A Folk & Acoustic Music Coffeehouse Since 1973

Concerts at The Universalist Church, 433 Fern St., West Hartford, CT*
860-770-3001•Credit/Debit Cards Accepted at the Door

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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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The Sounding Board is closed for the summer
and will reopen on September 9, 2017 with Bill Staines

Saturday, Sept 9, 7:30 p.m.

After touring for more than 40 years, you could think that Bill Staines might think about slowing down. After all, Bill performs more than 175 shows a year and drives about 70,000 miles getting to them.


He’s become one of folk music’s most durable and beloved singers. With 26 recordings and more than 300 original songs, Staines’ music has been recorded by Peter, Paul, and Mary, Makem and Clancy, Nanci Griffith, Glen Yarborough, and many others. His music is sung at campfires and folk music gatherings, in homes and

churches, all around the country.


$17 general, $15 members,
$10 students with ID, $8 children 12 & under

“Any new song that can live comfortably beside the well-worn songs of folk tradition has a good chance of surviving the test of time. Such, we believe, are the songs of Bill Staines.”

– Sandy Paton, Folk-Legacy Records

 "Sweet Wyoming Home"  (Bill Staines)

 "River"  (Bill Staines)


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Saturday, Sept 23, 7:30 p.m.

The world is full of funny songs, but Roy Zimmerman's hilarious, rhyme-intensive originals are also incisive calls to action, smart, savvy and undeniable.


In 20 years on stages, screens and airwaves across America, Roy has brought the sting of satire to the struggle for peace and justice. His songs have been heard on HBO and Showtime. Roy’s YouTube videos have garnered over seven million views, and he's a featured blogger for the Huffington Post. Get ready for a night of biting yet zany music ripped from the headlines.


$20 general and members,
$10 students with ID, $8 children 12 & under

“Zimmerman is a guy on the left skewering folks on the right with rapier-sharp lyrics ... underneath the caustic satire is a man who is surprisingly optimistic.”

SingOut! magazine

 "Pixieman (A parody of 'Dixie'"  (Lyrics: Roy Zimmerman)

 "Old Man Fibber"  (Lyrics: Roy Zimmerman)

Saturday, Oct 7, 7:30 p.m.

Jez Lowe long been one of Britain’s busiest folk performers, playing for audiences the world over. His songwriting preference is for narrative, his commitment is to telling the stories of ordinary people and, above all, his consistency, makes him an ideal contributor.


Jez does sad songs, lyrical songs and funny songs, drawing much of his inspiration from his early years spent in the industrial north of England. Many of his songs have been created for the BBC radio series, The Radio Ballads. He has contributed 60 songs to this ongoing project since 2006.



$18 general, $16 members,
$10 students with ID, $8 children 12 & under

“The best singer songwriter to come out of the UK  for a long time.”

– Richard Thompson

 "The Wrong Bus (live at The Sounding Board)"   (Jez Lowe)

 "A Miner's Life"  (Traditional)

Saturday, Oct 21, 7:30 p.m. – TO BE ANNOUNCED

Something special for The Sounding Board and a show you will not want to miss.

Performer to be named and advance tickets available starting September 2, 2017

Saturday, Nov 4, 7:30 p.m.

Ed Trickett is known as a “song interpeter.” He looks for hidden truths in songs, and sings them in a manner that brings out a new meaning to old songs.


Usually playing guitar, and singing in a very gentle manner, Ed doesn't consider himself as a “professional” musician, but he is indeed a professional in every sense of the word. He has recorded several solo albums and has been an integal part of the folk trio Bok, Trickett & Muir.


$17 general, $15 members,
$10 students with ID, $8 children 12 & under

“ There's warm comfort in Ed Trickett's unaffected tenor and his living-room-folk approach..”

– Washington Post

 "Another Bay"   (Robin Chotzinoff)

 "Rolling Home (Live at The Sounding Board)"  (Traditional)

Coming next fall and in 2018...

Advance Tickets available now
for all fall 2017 shows.


John McCutcheon (11/18/17)

Caravan of Thieves (1/6/18)

Susan Werner (1/20/18)

Grass Routes (2/3/18)

RPR (2/17/18)

Larry Kaplan with David Paton &
  Tom White (3/3/18)

John Gorka (3/10/18)

Rani Arbo and daisy mayhem (3/17/18)


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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.

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