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2022 - our 57th year

Club Events Calendar: June * July * Other Online Events, Radio, etc.
Here is some Zoom Help that you can also download in pdf format

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June

  • Friday June 24 to Sunday June 26: Old Songs Festival in person at the Altamond Fairgrounds (supported)
    From 1:00 pm on Friday through 7:00 pm Sunday, a great weekend of concerts, workshops, dance, and fun for the whole family.

    Performers include John McCutcheon • John Doyle & Mick McAuley • Hubby Jenkins • Sheila Kay Adams with Donna Ray Norton & Melanie Rice Penland • Windborne • Beppe Gambetta • The Vox Hunters • Roy Book Binder • Bourque Émissaires • É.T.É • Jim Lloyd & Addie Levy • Reggie Harris • Joe Jencks • Dennis Stroughmatt & L’Esprit Creole • Matthew Byrne • Sam Gleaves & Deborah Payne • Bethany Yarrow • Copley Street • Magpie with Rolly Brown • Joseph & James Bruchac • Scott Ainslie • Sally Rogers • Howie Bursen • Claudia Schmidt • Ustad Shafaat Khan • Andy Cohen • Great Gambian Griots • Heard • John Kirk & Trish Miller • Cloud Ten • Petrichord • Jamcrackers • John Roberts • George Wilson • Stefan Amidon • Colleen Cleveland • Chris Koldewey • John Dickson • Jake Thomas • Ron Gordon • The Great Groove Band • Roger the Jester • and more to come!
    Also featured are craft, food and instrument vendors, and a well-run children’s activity area. For full information, including ticketing, see the Festival website

  • Monday June 27, 8:00 - 11:00 pm: Irish Traditional Music Session (co-sponsored, in person)
    at the Landmark Tavern, 626 11th Avenue at 46th Street, Manhattan, led by Don Meade with occasional special guests. Food and drink available.

  • Wednesday June 29, 6:00 - 8:00 pm: Gowanus Dredgers Boathouse Jam (co-sponsored, in person)
    The Boathouse Jam, led by musician Christian Apuzzo, is open to everyone with an acoustic instrument and/or a voice. Come on down, lead a song and play along. The jam is held in a pretty spot outdoors by the Gowanus Canal at 165 2nd Street, Brooklyn, between Bond St. & the canal, near the Carroll St. station of the F train. Free tickets required; go to Eventbrite and select the desired date. Audience seating is not guaranteed and performer participation is limited to 36 until restrictions are lifted. Further info.

  • Wednesday June 29, 8:00 - 11:00 pm: Sunnyside Folk Club (co-sponsored, in person)
    The Sunnyside Folk Club (formerly the Sunnyside Singers Club) is a weekly in-person session inside Sanger Hall, an Irish-American pub at 48-20 Skillman Avenue (corner of 49th Street) in Sunnyside, Queens, NY. Come bring voices and songs to share. Acoustic instruments are also welcome. Traditional songs are especially welcome. About once a month there will be a featured guest performer for part of the evening. There is never an admission charge, but we do request a voluntary contribution when we have a guest performer. Also, a purchase of food or beverage is expected. Facebook page.


July

  • Sunday July 3, 2:00 - 4:00 pm: Sea Chanteys and Maritime Music (co-sponsored)
    South Street Seaport Museum’s monthly Sea Chanteys and Maritime Music continues now in person aboard the 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 for the next chantey sing and receive the Zoom link 24 hours prior.Sign up for the next chantey sing and receive the Zoom link 24 hours prior. Here is the Chantey Sing FAQ explaining how the "hybrid" version works, and more.

  • Monday July 4, 8:00 - 11:00 pm: Irish Traditional Music Session (co-sponsored, in person)
    at the Landmark Tavern 626 11th Avenue at 46th Street, Manhattan, led by Don Meade with occasional special guests. Food and drink available.

  • Wednesday July 6, 6:00 - 8:00: Gowanus Dredgers Boathouse Jam (co-sponsored, in person)
    The Boathouse Jam, led by musician Christian Apuzzo, is open to everyone with an acoustic instrument and/or a voice. Come on down, lead a song and play along. The jam is held in a pretty spot outtdoors by the Gowanus Canal at 165 2nd Street, Brooklyn, between Bond St. & the canal, near the Carroll St. station of the F train. Free tickets required; go to Eventbrite and select the desired date. Audience seating is not guaranteed and performer participation is limited to 36 until restrictions are lifted. Further info.

  • Thursday July 7, 8:00 - 11:00 Note change of date from the usual Wednesday. Back to Wednesdays on July 13. Sunnyside Folk Club (co-sponsored, in person)
    The Sunnyside Folk Club (formerly the Sunnyside Singers Club) is a weekly in-person session inside Sanger Hall, an Irish-American pub at 48-20 Skillman Avenue (corner of 49th Street) in Sunnyside, Queens, NY. Come bring voices and songs to share. Acoustic instruments are also welcome. Traditional songs are especially welcome. About once a month there will be a featured guest performer for part of the evening. There is never an admission charge, but we do request a voluntary contribution when we have a guest performer. Also, a purchase of food or beverage is expected. Facebook page.

  • Sunday July 10, 12 noon - 3:00 pm: Return of the live Ice Cream Social and Song Swap
    yummy ice cream Chill out with real friends, real ice cream and real group singing. After two years of virtual parties, FMSNY is inviting you and your friends (vaxed, with proof, and masked) to our annual ice cream social and sing around - always a welcome and much enjoyed event! It will be held at the home of a generous Folk Music Society of NY member in Park Slope, Brooklyn (note, dog in residence). It will take place under a tent to shield us from the summer sun or indoors in case of inclement weather. Ice cream and a non-dairy substitute and toppings will be provided.

    A contribution of $5.00 or more, if feasible, is requested. Reservations may be made online via Tito.
    When registering, please indicate if you would like to sing and any ice cream flavor preferences. The address and travel directions will be forwarded to you subsequent to registration. If additional information is needed, contact: Betsy Mayer, email: betsylmayer(at)gmail.com ; tel. 646-599-6747. Looking forward to seeing you there!
  • Monday July 11, 8:00 - 11:00 pm: Irish Traditional Music Session (co-sponsored, in person)
    at the Landmark Tavern 626 11th Avenue at 46th Street, Manhattan, led by Don Meade with occasional special guests. Food and drink available.

  • Wednesday July 13, 6:00 - 8:00: Gowanus Dredgers Boathouse Jam (co-sponsored, in person)
    The Boathouse Jam, led by musician Christian Apuzzo, is open to everyone with an acoustic instrument and/or a voice. Come on down, lead a song and play along. The jam is held in a pretty spot outtdoors by the Gowanus Canal at 165 2nd Street, Brooklyn, between Bond St. & the canal, near the Carroll St. station of the F train. Free tickets required; go to Eventbrite and select the desired date. Audience seating is not guaranteed and performer participation is limited to 36 until restrictions are lifted. Further info.

  • Wednesday July 13, 8:00 - 11:00 pm: Sunnyside Folk Club (co-sponsored, in person)
    The Sunnyside Folk Club (formerly the Sunnyside Singers Club) is a weekly in-person session inside Sanger Hall, an Irish-American pub at 48-20 Skillman Avenue (corner of 49th Street) in Sunnyside, Queens, NY. Come bring voices and songs to share. Acoustic instruments are also welcome. Traditional songs are especially welcome. About once a month there will be a featured guest performer for part of the evening. There is never an admission charge, but we do request a voluntary contribution when we have a guest performer. Also, a purchase of food or beverage is expected. Facebook page.

  • Saturday, July 17, 2:00 - 4:00 pm: Brooklyn Outdoor Song Circle(cosponsored, in person)
    Mount Prospect Park, Brooklyn. (Rain Dates TBA). A casual song-circle that has been meeting outdoors to minimize covid19 risk. Bring a song you’d like to share, or just sing-along and enjoy a few pleasant hours in the park. We aim to create a friendly, welcoming space where people can share whatever form of music they enjoy. Instruments, vocals and all skill levels are welcome. The park is between the Brooklyn Central Library and The Brooklyn Museum on Eastern Parkway. Entry to the park is next to the gates of the Brooklyn Botanical Garden, at the Eastern Parkway stop of the 2/3 train. We'll be in the far south-east corner, or on the lawn, near the back of the park--Look for our banner. We recommend you bring a folding chair, cushion or blanket to sit on, as bench space is limited. Restrooms are available in the park and the Museum Lobby. We plan for the second Saturday each month, but it depends on the weather. Send a message to parksongcircle (at) yahoo.com to get updates if we must cancel or reschedule

  • Sunday July 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 July 18, 8:00 - 11:00 pm: Irish Traditional Music Session (co-sponsored, in person)
    at the Landmark Tavern 626 11th Avenue at 46th Street, Manhattan, led by Don Meade with occasional special guests. Food and drink available.

  • Wednesday July 20, 6:00 - 8:00: Gowanus Dredgers Boathouse Jam (co-sponsored, in person)
    The Boathouse Jam, led by musician Christian Apuzzo, is open to everyone with an acoustic instrument and/or a voice. Come on down, lead a song and play along. The jam is held in a pretty spot outtdoors by the Gowanus Canal at 165 2nd Street, Brooklyn, between Bond St. & the canal, near the Carroll St. station of the F train. Free tickets required; go to Eventbrite and select the desired date. Audience seating is not guaranteed and performer participation is limited to 36 until restrictions are lifted. Further info.

  • Wednesday July 20, 8:00 - 11:00 pm: Sunnyside Folk Club (co-sponsored, in person)
    The Sunnyside Folk Club (formerly the Sunnyside Singers Club) is a weekly in-person session inside Sanger Hall, an Irish-American pub at 48-20 Skillman Avenue (corner of 49th Street) in Sunnyside, Queens, NY. Come bring voices and songs to share. Acoustic instruments are also welcome. Traditional songs are especially welcome. About once a month there will be a featured guest performer for part of the evening. There is never an admission charge, but we do request a voluntary contribution when we have a guest performer. Also, a purchase of food or beverage is expected. Facebook page.

  • Monday July 25, 8:00 - 11:00 pm: Irish Traditional Music Session (co-sponsored, in person)
    at the Landmark Tavern 626 11th Avenue at 46th Street, Manhattan, led by Don Meade with occasional special guests. Food and drink available.

  • Wednesday July 27, 6:00 - 8:00: Gowanus Dredgers Boathouse Jam (co-sponsored, in person)
    The Boathouse Jam, led by musician Christian Apuzzo, is open to everyone with an acoustic instrument and/or a voice. Come on down, lead a song and play along. The jam is held in a pretty spot outtdoors by the Gowanus Canal at 165 2nd Street, Brooklyn, between Bond St. & the canal, near the Carroll St. station of the F train. Free tickets required; go to Eventbrite and select the desired date. Audience seating is not guaranteed and performer participation is limited to 36 until restrictions are lifted. Further info.

  • Wednesday July 27, 8:00 - 11:00 pm: Sunnyside Folk Club (co-sponsored, in person)
    The Sunnyside Folk Club (formerly the Sunnyside Singers Club) is a weekly in-person session inside Sanger Hall, an Irish-American pub at 48-20 Skillman Avenue (corner of 49th Street) in Sunnyside, Queens, NY. Come bring voices and songs to share. Acoustic instruments are also welcome. Traditional songs are especially welcome. About once a month there will be a featured guest performer for part of the evening. There is never an admission charge, but we do request a voluntary contribution when we have a guest performer. Also, a purchase of food or beverage is expected. Facebook page.

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Other Online Events, Radio, etc.

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