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2023 - our 58th year

Club Events Calendar: February * Upcoming * Other Live and Online Events, Radio, etc.
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February

  • Wednesday February 1, 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 February 4, 3:00 pm EST: Dave Webber and Anni Fentiman in concert: POSTPONED (Live stream from England, co-sponsored)

  • Saturday February 4, 3:00 pm EST: Brian Peters (livestream from England).
    Brian Peters
    Brian's website
    Brian is one of the English folk scene’s great all-rounders, a compelling singer and an outstanding multi-instrumentalist on squeezeboxes and strings. Brian is one of the country’s best anglo-concertina players, is just as good on melodeon, and plays guitar to a high standard, recently adding banjo to his act. Well known for towering renditions of Child Ballads and other songs from the English tradition, Brian adds beautifully-played squeezebox instrumentals to a repertoire full of variety, fire and humour. He also has a deep knowledge of the history behind the old songs.

    Presented by Live to Your Livingroom. See Ticketing information.
  • Sunday February 5, 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

  • Monday February 6, 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 February 8, 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 February 11, 8:00 pm: Heather Wood and The Ranzo Boys - (live, co-sponsored)
    The Ranzo Boys, Lafayette Matthews (he/him) and Jules Peiperl (they/them), have been singing together since 2013. They are dedicated to honoring the tradition of the songs they sing while making the folk community a more inclusive and welcoming space for all people. Their repertoire includes buzzy English harmonies, Appalachian ballads, sea chanteys, and any trad song that can be remotely construed as queer.
    Heather Wood (she/her) 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, maritime, and agricultural songs, and a lot from the humorous side. In addition to the old songs, she has written some dynamite new ones.
    At Peoples' Voice Café. See PVC Info for details.

  • Monday February 13, 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 February 15, 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 February 18, 3:00 pm EST: Archie Fisher in concert (Live stream from England, co-sponsored)POSTPONED Will announce new date when set.

  • Sunday February 19, 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:https://vimeo.com/23887195.

  • Monday February 20, 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 February 22, 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 February 25. 8:00 pm: The Twa Corbies and Geoff Kaufman (Live and streaming, co-sponsored)
    Twa Corbies is a duo of Alison Kelley (she/her)(of the Johnson Girls, New York Packet, Ida Red, and NexTradition) and Anayis "AJ" Wright (they/them)(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 Kaufman (he/him)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. Songs of the sea, songs of the earth, songs of the heart and the spirit - all of these are in Geoff Kaufman's ditty bag. Ancient ballads, work songs, love songs, 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. Geoff's website
    At Peoples' Voice Café. See PVC info for details

  • Monday February 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.

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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 Live and Online Events, Radio, etc.

  • Our friends at Old Songs have a variety of concerts and workshops, including:
    • Saturday, February 25, at 7:30 pm EST: Claudia Schmidt, live and streaming. Get tickets
    • Saturday, March 4, at 7:30 pm EST: Rhythm Future Quartet , live and streaming. Get tickets
    • Saturday, March 11 at 7:30 pm ET, Flynn Cohen & Liz Simmons, live and streaming. Get tickets
    • Friday, March 17 at 7:30 pm ET, Máire Ní Chathasaigh & Chris Newman, live and streaming. Get tickets
    • Friday, March 31 at 7:30 pm ET, Joe Jencks, live and streaming. Get tickets
  • 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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