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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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 "Jesus Was A Refugee"

"The Nields make clever folk pop full of sweet harmonizing."

— The New Yorker

 

 "Wasn't That A Time"

For upcoming Meeting House Presents! concerts at the Unitarian Society of Hartford, click here

Presented by The Sounding Board

This concert will take place at The Universalist Church of West Hartford,
433 Fern St., West Hartford CT.  Click here for directions.

 "Sail Away Ladies"

 "One Hundred Miles"

Presented by The Sounding Board

This concert will take place at The Universalist Church of West Hartford,
433 Fern St., West Hartford CT.  Click here for directions.

CONNECTICUT TROUBADOURS
IN CONCERT: HUGH BLUMENFELD,
KATE CALLAHAN & KRISTEN GRAVES
Saturday, February 16, 7:30 p.m.

Three of Connecticut's past State Troubadours take the stage for a round-robin of original songs.

 

In the late 1980s Hugh Blumenfeld was a gypsy scholar going from university to university teaching creative writing and chaos theory. Along the way he started writing songs and eventually left academia to become a full-time singer-songwriter, touring around the U.S. and in Europe for the next decade. Hugh got involved with the Fast Folk scene in Greenwich Village and released five albums in the 1990s. Motivated by the healing  powers of music, Hugh entered med school in 2003 and became a family physician who also performs Hugh served as Connecticut's State Troubadour from 1999 to 2000.

 

Empowering the voice is personal to Kate Callahan. Kate uses her voice to tell stories and weave anecdotes about the healing power of music throughout her concerts. She has learned from some of the best, having shared stages with Judy Collins, Noel Paul Stookey, John Gorka, Claudia Schmidt, Mustard’s Retreat, and the late Bill Morrissey. Kate worked with women inmates at York Correctional Institution last spring. Her Vocal Empowerment pilot program served to remind women who’ve been incarcerated that their voices can still have a positive impact on their lives.  Kate served as Connecticut's State Troubadour from 2016 to 2018, and her latest CD is titled "Triumph."

 

Kristen Graves is a singer/songwriter and humanitarian from Fairfield, Connecticut who was recently listed as part of the “new generation of folk music” in the New York Times. With catchy songs, a penchant for story telling, and inspiring lyrics, Kristen delights audiences across the country. Constantly traveling and touring, Kristen plays nearly 200 shows per year having shared stages with Dar Williams, David Amram, Noel (Paul) Stookey, Guy Davis, Peter Yarrow, Harry Belafonte and the late Pete Seeger. She has six albums and two EPs to her credit, and her newest release, "Now Ain’t the Time for Tears," is available on iTunes.

 

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

 "Main Street Sky"  – Hugh Blumenfeld

 "Two Doors"  – Kate Callahan

 "SThe Connecticut Song" – Kristen Graves

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.

HUBBY JENKINS
Friday, Jan 18, 7:30 p.m.

Born and raised in Brooklyn, multi-instrumentalist Hubby Jenkins delves into his Southern roots, following the thread of African American history that wove itself through country blues, ragtime, fiddle and banjo, and traditional jazz. Starting as a busker, he developed his guitar and vocal craft on the sidewalks and subway platforms of New York City, performing material by those venerable artists whose work he was quickly absorbing. An ambitious itinerant musician, he took his show on the road, playing the streets, coffee shops, bars, and house parties of cities around the U.S., finally ending up as a member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops.

 

This solo performance will wind its way through the many influences on the music that shapes Hubby Jenkins' repertoire today.

 

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

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 "Dollar Bill Blues'" - Hubby Jenkins

Coming soon...

Citizen U (Chris Freeman & Antonio
   Alcorn of Parsonsfield) (Feb 22, 2019 –
   a Meeting House Presents! event at
   The Unitarian Society of Hartford)

Two Ravens: Lui Collins & Max Cohen
   (February 24, 2019 –
   Sounding Board Too event
   at Winding Trails)

Joe Jencks (March 2, 2019)

Peter Lehndorff (March 10, 2019 –
   Sounding Board Too event
   at Winding Trails)

Daymark (March 16, 2019)

Carolann Solebello (March 24, 2019 –
   Sounding Board Too event at Winding Trails)

Uke U (March 30, 2019 – all-day ukulele workshop &
   evening concert featuring ukulele masters
   Jim & Liz Beloff, Ron Gordon, and Amy Kucharik)

Plywood Cowboy (April 6, 2019)

Gathering Time & Mara Levine (April 14, 2019  –
   Sounding Board Too event at Winding Trails)

RPR (April 27, 2019)

Ernest Troost (May 11, 2019)

Portable Folk Festival (May 18, 2019)

Low Lily (September 7, 2019)

Joe Crookston (September 21, 2019)

Jay Ungar & Molly Mason (October 5, 2019)

The Malvinas (November 2, 2019)

Heather Pierson Acoustic Trio (February 1, 2020)

Amy Gallatin (April 4, 2020)

Aaron Nathans & Michael Ronstadt (April 18, 2020)

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.

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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