A Folk & Acoustic Music Coffeehouse Since 1973

Concerts at The Universalist Church, 433 Fern St., West Hartford, CT*
860-770-3001•Credit/Debit Cards Accepted at the Door

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Saturday, Sept 23, 7:30 p.m.

The world is full of funny songs, but Roy Zimmerman's hilarious, rhyme-intensive originals are also incisive calls to action, smart, savvy and undeniable.


In 20 years on stages, screens and airwaves across America, Roy has brought the sting of satire to the struggle for peace and justice. His songs have been heard on HBO and Showtime. Roy’s YouTube videos have garnered over seven million views, and he's a featured blogger for the Huffington Post. Get ready for a night of biting yet zany music ripped from the headlines.


$20 general and members,
$10 students with ID, $8 children 12 & under

“Zimmerman is a guy on the left skewering folks on the right with rapier-sharp lyrics ... underneath the caustic satire is a man who is surprisingly optimistic.”

SingOut! magazine

The Sounding Board is an all-volunteer, non-profit 501(c)3 organization founded in 1973 to present and preserve folk music in all its forms in the Greater Hartford area



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 "Pixieman (A parody of 'Dixie'"  (Lyrics: Roy Zimmerman)

 "Old Man Fibber"  (Lyrics: Roy Zimmerman)


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Congratulations to The Sounding Board's
2017 Lifetime Achievement Award Honorees

Longtime Sounding Board volunteers Gerry Jacques and Janet Steucek were honored with Lifetime Achievement Awards and Lifetime Memberships at The Sounding Board's Sept. 9 concert.

Almost since The Sounding Board started in 1973, Gerry has been the behind-the-scenes logistics manager. He has been hands-on setting up the stage and chairs for the audience (and putting everything away after the show) at the vast majority of the 1,200 shows staged by The Sounding Board in the last 44 seasons. Gerry is also responsible for keeping the refreshment table stocked with soft drinks, coffee and bottled water, and donates not only his time, but the products as well. Long after the audience has departed, you'll find Gerry making the rounds at the church turning lights off and locking doors.

Janet is the sister of Sounding Board founder Bill Domler and the daughter of longtime general manager Len Domler. For many years Janet has served as The Sounding Board's artistic director with responsibility for scheduling and coordinating performers. Janet also serves as The Sounding Board's treasurer making sure the organization stays on a sound financial footing. She's also responsible for the homemade chocolate chip brownies that disappear from the refreshment table rather quickly at every show.

Both Gerry and Janet are founding members of The Sounding Board's house band, The Portable Folk Festival.

The Sounding Board is very grateful for Gerry's and Janet's many years of volunteer service.


Saturday, Oct 7, 7:30 p.m.

Jez Lowe long been one of Britain’s busiest folk performers, playing for audiences the world over. His songwriting preference is for narrative, his commitment is to telling the stories of ordinary people and, above all, his consistency, makes him an ideal contributor.


Jez does sad songs, lyrical songs and funny songs, drawing much of his inspiration from his early years spent in the industrial north of England. Many of his songs have been created for the BBC radio series, The Radio Ballads. He has contributed 60 songs to this ongoing project since 2006.



$18 general, $16 members,
$10 students with ID, $8 children 12 & under

“The best singer songwriter to come out of the UK  for a long time.”

– Richard Thompson

 "The Wrong Bus (live at The Sounding Board)"   (Jez Lowe)

 "A Miner's Life"  (Traditional)

Saturday, Oct. 21, 7:30 p.m.

Tom Paxton has become a voice of his generation, addressing issues of injustice and inhumanity, laying bare the absurdities of modern culture and celebrating the tenderest bonds of family, friends, and community.


This special Sounding Board concert, just a week before Tom' 80th birthday will feature selections from more than 50 years of performing with old favorites and some of Tom's topical and witty "short shelf life songs," musical commentaries on the state of the world today.  Tom will be joined by The DonJuans – Grammy-award winning songwriters Don Henry and Jon Vezner – for this not-to-be-missed show.  The DonJuans will open the show and then accompany Tom in a full length concert.




$25 general, $23 members,
$12 students with ID, $10 children 12 & under

“ Tom’s songs have a way of sneaking up on you. You find yourself humming them, whistling them, and singing a verse to a friend.”

– Pete Seegert

 "The Last Thing On My Mind"   (Tom Paxton)

 "Central Square"  (Tom Paxton)

Saturday, Nov 4, 7:30 p.m.

Ed Trickett is known as a “song interpeter.” He looks for hidden truths in songs, and sings them in a manner that brings out a new meaning to old songs.


Usually playing guitar, and singing in a very gentle manner, Ed doesn't consider himself as a “professional” musician, but he is indeed a professional in every sense of the word. He has recorded several solo albums and has been an integal part of the folk trio Bok, Trickett & Muir.


$17 general, $15 members,
$10 students with ID, $8 children 12 & under

“ There's warm comfort in Ed Trickett's unaffected tenor and his living-room-folk approach..”

– Washington Post

 "Another Bay"   (Robin Chotzinoff)

 "Rolling Home (Live at The Sounding Board)"  (Traditional)

Saturday, Nov 18, 7:30 p.m.

John McCutcheon’s first award-winning song was titled The Ponderosa No-Cream-in-My-Coffee Blues. He was 15 and it won him a high school talent show award.


Since then McCutcheon has garnered more than his share of accolades. His range includes ballads, historical songs, children’s songs, love songs, topical satire, fiddle and hammer dulcimer instrumentals, and even symphonic works. His 36 albums have earned six Grammy nominations and accolades around the world.




$24 general, $22 members,
$12 students with ID, $10 children 12 & under

“ One of our country’s best songwriters.”

– Pete Seeger

 "Step By Step"   (Robin Chotzinoff)

 "Y'all Means All" & "This Ain't Me" (from the new CD, Trollig for Dreams)

Coming in 2018...

Advance Tickets available now
for fall 2017 shows.


Caravan of Thieves (1/6/18)

Susan Werner (1/20/18)

Grass Routes (2/3/18)

RPR (2/17/18)

Larry Kaplan with David Paton &
  Tom White (3/3/18)

John Gorka (3/10/18)

Rani Arbo and daisy mayhem (3/17/18)



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Please make reservations using the online form or by email. You can also make a reservation by sending a text to 860-770-3001.

If you really feel the need to make your reservation by a traditional phone call, dial 860-770-3001 and leave a voice mail with your name, the concert you wish to attend, and the number of people in your party. The Sounding Board does not confirm reservations made by phone or text.

Reservations must be made before 3:30 p.m. on the day of the concert. Reservations must be claimed at the admissions table by 7:15 on the night of the performance.

Please do not call the church for reservations or Sounding Board information. The Sounding Board is not affiliated with The Universalist Church and only rents the hall where we hold our concerts.

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