A Folk & Acoustic Music Coffeehouse Since 1973

Concerts at The Universalist Church, 433 Fern St., West Hartford, CT*
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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



Saturday, Oct. 1, 7:30 p.m.

Celebrate 55 years of recorded folk music from Connecticut's own Folk-Legacy Records with Ed Trickett, Sara Grey, The Johnson Girls, Jerry Rasmussen, Dan Milner, Chris Koldewey, Caroline Paton, David Paton & Wildcat Creek, Larry Kaplan, Rob Paton and Howie Bursen (tentative).


Founded by Sandy & Caroline Paton and Lee Haggerty in 1961, Folk Legacy has released a catalog of more than 140 albums helping to keep alive traditional song and the singers who sing them.


All proceeds from this concert will help support Folk-Legacy’s continuing efforts to collect, record and preserve the heritage of traditional musicians and their performance.


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


Thank You!


 for Sounding Board performers are provided by
Hampton Inn & Suites of Manchester, CT

Read an article about Folk-Legacy Records from SingOut! (PDF)

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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.

Saturday, Oct. 8, 7:30 p.m.

It's Johnny & June meets Simon & Garfunkel.


The Toronto-based duo The Young Novelists – husband and wife Graydon James and Laura Spink – are known for their beautiful harmonies and songs culled from their small-town roots. Through their rich but rustic sound, The Young Novelists deliver a dose of honesty in audible form.


They have been recognized as New/Emerging Artist of the year at the Canadian Folk Music Awards, won the Grassy Hill Songwriting Competition at the 2015 Connecticut Folk Festival in New Haven, and Graydon received the Ontario Art Council’s Colleen Peterson Songwriting award for his song Couldn't Be Any Worse.


$16 general, $14 members,
$10 students with ID, $8 children 12 & under

        Listen to The Young Novelists at their website

 "In Your Defence" – Young Novelists

Saturday, Oct. 15, 7:30 p.m.

Roy Zimmerman sings satirical songs -
original songs about class warfare, creationism,
same-sex marriage, guns, marijuana, abstinence, Republicans (lots of songs about Republicans), ignorance, war and greed.


In twelve albums over twenty years and on stages, screens and airwaves across America, Roy has brought the sting of satire to the struggle for Peace and Social Justice. His songs have been heard on HBO and Showtime. Roy has recorded for Warner/Reprise Records, and he's a featured blogger for the Huffington Post.


The Los Angeles Times says, "Zimmerman displays a lacerating wit and keen awareness of society's foibles that bring to mind a latter-day Tom Lehrer."


SingOut! magazine says, "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.".


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

(Sorry, but our contract with the performer does not permit us to offer member discounts for this show.)


Artist's Website

Advance Tickets

      Watch more Roy Zimmerman videos on

"My Vote, My Voice, My Right" – Roy Zimmerman


The Roy Zimmerman concert on October 15 has been cancelled
due to the performer's illness.  The Sounding Board will attempt
to reschedule this show at the earliest possible date.

Saturday, Oct. 22, 7:30 p.m.

Bob Zentz began performing in his native Norfolk, Virginia in 1962. More than 50 years later, he has no intention of slowing down.


A prolific musician playing several dozen instruments in a

repertoire of more than 2,000 songs, Bob span the genres of folk, traditional, Celtic and maritime music and beyond, and as a songwriter, he is celebrated by fans and peers alike. Dozens of performers have covered his original compositions, three of which have been published in “Rise Up Singing,” SingOut! magazine's award winning community songbook.


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

"Let The Light From The Lighthouse" – Bob Zentz

Saturday, Oct. 29, 7:30 p.m.

“Since emerging from the NYC singer/songwriter scene in

the late 1980s, (along with Suzanne Vega, Shawn Colvin,

John Gorka, etc), Christine Lavin quickly established

herself as an entertaining tour de force. Quick on her feet, witty, insightful, engaging, she remains one of the most popular and respected performers in the genre."

– BestEvents.us


A perennial favorite at The Sounding Board, Christine

Lavin is a singer/songwriter, guitarist, recording artist,

author and comedienne living in New York City who

released her 22nd album, “Christine Lavin & Friends Live

at McCabe’s Guitar Shop” in 2015.


Christine performs concerts all over the US, Canada, and

points beyond (Australia, Germany, Israel), and hosts

knitting circles backstage prior to each show. She has also

a frequent collaborator with other folk performers and has produced and appeared on many compilation CDs.


“A garrulous comic observer of contemporary manner.”

– New York Times


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

 "The Password Song" – Christine Lavin

Saturday, Nov. 5, 2:30 p.m.

The dulcimer is a very versatile instrument which can be played very simply or can even be used for jazz and classical pieces.


Claudia and Sally have two very different and distinct styles of playing and will demonstrate the tunings they use, right hand techniques for bringing out the melody and rhythm of a piece, and give suggestions for playing together with others. Attendees will work on a piece as a class to demonstrate these techniques.




$22 Non-members
$20 Sounding Board and DFA members

 "Wings of Wonder" – Claudia Schmidt, Dulcimer

In Concert
Saturday, Nov. 5, 7:30 p.m.

Over four decades, Claudia Schmidt has recorded 14 albums of mostly original songs, exploring folk, blues, and jazz idioms. Sally Rogers specializes in traditional folk, old-timey and children's music on guitar, banjo, and dulcimer.


Sally and Claudia have collaborated many times in the last 30 years, bringing their combined musical magic to folk music venues across the United States. Two years ago they created a highly acclaimed CD called Evidence of Happiness, a whimsical combination of traditional songs, Sally and Claudia's own compositions, and a few wonderful contemporary pieces, all sung with tight harmonies by the soaring voices of these veterans of the folk world.


Last spring, Sally and Claudia put their voices together again in their fourth outing as a duo in a new album called We Are Welcomed.


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

 "I Had An Old Coat" – Claudia Schmidt & Sally Rogers

Here's the rest of what's happening
this fall at The Sounding Board.
More details soon.

THE KENNEDYS (Nov 12, 2016)

RPR (Nov 19, 2016)
Steve Ritchie, Rob Ritchie & Al Parrish
of Tanglefoot with percussionist
Beaker Granger

VANCE GILBERT (Nov 26, 2016)


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

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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.