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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.

TradMaD Camp 2020,  at Pinewoods Camp in Plymouth MA is POSTPONED until 2021, August 28 - September 3. Pinewoods Camp was not open this summer.   And 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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2020 - our 55th year

Club Events: November * December
Here is some Zoom Help that you can also download in pdf format


  • Fri, Nov. 27, 7:30 PM: Sara Grey with Will Brown
    Sara Grey
    Sara's website
    Sara Grey is a compelling singer with a sensitive style on the banjo, a star of traditional song in the US and Britain. Sara has a rare and extraordinary repertoire of traditional songs, gleaned from a lifetime steeped in traditional music on both sides of the Atlantic. We are disappointed that her son, Kieron Means, will not be able to appear with her. She will be accompanied by a fellow Rockport resident, guitarist Will Brown, who has been involved with and recorded with many Maine musicians for the past 35 years. This evening of rarely heard gems is not to be missed. It will be coming via zoom from Sara's Rockport, Maine, living room.

    Tickets, $5 minimum per household, are available from Eventbrite. Additional tax-deductible donations are most welcome. Zoom details to be announced (ticketholders will receive the info 24 hours before the concert)
    Will Brown
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  • Friday December 4, 7:15 -10:15 pm: Our 55th Anniversary Bash — A celebration and sing-around
    Come celebrate with us!! Our BASH to be held virtually on ZOOM (& phone link) Besides a chance to socialize with long distanced friends, there will be a sing-around with opportunities to sing or bask in the pleasure of listening. (Group singing precluded by use of Zoom. Which also precludes any pot-luck other than what you have in your kitchen.)

    Cost is $5.00 via EventbriteIf you wish to sing in the sing-around, also get a ticket as a singer (free with event ticket). You will be notified of the Zoom link shortly before the event.
    Note: If registration exceeds 50, there will be a waiting list and notification in the event of an opening.

  • Sunday December 6, 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

  • Sunday December 20, 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):

Other Online Events, Radio, etc.

  • Saturday, Nov. 21, 4 PM Eastern: The Seattle Folklore Society presents a Virtual Showcase with Eduardo Mendonça, Iona Fyfe, and Eric and Suzy Thompson!  Not a club event, but one we are happy to promote.
    • Eduardo Mendonça: A Touch of Brazilian Folklore
    •  Iona Fyfe: one of Scotland’s finest young ballad singers, is a fabulous singer whom we hope to present at TradMaD whenever the pandemic permits.
    • Eric & Suzy Thompson: Southern roots music
    Buy tickets through Konnect Club at You will receive a link to view the concert on the day of show, which will be good for a 24 hour period.   A standard ticket is $20, with options $10 if need dictates, or more if you are able to add support for our artists.

  • 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: or catch the show streaming at 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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