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

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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, Sept 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)



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.

THANK YOU to everyone who attended the Portable Folk Festival concert on May 19. Your support made it possible to donate $1118 to the Caring For Caroline campaign.


Coming Fall 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)

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

Nerissa & Katryna Nields

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

Joe Jencks

Naming The Twins


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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