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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 here is a list of some online events.
Meanwhile, please take the recommended precautions and stay safe.

Spring Folk Music Weekend, May 22-25 at Hudson Valley Resort is CANCELLED.
TradMaD Camp 2020,  at Pinewoods Camp in Plymouth MA is POSTPONED until 2021, August 28 - September 3. Pinewoods Camp is not open this summer. But please check the websites of the 2020 staff we had booked, to check for any concerts they are streaming.

Folk Music is back on WBAI!
Thursdays, 10:00 pm to midnight (note changed day). 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: or catch the show streaming at archives.

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

Newsletter Download the full July/Aug. newsletter (pdf 2.3M)
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2020 - our 55th year

Online Events

  • Scott Ainslie, who has performed for the Club at TradMaD and elsewhere, is offering online events:

  • Friday July 30 - Sunday August 2: Falcon Ridge Festival goes virtual.

  • Sunday August 2 and September 6, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.: Virtual Shanty and Maritime Sing from the Wavertree
    Cooped up in one place with the same people? That was the life of sailors on long voyages. Enliven your day the same way they did, with rousing song!
    South Street Seaport Museum's monthly Chantey Sing returns virtually. From our living rooms and kitchens, and even from the deck of Wavertree, join our round-robin of shared 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.
    This event is FREE.
    Sign up here to receive the Zoom link 24 hours prior..
  • Sunday August 2, 7:00 p.m. The Greenwich Village Folk Festival is back with a stellar lineup: You can watch the show live at and/or archived (probably a day or two later) on the GVFF's youtube channel.
    As "A Gift To The Community" the concert is free, though donations are welcomed and shared with performers.

  • Fri, Aug, 7: Virtual Ice Cream Social - (download jpg flier)
    Come to the virtual variation of the traditional FMSNY ice cream social!  We'll start at 7:30pm and go to 9:30 or beyond.  Zoom doesn't yet have an add-on to deliver ice cream so this will be BYOIC.  Bring Your Own Ice Cream -- buy some in advance so you have it on hand. We'll take some time out to socialize and round robin singing will be led by Linnea Paton. Feel free to sing, play an instrument or listen.  To register and get the URL and other information, call or e-mail Betsy at  646-599-6747 or BetsyLMayer(at); tell her if you want to be in the round robin or are just listening.  A day or two before the party, we'll send you the zoom URL or phone number. Flier
  • 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. Our own Jen Larson will be teaching bluegrass vocals with Joe Newberry! To stay posted on what's happening, join its Facebook group by doing a search on 'Augusta 2020'

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