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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.

Streaming concert with John McCutcheon on Thursday February 4th, 7:30 pm. See details below

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


  • Friday, January 15, 7:30 pm: Songs for Irish Independence, 1916-1923
    Irish Patriots This free on-line Zoom performance-talk workshop, led by Donie Carroll, explores Irish rebel songs from the Easter Uprising of 1916 and the War of Independence of 1919-1921, through the end of the Irish Civil War of 1922-1923.

    Originally hailing from Cork City and deeply rooted in the folk music of his native country, Donie Carroll is among the best known musicians on the current Irish music scene in North America.

    Hosted by Marie Mularczyk O'Connell and Steve Suffet. There will be plenty of opportunity for audience commentary and Q&A.

    To participate, please e-mail Steve Suffet: ssuffet(at), and request the Zoom link.

    Facebook link

  • Sunday January 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):

  • Monday, January 18, 2021, 11:00 AM to 1:00 pm: We are a co-sponsor of the 7th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. & Mitzvah Day of Service
    Join Us for A Virtual Event Full of Inspiration & Action We Will have a Special Remembrance for John Lewis. Register on Eventbrite for free tickets to our Virtual Event. A zoom link will be automatically sent to you after you register on Eventbrite.
  • 11:00 AM: Updates on COVID-19 virus and vaccines. Hannah Gould, PhD, MS, MBA, Department of Health, Co-founder of Jackson Heights Science Communication Initiative, Karinn Glover, MD, MPH Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Albert Einstein College of Medicine

  • Workshops
  • 11:30 AM: Food Insecurity. It's easy to see the effects COVID-19 has had on our way of life. What's less visible is the number of people who are now worrying about having enough to eat. Job loss and other economic crises associated with COVID-19 have created more food insecurity right in our neighborhoods. Our panel will discuss the growing need, the local organizations stepping up to help, and possible solutions to this severe issue.
    Panelists: Kathryn Garcia- Former COVID Food Czar; Silvia Garces - Co-Chair of Lion's Share food Pantry at St Mark's Church; Nuala O'Doherty Naranjo - Community Leader and Founding Member of COVID Care Neighbor Network
  • Social and Political Concerns of the Jackson Heights Community and Surrounding Communities. What are the major concerns and issues that face your community and are important to you?
    Hosted by Shekar Krishnan and co-host Maurice Clayton
  • Intro to Race and Racism for Parents. Becoming More Comfortable Talking about Race and Resources and Information for Supporting Your and Your Children's Racial Consciousness. Learn foundational knowledge about the history of race and racism and gain tools for doing internal self-reflection on your own racial and ethnic identity as a parent. The session will conclude with resource recommendations and booklists for Anti-racist parents and their school-age students. There will be a list of children's books on racism provided by Karen Wellington.
    Facilitator: Jeremy Chan-Kraushar, Director of Implicit Bias and Culturally Responsive Education, New York City Department of Education
  • Information on Service Providers and Social Justice Groups. Find out about the organizations and people who are available to help you and the community with much needed services. Learn about groups who are working for Tikkun Olam, making the world and our community a better place.
  • 12:30pm: Wrap Up & Special Remembrance of John Lewis. Come together to share insights from the workshops. A memorial remembrance of those in our community who passed away due to Covid. Special Remembrance of John Lewis, with a video tribute, followed by "We Shall Overcome" sung by members of the Folk Music Society of New York - Clarice Kjerulff, Don Wade, Leslie Berman, and Marie Mularczyk
  • Closing Statements
Thank You to Our Sponsors and Participants: Kehillat Tikvah: A Jewish Community of Hope; The Folk Music Society of New York; New Visions Democratic Club; Community Methodist Church; Danny Dromm, City Council; Covid Care Network; Lion's Share Food Pantry of St. Mark's Episcopal Church; ; Malkhut; NAACP; Brooklyn Queens chapter of National Organization for Women; JASA; Jackson Heights Community Fridge; Ethical Cultural Society of Queens; The Renaissance Charter School; Community Methodist Church; St. Pats for All; Regal Heights Rehabilitation and Health Care Center; New York Cares; Jackson Heights Beautification Group: elected officials, and many more.

  • Friday January 22, 7:30 pm: A Toast for a New and Improved Year - virtual singaround and virtual potluck
    We'll be gathering to cheer ourselves up — sing, play, socialize via Zoom. Sign up at


  • Thursday February 4, 7:30 pm: Live streaming concert with John McCutcheon / Roots & Wings: How Traditional Music is the Foundation of All My Music
    John McCutcheon John is folk music's renaissance man — master instrumentalist, powerful singer-songwriter, storyteller, activist, and author. As an instrumentalist, he is a master of a dozen different traditional instruments, most notably the rare and beautiful hammered dulcimer. His songwriting has been hailed by critics and singers around the globe. His thirty recordings have garnered every imaginable honor including seven Grammy nominations. He has produced over twenty albums of other artists, from traditional fiddlers to contemporary singer-songwriters to educational and documentary works. His books and instructional materials have introduced budding players to the joys of their own musicality. And his commitment to grassroots political organizations has put him on the front lines of many of the issues important to communities and workers.

    Ticket prices: General admission $20; Family/household $30; Student $10; Unemployed/laid off $5. Click here for ticketing info

    John's website

  • Sunday February 7, 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 February 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):

Other Online Events, Radio, etc.

  • Thursday December 31, 2:00 pm onwards: New Years Eve Many Midnights Sing-Around (online) Organized by the Folklore Society of Greater Washington. Anyone can sign up, and the Zoom link will be sent on December 29th. Go to FSGW information page and register to take part.

  • Friday, January 15, 6:00-10:00 pm and Saturday, January 16, 6:00 pm - 12:00 am: Zlatne Uste Golden Festival
    Brooklyn's Balkan Bash Goes Global! For 35 years, Zlatne Uste Golden Festival has been on short lists for great winter happenings in NYC, bringing thousands of revelers together for two nights of music, dance and partying, a one-of-a-kind eruption of joy and light in the heart of the winter. For 2021, on January 15 and 16, we trade the magic and mayhem of Brooklyn's Grand Prospect Hall for a virtual village square for performers and audiences from around the world to share our widest range of offerings yet, with dozens of far-flung performance groups, dance workshops, sessions on crafts and foodways, and much more—online! Check for the latest posted information. The online Charshiya Balkan Marketplace connects you with artisans, cooks and merchants whose work is inspired by Balkan, Mediterranean, and East European heritage. On January 15 and 16, you can meet up there with artisans, presenters, and other festival-goers. The Charshiya is already open and waiting! Visit today, check out the artisans, shop for the holidays, and get ready to party like it's 2021!

  • Our friends at Old Songs have a variety of concerts and workshops. Saturday January 16, 7:00 pm: Magpie in concertsee details

  • 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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