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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 Spring Weekend - May 28 - 30, 2021

Staff: Sally Rogers & Howie Bursen, Elizabeth LaPrelle & Brian Dophin, Jeff Davis.
Workshops, Camper Concerts, Evening Concert, etc. Details on our Weekends Page

TradMaD Camp 2021,  will be August 28 - September 3. And it may be virtual. Pinewoods Camp was not open in 2020 and has yet to announce plans for 2021.   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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2021 - our 56th year

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


April

  • Sunday April 18, 2:00 - 5:00 pm: Shanty Sing Session
    We co≠sponsor 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 on≠line 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
     

  • Wednesday April 21, 8:00 - 11:00 pm: Sunnyside Singers Club
    A Zoom sing. To take part, please e-mail Alice Farrell-Pearlman at aafarrell[at]gmail.com for an invitation. When contacting Alice, replace [at] with @ in her e-mail address.
  • Wednesday April 28, 8:00 - 11:00 pm: Sunnyside Singers Club
    A Zoom sing. To take part, please e-mail Alice Farrell-Pearlman at aafarrell[at]gmail.com for an invitation. When contacting Alice, replace [at] with @ in her e-mail address.

May

  • Saturday May 1, 3:00 pm EST: Martin Carthy in concert ó Live from England
    Martin Carthy For more than 50 years Martin Carthy has been one of folk musicís greatest innovators, one of its best loved, most enthusiastic and, at times, most quietly controversial of figures. His skill, stage presence and natural charm have won him many admirers, not only from within the folk scene, but also far beyond it. Trailblazing musical partnerships with, amongst others, Steeleye Span, Dave Swarbrick and his award-winning wife (Norma Waterson) and daughter Eliza Carthy have resulted in more than 40 albums, but Martin has only recorded 10 solo albums, of which the much anticipated Waiting for Angels (Topic TSCD527) was the latest. Whether in the folk clubs (which he continues to champion), on the concert stage or making TV appearances (he was the subject of the acclaimed `Originalsí music documentary strand on BBC 2) Ė there are few roles that Martin Carthy hasnít played. Heís a ballad singer, a ground-breaking acoustic and electric-guitarist and an authoritative interpreter of newly composed material. He always prefers to follow an insatiable musical curiosity rather than cash in on his unrivalled position. Perhaps, most significant of all, are his settings of traditional songs with guitar, which have influenced a generation of artists, including Bob Dylan and Paul Simon, on both sides of the Atlantic. "Arguably the greatest English folk song performer, writer, collector and editor of them all" Q Magazine
    Contribution $10(more if you can, less if you can't), with 100% to the artist
    https://ti.to/fmsny-online/martin-carthy

  • Sunday May 2, 2:00-4:00 PM: Sea Chanteys and Maritime Music from South Street
    Wavertree South Street Seaport Museumís monthly Sea Chanteys and Maritime Music continues Ė 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
  • Wednesday May 5, 8:00 - 11:00 pm: Sunnyside Singers Club
    A Zoom sing. To take part, please e-mail Alice Farrell-Pearlman at aafarrell[at]gmail.com for an invitation. When contacting Alice, replace [at] with @ in her e-mail address.
  • Wednesday May 12, 8:00 - 11:00 pm: Sunnyside Singers Club
    A Zoom sing. To take part, please e-mail Alice Farrell-Pearlman at aafarrell[at]gmail.com for an invitation. When contacting Alice, replace [at] with @ in her e-mail address.
     
  • Sunday May 16, 2:00 - 5:00 pm: Shanty Sing Session
    We co≠sponsor 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 on≠line 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
     

  • Wednesday May 19, 8:00 - 11:00 pm: Sunnyside Singers Club
    A Zoom sing. To take part, please e-mail Alice Farrell-Pearlman at aafarrell[at]gmail.com for an invitation. When contacting Alice, replace [at] with @ in her e-mail address.
  • Wednesday May 26, 8:00 - 11:00 pm: Sunnyside Singers Club
    A Zoom sing. To take part, please e-mail Alice Farrell-Pearlman at aafarrell[at]gmail.com for an invitation. When contacting Alice, replace [at] with @ in her e-mail address.
     
  • Friday May 28 to Sunday May 30: Virtual Spring Folk Music Weekend.
    Staff: Sally Rogers & Howie Bursen, Elizabeth LaPrelle & Brian Dophin, Jeff Davis.

    Workshops, Camper Concerts, Evening Concert, etc. Details on our Weekends Page

Other Online Events, Radio, etc.

  • Our friends at Old Songs have a variety of concerts and workshops.
  • Club member (and former board member) John Ziv and his wife, Deborah Rubin, have moved to Massaachusetts. Through a local organization, John is presenting three outstanding concerts: Regional Voices: Musical Traditions of the American South. A Three Part Virtual Concert and Discussion Series. Each program will consist of a 45 minute performance, followed by a 30 minute discussion/Q&A Program Presented on Zoom. Tickets are $5.00 per concert.Get tickets here.
    • Thursday, April 8, 7PM Elizabeth Laprelle
      She has been performing Appalachian ballads and old-time songs since she was eleven. Her magnificent voice, her respect for the songs, and her authentic mountain sound and style brought her to the attention of first Ginny Hawker and then Sheila Kay Adams. Raised in Rural Retreat, Virginia, Elizabeth attended old time fiddlersí conventions and sang harmonies with her family, who taught her traditional singing styles and encouraged her to sing their own favorite American folk music. She received her undergraduate degree from the College of William and Mary with a major in Southern Appalachian Traditional Performance, and now tours the US regularly both performing and teaching. Her website.
    • Thursday, April 22, 7 PM Dennis Stroughmatt
      He takes listeners on a musical odyssey not so different from his own musical journeys into Upper Louisiana Creole Culture. Taught to play fiddle by local Creole fiddlers Roy Boyer and Cliehar Pashia in the tradition of their fathers, Dennis gradually became an adopted son of the French Midwest Creoles living along the Mississippi River near St Louis. A vibrant blend of Celtic, Canadian and Old Time sounds, this music bridges the gap between contemporary Canadian and Louisiana Cajun styles. Preserved by families in the Ozark foothills, the music remains largely intact and true to the traditions that have been passed down for over three centuries. A medley of music, language, stories, and culture secreted away in the Missouri Ozarks now has a voice in the tapestry of this world. His website.

  • The World-famous Kronos Quartet 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. To stay posted on what's happening, join its Facebook group by doing a search on 'Augusta 2020'



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