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2022 - our 57th year

Club Events Calendar: September * October * Other Online Events, Radio, etc.
Here is some Zoom Help that you can also download in pdf format


September

  • Monday September 12, 8:00 - 11:00 pm: Irish Traditional Music Session (co-sponsored, in person)
    at the Landmark Tavern 626 11th Avenue at 46th Street, Manhattan, led by Don Meade with occasional special guests. Food and drink available.

  • Wednesday September 14, 6:00 - 8:00: Gowanus Dredgers Boathouse Jam (co-sponsored, in person)
    The Boathouse Jam, led by musician Christian Apuzzo, is open to everyone with an acoustic instrument and/or a voice. Come on down, lead a song and play along. The jam is held in a pretty spot outtdoors by the Gowanus Canal at 165 2nd Street, Brooklyn, between Bond St. & the canal, near the Carroll St. station of the F train. Free tickets required; go to Eventbrite and select the desired date. Audience seating is not guaranteed and performer participation is limited to 36 until restrictions are lifted. Further info.

  • Wednesday September 14, 8:00 - 11:00 pm: Sunnyside Folk Club (co-sponsored, in person)
    The Sunnyside Folk Club (formerly the Sunnyside Singers Club) is a weekly in-person session inside Sanger Hall, an Irish-American pub at 48-20 Skillman Avenue (corner of 49th Street) in Sunnyside, Queens, NY. Come bring voices and songs to share. Acoustic instruments are also welcome. Traditional songs are especially welcome. About once a month there will be a featured guest performer for part of the evening. There is never an admission charge, but we do request a voluntary contribution when we have a guest performer. Also, a purchase of food or beverage is expected. Facebook page.

  • Sunday September 18, 2:00 - 5:00 pm: Shanty Sing Session (co-sponsored, in person, FREE)
    Go to Noble Maritime Events for details.
    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.
     
  • Monday September 19, 8:00 - 11:00 pm: Irish Traditional Music Session (co-sponsored, in person)
    at the Landmark Tavern 626 11th Avenue at 46th Street, Manhattan, led by Don Meade with occasional special guests. Food and drink available.

  • Wednesday September 21, 6:00 - 8:00: Gowanus Dredgers Boathouse Jam (co-sponsored, in person)
    The Boathouse Jam, led by musician Christian Apuzzo, is open to everyone with an acoustic instrument and/or a voice. Come on down, lead a song and play along. The jam is held in a pretty spot outtdoors by the Gowanus Canal at 165 2nd Street, Brooklyn, between Bond St. & the canal, near the Carroll St. station of the F train. Free tickets required; go to Eventbrite and select the desired date. Audience seating is not guaranteed and performer participation is limited to 36 until restrictions are lifted. Further info.

  • Wednesday September 21, 8:00 - 11:00 pm: Sunnyside Folk Club (co-sponsored, in person)
    The Sunnyside Folk Club (formerly the Sunnyside Singers Club) is a weekly in-person session inside Sanger Hall, an Irish-American pub at 48-20 Skillman Avenue (corner of 49th Street) in Sunnyside, Queens, NY. Come bring voices and songs to share. Acoustic instruments are also welcome. Traditional songs are especially welcome. About once a month there will be a featured guest performer for part of the evening. There is never an admission charge, but we do request a voluntary contribution when we have a guest performer. Also, a purchase of food or beverage is expected. Facebook page.

  • Monday September 26, 8:00 - 11:00 pm: Irish Traditional Music Session (co-sponsored, in person)
    at the Landmark Tavern 626 11th Avenue at 46th Street, Manhattan, led by Don Meade with occasional special guests. Food and drink available.

  • Wednesday September 28, 6:00 - 8:00: Gowanus Dredgers Boathouse Jam (co-sponsored, in person)
    The Boathouse Jam, led by musician Christian Apuzzo, is open to everyone with an acoustic instrument and/or a voice. Come on down, lead a song and play along. The jam is held in a pretty spot outtdoors by the Gowanus Canal at 165 2nd Street, Brooklyn, between Bond St. & the canal, near the Carroll St. station of the F train. Free tickets required; go to Eventbrite and select the desired date. Audience seating is not guaranteed and performer participation is limited to 36 until restrictions are lifted. Further info.

  • Wednesday September 28, 8:00 - 11:00 pm: Sunnyside Folk Club (co-sponsored, in person)
    The Sunnyside Folk Club (formerly the Sunnyside Singers Club) is a weekly in-person session inside Sanger Hall, an Irish-American pub at 48-20 Skillman Avenue (corner of 49th Street) in Sunnyside, Queens, NY. Come bring voices and songs to share. Acoustic instruments are also welcome. Traditional songs are especially welcome. About once a month there will be a featured guest performer for part of the evening. There is never an admission charge, but we do request a voluntary contribution when we have a guest performer. Also, a purchase of food or beverage is expected. Facebook page.

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October

  • Saturday October 1, 12:00 noon - 7:00 pm: Second Annual Port Jefferson Sea Shanty & Maritime Music Festival (co-sponsored, in person. Free.)
    At the Jeanne Garant Harborfront Park stage and in the Village Center, Port Jefferson, Long Island. Enjoy live performances by well-known singers from Long Island, the UK, and New England singing the songs of the sea with a grand finale concert featuring all the musicians. Festival attendees can explore the history and techniques of wooden boat building, presented by LI Seaport and Eco Center, accompanied by songs of the great Age of Sail, indoors at the Port Jefferson Village Center. Meet pirates all around the village and great them with your best Arrrghhh. This event was brought to you by the Greater Port Jefferson-Northern Brookhaven Arts Council whose tent offers you more fun including face painting for all ages. All are welcome!
    Performers include The Ancient Mariners (Cliff Haslam, Steve Johnson, Neil O'Brien, Scott Redfield, Dave Tiezzi); Maria Fairchild & Adam Becherer; David Jones; Bonnie & Dan Milner; Jos Morneault; Old Fid (Deirdre & Sean Murtha, Alan Short); John Roberts; Stout (Bob Conroy, Bill Grau, Frank Hendricks), Heather Wood.
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  • Monday October 3, 8:00 - 11:00 pm: Irish Traditional Music Session (co-sponsored, in person)
    at the Landmark Tavern 626 11th Avenue at 46th Street, Manhattan, led by Don Meade with occasional special guests. Food and drink available.

  • Wednesday October 5, 6:00 - 8:00: Gowanus Dredgers Boathouse Jam (co-sponsored, in person)
    The Boathouse Jam, led by musician Christian Apuzzo, is open to everyone with an acoustic instrument and/or a voice. Come on down, lead a song and play along. The jam is held in a pretty spot outtdoors by the Gowanus Canal at 165 2nd Street, Brooklyn, between Bond St. & the canal, near the Carroll St. station of the F train. Free tickets required; go to Eventbrite and select the desired date. Audience seating is not guaranteed and performer participation is limited to 36 until restrictions are lifted. Further info.

  • Wednesday October 5, 8:00 - 11:00 pm: Sunnyside Folk Club (co-sponsored, in person)
    Guest performers: Sherri Reese & Joe LaMay. The Sunnyside Folk Club (formerly the Sunnyside Singers Club) is a weekly in-person session inside Sanger Hall, an Irish-American pub at 48-20 Skillman Avenue (corner of 49th Street) in Sunnyside, Queens, NY. Come bring voices and songs to share. Acoustic instruments are also welcome. Traditional songs are especially welcome. A voluntary contribution is requested when we have a guest performer, and purchase of food or beverage is expected. Facebook page.

  • Saturday October 8, 8:00 pm: Bob Malenkyand Dan Sofaer (co-sponsored, in person)
    At the Peoples' Voice café - see info below. Bob is steeped in the blues and country of the twenties through the fifties - what Dave Van Ronk used to call neo-ethnic music. As a teenager he met and learned from Lightnin' Hopkins, and later took a guitar lesson from Muddy Waters and sat in with his band. He also toured and recorded with Sonny Terry, and taught World Folk Music at CCNY for many years.
    Dan is a songwriter, poet and classical scholar. A long time student of folk blues music traditions (his heroes include Mike Seeger, Mississippi John Hurt, Bukka White and the Carter Family), he plays in various jam sessions and song circles in the New York area, including the Sunnyside Singers' Club. He is now making his debut as a solo performer.

  • Sunday, October 9, 7:00 - 9:30 pm: Woody Guthrie Brooklyn Hoot (Hybrid Event, co-sponsored)
    Round Robin Songfest featuring the songs that Woody Guthrie sang, performed by Mike Glick, Emma Graves, Robin Greenstein, Joel Landy, Marie Mularczyk O’Connell, and Steve Suffet.
    At the Jalopy Theatre and School of Music. 315 Columbia Street, Brooklyn NY 11231. Jalopy is located in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn, just a few hundred yards from where Woody shipped out when he served in the U.S. Merchant Marine during World War II. Nearest bus stop: B61 at Columbia & Carroll. Proof of covid-19 vaccination and wearing masks required. The venue is equipped with UV powered air filtration and adequate ventilation. This in-person event will also simultaneously be live streamed. Admission $12 in-person, $10 live streamed. Information and tickets.

  • Monday October 10, 8:00 - 11:00 pm: Irish Traditional Music Session (co-sponsored, in person)
    at the Landmark Tavern 626 11th Avenue at 46th Street, Manhattan, led by Don Meade with occasional special guests. Food and drink available.

  • Wednesday October 12, 6:00 - 8:00: Gowanus Dredgers Boathouse Jam (co-sponsored, in person)
    The Boathouse Jam, led by musician Christian Apuzzo, is open to everyone with an acoustic instrument and/or a voice. Come on down, lead a song and play along. The jam is held in a pretty spot outtdoors by the Gowanus Canal at 165 2nd Street, Brooklyn, between Bond St. & the canal, near the Carroll St. station of the F train. Free tickets required; go to Eventbrite and select the desired date. Audience seating is not guaranteed and performer participation is limited to 36 until restrictions are lifted. Further info.

  • Wednesday October 12, 8:00 - 11:00 pm: Sunnyside Folk Club (co-sponsored, in person)
    The Sunnyside Folk Club (formerly the Sunnyside Singers Club) is a weekly in-person session inside Sanger Hall, an Irish-American pub at 48-20 Skillman Avenue (corner of 49th Street) in Sunnyside, Queens, NY. Come bring voices and songs to share. Acoustic instruments are also welcome. Traditional songs are especially welcome. About once a month there will be a featured guest performer for part of the evening. There is never an admission charge, but we do request a voluntary contribution when we have a guest performer. Also, a purchase of food or beverage is expected. Facebook page.

  • Sunday October 16, 2:00 - 5:00 pm: Shanty Sing Session (co-sponsored, in person, FREE)
    Go to Noble Maritime Events for details.
    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.
     
  • Monday October 17, 8:00 - 11:00 pm: Irish Traditional Music Session (co-sponsored, in person)
    at the Landmark Tavern 626 11th Avenue at 46th Street, Manhattan, led by Don Meade with occasional special guests. Food and drink available.

  • Wednesday October 19, 6:00 - 8:00: Gowanus Dredgers Boathouse Jam (co-sponsored, in person)
    The Boathouse Jam, led by musician Christian Apuzzo, is open to everyone with an acoustic instrument and/or a voice. Come on down, lead a song and play along. The jam is held in a pretty spot outtdoors by the Gowanus Canal at 165 2nd Street, Brooklyn, between Bond St. & the canal, near the Carroll St. station of the F train. Free tickets required; go to Eventbrite and select the desired date. Audience seating is not guaranteed and performer participation is limited to 36 until restrictions are lifted. Further info.

  • Wednesday October 19, 8:00 - 11:00 pm: Sunnyside Folk Club (co-sponsored, in person)
    The Sunnyside Folk Club (formerly the Sunnyside Singers Club) is a weekly in-person session inside Sanger Hall, an Irish-American pub at 48-20 Skillman Avenue (corner of 49th Street) in Sunnyside, Queens, NY. Come bring voices and songs to share. Acoustic instruments are also welcome. Traditional songs are especially welcome. About once a month there will be a featured guest performer for part of the evening. There is never an admission charge, but we do request a voluntary contribution when we have a guest performer. Also, a purchase of food or beverage is expected. Facebook page.

  • Friday October 21 - Sunday October 23: Fall/Winter Folk Music Weekend
    At the Hudson Valley Resort in Kerhonkson, NY, with Máire Ní Chathasaigh + Chris Newman, Phyllis Elknd + Bill Christophersen, Chris Koldewey, and Tom Weir.


  • Monday October 24, 8 :00 - 11:00 pm: Irish Traditional Music Session (co-sponsored, in person)
    at the Landmark Tavern 626 11th Avenue at 46th Street, Manhattan, led by Don Meade with occasional special guests. Food and drink available.

  • Wednesday October 26, 6:00 - 8:00: Gowanus Dredgers Boathouse Jam (co-sponsored, in person)
    The Boathouse Jam, led by musician Christian Apuzzo, is open to everyone with an acoustic instrument and/or a voice. Come on down, lead a song and play along. The jam is held in a pretty spot outtdoors by the Gowanus Canal at 165 2nd Street, Brooklyn, between Bond St. & the canal, near the Carroll St. station of the F train. Free tickets required; go to Eventbrite and select the desired date. Audience seating is not guaranteed and performer participation is limited to 36 until restrictions are lifted. Further info.

  • Wednesday October 26, 8:00 - 11:00 pm: Sunnyside Folk Club (co-sponsored, in person)
    The Sunnyside Folk Club (formerly the Sunnyside Singers Club) is a weekly in-person session inside Sanger Hall, an Irish-American pub at 48-20 Skillman Avenue (corner of 49th Street) in Sunnyside, Queens, NY. Come bring voices and songs to share. Acoustic instruments are also welcome. Traditional songs are especially welcome. About once a month there will be a featured guest performer for part of the evening. There is never an admission charge, but we do request a voluntary contribution when we have a guest performer. Also, a purchase of food or beverage is expected. Facebook page.

  • Saturday October 29, 8:00 pm: The Twa Corbies and Geoff Kaufman (co-sponsored, in person)
    At the Peoples' Voice café - see info below. The Twa Corbies is a duo of Alison Kelley (of the Johnson Girls, New York Packet, Ida Red, and NexTradition) and Anayis "AJ" Wright (Mystic Seaport, Norumbega Harmony). They embrace musical traditions spanning from the 12th century up to Gilbert and Sullivan. You'll find grim stories, resilient women, hysterical happenings, and darkly comic tales. They frequently sing a capella, sometimes accompanied by Anayis on concertina or Alison on the banjo. Dulcimers, guitars, banjoleles, dumbeks, vielle, and cello have been known to pop up as well. When not performing, they spend their time serenading an assortment of dogs and garden vegetables.
    Geoff is best known for his time at Mystic Seaport Museum in Connecticut, but he has maintained a wide ranging repertoire from 60s favorites to songs collected in the Catskill Mountains (where he grew up) and from his time as a Sloopsinger with the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater and Pete Seeger. He also worked to start the highly successful Connecticut Sea Music Festival in Essex. Songs of the sea, songs of the earth, songs of the heart and the spirit are in Geoff Kaufman's ditty bag. Ancient ballads, work songs, and songs of love; poignant songs of people in struggle, humorous glimpses of human foibles, and insights into history - all of these are likely to be woven into one of Geoff's concerts.

  • Monday October 31, 8 :00 - 11:00 pm: Irish Traditional Music Session (co-sponsored, in person)
    at the Landmark Tavern 626 11th Avenue at 46th Street, Manhattan, led by Don Meade with occasional special guests. Food and drink available.


PVC Info

: The Peoples' Voice Cafe is now located in the Judson Memorial Church Assembly Hall at 239 Thompson Street, New York NY 10012, between West 3rd & West 4th Streets. It is not in the main church sanctuary.
  • Doors open 7:15pm. Shows begin at 8:00pm promptly.
  • Capacity is temporarily limited to 70.
  • You and your children must be fully vaccinated against covid-19. Masks are required. No children under five years of age admitted.
  • Suggested donation $20. Peoples' Voice Cafe subscribers, FMSNY members, Judson members, students, or youth $12. No one turned away for lack of money.

IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATE Covid-19 policy (subject to change as conditions evolve): Required: Mask (we will provide one if you don't have one) Strongly Recommended: Everyone should be fully vaccinated, boosted, and recently tested.
Risk Statement: While no one precaution is guaranteed to prevent covid infection, a combination of precautions will contribute greatly to everyone's safety at the PVC. Although we expect that people who have symptoms of covid will stay home, we recognize that there are still risks when entering any public space. The PVC is therefore taking the follow steps:
  • We offer KN95 or other high quality masks to everyone entering.
  • We use three HEPA air purifiers within the Assembly Hall.
  • We have suspended the sale of food or drink, and there should be no eating on the premises.
  • We limit total attendance to 70 persons.
  • We offer livestream shows whenever possible.
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Other Online Events, Radio, etc.

  • Our friends at Old Songs have a variety of concerts and workshops, including: É.T.É Friday, October 14 at 7:30 pm ET; A Man for Every Season: A Musical Tribute to Tony Barrand Friday, November 4 at 7:30 pm ET; Zigue Saturday, December 3 at 7:30 pm ET.
  • 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 and instruction
  • 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. To stay posted on what's happening, join its Facebook group by doing a search on 'Augusta 2020'



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