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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Saturday, Jan 20, 7:30 p.m.

A triple threat as a songwriter, singer and musician, Susan Werner is one of the most prolific singer/songwriters in the United States since her 1995 debut.  Her iconoclastic concept CDs, including 2007’s agnostic gospel album, The Gospel Truth, and 2013’s tribute to American agriculture, Hayseed, have won her passionate fans from coast to coast.  She is also the composer and lyricist for the forthcoming Broadway show, Bull Durham: The Musical, based on the popular MGM motion picture.


Werner’s latest project is another unique concept album titled An American In Havana. The recording is a collection of original songs inspired by Werner’s recent travels to Cuba. The EP features performances and arrangements by legendary Cuban percussionist Mayra Casales, who has worked with Dizzy Gillespie, Tito Puente, and Regina Carter, paired with Werner’s trademark song craft and wry poetic lyrics.





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

 "1955 Chevy Bel Air" from the new CD "An American in Havana"

“Susan Werner, a clever songwriter
  and engaging performer, brings
  literacy and wit back to popular song.”

The New Yorker

 "What Did You Do To Your Face"


A Meeting House Presents! event in cooperation with The Sounding Board.

This concert will be held at The Unitarian Society of Hartford, 50 Bloomfield Ave., Hartford, CT

Friday, Jan. 26, 8:00 p.m.

The familiar faces and exquisite sounds of the New World Trio bringing the excitement and intimacy of chamber music to Hartford concertgoers.


Founded in 1985 by violinist Anhared Stowe, New World provides a unique experience for music lovers with its mix of both standard repertoire and contemporary works. With each performance, New World brings new vitality to established masterworks; these are paired with contemporary pieces, with each complementing the other in depth and beauty.


The trio is comprised of Peter Zay, Cello; Anhared Stowe, Violin; and Pi-Hsun Shih, Piano


$20 General
$12 Students with ID
Children under 12 free with a parent

No reservations are available for this concert

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Artist's Website


Saturday, Feb 3, 7:30 p.m.

Connecticut-based Grass Routes delights audiences with a repertoire ranging from traditional bluegrass standards to folk and contemporary songs all performed in bluegrass style.


Here's the real deal. You'll hear five wonderful lead voices, some great original songs, and instrumental  finesse on both originals and songs they cover from other artists and writers they love. You don't often find this much singing, instrumental and writing talent in one band!


Grass Routes has appeared at many major bluegrass festivals throughout the northeast.  The band has released five albums with Bailey's Deal being the most recent.


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

“Skillful instrumental work and
  strong vocals give [Grass Routes]
  their own distinctive sound. ”

CD Baby

 "Just Your Old Standby"

 "When You Come Back Down"

Saturday, Feb 17, 7:30 p.m.

They are a powerhouse band of contrasts, subtleties, humor, and the agility to go from full rampage to whisper in a heartbeat.


It's the combination of vigor, poignancy and personality upon which RPR's reputation is built: arresting music, stories, laughter, and some astonishing vocal harmonies.


RPR includes three former members of Tanglefoot: Steve Ritchie, Rob Ritchie, and Al Parrish along with percussionist Beaker Granger.


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

“Go see RPR the next chance you get.””

– Jesse Wilkinson, Rrampt

 "The Last Breakdown"

Saturday, March 3, 7:30 p.m.

Larry Kaplan’s songs are known and loved in the US and around the world. In addition to his five CDs – three with Folk Legacy – many are performed and recorded by respected artists and audiences around the world, poignant stories in song, written in the truest folk tradition, honest, highly singable…always memorable. Larry's newest CD, "True Enough" was released in january 2018 and will be available for a special discounted price at this concert


David Paton is a well-known and highly respected for his virtuoso concertina and hammered dulcimer playing as well as his rich repertoire of music from diverse sources including Quebecois, Swedish, Finnish, English and Scottish traditional ballads, and traditional American folk music.


Tom White was raised in the rich musical environment of Maryland along the Chesapeake Bay water front. His family gatherings always had what they called "Ole time music", rich in bluegrass, folk and traditional music of all kinds. Over the years, starting with guitar, he’s added many instruments to his expertly played collection including fiddle, tin whistle, concertina, mandolin, hammer dulcimer, and others.


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

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Artist's Website

“Larry paints pictures with his words and turns of phrase in a way that few current songwriters do.”

– Sally Rogers

 "Old Time Riverman"  (John Hartford)

 "Don't Forget To Play Your Fiddle"

Coming soon...

Advance Tickets available now
for January,February and March

Dennis McCorkle (2/23/18)

A Meeting House Presents! concert in cooperation
with The Sounding Board.  This event will take place
at The Unitarian Society of Hartford, 50 Bloomfield
Ave., Hartford, CT

A St. Pat's Day Prelude with
Matt & Shannon Heaton (2/25/18)

A Sounding Board Too! concert in cooperation
with Winding Trails Inc.  This event will take place
at The Lodge at Winding Trails, 50 Winding Trails
Drive, Farmington, CT. Open jam/song swap at
2 p.m., concert begins 3 p.m.

John Gorka (3/10/18)

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

JP Cormier (3/23/18)

A Meeting House Presents! concert in cooperation
with The Sounding Board.  This event will take place
at The Unitarian Society of Hartford, 50 Bloomfield
Ave., Hartford, CT

Susie Burke & David Surette (3/30/18)

A Meeting House Presents! concert in cooperation
with The Sounding Board.  This event will take place
at The Unitarian Society of Hartford, 50 Bloomfield
Ave., Hartford, CT

Davy Sturtevant & Lisa and Lori Brigantino  (4/14/18)

An Evening with Mary Gauthier (4/27/18)

A Meeting House Presents! concert in cooperation
with The Sounding Board.  This event will take place
at The Unitarian Society of Hartford, 50 Bloomfield
Ave., Hartford, CT

Johnson Girls (4/28/18)

Porch Party Mamas (5/12/18)

Portable Folk Festival (5/19/18)

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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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