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We run concerts, weekends, classes, singing parties, and get-togethers, some streaming or via Zoom, some in-person, all with an emphasis on traditional folk music of all flavors.
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2022 - our 57th year

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

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November

  • Gowanus Dredgers Boathouse Jam (co-sponsored, in person) is suspended until Spring.

  • Wednesday November 9, 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, when a voluntary contribution is asked.. No added admission charge, but purchase of food and/or drink expected.Facebook page.

  • Saturday November 12, 8:00 pm: Magpie (co-sponsored, in person)
    At the Peoples' Voice café - see info below. Since 1973, Terry Leonino and Greg Artzner have brought their unique sound and remarkable versatility to audiences everywhere, featuring traditional and vintage Americana to contemporary and stirring original compositions.
  • Sunday 13 November, 7:00 pm: The McCutcheon-Paxton Project (streaming)
    John sings all-new originals he and Tom Paxton have written. Tickets from Mandolin
  • Monday November 14, 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 November 16, 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, when a voluntary contribution is asked.. No added admission charge, but purchase of food and/or drink expected.Facebook page.

  • Sunday November 20, 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 November 21, 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 November 23, 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, when a voluntary contribution is asked.. No added admission charge, but purchase of food and/or drink expected.Facebook page.

  • Monday November 28, 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 November 30, 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, when a voluntary contribution is asked.. No added admission charge, but purchase of food and/or drink expected.Facebook page.

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December

  • Sunday December 4, 2:00 - 4:00 pm: Sea Chantey and Maritime Music Sing. Live and streaming (co-sponsored)
    Join a round-robin of shared songs featuring members of The New York Packet and friends. Singers of all levels, as well as listeners, are welcome to lead or request a song, join in the choruses, or just listen as we present traditional maritime work songs and ballads. Participants may join online or in-person. All will be participating in the same simultaneous event, able to see and hear all featured singers. Both remote and in-person participants are able to lead songs which will be heard by all. If you’re joining in-person, before or after the sing, participants are invited to tour the Seaport Museum galleries at 12 Fulton Street, and visit tall ship Wavertree and lightship Ambrose on Pier 16, all for free. The event is FREE, and advance registration encouraged but not required. Sign up here

  • Sunday December 4, 7:00 pm: Windborne presents Music of Midwinter (streaming, co-sponsored)
    After many years of serving as the vocal bedrock of the popular Boston institution "A Christmas Celtic Sojourn," Windborne is performing a full show of their favorite songs of the season! A joyful and heartfelt celebration of song, Windborne’s lush vocals and unique arrangements bring light to a dark time, as they draw on midwinter music from traditional, classical, and folk from the US, British Isles and beyond. In this special show, the holiday spirit is accentuated with added instrumentation from guitar, Lithuanian kankles, banjo, Irish bodhran, not to mention the rich and innovative vocal harmony which has made Windborne a crowd favorite across the country.
    Tickets available from Mandolin
  • Monday December 5, 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 December 7, 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, when a voluntary contribution is asked.. No added admission charge, but purchase of food and/or drink expected.Facebook page.

  • Saturday December 10, 8:00 pm: Dan & Bonnie Milner (in person, co-sponsored) At Peoples' Voice café.
    Dan, born into an Irish family, first heard traditional ballads sung by his father, William Milner of Birmingham, England. At the age of 16, he was introduced to maritime songs by his elder brother, Liam Milner. Dan lived in three countries--England, Ireland, and Canada--before moving to New York. He has sung at many major festivals in Europe and America, and has made five CDs, including the Indie-nominated Irish Pirate Ballads (Smithsonian Folkways, 2009). His latest book is The Unstoppable Irish: Songs and Integration of the New York Irish (Notre Dame Press, 2019). Dan's info
    Native New Englander Bonnie has been singing all her life, most notably as a member of the highly acclaimed all-woman maritime group, The Johnson Girls, and with her husband, Dan Milner. Bonnie's specialty in maritime songs was sparked by hearing shanties sung at South Street Seaport and Mystic Seaport museums, and carried further by her acquaintance with the last working tall-ship shantyman, Stan Hugill, who exhorted her to "keep these ditties alive." She took him at his word by putting together presentations on maritime music for audiences of all ages throughout North America and Europe. The Johnson Girls' website
  • Sunday December 11, 7:00 pm ET: Winter Solstice - a Holiday Concert with John McCutcheon (streaming)
    John's classic album, Winter Solstice, is a constant on airwaves and home stereos every December. John will reprise a bunch of music from this album, offer some brand new songs, invite in a guest or two, and even lead a carol singalong! Here's a perfect way to close out 2022 and hoping for peace in the New Year. Tickets from Mandolin

  • Monday December 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 December 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, when a voluntary contribution is asked.. No added admission charge, but purchase of food and/or drink expected.Facebook page.

  • Sunday December 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 December 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 December 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, when a voluntary contribution is asked.. No added admission charge, but purchase of food and/or drink expected.Facebook page.

  • Monday December 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 December 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, when a voluntary contribution is asked.. No added admission charge, but purchase of food and/or drink expected.Facebook page.

  • Monday December 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 December 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, when a voluntary contribution is asked.. No added admission charge, but purchase of food and/or drink expected.Facebook page.

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Upcoming

  • Saturday January 14, 3:00 pm ET: Jez Lowe in concert (Livestream from England, co-sponsored)
    Jez has long been one of the UK’s busiest folk performers, playing for audiences the world over. Jez has helped to rekindle the fire in the tradition of mining songs and culture of his native region, the northeast of England. An accomplished songwriter, many of his songs have been recorded by others. Tickets from Eventbrite (small fee applies)
  • Saturday January 21, 3:00 pm EST: Martin Carthy in concert (Livestream from England, co-sponsored)
    Martin has remained one of the most influential figures in British traditional music, inspiring contemporaries such as Bob Dylan and Paul Simon,and later artists such as Richard Thompson, since he emerged as a young musician in the early days of the folk revival in the UK during the 1960s and 1970s. On sale October 31: Tickets from Evenbrite (small fee applies)

  • Saturday February 4, 3:00 pm EST: Dave Webber and Anni Fentiman in concert (Live stream from England, co-sponsored)
    Dave & Anni joined forces in 1985. Anni has developed a specialist repertoire of songs originating from her native North East, and Dave has been writing songs in traditional vein since 1982 many of these are widely sung and have become part of the general song repertoire of singers all over the world. On sale November 14: Tickets from Eventbrite (small fee applies).
  • Saturday February 18, 3:00 pm EST: Archie Fisher in concert (Live stream from England, co-sponsored)
    One of Scotland's best-loved singers and songwriters, Archie came from a signing family and is a proud upholder of their traditions.
  • Saturday March 25, 3:00 pm EST: Bob Fox and Billy Mitchell in concert (Live stream from England, co-sponsored)
    Bob is a long-time singer and guitarist with several CDs. He is one of the Pitman Poets. Billy started playing the guitar in the early sixties when they were all made of wood and mostly the same colour. He has been a member of Lindisfarne, Jack the Lad, and is one of the Pitman Poets.

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): Mask required. Proof of covid vaccination and/or negative covid test strongly suggested but not required. Suggested contribution: $20. PVC subscribers, FMSNY or Judson members, students, youth: $12. Simultaneously live streamed. For info, visit the PVC website or call 212-787-3903.
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.

Other Online Events, Radio, etc.

  • Our friends at Old Songs have a variety of concerts and workshops, including:
    A Man for Every Season: A Musical Tribute to Tony Barrand. Friday, November 4 at 7:30 pm ET;
    Zigue. Friday, December 2 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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