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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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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The Sounding Board is on summer break. 
We will reopen Saturday, September 8 with Bill Staines
For information about other folk and acoustic music events this summer, please click here to visit our More Folk Music page.

Saturday, September 8, 7:30 p.m.

Bill Staines is one of folk music’s most durable and beloved singers. With 26 recordings and more than 300 original songs, Staines’ music has been recorded by Peter, Paul, and Mary, Makem and Clancy, Nanci Griffith, Glen Yarborough, and many others. His music is sung at campfires and folk music gatherings, in homes and churches, all around the country.


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


 "Child of Mine"  (From a Sounding Board concert 9/9/17)

 "Sweet Wyoming Home"  (From a Sounding Board concert 9/9/17)


A Message to Our Members
(and those who should be)

Those of you who support The Sounding Board with a membership contribution every year are the backbone of this organization. We greatly appreciate your annual gifts.


Since the beginning of The Sounding Board, we have offered members a $2 discount on admission.  Starting with the September 8 Bill Staines concert, the membership discount for admission will increase to 20% off the regular ticket price.


When ticket prices are $20 for the general public, Sounding Board members will get in the door for just $16. For shows priced at $25, members will be able to attend for $20.


If you're not currently a Sounding Board member, please consider becoming one today.  You can join or renew your membership here on the website with your credit or debit card by clicking the membership button below


Please help support the
Fern Street Food Pantry

During the week and Saturday mornings, the space occupied by The Sounding Board is used by the Fern Street Food Pantry. Since 2012 the Food Pantry has provided hot meals and provisions for local families with food insecurity, including an innovative 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!

Saturday, Sept 22, 7:30 p.m.

Singer-songwriter David Mallett is one of America’s true original troubadours.


In a career spanning four decades, he has recorded 14 albums, had several hundred covers of his songs, including the American folk classic Garden Song [Inch by Inch, Row by Row], and performed in clubs, concert halls and festivals across the US, Canada and Europe.


Known for his carefully written, poetic offerings, his body of work has provided material for an eclectic list of artists that includes Alison Krauss, Pete Seeger, Hal Ketchum, Emmylou Harris, John Denver and the Muppets.


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

 "I Knew This Place"


Coming Fall 2018...

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

The Meadows Brothers (Oct 20, 2018)

David Roth (Oct 28, 2018 at Winding

Sally Rogers & Claudia Schmidt
   (Nov 3, 2018)

Steve Gillette & Cindy Mangsen
   (Nov 17, 2018)

Zoe Mulford (Nov 18, 2018 at Winding

A Celtic Holiday Celebration
   with Matt & Shannon Heaton (Dec 8, 2018)

And in 2019...

Mari Black World Fiddle Ensemble
   (Evening concert & afternoon fiddle workshop)

Nerissa & Katryna Nields

Gathering Time (at Winding Trails)

Connecticut Troubadours in concert
   with Kate Callahan, Kristen Graves & Hugh Blumenfeld

Joe Jencks

Naming The Twins (at Winding Trails)


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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