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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DAVID MALLETT
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
$12 Full Time College/High School Students
$10 Children 12 and under with a parent/adult

 "I Knew This Place"

 "Celebration"

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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

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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!

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.

PETER MAYER
Saturday, Sept 29, 7:30 p.m.

Peter Mayer writes songs for a small planet—songs about interconnectedness and the human journey; about the beauty and mystery of the world. Whimsical, humorous, and profound, his music breaks the boundaries of "folk", and transcends to a realm beyond the everyday love song, to a place of wonder at the very fact of life itself.

 

Peter has gradually gained a dedicated, word-of-mouth following, playing shows from Minnesota to Texas, New England to California. He has ten albums to his credit, and has sold over 80 thousand of them independently.

 

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

 "Holy Now"

 "Awake"

AMY KUCHARIK &
FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS
Saturday, Oct 6, 7:30 p.m.

Ukulele-slinging, Kerrville New Folk winning songwriter and performer Amy Kucharik energizes audiences with a winning blend of blues, folk and New Orleans jazz traditions along with her own sometimes quirky originals. Amy honed her street-smart stagecraft as a busker in Boston's subways, and on stage, Amy transports her audience to places both timeless and familiar, but always innovative. Amy wants her audience to have a good time, and her performances are infused with Vaudevillian charm and an infectious, danceable swing.

 

Amy's music has drawn comparisons to Maria Muldaur, Lake Street Dive, Christine Lavin, and Anais Mitchell. She will perform with her Boston-based band Friends With Benefits. Amy's second full-length album of original music, "Until the Words Are Gone," was released worldwide on June 1, 2018.

 

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

"(Amy's new CD) is my new favorite album... I love the eclectic instrumentation and wide range of styles. Surprise is a sure way to hook me and I was surprised on every cut." - Ronny Cox, actor, singer-songwriter, 
and storyteller

 "Everything But Love"

 "The Non-Commital Love Song"

THE MEADOWS BROTHERS
Saturday, Oct 22, 7:30 p.m.

The Meadows Brothers are homegrown
folked-up countrified rock'n'rolled roots music,
 served up sibling style,

 

Ian and Dustin Meadows play a distinct brand of roots music combines folk, blues, country and rock 'n' roll into what the Boston Globe calls  “An engagingly twangy sibling sound all their own.” They share essential brother-band DNA: a telepathic tightness, the ability to stop and start vocal phrases in lockstep, to fall effortlessly into close harmonies, trade off phrases and navigate together the fresh expression of American roots music they create. Their 2017 release, “TRUTH”, demonstrates the brothers' keen ability to get to the heart of the matter with simple melodies, blood harmonies, unsweetened songwriting, expressive guitars and blues tinged harp.

 

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

"This is the stuff I grew up on; good guitar playing, harmonica, a little steel guitar action, like a train moving down the track... It lets you go back to those early days when singer songwriters ruled the day. These brothers are the real deal." – 50thirdand3rd.com

 "Rocky Raccoon"  – Meadows Brothers

 "Understanding You"  – Meadows Brothers

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.

CHARLIE KING
Saturday, Oct. 26, 7:30 p.m.

Charlie King is a musical storyteller, labor historian and political satirist. He sings passionately about the extraordinary lives of ordinary people. Pete Seeger hailed him as “One of the finest singers and songwriters of our time.”

 

Charlie’s songs have been recorded and sung by other performers such as Pete Seeger, Holly Near, Ronnie Gilbert, John McCutcheon, Arlo Guthrie, Peggy Seeger, Chad Mitchell and Judy Small.  He is currently touring with his latest recording Life & Love, Tears & Laughter, a 15 song, eclectic mix of classic folk songs – time tested – and new songs reflecting on the testing times we live in.

 

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

“If we had more Charlie Kings in the world I’d be less worried.” – Peggy Seeger

 "Vaguely Reminiscent of the '60s"

 "Our Life Is More Than Our Work"

Coming Fall 2018...

David Roth (Oct 28, 2018 at
   Winding Trails)

Sally Rogers & Claudia Schmidt
   (Nov 3, 2018)

Steve Gillette & Cindy Mangsen
   (Nov 17, 2018)

Zoe Mulford (Nov 18, 2018 at
   Winding Trails)

Lula Wiles (Nov 30, 2018 at
    The Unitarian Society)

Fine Winter's Night:
   A Holiday Celebration with

   Matt & Shannon Heaton (Dec 8, 2018)

Ellen Iovino and Sarah Harmon McKenzie
   (Dec 30, 2018 at The Unitarian Society of Hartford)

And in 2019...

Mari Black World Fiddle Ensemble (Jan 5, 2019)
   (Evening concert & afternoon fiddle workshop)

Hubby Jenkins (Jan 18, 2018 at The Unitarian Society of Hartford)

Nerissa & Katryna Nields (Jan 19, 2019)

Banjo Nickaru & The Western Scootches (Feb 2, 2019)

Gathering Time (Sunday, Feb 10, 2019 at Winding Trails)

Connecticut Troubadours in concert
   with Kate Callahan, Kristen Graves & Hugh Blumenfeld (Feb 16, 2019)

Joe Jencks (March 2, 2019)

Naming The Twins (March 10, 2019 at Winding Trails)

Daymark (March 16, 2019)

Carolann Solebello (March 24, 2019 at Winding Trails)

Uke U (March 30, 2019 – all-day ukulele workshop & evening concert)

RPR (April 27, 2019)

Ernest Troost (May 11, 2019)

Portable Folk Festival (May 18, 2019)

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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