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


October

  • 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 Agaloos, 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 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.

  • Saturday, November 6, 8pm: Pamela Jean Agaloos + Sol y Canto (co-sponsored)
    Pamela Jean Agaloos Pamela Jean Agaloos
    is an active musician in the Irish/Scottish trad scene in New York City. Born to Filipino parents in a U.S. Naval Base in Chicago, she has a background in musical theater in the Philippines, where she lived until 2011. She participates in folk sings like Exceedingly Good Song Night and the Sunnyside Singers Club, and is also a guest vocalist for the band New York Brogue. Although a frequent figure in the Manhattan trad scene, Pamela makes her session home in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, at Iona Bar, which has hosted and attracted top-notch talent from the city and around the world.
    Sol y Canto Sol y Canto
    Rosi and Brian Amador founded the Pan-Latin ensemble Sol y Canto in 1994, and before that they were co-founders of Flor de Can~a. They perform songs from the Nueva Cancio´n tradition, creative arrangements of beloved Latin classics, and Brian's originals, which are distinguished by poetic lyrics, diverse styles and surprising twists. Sol y Canto can make you dance, laugh, cry and sigh all in one concert. Their website
    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.

  • Saturday November 6, 8 pm: Mercy Center Bangkok Annual Fundraising Concert (co-sponsored)
    At the New York Irish Center, 10-40 Jackson Ave, Long Island City NY.
    Featuring: Mick Moloney, Athena Tergis, Brenda Castles, John Roberts, Liz Hanley, Donie Carroll & Heather Bixler, Mike Glick & Guadalupe Peraza, and the Niall O’Leary Irish School of Dancing.
    Tickets $70.00 includes Wine & Cheese Reception at 7.00pm. All checks made payable to “Mercy Center USA” Fully Tax deductible. In support of The Mercy Center in Bangkok, Thailand, which aids and shelters street kids. For Reservations Call or Text Donie Carroll, 917-723-7488

  • Sunday November 7, 7:30 pm (remember to put clocks back one hour): 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
  • 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.

  • Saturday, November 20, 8pm: Carrie & Michael Kline + Suzanne Schmid (co-sponsored)
    Carrie & Michael Kline Carrie & Michael Kline
    present their music both as entertainment and social history, with engaging ease and hard-hitting passion. They have spent years recording music and spoken narrative in Cherokee, North Carolina, the Appalachian coalfields and mountainside farms, along with industrial cities from Cincinnati to New England. The Klines' high mountain harmony vocals meld with their intertwining bass lines on two guitars, with Michael Kline's melodic flat-picking guitar playing and Carrie's dynamic backup. As folklorist-musicians they weave songs and stories, wrapped in a patchwork quilt of vivid imagery. Their oral history and musical podcast is Talking Across the Lines. Their website
    Suzanne Schmid Suzanne Schmid
    Jamaican-born singer-songwriter Suzanne Schmid was raised in Albany, NY, and educated in Chapel Hill, NC. While Suzanne Vega, Natalie Merchant, Paul Simon, Ani Difranco and Tracy Chapman formed the soundtrack of her youth, her songwriting is also influenced by the North Carolina songscape, especially old-time, bluegrass, and country music. Suzanne's solo release, The Field Hand (2016), is a foray into folk, old-time, roots, reggae, and light rock. Suzanne performs original songs, songs by favorite artists, and traditional songs learned along the way. Suzanne's website
    See PVC Info for location and pricing
  • 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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