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Traditional Music is Alive and Well in New York

We run concerts, weekends, classes, singing parties, and get-togethers, all with an emphasis on traditional folk music of all flavors.
For more information, including how to join or get a free newsletter, see About Us.

Coronavirus - COVID-19

All of our in-person events have had to be cancelled but following our online events below there is a list of some other online events
Meanwhile, please take the recommended precautions and stay safe.

Virtual Fall Folk Music Weekend, November 6-8. Details below
TradMaD Camp 2020,  at Pinewoods Camp in Plymouth MA is POSTPONED until 2021, August 28 - September 3. Pinewoods Camp was not open this summer.   And please check the websites of the 2020 staff we had booked, to look for any concerts they are streaming.

As well as the events listed below, we have occasional Singing Parties and other social events. Our full newsletter lists these as well as having comprehensive listings of many other events around town. Request a sample copy of our newsletter sent by mail (include your postal address).

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2020 - our 55th year

Club Events: November * December
Here is some Zoom Help that you can also download in pdf format


November

  • Sunday November 1, 2:00-4:00 PM: Sea Chanteys and Maritime Music from South Street
    Wavertree South Street Seaport Museum’s monthly Sea Chanteys and Maritime Music continues – virtually. From our living rooms and kitchens, and even from the deck of Wavertree, join us for our round-robin of shared sea songs, featuring members of The New York Packet and friends. Listen in, lead or request a song, and belt out the choruses for your neighbors to hear. Hosted by singers from the New York Packet. The event is FREE. Sign up here to receive the Zoom link 24 hours prior.

    Help the South Street Seaport Museum by making a donation

  • Friday 6 to Sunday 8 November: Virtual Fall Folk Music Weekend
    With The Vox Hunters (Armand Aromin & Benedict Gagliardi), John Roberts & Lisa Preston, and Chris Koldewey

    The cost for the whole weekend is $20 per person or family. Sign up at https://fallweekend.eventbrite.com
    You can sign up to sing in the Camper Concerts by getting a ticket (free with paid admission to the weekend). Note: you must sign up in advance. There will be 15 spots for each of the Sat and Sun camper concerts - first come, first served.
    Of course, tax-deductible donations are always encouraged.

    See the Workshop Schedule or download the Workshop Schedule in pdf format
    Armand Aromin * Benedict Gagliardi * Chris Koldewey * Lisa Preston * John Roberts * The Vox Hunters * Don Wade (the Sound & Zoom Guy)
    Workshop presenters: Clarice Kjerulff * Heather Wood * John Ziv * Weekend Chair: Leslie Berman
    Armand Aromin Armand Aromin
    is a violin maker and musician based in Providence, Rhode Island. He has studied at Berklee College of Music and the University of Limerick, and is a graduate of the North Bennet Street School in Boston, MA where he earned his diploma in Violin Making & Repair. Picking up the fiddle and tin whistle in his mid-teens, Armand learned much of his music from renowned Irish musicians and tunesmiths Jimmy Devine and Patrick Hutchinson, both of whom helped to foster an interest in the lyrical and colorful styles of older musicians such as Denis Murphy and Julia Clifford, Bobby Casey, Johnny Doherty, and Tommy Reck. In addition to being the 2010 Mid-Atlantic Fleadh Cheoil Champion for Senior Fiddle, Armand was also a finalist at the Séan Ó Riada Gold Medal Fiddle Competition held in Cork, Ireland in 2011. Since 2010, he has taught fiddle and tin whistle for the Reynolds-Hanafin-Cooley branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Eireann in Boston. Much to Ben's delight and dismay, Armand is working on incorporating English concertina into his repertoire of instruments. Armand joins Benedict Gagliardi as The Vox Hunters.
    Benedict Gagliardi Benedict Gagliardi
    is a Providence-based singer and musician whose style has been shaped by the eclectic musical traditions of New England. He is a versatile and inventive Anglo concertina player who wields the instrument equally well for song accompaniment as well as tunes. Likewise, Benedict is an avid researcher of old songs (especially those related to Rhode Island, insects, and various other themes), an advocate of oral tradition, and an organizer of local social singing. In real life, he works full time at The Nature Lab at Rhode Island School of Design. Benedict joins Armand Aromin as The Vox Hunters.
    Chris Koldewey Chris Koldewey
    is a teacher of children, a singer of old songs, sailor of old square-rigged wooden ships, and man of Chanteys at Mystic Seaport Museum. Chris primarily performs US and British traditional music, and he is attracted to the stories behind many of the songs he sings. He has played in concerts and festivals in both the US and the UK, and has led workshops dealing with a variety of traditional music forms. Chris can accompany himself on Guitar, Banjo, Fiddle, Concertina, and other things common to an average garage sale. Chris will be the caller for our Saturday dance, with the Pinewoods Pickup Band playing.
    Lisa Preston Lisa Preston
    plays a variety of harps — baroque triple, gothic bray harp, and celtic harp — as well as numerous other instruments including keyboards, fiddle, and accordion. She is also a brilliant singer and arranger. Along with her experience in classical and early music, she has been involved in traditional music since her teenage years. She has a particular love of traditional ballads and songs from Ireland, Britain, and France, and especially enjoys exploring versions of these from Canada. On various occasions she performs in tandem with her partner, John Roberts.
    John Roberts John Roberts
    is a superb English singer who plays banjo, guitar, concertina, and hurdy-gurdy, as well as being a fine musicologist and music editor. He sings ballads and songs of the sea, of rural pursuits, of social and sociable situations, of industrial toil and strife, and much more. John is also noted for his renditions of Music Hall songs.
    The Voxhunters The Vox Hunters
    is (or are?) Armand Aromin and Benedict Gagliardi, who are musically bound by a shared love of traditional folk music. Though originally united through Irish instrumental music, they share an enthusiastic affinity for an ever-growing amalgam of songs both inside and far outside the realm of ‘folk music’. With a pair of oft-harmonizing voices accompanied by fiddle, free reeds, and tenor guitar, The Vox Hunters present an exciting and eclectic repertoire of traditional folk songs, driving dance tunes, sean nos dancing and other musical varia. The Vox Hunters' philosophy is that the search for good songs is endless and satisfyingly so. They don't aim to fuse genres, push boundaries, or redefine 'folk music' — they simply sing songs they like to sing in exactly the way they like to sing them. Their influences and inspirations are voices in the English, American, and Irish folk music realms, but they allow their ears a long musical leash.

    The Sound and Zoom Guy

    Don Wade Don Wade (Collegium Sound)
    has over four decades of experience in sound reinforcement and recording. He has worked at everything from concerts to large festivals and is particularly familiar with Folk, Classical, and Jazz. Don is co-founder of Minstrel Records, which has produced some fine albums.

    Workshop Presenters

    Clarice Kjerulff Clarice Kjerulff
    was born in Louisiana and raised in California and Florida, where she did indeed hear a lot of gospel. Her family was pretty anti-religion, but she has fond memories of hearing amazing gospel music on the radio, especially late at night when she could get signals from thousands of miles away. Even her father, adamant atheist though he was, would listen to gospel music when he thought no one knew. There is, after all, something about the best gospel music that transcends all beliefs and logic. So let's all tune up our golden harps, and sing along.
    Heather Wood Heather Wood
    is a veteran singer from the English revival for some 50+ years, dating from her days with The Young Tradition. She has a great repertoire of ballads, historical songs, love and agricultural songs, and a lot from the humorous side. In addition to the old songs, she has written some dynamite new ones. Over the years, Heather has also acted as agent for other artists, run folk clubs, organized weekends and other events, and written about folk music for an assortment of publications.
    John Ziv John Ziv
    is primarily known as a songwriter who has written more than 150 songs (actually, he has no idea how many songs he’s written), many of which have easy-to-learn, sing-along choruses. Some of his songs are funny, others address serious subjects, and all of them have something to say, even if he has no idea what that is.
    Leslie Berman Leslie Berman
    is our Weekend Chair. She was an aspiring folksinging girl with guitar, when she performed in a workshop at the 1972 Philadelphia Folk Festival, then went on to produce, program, and direct folk and Jewish music festivals, concerts, and touring Jewish music and arts productions. After a long summer of following festivals around Europe and North America, and acting as publicist for the Great Hudson River Revival, she transitioned first to music journalism, then to Entertainment Law. In 2008, she volunteered on Hillary Clinton's primary campaign, ending up as Montana's Vote Protection Director. In 2010, she produced two touring companies of Carolyn Woosley's one-woman history plays throughout Louisiana. These days she's grateful to have been forced to stop running around. She advises and negotiates from her Long Island home law office, and hopes that someday when COVID-19 has been beaten, she'll once again be able to attend festivals, musical weekends, theater, lectures, singing circles and concerts, in person. This weekend marks the ninth anniversary of meeting her husband Frank at the FMSNY Eisteddfod, which was held about this same weekend in 2011. Frank and Leslie celebrated their fifth wedding anniversary on Labor Day weekend.

    The cost for the whole weekend is $20 per person or family. Sign up at https://fallweekend.eventbrite.com
    You can sign up to sing in the Camper Concerts by getting a ticket (free with paid admission to the weekend). Note: you must sign up in advance. There will be 15 spots for each of the Sat and Sun camper concerts - first come, first served.
    Of course, tax-deductible donations are always encouraged.



  • Thursday November 12, 8:00 PM Eastern time: Le Vent du Nord - live-streamed concert
    Le Vent du Nord
    Their website
    The award-winning and highly acclaimed band Le Vent du Nord is a leading force in Quebec’s progressive francophone folk movement. The group’s vast repertoire draws from both traditional sources and original compositions, while enhancing its hard-driving soulful music (rooted in the Celtic diaspora) with a broad range of global influences.
    Featuring button accordion, guitar and fiddle, the band’s sound is defined by the hurdy-gurdy, which adds an earthy, rough-hewn flavor to even the most buoyant dance tunes.” — Boston Herald
    Since its inception in August 2002, Le Vent du Nord has enjoyed meteoric success, performing well over 2,000 concerts over 4 continents and racking up several prestigious awards, including a Grand Prix du Disque Charles Cros, two Junos (Canada’s Grammys), a Félix at ADISQ, a Canadian Folk Music Award, and “Artist of the Year” at Folk Alliance Annual Gala.

    Tickets, $10.00, available from Eventbrite. There's also an opportunity to make tax-deductible donations. The link will be sent to attendees 24 hours before the event.

  • Sunday November 15, 2:00 - 5:00 pm: Shanty Sing Session
    We co­sponsor the Shanty Sing on the 3rd Sunday of the month. The William Main Doerflinger Memorial Sea Shanty Sessions at the Noble Maritime Collection (to give the official title) are on­line through December.
    Go to Noble Maritime Events for instructions on getting the Zoom link.
    Watch Streaming videos. Also see the Old Salt Blog for info. And see the documentary of this event (from when it was in person):https://vimeo.com/23887195

  • Fri, Nov. 27, 7:30 PM: Sara Grey and Kieron Means
    Sara Grey & Kieron Means
    Their website
    Sara Grey is a compelling singer with a sensitive style on the banjo, a star of traditional song in the US and Britain. Sara has a rare and extraordinary repertoire of traditional songs, gleaned from a lifetime steeped in traditional music on both sides of the Atlantic. Her son, Kieron Means, shares a deep love and respect for the traditions. He has his own fine repertoire, a striking voice, and a fine style on guitar behind Sara or as a solo artist. This evening of rarely heard gems is not to be missed.

    Tickets $5.00, available from Eventbrite. Additional tax-deductible donations are most welcome. Zoom and streaming details to be announced (ticketholders will receive the info 24 hours before the concert)
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December

  • Friday December 4, 7:15 -10:15 pm: Our 55th Anniversary Bash — A celebration and sing-around
    Come celebrate with us!! Our BASH to be held virtually on ZOOM (& phone link) Besides a chance to socialize with long distanced friends, there will be a sing-around with opportunities to sing or bask in the pleasure of listening. (Group singing precluded by use of Zoom. Which also precludes any pot-luck other than what you have in your kitchen.)

    Cost is $5.00 via EventbriteIf you wish to sing in the sing-around, also get a ticket as a singer (free with event ticket). You will be notified of the Zoom link shortly before the event.
    Note: If registration exceeds 50, there will be a waiting list and notification in the event of an opening.
  • Sunday December 6, 2:00-4:00 PM: Sea Chanteys and Maritime Music from South Street
    Wavertree South Street Seaport Museum’s monthly Sea Chanteys and Maritime Music continues – virtually. From our living rooms and kitchens, and even from the deck of Wavertree, join us for our round-robin of shared sea songs, featuring members of The New York Packet and friends. Listen in, lead or request a song, and belt out the choruses for your neighbors to hear. Hosted by singers from the New York Packet. The event is FREE. Sign up here to receive the Zoom link 24 hours prior.

    Help the South Street Seaport Museum by making a donation

  • Sunday December 20, 2:00 - 5:00 pm: Shanty Sing Session
    We co­sponsor the Shanty Sing on the 3rd Sunday of the month. The William Main Doerflinger Memorial Sea Shanty Sessions at the Noble Maritime Collection (to give the official title) are on­line through December.
    Go to Noble Maritime Events for instructions on getting the Zoom link.
    Watch Streaming videos. Also see the Old Salt Blog for info. And see the documentary of this event (from when it was in person):https://vimeo.com/23887195


Other Online Events, Radio, etc.

  • Our friends at OldSongs have a variety of concerts and workshops. including a concert and song-swap with Emma's Revolution on Friday October 16th.
  • The World-famous Kronos Quaartet Salutes Pete Seeger
  • Folk Music Notebook runs a radio folk festival 24/7 hosted by Ron Olesko and others.
  • Folk Music is back on WBAI! Thursdays, 10:00 pm to midnight. An eclectic program which delves into the wide array of folk music, with rotating hosts including Richard Barr and Ed Haber. 99.5 FM on your radio dial. You can see playlists on their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/WBAI-Folk-Radio or catch the show streaming at WBAI.org archives.
  • Scott Ainslie, who has performed for the Club at TradMaD and elsewhere, is offering Live-Streamed Concerts
  • Our friends at Jalopy Theatre have a bunch of online concerts, sings, and workshops scheduled. Check them out.
  • Folk Alliance has a listing of online live streaming concerts: FAI Community Live-Stream Concerts. (Artists: you do not have to be a Folk Alliance member to submit your concerts).
  • Dale Adamson and Judith English (thank you) are publishing a calendar of online folk dance sessions for people who want to dance, watch, and to help schedule new sessions (to know about conflicts).
  • The Augusta Heritage Center has online classes. Our own Jen Larson will be teaching bluegrass vocals with Joe Newberry! To stay posted on what's happening, join its Facebook group by doing a search on 'Augusta 2020'


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