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

RPR

Saturday, April 27, 7:30 p.m.

RPR is a Canadian folk-rock band known for engaging live shows, soaring vocals and huge harmonies, all showcasing the music of this powerhouse band.

 

Running the spectrum from stirring anthems to whisper-gentle ballads, RPR's songs evoke joy, tears and laughter with a dynamic tapestry of musical styles that range from folk, rock and blues traditions in unique and refreshing ways. Its cinematic storytelling from four captivating songwriters.

 

Together since 2012, RPR have regularly played throughout Canada and the US, as well as three UK tours to date. Appearing on festival stages, concert series, music halls, theatres, town halls and beyond, RPR continue to win new fans along the way.  The band is comprised of Steve Ritchie,Al Parrish, and Rob Ritchie, all former members of another Sounding Board favorite, Tanglefoot, plus percussionist Beaker Granger.

 

The band has released two CDs, Trans Atlantic in 2013 and the latest, Longview. The new record features twelve songs that showcase the songwriting and musicianship like never before.

 

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

"Gorgeous harmonies that go back to the Ritchie boys’ childhood experiences with church choirs on the Bruce Peninsula make the hair on the back of your neck stand up. But this is no choirboys’ gig. ... You can just tell they’re having a blast playing this new music."

— Elizabeth Szekeres, Roots Music Canada

 

  "The Last Breakdown" – RPR

 "The Hard Road" – RPR

Presented by The Sounding Board

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

"Ernest has phenomenal guitar chops. His voice is uniquely his own and free of affectation. His lyrics. though deep, are in a straightforward, everyday vernacular. Humble on stage and off, Ernest is the whole package."

— Steve Dulson, Past President, FAR-West

 

ERNEST TROOST

Opening: LINDSEY FYFE & DAN TRESSLER

Sunday, May 11, 7:30 p.m.

Ernest Troost is a singer-songwriter
and a Kerrville-New-Folk winner whose
songwriting style combines folk and
Piedmont-blues-style guitar picking with
evocative stories and colorful character portrayals—as though the Carter family, Robbie Robertson, and Alfred Hitchcock wrote songs together.

 

Ernest grew up in Ridgefield, CT and found a career in Hollywood writing soundtracks for TV shows and movies. He has earned five Emmy nominations for scores composed for a variety of TV series and HBO specials. He's also a fine singer-songwriter who tries to write "songs that are little on the outside, but big on the inside." This show will be Ernest's Sounding Board debut

 

Lindsey Fyfe was raised in a musical family and a frequent attendee at the Sounding Board concerts during her childhood. From a young age she developed a repertoire from the Americana tradition. Dan Tressler is a versatile musician who grew up in Easton, CT and got his start as a member of his family band, the Jackson Pike Skifflers. Fyfe and Tressler met through bluegrass music circles and quickly discovered that their vocal tonality, song repertoires, and instrumentation synced naturally. They have played as a duo at cultural events throughout the region and will make their first festival appearance together at the Westport Art Festival in summer 2019.

 

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

 "Switchblade Heart" – Ernest Troost at NERFA 2017

 "Harlan County Boys" – Ernest Troost

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.

PETE SEEGER 100th BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION with
ANNIE PETERSON & PETER BLOOD (authors of "Rise Up Singing"), MAGPIE, CHARLIE KING, and SALLY ROGERS.
Saturday, May 4, 7:30 p.m.

Pete Seeger was born on May 3, 1919.

 

This special event celebrates the 100th anniversary of his birth with a community singalong and concerts all around this country!  Not just to remember Pete and all he gave to the world – but also to rededicate ourselves to working tirelessly for the kind of world he & Toshi believed in so passionately.

 

Peter Blood and Annie Peterson, authors of the songbook Rise Up Singing, have created a special little collection of lyrics and chords to 40 of the best songs Pete led audiences in during his concerts, called If I Had A Hammer: A Pete Seeger Songbook. They will be joined at this special concert by three performers who were strongly influennced by Pete and his music: Sally Rogers, Charlie King, and Magpie.

 

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

Advance Tickets

Coming soon...

Portable Folk Festival (May 18, 2019)

Low Lily (September 7, 2019)

Joe Crookston (September 21, 2019)

Jay Ungar & Molly Mason (October 5, 2019)

Molsky's Mountain Drifters
   (October 19, 2019)

The Malvinas (November 2, 2019)

The Nields (November 16, 2019 )

Heather Pierson Acoustic Trio
   (February 1, 2020)

The Hot Flashes (April 4, 2020)

Aaron Nathans & Michael Ronstadt
   (April 18, 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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