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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.
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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.

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


March

  • Wednesday March 3, 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 March 7, 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

  • Wednesday March 10, 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 March 21, 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

  • Wednesday March 17, 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 March 19, 7:30 pm:
    Sing into Spring
    A Zoom gathering, hosted by Clarice Kjerulff and Marie Mularczyk. Sing, play, listen, chat - drive away the winter blues.
    Tickets $5 on Eventbrite (small fee applies).

  • Wednesday March 24, 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 March 31, 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.


April

  • Sunday April 4, 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

  • Wednesday April 7, 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, April 9, 7:30 to 9:00 pm Eastern Time: Sailors, Ships, and Chanteys an Online Zoom Workshop Presentation with Joy Bennett and Chris Koldewey
    Joy Bennett & Chris Kodewey Joy and Chris will present an overview of the working and playing lives of 19th Century sailors through their work-songs (chanteys), ballads, and other songs. With multi-media examples, as well as Chris and Joy singing some of the songs themselves, participants will gain a more accurate perspective and understanding of the songs of our maritime ancestors. There will be time allotted for participants to ask questions through chat, and receive real-time answers. Back-breaking repetitive work, in horrifying conditions, facing life and death consequences, as the forces of the great oceans and nature threaten human life and their sea-traversing vehicles, has never been so much fun!
    Suggested contribution: $10 FMSNY members, $12 nonmembers. Pay what you can. No one turned away for lack of money. Link to register. Registrants will be sent Zoom link to participate.

  • Wednesday April 14, 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 April 18, 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

  • 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.


Other Online Events, Radio, etc.

  • Saturday, February 27, 2pm-3:20pm East Coast time, the San Francisco Maritime National Park Association is having an African American History Month virtual concert with Ron & Natalie Daise, and Richard Adrianowicz and I. See details

  • Our friends at Old Songs have a variety of concerts and workshops, including Thursday March 4, 7:00 pm EST: Chris Koldewey and Joy Bennett — Songs of the Sea online at Caffè Lena
    Joy Bennett & Chris Kodewey Joy and Chris will be performing a “live-stream” concert from the stage of the wonderful venue Caffè Lena, in Saratoga Springs, NY. They’ll sing not only Chanteys, but tap into the wealth of ballads and songs from the age of sail as well as some that have been more recently composed. They’ll present many with wonderful choruses just waiting for those at home to sing along with to rattle your rafters, and make your neighbors wonder what they’re up to!

    Pay what you can. Livestream here

  • 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 soncert, or $12 for all three. Get tickets here.
    • Thursday, March 25, 7PM Piedmont Bluz
      They perform Country Blues music in the Piedmont style. Their mission is to help preserve these rural, east coast traditions by educating audiences about this unique aspect of African American culture through musical entertainment. Inducted into the NY Blues Hall of Fame in 2018, Piedmont Bluz has been featured in numerous festivals including the Newport Folk Festival, Chicago Blues Festival, Tel Aviv Blues Festival, Clearwater Revival, and Brooklyn Folk Festival. Their website.
    • 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 fiddlers’ 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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