A Folk & Acoustic Music Series Since 1973

Saturdays 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, Nov 17, 7:30 p.m.

For more than 25 years, Steve Gillette and Cindy Mangsen have thrilled audiences with traditional music and original songs. Their live performances are known for rich harmony, compelling songs and a good dose of humor.


Steve and Cindy have voices and musical styles that meld seamlessly with gentleness and maturity. Come to The Sounding Board for a warm evening with two of our oldest musical friends.


$20 General
$16 Sounding Board Members
$10 Full Time College/High School Students
$8 Children 12 and under with a parent/adult

 "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime" –

 "Holy Smoke"  – Live at The Sounding Board, April 2016

Sounding Board Too at Winding Trails concert.

This concert will take place at The Lodge at Winding Trails,
50 Winding Trails Rd., Farmington CT.

Sunday, Nov. 18, 3:00 p.m.
at Winding Trails

Open jam/song swap 2:00-2:45 p.m.

Trans-Atlantic singer-songwriter Zoe Mulford charms audiences with powerful, story-driven songwriting, an engaging stage presence, and an unlabored vocal style. She backs her voice with guitar or claw-hammer banjo, drawing on the traditional music of Appalachia and the British Isles and stealing a few pages from the American Songbook to create music that feels both comfortably lived-in and sparklingly fresh.


Her fifth album, Small Brown Birds, centers on a new collaboration with English fiddler and mandolinist Tom Kitching. The songs trace a progression from winter to spring, with a message of resilience, community, and hope in times of trouble. The song "The President Sang Amazing Grace" drew the attention of Joan Baez, who has covered it on her 2018 album Whistle Down the Wind.


$20 General
$16 Sounding Board/Winding Trails Members
$10 Full Time College/High School Students
$8 Children 12 and under with a parent/adult

“A brilliant, highly original songwriter who delivers her music with warmth and sincerity and a bit of a twinkle. – Rich Warren The Midnight Special, WFMT, Chicago

 "Welcome In Another Year"

 "Bold Riley"



Watch the video to see what happens when you don't come to hear new performers

Our thanks to the 18 people who turned out for an all-acoustic evening of music with Amy Kucharik and Friends with Benefits on October 6. The Sounding Board is here to present your favorites, but we also need your support when we showcase new performers too. You might see an unfamiliar name on the schedule this season, but you can be sure that you will have a superb entertainment experience at any Sounding Board event. We need your support to keep on presenting the best performers on the folk and acoustic music scene.

Jim Rigby, President, The Sounding Board

A Meeting House Presents! concert in cooperation with The Sounding Board

This concert will take place at The Unitarian Society of Hartford,
50 Bloomfield Ave., Hartford CT.  Click here for directions.

Friday, Nov. 30, 7:30 p.m.

Lula Wiles is a band deeply rooted in traditional folk music, but equally deep is their devotion to modern songcraft. Their songs span from heartbreak-drenched acoustic ballads to honky-tonk swagger to contemporary grit and back again, all anchored by powerful three-part vocal harmonies. Their lyrics are fiercely honest, littered with reinvented folk tropes and evocative images – a rainy field of daisies, a dusty bar lit by Christmas lights, an unmade bed. They deliver love songs that are at once defiant and heartsick, as well as new contributions to the folk ballad canon and timely explorations of what it means to live in America today.


Reservations are not available for this event.

$20 General
$14 Full Time College/High School Students
Children 12 and under FREE
with a paying parent/adult

 "Traveling On"

 "One More Night"

“Lula Wiles are pushing the boundaries of Americana, crafting narrative lyrics that are just as detailed and complex as their tightly woven harmonies… The result is brilliant.” – Sound of Boston

Coming Fall 2018...

Lula Wiles (Nov 30, 2018 at
    The Unitarian Society of Hartford)

Fine Winter's Night:
   A Holiday Celebration with

   Matt & Shannon Heaton (Dec 8, 2018)

Ellen Iovino and Sarah Harmon

   McKenzie (Dec 28, 2018 at
   The Unitarian Society of Hartford)

And in 2019...

Mari Black World Fiddle Ensemble
   (Jan 5, 2019 – Evening concert &
    afternoon fiddle workshop)

Hubby Jenkins (Jan 18, 2018 at The Unitarian Society
   of Hartford)

Nerissa & Katryna Nields (Jan 19, 2019)

Banjo Nickaru & The Western Scootches
   (Feb 2, 2019)

Connecticut Troubadours in concert with
   Kate Callahan, Kristen Graves & Hugh Blumenfeld
   (Feb 16, 2019)

Joe Jencks (March 2, 2019)

Naming The Twins (March 10, 2019 at Winding Trails)

Daymark (March 16, 2019)

Carolann Solebello (March 24, 2019 at Winding Trails)

Uke U (March 30, 2019 – all-day ukulele workshop & evening concert)

Gathering Time (April 14, 2019 at Winding Trails)

RPR (April 27, 2019)

Ernest Troost (May 11, 2019)

Portable Folk Festival (May 18, 2019)

Low Lily (September 7, 2019)

Joe Crookston (September 21, 2019)

Jay Ungar & Molly Mason (October 5, 2019)

The Malvinas (November 2, 2019)

For information on other folk music events at 100+ venues 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.

Please help support the Fern Street Food Pantry


Since 2012 Fern Street Food Pantry has provided hot meals and provisions for local families with food insecurity, including a program that distributes food-filled backpacks to at-risk West Hartford students.


Your help is needed. Please bring a non-perishable food item whenever you attend a Sounding Board concert. There will be a collection box at the admissions table.  THANKS!

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