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A Folk & Acoustic Music Series Since 1973

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

*unless noted otherwise


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Saturday, May 19, 7:30 p.m.


It's safe to say that no one has played The Sounding Board more often than the Portable Folk Festival. Founded in 1974 by the Sounding Board's original impressario, Bill Domler, the band consists of Sounding Board stalwarts who have frequented the coffeehouse since its inception. Expect traditional and contemporary folk, a bit of bluegrass, fiddle tunes, and who knows what else they will pull from their eclectic repertoire. Its always fun and a great way to conclude The Sounding Board's season.


$20 Adults
$10 Students and Children 12 and under with a parent/adult

 "Four Rode By"  (Ian Tyson)


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This concert is a benefit for the Caring for Caroline GoFundMe campaign.  All proceeds from admissions and refreshments will go toward to helping Caroline Paton deal with medical challenges and expenses. Additional contributions to the campaign beyond the cost of admission will also be gratefully accepted.


This event is our way of giving back to Caroline, who with her late husband, Sandy Paton, was instrumental in the founding of The Sounding Board in 1973.

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As most of you know, for more than a half century Caroline Paton, along with her late husband, Sandy, has brought music and joy to thousands through performances, special gatherings and sales of traditional and contemporary folk recordings on Folk Legacy Records.  The Patons were also instrumental in the creation of The Sounding Board, and performed at the very first Sounding Board concert in December 3, 1973.


Now Caroline, at age 85, is facing medical challenges and expenses. At this time, she is no longer able to live on her beloved Sharon Mountain hilltop home. She is healthy but has limited mobility.  We can make her present circumstances much better and bring her well-deserved comfort with our generous donations. With our financial support she will be able to have a vastly improved quality of life.   Sadly, songs will not be enough.


The Sounding Board has made a donation to help support Caroline in her time of need. Your donations will be used for care-giver relief, transportation, delivery of meals, and medical care not covered by insurance.


Please consider supporting to this campaign. Click the Donate button at right to go to the Caring For Caroline GoFundMe page.

Coming Fall 2018...

Advance Tickets available now
for May shows.

Bill Staines (Sept 8, 2018)

David Mallett (Sept 22, 2018)

Amy Kucharik & Friends With Benefits
   (Oct 6, 2018)

The Meadows Brothers (Oct 20, 2018)

Sally Rogers & Claudia Schmidt
   (Nov 3, 2018)

And in 2019...

Mari Black World Fiddle Ensemble

Nerissa & Katryna Nields

Joe Jencks


Uke U (all-day ukulele workshop & evening concert)

The Malvinas


Ernest Troost

and more Sounding Board Too concerts Sunday afternoons at Winding Trails

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

You can also make a reservation by clicking any of the blue buttons on this page marked "Reservations."

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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