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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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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Hampton Inn & Suites of Manchester, CT

The Sounding Board will be closed for the holidays in December and
 will reopen on Saturday, January 14 with singer-songwriter David Mallett.

Saturday, Jan 14, 7:30 p.m.

David Mallett, is one of America’s true original troubadours.


In a career spanning four decades, he has recorded 14 albums, had several hundred covers of his songs, including the American folk classic Garden Song ["Inch by Inch, Row by Row..."] and performed in clubs, concert halls and festivals across the US, Canada and Europe. He has appeared on numerous broadcasts, including National Public Radio’s A Prairie Home Companion.


Known for his carefully written, poetic offerings, his body of work has provided material for an eclectic list of artists that includes Alison Krauss, Pete Seeger, Hal Ketchum, Emmylou Harris, John Denver and the Muppets.


$20 general, $18 members,
$10 students with ID, $8 children 12 & under

“ Always compelling, always musical… there is something
about Mallett’s phrasing that lends an urgency and boldness to his songs. ”
Scott Alarik, Boston Globe

 "I Knew This Place" –David Mallett


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At the September 10 concert,
Brent Hall was honored with a
Lifetime Achievement Award
in recognition of four decades
of dedication, devotion and
service to The Sounding Board.


Through the years, Brent
worked tirelessly as an audio
technician making the artists
we present sound their best.
He also assumed many roles
behind the scenes lending his
expertise and knowledge to
The Sounding Board. Brent
served as the organization's
president for many years and

continues to serve an
important role on board of
directors. Congratulations,
Brent, and thank you for
your many efforts on behalf of The Sounding Board.

“Heather Pierson's trio is really impressive, with each member showing great skill with multiple instruments and playing songs that get the audience into a reverie one minute, and heartily singing along the next."  Sarah Craig, Caffe Lena

Saturday, Jan 28, 7:30 p.m.

One of our finds from the 2016 NERFA
Conference, Heather Pierson looks like the
girl next door – youthful, friendly, a little bit shy –
but she is an award-winning pianist, multi-genre singer/songwriter, arranger, bandleader, and performer.


From New Orleans-style jazz and blues to rousing Americana and poignant folk narratives, Heather’s memorable live performances feature her virtuosity on piano, her bell-tone vocals, and her commanding yet playful stage presence while wielding a tenor banjo, melodica, or acoustic guitar. The trio also features Davy Sturtevant on strings and cornet and Shawn Nadeau on upright bass.


The music moves seamlessly and effortlessly from one style to the next, and a growing catalog of wildly divergent CD releases reflects Heather’s boundless creativity..


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

 "Singin'" – Heather Pierson Acoustic Trio

Saturday, Feb 11, 7:30 p.m.

Ever wonder what might happen if traditional
New England fiddle music got married to African, Caribbean, Funk, Reggae, and Latin grooves?. When The Gaslight Tinkers are in the house, It's the genre-bending future of the music of the past.


The Gaslight Tinkers' blend of global rhythms creates a joyously danceable sound around a core of traditional New England old time and Celtic fiddle music, merging boundless positive energy with melody and song. Since its formation in 2012 the band has lit up the East Coast, the West Coast, and the Caribbean, headlining clubs, dances, and major festivals.


The Gaslight Tinkers’ shows are packed with delightful surprises, elated crowds, and exuberant musicianship.


We saw them at Old Songs last summer and at NERFA in November and knew they would be an outstanding addition to The Sounding Board's 44th season. Be here on February 11 and discover the magic for yourself.


And, if you've ever wondered what Woody Guthrie would have been singing if he had been born in Trinidad instead of Oklahoma, click on the video at right and find out.


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

“Music that consistently fizzes and pops with unexpected textures
and turns." 
The Valley Advocate

 "I Ain't Got No Home/High Drive" – The Gaslight Tinkers

Also Coming in 2017...

Pete's Posse featuring Pete Sutherland

Occidental Gypsy (3/11/17)

Molsky's Mountain Drifters featuring
   Bruce Molsky, Allison De Groot, and
   Stash Wyslouch (3/18/17)

Mark Erelli (4/1/17 – tentative but very

The Hot Flashes featuring Amy Gallatin,
   Gale Wade, and Peggy Harvey

Caravan of Thieves (4/22/17)

Spuyten Duyvil (5/13/17)

Portable Folk Festival (5/20/17)

For information on other folk music events throughout the area, click here.


You can also make a reservation by clicking any of the blue buttons on this page marked "Reservations."

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.