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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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Folk Festivals and Folk Music Camps

Foot Stomp'n Festival

July 2-3, 2016

Mineral Springs Family Campground

Leonard Road, Stafford Springs, CT


Performers include: Amy Gallatin & Stillwaters, Gail Wade & Turning Point, Grass Routes, Southern Rail, Tex's Troubadorurs, The Feinberg Brothers, The Hot Flashes, The Stockwell Brothers, and more.


New Bedford Folk Festival

July 9-10, 2016

Zeiterion Theater, New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park and other sites in downtown New Bedford, MA


Performers : Kate Taylor, Livingston Taylor, Rory Block, John Gorka, Cheryl Wheeler, Spuyten Duyvil, Matt Borello, Benoit Borque & Antoine Pigeon Bourque, Caroline Doctorow, Pat Donohue, John Doyle, Melissa Ferrick, Jefferson Hamer, Matt & Shannon Heaton, Anne Hills, Michael Johnson, Reverend Robert Jones, Sr., Pete & Maura Kennedy, Mike Laureanno, Les Poules a Coiin, Low Lily, Miss Rosie, Moonshine Holler, Grace Morrison, Mustard's Retreat, No Fuss and Feathers, Chris Pahod, Ellis Paul, John Roberts, Garnet Rogers, RUNA, Stray Birds, Art Tebbetts, Back Porch, Charlie Cover, Truck Croteau & Mary Beth Soares, Joanne Doherty, Seamus Galligan, The Harper & The Minstrel, Greg Harper, Thatcher Harrison, Moldy Suitcases, Barbara Phaneuf, Dori Rubbico, Chuck Williams, New Bedford Harbor Sea Chantey Chorus.


Ashokan Guitar Camp

Ashokan Center

477 Beaverkill Road, Olivebridge, NY

July 11-15, 2016


Swing, Blues, Gypsy Jazz, Folk and Country—plus practical music theory, mini-concerts, jam sessions and song swaps. World class guitar instruction featuring a variety of levels and styles including flatpicking, fingerpicking and more! Ashokan Acoustic Guitar Camp offers guitarists of all levels an opportunity for real immersion and growth on the instrument in a friendly environment where people can sing, jam and share valuable musical information. Classes in blues, country, finger-picking, flat-picking, Bluegrass, blues and jazz/swing melody and accompaniment. Levels from beginner to advanced will allow you to hone your existing skills or try something new. Each instructor will offer two classes a day. There are four 90 minute class periods each day with four classes each period. You’ll have the opportunity to study with more than one instructor and take as many as four classes a day. While it’s best to stick with a class for all three days, you are free to switch if you find a class doesn’t suit your needs. Evenings will include hosted jams, mini-concerts and presentations, where instructors will talk about and demonstrate their musical influences, share their iPods and answer questions.


Ashokan Family Camp

Ashokan Center

477 Beaverkill Road, Olivebridge, NY

Aug 8-12, 2016


An all-ages, hands-on experience in music, dance, storytelling, puppetry, nature, crafts and pure play! Something for the whole family. Bring your parents, your kids, and your friends, and share music, dancing, singing, storytelling, puppet-making, nature trails, traditional crafts, and quality time in the great outdoors… age-old activities that enhance well-being and bring people together. This is not a simply a kid’s camp, but truly an experience for all members of the community, with or without children. Librarians, teachers, and anyone who works with children will find ideas and materials to enrich their curriculum. From babies to teens and parents to grandparents, Ashokan Family Camp will leave you with hearts full of music and family memories that will last a lifetime.

   • Begin or improve on the guitar, fiddle, mandolin, ukulele, or banjo.

   • Join community sings (rounds, chorus songs, call & response, and more).

   • Enjoy square and contra dancing and Appalachian clogging.

   • Hike nature trails, swim, and enjoy other outdoor games and activities.

   • Make puppets and join a puppet show.

   • Try blacksmithing, broom-making, and tinsmithing. Bring home a family heirloom.

   • Take part in jam sessions.

   • Join the band. Join a parade.

   • Make musical instruments from junk.

   • Write songs and learn to lead songs.




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