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Presented by The Sounding Board

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

Old Time Music Workshop & Jam


Saturday, October 19, 2:30 p.m.

Two years ago at the first appearance of Molsky's Mountain Drifters at The Sounding Board, we hosted an afternoon teaching workshop with Molsky's Mountain Drifters. It was so much fun that we decided to do it again.


This is your chance to learn from three of America's most accomplished old-time musicians in an intimate setting.  The first 45 minutes of the workshop will feature individual sessions with the members of the group; fiddlers with Bruce Molsky, banjo pickers with Allison de Groot, and guitarists with Stash Wyslouch.  For the second 45 minutes, we'll get together again for a pickin' session with the entire band.


$20 General
$15 Sounding Board Members
$10 Full Time College/High School Students
$8 Children 12 and under with parent/adult

For information, advance tickets, and reservations for the Molsky's Mountain Drifters evening concert on Saturday, October 19, SCROLL DOWN

Presented by The Sounding Board

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

Evening Concert with


Saturday, October 19, 7:30 p.m.

Molsky's Mountain Drifters packs a punch with three of the most captivating performers in the most recent generation of Old-Time and American Roots music. The band features Bruce Molsky, (Grammy nominated, revered Old-Time music ambassador and Berklee College of Music Visiting Scholar) along with guitar genre bender Stash Wyslouch (of the Deadly Gentlemen) on guitar and vocals and master of the clawhammer banjo, Allison de Groot (of The Goodbye Girls). These striking musicians have come together for a new sound within the traditional music genre through their audacious approach.


“I was looking for a new voice,” says Molsky, “a new avenue of expression using old time mountain music as the jumping-off point, but not being constrained by hard core traditionalism. Allison and Stash are showing me the way, just where the music is headed, in directions I never would have imagined when I started my own journey into the mountains a long time ago.”


The band has a new CD, Closing The Gap, which will be available at this Sounding Board Concert


$25 General
$20 Sounding Board Members
$12 Full Time College/High School Students
$10 Children 12 and under with parent/adult

"Molsky's Mountain Drifters are a force to be reckoned with and are creating some of the most soul stirring music out there.”

— Sarah Jarosz

 "Grandad's Favorite/Flatwoods" –Molsky's Mountain Drifters

 "The Little Carpenter" – from the new CD "Closing The Gap"

Presented by The Sounding Board

This event will take place at LaSalle Market & Deli
104 Main Street, Collinsville, CT.


Sunday, October 27, 3:00 p.m.

Toronto-based singer-songwriter Shawna Caspi performs solo but there’s a whole band under her fingertips. She believes in poetry and the power of one person and one instrument, accompanying herself with a remarkable lyrical fingerpicking guitar style.


Shawna's performances capture audiences with grace and intimacy, whether the setting is a living room, a festival stage, or the bar car of a passenger train. Shawna loves the landscapes of her travels, and while weaving them into her songs, she has also been portraying them on canvases, painting one-of-a-kind works of art inspired by the rich scenery she sees on tour. Shawna’s fourth album Forest Fire is a collection of songs about burning things down and building them up again. When the words get heavy, they are held up to the light of love and gratitude. Shawna strives to be unafraid, to embolden quieted voices, to tell the truth above all else.


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

"Shawna taps into her Canadian folk roots to share songs with beauty, humor and a keen eye for the world around her. Add to the fact that she is a classically trained guitarist with a stunning voice, and you have an artist that is destined to be an important artist on the folk circuit.”

— Ron Olesko, SingOut! Magazine

 "Not So Silent" – Shawna Caspi

 "Oleaster" – Shawna Caspi (from her CD "Forest Fire)"

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.

Friday, November 1, 7:30 p.m.

Singer-songwriter Annie Sumi shares a brand of musical storytelling that spans folk, roots and ethereal vocalization.


Dancing on a line between imagination and reality, ethereal-folk artist Annie Sumi’s music invites you into a familiar otherworld. Like an inbound wind, her voice begins with a whisper, gathers strength and purpose, and transforms into an airy howl. Her songs take you to places – of quiet wonder, of unspoken love, of tranquil landscape.


With grace and humility, she’s charmed audiences at more than 300 shows, from living rooms to major music festivals. In 2018, she was recognized with a Canadian Folk Music Award nomination for Emerging Artist of the Year. Her latest album, In the Unknown, received airplay all across Canada, earning chart placements, critical acclaim and accolades.


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

 "Get By" – Annie Sumi

Coming soon...

Ed Trickett (November 9, 2019)

The Nields (November 16, 2019)

The Young Novelists – Sounding Board Too
   at LaSalle Market & Deli, Collinsville
   (Sunday, November 24, 2019, 3 p.m.)

Windborne (January 11, 2020)

The Cadleys (January 18, 2020)

Lara Herscovitch & Sophie Buskin
   (February 1, 2020)

Alastair Moock (February 15, 2020)

The Vox Hunters (February 29, 2020)

St. Patrick's Prelude
   with Poor Man's Gambit (March 7, 2020)

Matthew Byrne – Sounding Board Too at
   LaSalle Market & Deli, Collinsville
   (Sunday, March 15, 2020, 3 p.m.)

Dan Weber (March 21, 2020)

The Hot Flashes (April 4, 2020)

Aaron Nathans & Michael Ronstadt (April 18, 2020)

Heather Pierson Acoustic Trio (May 9, 2020)

Portable Folk Festival (May 16, 2020)

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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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