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Do-It-Yourself Music:
Jams, Song Swaps, Open Mics & Community Music Events

If you enjoy making music, there are many regular events where you can share your music and pick, strum, or sing along with others.  To list your event here send information to:




Bluegrass Jam / Bristol, CT

Third Saturday of the month, 12:30-3:30 p.m.

Bristol Nursing Center

Corner of Bellevue & Sessions Street, Bristol, CT

Info: Call Bill, 860-922-5134

Residents of the Center listen to the pickers for the first hour or so, and then for the next two hours you're on your own.


Central CT Acoustic Musicians Society / Unionville, CT

Second Sunday of the month, 6-8 p.m.

First Church of Christ Congregational,

61 Main St. Unionville, CT

See website for schedule of meetups and performances



Connecticut Mountain Dulcimer Gathering

Third or fourth Saturday of the month, 11 am-1 pm, with occasional special events in other locations

Cragin Memorial Library

8 Linwood Avenue, Colchester, CT

The Connecticut Mountain Dulcimer Gathering is a place for mountain dulcimer players of all skill levels to gather for the enjoyment of playing the mountain dulcimer and advancing their skills.  While the gathering is focused on the mountain dulcimer, players of other acoustic instruments are also invited to participate. See website for schedule of meetups and performances.



CT Old Timey Music Jam / Berlin, CT

The Pine Loft Pizzeria and Cafe

1474 Berlin Turnpike, Berlin, CT

1st Tuesday of the month, 6:30-9 pm

http://oldtimeyjam.blogspot.com /

No jams this summer, jams resume in September

Slow jam 6:30-7:00, regular jam from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Acoustic instruments only - no plug-ins or amps please!


Dulcimer Folk Association / Farmington, CT

First Saturday of the month, 2-5 p.m.

Farmington Inn, Route 4, Farmington, CT


860-242-3003 or email DonSawmill@aol.com

Informal monthly gathering of folk musicians, including but not limited to players of mountain dulcimer, autoharp, bamboo pipe, bowed psaltery, hammered dulcimer, recorder and others. Varying skill levels, all invited.


Folk Open Sing / Brooklyn, NY

First Wednesday of the month, 7-10 p.m.

Ethical Culture Society, 53 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, NY

Info: Frank at 212-369-2139

Bring your voice, instruments, friends, neighbors and children. Drop by for a couple of songs or the entire evening.


Hudson Valley Bluegrass Association Jam / Poughkeepsie, NY

First and third Wednesday of the month, 6-10 p.m.

The Manor at Woodside

168 Academy Street, Poughkeepsie, NY




Irish Music Session / Kent, CT

Tuesday nights, 8-11 p.m.

Bulls Bridge Inn

333 Kent Road, Kent, CT (a few miles south of Kent Center)

Food and drink available. Hosted by Rob Paton



The Listening Space Open Mic / West Hartford, CT

Third Saturday of the month, sign-up 6:30 p.m., music begins 7 p.m.

Covenant Congregational Church

1 Westminster Drive (corner of Sedgwick Road), West Hartford, CT



A family friendly and informal environment.  Everyone is welcome, including children, as listeners or performers. Our musicians have performed Folk, Classic Rock, Country, Blues, Bluegrass, Contemporary Christian, Gospel, and Pop.  We welcome all types of music as long as its family friendly.  People who come to "The Listening Space" really enjoy the cozy environment of our open mic, the talent on stage, and networking with other local artists and community groups in an informal, fun and artistic environment. Free.


Meetinghouse Sing Along – A Hootenanny / Hartford, CT

Second Saturday of the month, 2-5 p.m

Unitarian Meetinghouse, 50 Bloomfield Ave., Hartford, CT

Contact: Maggie Greene, 860-223-2407 turtlepoem@yahoo.com
or Ed Savage, 860-966-8155 (mobile) edsavage@ushartford.com

This group has been singing for more than 20 years, giving an opportunity to Connecticut's  singing families, singers, song-writers and audience members to join in song. Song-sheets and some loaner copies of Rise Up Singing and the new Rise Again available. The format for a hootenanny is not like an open mike; We put some chairs in a circle and take turns singing or playing, with those who know the tune or words joining in as they wish. You can come early or come late, whatever fits your family schedule.


North Salem Folk Circle / North Salem, NY

First Friday of month, 8-11 p.m.

St. James Church, Rte. 116 and June Rd., North Salem, NY.



All acoustic folk round robin jam.


Old Time Instrumental Jam / Brooklyn, NY

Every other Tuesday starting Sept. 30, 7:30-9:30 p.m. (email for schedule)

Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain

513 Henry St (at Sackett St.) Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, NY

Email: alanfriend_music@mindspring.com

Bring your fiddle, banjo, guitar, etc and play old-time music. Acoustic instruments only. Free, desserts available for purchase.


Open Mic / Cornwall, CT

First and Third Sundays, 2-6 p.m., sign up starts at 1:30

Cornwall Bridge Gallery

131 Kent Rd. South, Cornwall Bridge, CT (intersection of Route 45 and 7, look for the big red "131.")

Info:  860-567-3347

BYO to eat/drink/share. Players get three songs each and a second go-around if there's time. Usually there's a jam near the end and ample opportunity to accompany players throughout.



Open Mic / New Hartford, CT

Fridays, 7-9 p.m.

Passiflora Tearoom

526 Main Street, New Hartford, CT

Info:  860-379-8327



Open Mic / Newington, CT

Second Friday of every month, 7:30 pm

Knights of Columbus Hall

171 Pascone Place, Newington, CT



Open Mic / South Windsor, CT

Last Monday of every month, 6-6:30 sign up.

Wood Memorial Library and Museum

783 Main Street, South Windsor, CT.

860-289-1783 (Mon. or Thurs. only)

Acoustic open mic, all music welcome. Piano available. Hosted by flutist Minta White.


Pleasantville Folk Circle / Pleasantville, NY

Second Friday of the month (except December), 8 p.m.

St. John's Church Community Hall

8 Sunnyside Ave. (at Bedford Road), Pleasantville, NY

Call 914-282-2542 for information


Donation requested.


PVFS Song & Story Swap / Amherst, MA

First Saturday of month

Nacul Center, 592 Main St., Amherst, MA



Free, performers and listeners welcome.


Quiet Corner Song Swap / Woodstock, CT

Second Friday of month, 7-9 p.m.

First Congregational Church of Woodstock

543 Route 169, Woodstock, CT

Sing, listen, bring a song to share and enjoy being in a community of singers.


Shape Note Singing / New Haven, CT

Tuesdays, 7-9 p.m.

Room 209, W.L. Harkness Hall, Yale University

(College St. near Wall St.), New Haven, CT



Sacred Harp every Tuesday night. Loaner books available. Newcomers welcome.


Sherman Song Swap / Sherman, CT

Fourth Friday of the month (except December), 8 p.m.

The Sherman Library

1 Sherman Center, Sherman, CT

Call Bill 860-355-2674 or Al 860-355-1907 for information


Grab your instrument and voice and join friends and neighbors for traditional & contemporary folksongs, bluegrass, blues, swing, and all acoustic styles. All levels of songsters welcome — from beginner to professional. Come to play or listen, voluntary donation welcomed, refreshments served.


Skunk Misery Ramblers Fiddle Club / Madison, CT

North Madison Congregational Church, 1271 Durham Rd., Madison, CT

Meets almost every Sunday, 4 p.m.

Email workdog@mindspring.com or cal 203-688-3735


A low-key affair suited to those wanting to learn tunes and play in a group. Open to all ages and abilities. All acoustic instruments welcome.


Sunnyside Singers Club / Queens, NY

Wednesdays, 8-11 p.m.

Aubergine Cafe, 49-22 Skillman Ave (at the corner of 50th St.), Woodside, Queens, NY


All songs are welcome, as are acoustic instruments. Occasionally there is a featured guest performer for part of the evening. Sandwiches, salads, coffee, tea, beer, and wine available. Free admission, a voluntary contribution is requested on guest nights.


Traditional Irish Music Session / Fairfield, CT

Every Monday night

The Gaelic American Club

74 Beach Road, Fairfield, CT



Traditional Irish Music Session / Hartford, CT

Wednesday night, 7-10 p.m.

McKinnon's Irish Pub

114 Asylum St., Hartford, CT


All Celtic players, singers and dancers invited. Weekly special guests. No charge.


Traditional Irish Music Session / New York, NY

Monday nights, 8-11 p.m.

Landmark Tavern

626 11th Ave at 46th St (Manhattan), New York, NY



Every Monday, Don Meade and friends gather in the back room for an Irish traditional music session.


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