A Folk & Acoustic Music Series Since 1973

Concerts at The Universalist Church, 433 Fern St., West Hartford, CT*
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Saturday, Oct 20, 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

 "Understanding You"  – Meadows Brothers

"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


Click below and see what happens when you don't come to hear new performers

Our thanks to the 18 people who turned out for an all-acoustic evening of music with Amy Kucharik on October 6. The Sounding Board is here to present your favorites, but we also need your support when we showcase new performers too. You might see an unfamiliar name on the schedule this season, but you can be sure that you will have a superb entertainment experience at any Sounding Board event. We need your support to keep on presenting the best performers on the folk and acoustic music scene.

Jim Rigby, President

The Sounding Board

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!

Coming to Winding Trails on Saturday, October 20



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.

Friday, 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"

Sounding Board Too at Winding Trails concert.

This concert will take place at Winding Trails Recreation Area,
50 Winding Trails Rd., Farmington CT.


Sunday, Oct. 28, 3:00 p.m.

Open jam/song swap 2:00-2:45 p.m.

David Roth strikes many chords, hearts, and minds with his unique songs, offbeat observations, moving stories, sense of the hilarious, and powerful singing and subject matter. As singer, songwriter, recording artist, keynote speaker, workshop leader, and instructor, David has earned top honors at premier songwriter competitions – Kerrville (TX) and Falcon Ridge (NY) – and taken his music, experience, and expertise to a wide variety of venues in this and other countries full-time for three decades.


David’s songs (“Rising in Love”, “Earth”, “Manuel Garcia”, “May the Light of Love”, and many more) have found their way to Carnegie Hall, the United Nations, several Chicken Soup for the Soul books, the Kennedy Center, and albums by Peter, Paul, & Mary and The Kingston Trio. His music went to space on the Space Shuttle Atlantis’s May 2009 mission to repair the Hubble Telescope. His repertoire is well represented in the classic folk song books “Rise Up Singing” and “Rise Again”, and 14 CDs on the Wind River and Stockfisch (Germany) labels.

“David and his music will touch you to the very depths of your soul. He'll make you laugh and cry, inspire you to rise and fly..." – Jack Canfield, co-author, Chicken Soup for the Soul

 "If I Could Like a Song Like Berlin"

 "May The Light Of Love"

Saturday, Nov 3, 7:30 p.m.

Over four decades, Claudia Schmidt has recorded 14 albums of mostly original songs, exploring folk, blues, and jazz idioms. Sally Rogers has specialized in traditional folk, old-timey and children's music on guitar, banjo, and dulcimer. Their collaboration has brought joy to audiences for 30 years. Get ready for a night of tight harmonies and soaring voices when these veterans of the folk world take the stage.


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

Claudia's Website

 "Still on the Bridge" –Sally Rogers, Claudia Schmidt & Howie Bursen

 "A Way Out of No Way"  – Sally Rogers & Claudia Schmidt

Coming Fall 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 of Hartford)

Fine Winter's Night:
   A Holiday Celebration with

   Matt & Shannon Heaton (Dec 8, 2018)

Ellen Iovino and Sarah Harmon

   McKenzie (Dec 28, 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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