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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.

The Fall Folk Music Weekend will be held in person at Hudson Valley Resort. Dates: Friday October 22 - Sunday October 24. With Pamela Agaloos, Atwater - Donnelly, and Cliff Haslam. For details, see the Weekends Page

With regret, we have canceled TradMaD Camp 2021, but are making plans for camp in 2022:
27 August - 2 September, in person at Pinewoods Camp in Plymouth, MA

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


September

  • Friday September 24, 7:30 pm: Corey Harris in concert - CANCELED

  • Monday September 27, 8 pm - 11 pm: Irish Traditional Music Session
    at the Landmark Tavern, 626 11th Avenue at 46th Street, Manhattan, led by Don Meade.

  • Wednesday, September 29, 6 – 11 pm: Sunnyside Singers Club.
    The in-person singers folk club has resumed at a new location. It is now at the Grandstand Bar and Restaurant, 85­35 Grand Avenue, Elmhurst (Queens),three blocks from the Grand Avenue – Newtown subway station, near the Q58, Q59, and Q60 buses. Food and drink are available. The traditional Irish session will be the outdoor location 6-8 pm and the singers session will be indoors 8-11 pm

  • Thursday September 30, 7:30 - 11:00 pm: Sunnyside Singers Club Online.
    Join the online group that grew out of Wednesdays at the Aubergine Cafe, plus new overseas friends, all on Zoom. 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.


October

  • Saturday October 2, noon -7:00 pm: Port Jefferson Sea Shanty & Maritime Music Festival (Not a club event, but one we co-sponsor) Free to the public
    Port Jefferson
    Statue to Shipbuilding

    Extra added plus: Port Jeff has a plethora of good restaurants serving fresh local seafood.
    Organized by the Greater Port Jefferson-Northern Brookhaven Arts Council, a fun afternoon for the whole family. Port Jeff, on the North Shore of Long Island, has a long history of shipbuilding and fishing.

    The festival includes live musical performances by The Johnson Girls (Joy Bennett, Alison Kelley, Bonnie Milner & Deirdre Murtha), Stout (Bob Conroy, Norm Pederson & Frank Hendricks), Tim Radford, David Jones, Alan Short, Ken Sweeney, Chris Koldewey, Heather Wood, Joseph Morneault, and Maria Fairchild & Adam Becherer. Finale concert featuring all the musicians at 5:00 pm. See the Facebook page for more details on the artists.

    Also: Pirate Camp, Artisan Vendors, and Sails on the schooner Ginny Mae. At the Harborfront Park, 101 East Broadway, Port Jefferson NY 11777 (just east of the Bridgeport/Port Jeff Ferry dock and Danford’s Inn.
    Presented by the Greater Port Jefferson Arts Council and the Port Jefferson Historian, in collaboration with the Villagae of Port Jefferson Department of Recreation and the Port Jefferson Harbor Education and Arts Conservancy.
  • Monday October 4, 8 pm - 11 pm: Irish Traditional Music Session
    at the Landmark Tavern, 626 11th Avenue at 46th Street, Manhattan, led by Don Meade.

  • Wednesday, October 6, 6 – 11 pm: Sunnyside Singers Club.
    The in-person singers folk club has resumed at a new location. It is now at the Grandstand Bar and Restaurant, 85­35 Grand Avenue, Elmhurst (Queens),three blocks from the Grand Avenue – Newtown subway station, near the Q58, Q59, and Q60 buses. Food and drink are available. The traditional Irish session will be the outdoor location 6-8 pm and the singers session will be indoors 8-11 pm

  • Thursday October 7, 7:30 - 11:00 pm: Sunnyside Singers Club Online.
    Join the online group that grew out of Wednesdays at the Aubergine Cafe, plus new overseas friends, all on Zoom. 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.

  • Saturday October 9, 8:00pm. Anne Price + Gerry Segal at Peoples' Voice Cafe (co-sponsored)
    Anne Price New York City native Anne Price has often been compared to Joan Baez. Anne began performing when she was a student at Hunter College in the Bronx in the 1960s, and since then she has appeared at venues as close as the Peoples' Voice Cafe in New York City and as far away as the 15th century Black Swan Public House in York, England. Her repertoire includes everything from traditional folk ballads to country songs, songs of the sea, cowboy songs, songs about work and the labor movement, and love songs. She sings many songs from folk based songwriters, such as Jean Ritchie, Peggy Seeger, Woody Guthrie, Si Kahn, and many others, and she writes a few fine songs of her own. Her voice is strong, rich, and expressive.
    Gerry Segal has performed at the legendary clubs of the Greenwich Village Folk Revival including: Gerde's Folk City, The Village Gate and The Bottom Line. Gerry is writing, performing and recording music full time. His first YouTube Video, Jacques: The Wall Street Tailor, won first prize on WNYC's Satire Slam and was featured at New York City's Blackout Film Festival.
    Gerry Segal
    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 must be fully vaccinated against covid-19. Masks are required. No children under 12 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.
  • Monday October 11, 8 pm - 11 pm: Irish Traditional Music Session
    at the Landmark Tavern, 626 11th Avenue at 46th Street, Manhattan, led by Don Meade.

  • Wednesday, October 13, 6 – 11 pm: Sunnyside Singers Club.
    The in-person singers folk club has resumed at a new location. It is now at the Grandstand Bar and Restaurant, 85­35 Grand Avenue, Elmhurst (Queens),three blocks from the Grand Avenue – Newtown subway station, near the Q58, Q59, and Q60 buses. Food and drink are available. The traditional Irish session will be the outdoor location 6-8 pm and the singers session will be indoors 8-11 pm

  • Thursday October 14, 7:30 - 11:00 pm: Sunnyside Singers Club Online.
    Join the online group that grew out of Wednesdays at the Aubergine Cafe, plus new overseas friends, all on Zoom. 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.

  • Thursday October 14,  noon onwards: Wool & Folk, a fiber and music festival
    (not a club event, but one we co-sponsor) an all day party with food trucks, makers, yarn and fiber vendors, live music and Meet the Maker with Felicia Eve! But mostly, Wool & Folk is a celebration of all the people behind all the fiber! Music from The Flying Sulsers, Morgan Kane, Smokey Hormel, and Charlie Burnam with Smokey's Roundup.At Hutton Brick Yards, Kingston NY. Website for all info: Wool & Folk

  • Saturday October 16: The Ranzo Boys (Lafayette Matthews & Jules Peiperl) + Twa Corbies (Alison Kelley & Anayis Wright) at Peoples' Voice Cafe (co-sponsored)
    The Ranzo Boys

    See PVC Info above for location and pricing
    The Ranzo Boys, comprising Lafayette Matthews (he/him) and Jules Peiperl (they/them), explore the history of queerness in traditional sailing as reflected in traditional songs – hidden in plain sight – as well as in the modern Tall Ships world. They have performed at Chantey Sings at the South Street Seaport Museum, the Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival, and TradMad. As queer/trans musicians, 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.

    Twa Corbies is a duo of Alison Kelley (of the Johnson Girls, New York Packet, Ida Red, and NexTradition) and Anayis "AJ" Wright (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.
    The Twa Corbies
  • Sunday October 17, 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
     
  • Monday October 18, 8 pm - 11 pm: Irish Traditional Music Session
    at the Landmark Tavern, 626 11th Avenue at 46th Street, Manhattan, led by Don Meade.

  • Wednesday, October 20, 6 – 11 pm: Sunnyside Singers Club.
    The in-person singers folk club has resumed at a new location. It is now at the Grandstand Bar and Restaurant, 85­35 Grand Avenue, Elmhurst (Queens),three blocks from the Grand Avenue – Newtown subway station, near the Q58, Q59, and Q60 buses. Food and drink are available. The traditional Irish session will be the outdoor location 6-8 pm and the singers session will be indoors 8-11 pm

  • Thursday October 21, 7:30 - 11:00 pm: Sunnyside Singers Club Online.
    Join the online group that grew out of Wednesdays at the Aubergine Cafe, plus new overseas friends, all on Zoom. 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 October 22 - Sunday 24: Fall Folk Music Weekend
    Live and in person at Hudson Valley Resort, Kerhonkson, NY. With Pamela Agaloose, Atwater - Donnelly, and Clif Haslam. For details, see the Weekends Page

  • Saturday October 23, 8:00 pm: Reggie Harris and Greg Greenway: Deeper than the Skin
    at Peoples' Voice Cafe (co-sponsored)
    Reggie Harris and Greg Greenway

    Born three days apart, ancestry flowing through the same portal of History, Richmond, Virginia, Reggie Harris and Greg Greenway are on a pilgrimage together, one that began three decades ago. The racial divisions that are the reality of America started them in two different worlds, but the amazing bonds of music, respect, and shared vision have brought them together as friends and colleagues. The musical and spiritual blooming of this history has become Deeper Than The Skin, the telling of their stories through words and music. It is a great American story, informative, inspiring, and uplifting all at once.
    See PVC Info above for location and pricing
  • Monday October 25, 8 pm - 11 pm: Irish Traditional Music Session
    at the Landmark Tavern, 626 11th Avenue at 46th Street, Manhattan, led by Don Meade.

  • Wednesday, October 27, 6 – 11 pm: Sunnyside Singers Club.
    The in-person singers folk club has resumed at a new location. It is now at the Grandstand Bar and Restaurant, 85­35 Grand Avenue, Elmhurst (Queens),three blocks from the Grand Avenue – Newtown subway station, near the Q58, Q59, and Q60 buses. Food and drink are available. The traditional Irish session will be the outdoor location 6-8 pm and the singers session will be indoors 8-11 pm

  • Thursday October 28, 7:30 - 11:00 pm: Sunnyside Singers Club Online.
    Join the online group that grew out of Wednesdays at the Aubergine Cafe, plus new overseas friends, all on Zoom. 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 October 29, 6:30 - 7:30 pm EST: Zoom Workshop on Folksongs of Fall, Death and Mystery, with Saro Lynch-Thomason
    Saro Lynch Thomason In many traditions, late October marks the time of the last harvest, a period of abundance that mingles with an awareness of death and a sense of closeness to the unseen world. In this program, award-winning ballad singer Saro Lynch-Thomason will share songs and folklore of ghosts, death, magic, and mystery. Drawing from Appalachian and British isles traditions, Saro will sing songs and share traditional wisdom about the return of the dead, enchanted animals, and magic-wielding women.

    Saro is an award-winning ballad singer, song leader, folklorist, and documentarian from Asheville, North Carolina. She has been studying and teaching traditional song and balladry from Ireland, the British Isles and Appalachia for over a decade. Saro believes that old songs help modern learners access history, folklore, and (most importantly) compassion for the experiences of others, and she uses in-person teaching, film documentary, podcasts, and more to convey these lessons. Saro’s song “There Are More Waters Rising” has gained international attention, becoming an anthem in the movement to end global warming and garnering praise in the Huffington Post. She holds an M.A. in Appalachian Studies and a Certificate in Documentary Studies.
    Contribution: members of FMSNY $10; general public $12. Ticketing via Eventbrite: https://fmsny-saro.eventbrite.com
    The Zoom link will be sent to ticket-holders 24 hours before the event.

November

  • Monday November 1, 8 pm - 11 pm: Irish Traditional Music Session
    at the Landmark Tavern, 626 11th Avenue at 46th Street, Manhattan, led by Don Meade.

  • Wednesday, November 3, 6 – 11 pm: Sunnyside Singers Club.
    The in-person singers folk club has resumed at a new location. It is now at the Grandstand Bar and Restaurant, 85­35 Grand Avenue, Elmhurst (Queens),three blocks from the Grand Avenue – Newtown subway station, near the Q58, Q59, and Q60 buses. Food and drink are available. The traditional Irish session will be the outdoor location 6-8 pm and the singers session will be indoors 8-11 pm

  • Thursday November 4, 7:30 - 11:00 pm: Sunnyside Singers Club Online.
    Join the online group that grew out of Wednesdays at the Aubergine Cafe, plus new overseas friends, all on Zoom. 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 November 7, 7:30 pm: Sara Grey & Kieron Means in concert via Zoom
    Sara Grey & Kieron Means Sara is a compelling singer with a sensitive style on the banjo, and a star of traditional song in the US and Britain. She has a rare and extraordinary repertoire of traditional songs, gleaned from a lifetime steeped in traditional music on both sides of the Atlantic.
    Sara's son, Kieron Means, shares a deep love and respect for the traditions. He has his own repertoire, a striking voice, and a fine style on guitar, either backing Sara or solo. This evening of rarely-heard gems is not to be missed.

    Tickets $10, book via Eventbrite./strong>
  • Monday November 8, 8 pm - 11 pm: Irish Traditional Music Session
    at the Landmark Tavern, 626 11th Avenue at 46th Street, Manhattan, led by Don Meade.

  • Wednesday, November 10, 6 – 11 pm: Sunnyside Singers Club.
    The in-person singers folk club has resumed at a new location. It is now at the Grandstand Bar and Restaurant, 85­35 Grand Avenue, Elmhurst (Queens),three blocks from the Grand Avenue – Newtown subway station, near the Q58, Q59, and Q60 buses. Food and drink are available. The traditional Irish session will be the outdoor location 6-8 pm and the singers session will be indoors 8-11 pm

  • Thursday November 11, 7:30 - 11:00 pm: Sunnyside Singers Club Online.
    Join the online group that grew out of Wednesdays at the Aubergine Cafe, plus new overseas friends, all on Zoom. 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.

  • Monday November 15, 8 pm - 11 pm: Irish Traditional Music Session
    at the Landmark Tavern, 626 11th Avenue at 46th Street, Manhattan, led by Don Meade.

  • Wednesday, November 17, 6 – 11 pm: Sunnyside Singers Club.
    The in-person singers folk club has resumed at a new location. It is now at the Grandstand Bar and Restaurant, 85­35 Grand Avenue, Elmhurst (Queens),three blocks from the Grand Avenue – Newtown subway station, near the Q58, Q59, and Q60 buses. Food and drink are available. The traditional Irish session will be the outdoor location 6-8 pm and the singers session will be indoors 8-11 pm

  • Thursday November 18, 7:30 - 11:00 pm: Sunnyside Singers Club Online.
    Join the online group that grew out of Wednesdays at the Aubergine Cafe, plus new overseas friends, all on Zoom. 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 November 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
     
  • Monday November 22, 8 pm - 11 pm: Irish Traditional Music Session
    at the Landmark Tavern, 626 11th Avenue at 46th Street, Manhattan, led by Don Meade.

  • Wednesday, November 24, 6 – 11 pm: Sunnyside Singers Club.
    The in-person singers folk club has resumed at a new location. It is now at the Grandstand Bar and Restaurant, 85­35 Grand Avenue, Elmhurst (Queens),three blocks from the Grand Avenue – Newtown subway station, near the Q58, Q59, and Q60 buses. Food and drink are available. The traditional Irish session will be the outdoor location 6-8 pm and the singers session will be indoors 8-11 pm

  • Thursday November 25, 7:30 - 11:00 pm: Sunnyside Singers Club Online.
    Join the online group that grew out of Wednesdays at the Aubergine Cafe, plus new overseas friends, all on Zoom. 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.

  • Monday November 29, 8 pm - 11 pm: Irish Traditional Music Session
    at the Landmark Tavern, 626 11th Avenue at 46th Street, Manhattan, led by Don Meade.


Other Online Events, Radio, etc.

  • Our friends at Old Songs have a variety of concerts and workshops.
  • 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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