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

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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

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This concert will take place at The Lodge at Winding Trails
50 Winding Trails Rd., Farmington, CT.

TWO RAVENS:
Lui Collins & Max Cohen
Sunday, February 24, 3:00 p.m.

Singer/songwriter Lui Collins has been performing, writing and recording for over 40 years, earning international acclaim for her music. Her repertoire, accompanied on tenor ukulele and banjo, ranges from original and traditional folk songs and American standards to bossa nova in the original Brazilian Portuguese. She has been called “a folksinger for our times” by the Boston Herald.

 

Max Cohen’s natural humility hides an amazing talent. An accomplished guitarist, Max balances tremendous sensitivity with driving rhythmic power. He is "one of those rare guitarists able to create an atmosphere that supports and cradles the voice with tenderness and strength” according to Priscilla Herdman.

 

Together, Lui and Max merge their voices in elegant harmony on original songs, traditional melodies, and music based on the poetry of fantasy author Jane Yolen.

 

Song Swap/Open Jam before the concert
2-2:45 p.m.

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

"Lui Collins sings the way people did a great long time ago, before most of us forgot how to breathe.""

— Andrew Calhoun, Waterbug Records

 

"Belgarth Waltz" – Max Cohen solo

 "Gone But Not Forgotton" – Lui Collins

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.

JOE JENCKS
Saturday, March 2, 7:30 p.m.

Pete Seeger had this to say about Joe Jencks: "The key to the future is people joining in. The music of Joe Jencks captures this essential spirit. Joe is a fantastic singer who carries on the traditions."

 

Joe Jencks is an 18-year veteran of the international folk circuit, an award-winning songwriter, and celebrated vocalist based in Chicago.

 

Merging conservatory training with his Irish roots and working-class upbringing, Joe delivers engaged musical narratives filled with heart, soul, groove and grit. Having penned several #1 Folksongs including the ever-relevant Lady of The Harbor, Jencks is also co-founder of the harmony trio, Brother Sun.

 

From Festivals like Falcon Ridge, Kerrville, Mariposa, and Old Songs, to venues like Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, Jencks has enthralled diverse audiences with his approachable style. Joe is noted for his unique merging of musical beauty, social consciousness, and spiritual exploration. Blending well-crafted instrumentals and vivid songwriting, Jencks serves it all up with a lyric baritone voice that has the edgy richness of a good sea-salt caramel.

 

Get ready to sing along!

 

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

"In these times, we need the singers who will do the homework and tell the stories! Joe Jencks is among the fine next generation singers who are ready to carry on the tradition as well as look into the future""

— Holly Near

 

 "Deportees" (Live at Old Songs)

 "Let Me Sing You A Song"  (Tribute to Pete Seeger)

Presented by The Sounding Board

This concert will take place at The Lodge at Winding Trails
50 Winding Trails Rd., Farmington, CT.

"…intelligent lyrical vignettes of everyday life and the comical trappings of suburbia…delivered with an acute sense of comedic timing."

— Springfield (MA) Union-News

 

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PETER LEHNDORFF
Sunday, March 10, 3:00 p.m.

Peter Lehndorff writes folk and jazz songs

about everyday life. Some are humorous. Some are serious. They are observations about the things that happen to him and the things he sees. For several years, Peter was his late wife Kathy’s full-time caregiver as she battled Huntington’s Disease, the genetic brain disease that took the life of Woody Guthrie. He continued writing songs and recording them in his attic. A new recording is in the planning stages that will feature his friends Jim Henry and Tracy Grammer.

 

Peter has shared the stage with Martin Sexton, Robert Earl Keen, Arlo Guthrie, Dar Williams and the late Bill Morrissey. More recently he opened for Tom Paxton and appeared at the Farmington Valley Acoustic Festival.

 

Song Swap/Open Jam before the concert
2-2:45 p.m.

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

Reservations

Advance Tickets

"It Just Depends"

 "Love On The Line" (Live at The Bitter End)

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.

"From Dan Foster's flexible fiddling, to Will Woodson's driving flute and smooth piping, and guitarist Eric McDonald's air-tight rhythms and  smart harmonies, Daymark provided a showcase for a living tradition."

— Cara Lieurance, co-host of "The Pure Drop," WMUK, 102.1 FM, Kalamazoo, MI

 

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ST. PATRICK'S EVE CEILIDH with

DAYMARK

Saturday, March 16, 7:30 p.m.

Daymark is an international trio performing traditional Irish music infused with infectious energy, raw power, and Northern swagger. Fusing the talents of Will Woodson (flute, uilleann pipes), Dan Foster (fiddle) and Eric McDonald (guitar, vocals) the group presents a classic blend of wind and string as driving flute meets virtuosic fiddle, underpinned by well-considered and expertly delivered guitar.

 

Sharing a love for the music of generations past, in Daymark’s sound one can hear the echoes of Irish-American dance halls from the 1920s and 30s, alongside the lonesome tones of Donegal country fiddlers and the rollicking smoky pubs of Northern England’s immigrant neighborhoods. Taken together, these influences merge into a music that’s very much part of the present; it’s a sound that’s urgent and wild, held together by camaraderie that’s quite audible. This is the foundation of their music. What emerges is intimate enough to feel at home down at the local pub, big enough to fill a festival stage or a concert hall.

 

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

Reservations

Advance Tickets

 "The Wild Irishman"

 "Welcome Home Grainne"

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.

CITIZEN U (Antonio Alcorn and
Chris Freeman of Parsonsfield)
Friday, Feb 22, 7:30 p.m.

Citizen U is the side project of Antonio Alcorn and Chris Freeman. The duo met in a folk club at the University of Connecticut where they founded the five-piece folk/rock band Parsonsfield, known for its rich harmonies and high energy performances. .

 

Based in the musical hub of Boston, Citizen U marks the return to the edge of the folk music song circle which drew Freeman and Alcorn together. Songs by Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, and tunes from Appalachia and Ireland are what they find themselves playing when nobody is around. The energy of Freeman hammering his banjo while Alcorn’s fingers move like spider legs across his mandolin make for an intriguing take on folk classics that have never been heard quite like this.

 

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

Artist's Websitete

 "Empty Rocking Chair'"

Coming soon...

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)

Molsky's Mountain Drifters (October 19, 2019)

The Malvinas (November 2, 2019)

The Nields (November 16, 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.

 

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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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