Full Time College/High School Students
$10 Children 12 and under with parent/adult

"John McCutcheon is not only one of the best musicians in the USA, but also a great singer, songwriter, and song leader.  And not just incidentally, he is committed to helping hard-working people everywhere to organize and push this world in a better direction."

— Pete Seeger


 "Y'All Means Y'All" and "That's Not Me"

 "Peg and Awl" – Captured live at The Sounding Board Nov 18, 2017

Presented by The Sounding Board

This concert will take place at The Universalist Church of West Hartford,
433 Fern Street, West Hartford, CT.


Saturday, September 21, 7:30 p.m.

From Ithaca, NY… an artist, writer, guitar picker, painter, claw hammer banjo player, eco-village member and believer in all things possible.


Joe Crookston will surprise you and awaken the cynics. He's plumbing for lyrical gold like a social archaeologist. His songs are universal, his rhythm infectious and in concert, he is funny as hell one moment and transcendent the next.  His blend of guitar mastery, story songs, humor, unstoppable energy and rhythm bring the house to their feet at almost every show.  If you love a moving song and musical madness, Joe Crookston delivers it all, the melodies, the lyrics, the energy, and a deep passion for exceptionally well-written songs.


Joe is literate, poignant and funny. There's no doubt you’ll be glad you came.


$20 General
$16 Sounding Board Members
$10 Full Time College/High School Students
$8 Children 12 and under with parent/adult

"You’ll be pulled in by the magic and musical world that he creates and you’ll end up in the moment, celebrating together with the rest of the audience. He’ll sing to you ~ You’ll sing with him…His music embraces the universal, connects us, is masterful and downright fun."

— Avogadro's Number, Ft. Collins, Colorado

 "Good Luck John" – Recorded at Folk Alley

 "Fall Down As The Rain"

Presented by The Sounding Board

This concert will take place at The Universalist Church of West Hartford,
433 Fern Street, West Hartford, CT.


Saturday, October 5, 7:30 p.m.

Jay Ungar & Molly Mason are masters of music and storytelling who generously share their lives and their music with audiences. There are so many moments and strands to savor in the course of an evening of their music.


Jay’s fiddling is brimming with playfulness, drama, soulfulness and technical verve, as he explores the many musical styles and idioms that he has internalized and made his own. Molly’s total mastery and inventiveness on piano and guitar is always spot-on, as she supports the tunes and follows the flow of the melody. Her rich and expressive vocals along with the resonant strains of Jay’s violin, reveal the deep emotions that flow in the duos veins.


Millions were entranced by the music they did for Ken Burns’ PBS documentary The Civil War. Their performance of the series’ signature tune, Jay’s haunting composition, Ashokan Farewell, earned the couple international acclaim. The soundtrack won a Grammy and Ashokan Farewell was nominated for an Emmy.


This simple, but powerful melody was originally inspired by the week-long Ashokan Music & Dance Camps that Jay & Molly run for adults and families at The Ashokan Center in the Catskill Mountains. People attend the camps to become better fiddlers, guitarists, mandolin players, percussionists, dancers, dance callers and instructors—and in doing so they become links in the chain that helps pass our folk heritage from the people who came before us, to those who will follow.


$25 General
$20 Sounding Board Members
$12 Full Time College/High School Students
$10 Children 12 and under with parent/adult

"On stage, Mason and Ungar complement each other like a finely crafted fiddle and bow. Together they weave a rich postmodern musical magic carpet on which listeners may vicariously glide back in time and experience first-hand the sonorous riches of traditional music.."

— David S. Rotenstein, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 "The Lover's Waltz" – Jay & Molly

 "Relax Your Mind" – Jay & Molly

Upcoming Meeting House Presents! concerts at the Unitarian Society of Hartford
(Events produced in cooperation with The Sounding Board)

A Meeting House Presents! concert in cooperation with The Sounding Board

This concert will take place at The Unitarian Society of Hartford,
50 Bloomfield Ave., Hartford CT.  Click here for directions.

Friday, September 13, 7:30 p.m.

Mad Agnes is Margo Hennebach, Adrienne Jones and Mark Saunders. Each member arrived at the trio from a staggering list of solo accomplishments, including songwriting competitions, recordings, and the ability to sleep on any surface. Multi-instrumentalists all, Hennebach is classically trained in piano, Jones is self-taught on guitar and bass, and Saunders adds color with a vintage mandolin and subtle electronic processing on his guitar. The sound can be full as a concert hall or delicate as three voices singing a cappella.


Harmony-driven performance of contemporary singer-songwriter material influenced by classical, Celtic, folk/rock, PDQ Bach, and a touch of street theatre. Their lyrics, vocal intricacies and instrument prowess are unforgettable.


Mad Agnes is mad – but only in the most endearing way. And if you ask them what they’re mad about… Why, they’re mad about you.


Reservations are not available for this event.

$20 General
$14 Full Time College/High School Students
Children 12 and under FREE
with a paying parent/adult

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 "Everything I Wanted to Learn About Love I Learned From My Dog"

Coming soon...

Molsky's Mountain Drifters
   (October 19, 2019 /Afternoon Workshop

   and Jam at 2:30 p.m., Evening concert
   at 7:30 p.m.)

Shawna Caspi – Sounding Board Too
   at LaSalle Market & Deli, Collinsville
   (Sunday, October 27, 2019, 3 p.m.)

Ed Trickett (November 9, 2019)

The Nields (November 16, 2019)

The Young Novelists – Sounding Board Too
   at LaSalle Market & Deli, Collinsville
   (Sunday, November 24, 2019, 3 p.m.)

Windborne (January 11, 2020)

The Cadleys (January 18, 2020)

Lara Herscovitch & Sophie Buskin (February 1, 2020)

Alastair Moock (February 15, 2020)

The Vox Hunters (February 29, 2020)

St. Patrick's Prelude with Poor Man's Gambit
   (March 7, 2020)

Matthew Byrne – Sounding Board Too at
   LaSalle Market & Deli, Collinsville
   (Sunday March 15, 2020, 3 p.m.)

Dan Weber (March 21, 2020)

The Hot Flashes (April 4, 2020)

Aaron Nathans & Michael Ronstadt (April 18, 2020)

Heather Pierson Acoustic Trio (May 9, 2020)

Portable Folk Festival (May 16, 2020)

For information on other folk music events at 100+ venues throughout the area, click here.


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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.

Please help support the Fern Street Food Pantry


Since 2012 Fern Street Food Pantry has provided hot meals and provisions for local families with food insecurity, including a program that distributes food-filled backpacks to at-risk West Hartford students.


Your help is needed. Please bring a non-perishable food item whenever you attend a Sounding Board concert. There will be a collection box at the admissions table.  THANKS!

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