A Folk & Acoustic Music Coffeehouse 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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Saturday, April 1, 7:30 p.m.

Mark Erelli finished up a graduate degree in evolutionary biology shortly after his eponymous debut was released on Signature Sounds in 1999.


Since then, He has won several prestigious awards, including the Kerrville New Folk contest and the International Song Contest, where a song he co-wrote with Catie Curtis ("People Look Around") bested 15,000 entries to win the grand prize. For the past 18 years, he has maintained a rigorous touring schedule, appearing onstage everywhere from coffeehouses and major folk festival stages (Newport, Philadelphia) to Fenway Park, where he once sang the national anthem before a Red Sox game. I


Erelli's own diverse discography includes collections of western swing, lullabies, bluegrass (with his band Barnstar!) and songs of stirring social conscience, as well as several highly-acclaimed collaborations (2009's Darwin Song Project and 2010's Seven Curses, a collection of murder ballads recorded with Jeffrey Foucault). His tenth and newest solo album, For A Song (released in 2016), was likened to "the best of Paul Simon or Jackson Browne’s work...stories that are immediately relatable and reflective of the small moments in our lives." (No Depression)


$18 general, $16 members,
$10 students with ID, $8 children 12 & under

“ His songs are down to earth, no matter how dreamy they sound…His lyrics have an ease, like they poured right out of him, and he doesn’t need to complicate them to tell a solid story”

 No Depression

 "For A Song" – Mark Erelli


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featuring Amy Gallatin, Gale Wade, &
Peggy Harvey with their backup band, The Men O'Pause
Saturday, April 8, 7:30 p.m.

The Hot Flashes are an exciting and eclectic group of three female vocalists you probably already know as solo artists and Sounding Board favorites: Amy Gallatin, Gale Wade and Peggy Harvey.


All three share a passion for acoustic music, and together they have amassed a wealth of beautifully performed songs drawn from the bluegrass, folk, vintage country, swing, jazz, and blues genres...with a few cowgirl and traditional tunes thrown in for good measure.


The trio is backed up by The Men O’Pause, JD Williams and Roger Williams from Amy’s band, Stillwaters--and bassist John Urbanik, also plays clawhammer banjo. These six veteran musicians meld their experiences, voices and instruments into a unique and rousing musical experience as the three women fuse their distinct voices into soaring harmonies.


$17 general, $15 members,
$10 students with ID, $8 children 12 & under

“… beautifully performed tunes drawn from swing, jazz, bluegrass, folk, and blues… The results are enchanting!”

Louis Audette ,Concert Promoter

 "I'm An Old Cowhand" – The Hot Flashes

Also coming this spring...

Caravan of Thieves (4/22/17)

Spuyten Duyvil (5/13/17)

Portable Folk Festival (5/20/17)

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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.