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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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To Our Members and Friends

Over the last few weeks, our world has been altered in ways we could scarcely imagine just a short time ago.


The Coronavirus outbreak has changed life drastically. In the interest of curbing the spread of this life-threatening disease and to comply with the ban on public gatherings of 10 or more people, The Sounding Board has decided to postpone all remaining concerts in its 2019-2020 season.


Please notice that I used the word "postpone" instead of cancel. It is our intention to reschedule as many of the performances we had to cut in March, April and May as we can to new dates in 2021. If the threat of Coronavirus infection is eliminated by next fall and current bans on public gatherings are lifted, The Sounding Board intends to reopen on Saturday, September 12, 2020 with Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem to kick off the 48th season of folk, acoustic and roots music.


Many folk musicians are feeling the pinch in this unprecedented time. As gigs dry up, performers are seeing the prospect of substantial lost income. The Sounding Board's directors feel an obligation to the performers whose dates have been eliminated from the schedule, deciding at a recent meeting to pay the guarantees promised to each artist who lost their date on The Sounding Board schedule from March through May 2020. The directors were unanimous in their decision to assist those performers who lost their Sounding Board dates. This gesture to our artists will put pressure on our reserve fund, and your contributions to The Sounding Board to help cover these expenses will be greatly appreciated.


The Sounding Board is also asking performers, including both past Sounding Board favorites and musicians and bands whose dates we have had to postpone, to share online concerts and video with us to keep the music going during these dark times. Our Facebook page will feature those events throughout the spring and summer. You can also revisit many past Sounding Board shows from 2015 to 2020 at The Sounding Board's YouTube channel or on the Archives page of this website.


Thank you for your support of The Sounding Board and stay safe during this unprecedented time.


Jim Rigby

President / Acting Artistic Director

The Sounding Board


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