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

"Ernest has phenomenal guitar chops. His voice is uniquely his own and free of affectation. His lyrics. though deep, are in a straightforward, everyday vernacular. Humble on stage and off, Ernest is the whole package."

— Steve Dulson, Past President, FAR-West




Saturday, May 11, 7:30 p.m.

Ernest Troost is a singer-songwriter
and a Kerrville-New-Folk winner whose
songwriting style combines folk and
Piedmont-blues-style guitar picking with
evocative stories and colorful character portrayals—as though the Carter family, Robbie Robertson, and Alfred Hitchcock wrote songs together.


Ernest grew up in Ridgefield, CT and found a career in Hollywood writing soundtracks for TV shows and movies. He has earned five Emmy nominations for scores composed for a variety of TV series and HBO specials. He's also a fine singer-songwriter who tries to write "songs that are little on the outside, but big on the inside." This show will be Ernest's Sounding Board debut


Lindsey Fyfe was raised in a musical family and a frequent attendee at  Sounding Board concerts during her childhood. From a young age she developed a repertoire from the Americana tradition. Dan Tressler is a versatile musician who grew up in Easton, CT and got his start as a member of his family band, the Jackson Pike Skifflers. Fyfe and Tressler met through bluegrass music circles and quickly discovered that their vocal tonality, song repertoires, and instrumentation synced naturally. They have played as a duo at cultural events throughout the region and will make their first festival appearance together at the Westport Art Festival in summer 2019.


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

 "Switchblade Heart" – Ernest Troost at NERFA 2017

 "Harlan County Boys" – Ernest Troost

Presented by The Sounding Board

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


Saturday, May 18, 7:30 p.m.

Soon after the opening of The Sounding
Board in December 1973, The Sounding Board's original impresario ,Bill Domler,organized a group of volunteers and other folk music fans who had met there into an informal musical gathering. He co-opted the name of a similar folkie ensemble in San Francisco and named the group The Portable Folk Festival.


Soon after, they were playing at community events and country fairs. By the mid- to late-1970s, The Portables had an annual gig at The Sounding Board as well. It's safe to say that no one has performed at The Sounding Board as many times as they have.


Members of the group have come and gone and sometimes come again over the years. Today's Portable Folk Festival is comprised of about a dozen or so musicians and singers, each bring something special to the performance. Many members have been with the group for more than 40 years.


This will be an all-cover show with each group member giving their own twist to one or more songs from their favorite performers or a traditional tune. You'll hear traditional and contemporary songs, fiddle tunes, a bi of old-timey country, some novelty melodies, a few surprises, and who knows what else. It's performed to the accompaniment of guitar, banjo, penny whistle, fiddle, and even a tuba and bassoon.  Bring your singing voice because every song has a chorus and you're more than welcome to join in.


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

 "I Can't Be Satisfied" – Portable Folk Festival

 "Won't You Come On In" – Portable Folk Festival

The Sounding Board begins its summer hiatus after the May 18 concert.

Saturday night shows resume on September 7, 2019.
Scroll down for the fall schedule.

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.

Saturday, May 4, 7:30 p.m.

Pete Seeger was born on May 3, 1919.


This special event celebrates the 100th anniversary of his birth with a community singalong and concerts all around this country!  Not just to remember Pete and all he gave to the world – but also to rededicate ourselves to working tirelessly for the kind of world he & Toshi believed in so passionately.


Peter Blood and Annie Peterson, authors of the songbook Rise Up Singing, have created a special little collection of lyrics and chords to 40 of the best songs Pete led audiences in during his concerts, called If I Had A Hammer: A Pete Seeger Songbook. They will be joined at this special concert by three performers who were strongly influennced by Pete and his music: Sally Rogers, Charlie King, and Magpie.


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

Advance Tickets

Coming soon...

Low Lily (September 7, 2019)

Joe Crookston (September 21, 2019)

Jay Ungar & Molly Mason (October 5, 2019)

Molsky's Mountain Drifters
   (October 19, 2019)

The Malvinas (November 2, 2019 –
   Location TBA)

The Nields (November 16, 2019)

Windborne (January 4, 2020)

Heather Pierson Acoustic Trio
   (February 1, 2020)

The Hot Flashes (April 4, 2020)

Aaron Nathans & Michael Ronstadt
   (April 18, 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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