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Bob Witte Bequest

Longtime club member Bob passed away and has left us a treasure trove of books and recordings. We are holding a silent auction (all proceeds benefit the club).

Deadline June 30, 2021

Book list Excel format / PDF format
Albums list Excel format / PDF format
Here's how it works:
  1. Select the items you want
  2. Email the list with your bid to Treasurer (at) folkmusicny.org
The lists will be updated to show the current high bid.

After the June 30 deadline, winning bidders will receive an email showing which items they won. Send your payment to the Treasurer, and the goods will be shipped to you.
We make music the old-fashioned way . . . We play it ... We sing it ... Sometimes we even dance to it

Traditional Music is Alive and Well in New York

We run concerts, weekends, classes, singing parties, and get-togethers, all with an emphasis on traditional folk music of all flavors.
For more information, including how to join or get a free newsletter, see About Us.

Coronavirus - COVID-19

Many of our in-person events have had to be cancelled but following our events list below there is a list of some other online events
Meanwhile, please get vaccinated, take the recommended precautions, and stay safe.

The Fall Folk Music Weekend will be held in person at Hudson Valley Resort. Dates: Friday October 22 - Sunday October 24. Details of staff, registration, etc. coming soon.

TradMaD Camp 2021 will be August 28 - September 3 at Pinewoods Camp. And it will be in person! Registration will open in early July. Please check the TradMaD website for the latest info.

As well as the events listed below, we have occasional Singing Parties and other social events. Our full newsletter lists these as well as having comprehensive listings of many other events around town. Request a sample copy of our newsletter sent by mail (include your postal address).

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2021 - our 56th year

Club Events: June * July * Other Online Events, Radio, etc.
Here is some Zoom Help that you can also download in pdf format


June

  • Sunday June 19, 2:00 - 5:00 pm: Shanty Sing Session
    We co­sponsor the Shanty Sing on the 3rd Sunday of the month. The William Main Doerflinger Memorial Sea Shanty Sessions at the Noble Maritime Collection (to give the official title) are on­line through December.
    Go to Noble Maritime Events for instructions on getting the Zoom link.
    Watch Streaming videos. Also see the Old Salt Blog for info. And see the documentary of this event (from when it was in person):https://vimeo.com/23887195
      

  • Wednesday, June 23, 6 – 11 pm: Sunnyside Singers Club  (note changed day of the week -- Wednesdays as of June 23).
    The in-person singers folk club has resumed at a new location. It is now at the Grandstand Bar and Restaurant, 85­35 Grand Avenue, Elmhurst (Queens),three blocks from the Grand Avenue – Newtown subway station, near the Q58, Q59, and Q60 buses. Food and drink are available. The traditional Irish session will be the outdoor location 6-8 pm and the singers session will be indoors 8-11 pm
     
  • Thursday June 24, 7:30 - 11:00 pm: Sunnyside Singers Club Online  (note changed day of the week -- Thursdays as of June 24).
    Join the online group that grew out of Wednesdays at the Aubergine Cafe, plus new overseas friends, all on Zoom. To take part, please e-mail Alice Farrell-Pearlman at aafarrell[at]gmail.com for an invitation. When contacting Alice, replace [at] with @ in her e-mail address.
     
  • Friday June 25 - Sunday June 27: Old Songs Virtual Festival
    with over 70 artists. There will be “Main Stage” Evening Concerts, Workshops, Learn Hows, Dance (really), Family Events, Open Mics, Sings, Sacred Harp, Crafts Area, sightings of Roger the Jester, and more! FMSNY is a supporter of this event.

  • Saturday, June 26, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm: Porch Stomp 2021
    A free and participatory celebration of American folk music on the porches of Governors Island. See Porchstomp.com for more info.
    Performers on the porch of the Folk Music Society of New York (in alphabetical order) are:
    Pamela Agaloos Pamela Jean Agaloos, a singer based in New York who has been singing traditional tunes in the city for the last seven years. Her unique style and interpretation of traditional music relies on the connections she makes with musicians she's collaborated with – storytellers, artists, and other folk musicians – in the session and folk scenes. Pamela will be accompanied by Matt Diaz and Matthew Christian. The Iona Scottish Session, a home session for Pamela, is a group of rotating musicians who play traditional Scottish tunes at the Iona Bar in Williamsburg (located at 180 Grand street). The session attracts a variety of performers from all over the world, and has recorded an album of tunes.
    Doreen Hayden d'Amico Doreen Hayden d'Amico performs traditional and contemporary folk music and is delighted to sing with others in tightly woven harmonies. She was a member of Soldier's Fancy a five-part harmony group whose repertoire reflected the experiences of women today and in days gone by. She was also a long time member of the West Side Singers, a chorus of twenty voices singing Robert Burns to Mozart. She is currently a regular member of the Sunnyside Singers and an occasional addition to the Mountain Maidens
    Lafayette Matthews & Jules Peiperl Lafayette Matthews & Jules Peiperl Lafayette (he/him) and Jules (they/them) have been singing together since 2013. They made their way to New York City in 2017 and have been popping up around the folk music community ever since. They are dedicated to honoring the tradition of the songs they sing while making the folk community a more inclusive and welcoming space for all people. Their repertoire includes buzzy English harmonies, Appalachian ballads, sea chanteys, and any song that can remotely be construed as queer.
    Nancy & Bob Montgomery
    More info
    Nancy and Bob Montgomery sing harmonies with guitar and harmonica accompaniment. They have a folky sound, but draw from a wide variety of source material, from traditional and contemporary folk to classic rock and some original material.
    Mountain Maidens The Mountain Maidens are Marie Mularczyk, Candice Baranello and Lorraine Berger, three dynamic voices blended in splendid ancient and modern harmonies that will lift your spirit, excite your senses, and warm your heart. They sing ballads, folk songs, Medieval, Irish Traditional music, love songs, country and gospel songs including themes of social justice to the accompaniment of guitars, banjo, dulcimer, bouzouki, dumbec, spoon, castanets and lots of percussion instruments including washboard. They met at Swing The Teapot Irish Pub in Floral Park where they were singing Irish music for St. Patrick's day — and they knew right then that they would be a trio. Marie plays just about every string and percussion instrument there is (guitar, banjo, mandolin, dulcimer, Irish Bouzouki, dumbec, bones and spoons) and sings British and American folksongs and Jewish music.
    Katie Naplatarski Katie Naplatarski is a beautifully sensitive interpreter of folk songs and ballads and who sings an assortment of folk songs, some old, some new, and some to sing along to. She will be accompanied on guitar and voice by Marie Mularczyk and the Sunnyside Singers.
    Deirdre Murtha Alan Short
    The New York Packet, represented here by Deirdre Murtha (of The Johnson Girls), Lafayette Matthews, and Alan Short, is the resident music group of the Chantey Sings at South Street Seaport in Lower Manhattan, keeping NY's maritime history and heritage alive. The Folk Music Society of N.Y. co-sponsors events with the South Street Seaport.
    Debbie Rich and Ron Pecan Debbie Rich and Ron Pecan are two local artists who have been singing and playing traditional and old-time music together for many years. They include fiddle tunes, gospel, blues, topical, work, maritime, protest, ballads, love and kids' songs. Some came from centuries ago, where we do not know who wrote them and have been passed down orally, and often altered along the way. Some come from contemporary writers from the mid-20th century up to today. All are the sounds of the people.
    Steve Suffet
    Steve's website
    Steve Suffet is best described as an old-fashioned folksinger who has been performing at clubs, coffee houses, festivals, folk music weekends, and other venues since 1963. His repertoire comprises an eclectic mix of traditional folk songs, songs by tradition-based folk artist such as Jean Ritchie and Woody Guthrie, and songs that he has written himself in traditional styles.
    Robbie Wedeen Robbie Wedeen is a folk singer /songwriter who performs folk, gospel, country, blues,bluegrass, sea songs ... traditional, ballads, country, contemporary, and original repertoire with guitar, autoharp and banjo accompaniment. She has performed widely, touring in Europe as well. She was awarded a Meet the Composer grant. Robbie plays with Double Play, Drew Smith, Triple Play All-Stars, and Waking Up Tillie. She is a past member of Joyful Noise with Marie Mularczyk, Linda Prager, Judy Mieselman — four women in harmony.

  • Wednesday, June 30, 6 – 11 pm: Sunnyside Singers Club  (note changed day of the week -- Wednesdays as of June 23).
    The in-person singers folk club has resumed at a new location. It is now at the Grandstand Bar and Restaurant, 85­35 Grand Avenue, Elmhurst (Queens),three blocks from the Grand Avenue – Newtown subway station, near the Q58, Q59, and Q60 buses. Food and drink are available. The traditional Irish session will be the outdoor location 6-8 pm and the singers session will be indoors 8-11 pm

July

  • Thursday July 1, 7:30 - 11:00 pm: Sunnyside Singers Club Online  (note changed day of the week -- Thursdays as of June 24).
    Join the online group that grew out of Wednesdays at the Aubergine Cafe, plus new overseas friends, all on Zoom. To take part, please e-mail Alice Farrell-Pearlman at aafarrell[at]gmail.com for an invitation. When contacting Alice, replace [at] with @ in her e-mail address.
  • Wednesday, July, 7, 6 – 11 pm: Sunnyside Singers Club  (note Wednesday).
    The in-person singers folk club has resumed at a new location. It is now at the Grandstand Bar and Restaurant, 85­35 Grand Avenue, Elmhurst (Queens),three blocks from the Grand Avenue – Newtown subway station, near the Q58, Q59, and Q60 buses. Food and drink are available. The traditional Irish session will be the outdoor location 6-8 pm and the singers session will be indoors 8-11 pm
     
  • Thursday July 8, 7:30 - 11:00 pm: Sunnyside Singers Club Online  (note Thursday).
    Join the online group that grew out of Wednesdays at the Aubergine Cafe, plus new overseas friends, all on Zoom. To take part, please e-mail Alice Farrell-Pearlman at aafarrell[at]gmail.com for an invitation. When contacting Alice, replace [at] with @ in her e-mail address.
     
  • Wednesday, July, 14, 6 – 11 pm: Sunnyside Singers Club.
    The in-person singers folk club has resumed at a new location. It is now at the Grandstand Bar and Restaurant, 85­35 Grand Avenue, Elmhurst (Queens),three blocks from the Grand Avenue – Newtown subway station, near the Q58, Q59, and Q60 buses. Food and drink are available. The traditional Irish session will be the outdoor location 6-8 pm and the singers session will be indoors 8-11 pm
  • Thursday July 15, 7:30 - 11:00 pm: Sunnyside Singers Club Online .
    Join the online group that grew out of Wednesdays at the Aubergine Cafe, plus new overseas friends, all on Zoom. To take part, please e-mail Alice Farrell-Pearlman at aafarrell[at]gmail.com for an invitation. When contacting Alice, replace [at] with @ in her e-mail address.
        
  • Sunday July 17, 2:00 - 5:00 pm: Shanty Sing Session
    We co­sponsor the Shanty Sing on the 3rd Sunday of the month. The William Main Doerflinger Memorial Sea Shanty Sessions at the Noble Maritime Collection (to give the official title) are on­line through December.
    Go to Noble Maritime Events for instructions on getting the Zoom link.
    Watch Streaming videos. Also see the Old Salt Blog for info. And see the documentary of this event (from when it was in person):https://vimeo.com/23887195
     
  • Wednesday, July, 21, 6 – 11 pm: Sunnyside Singers Club.
    The in-person singers folk club has resumed at a new location. It is now at the Grandstand Bar and Restaurant, 85­35 Grand Avenue, Elmhurst (Queens),three blocks from the Grand Avenue – Newtown subway station, near the Q58, Q59, and Q60 buses. Food and drink are available. The traditional Irish session will be the outdoor location 6-8 pm and the singers session will be indoors 8-11 pm
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  • Thursday July 22, 7:30 - 11:00 pm: Sunnyside Singers Club Online.
    Join the online group that grew out of Wednesdays at the Aubergine Cafe, plus new overseas friends, all on Zoom. To take part, please e-mail Alice Farrell-Pearlman at aafarrell[at]gmail.com for an invitation. When contacting Alice, replace [at] with @ in her e-mail address.

  • Wednesday, July, 28, 6 – 11 pm: Sunnyside Singers Club.
    The in-person singers folk club has resumed at a new location. It is now at the Grandstand Bar and Restaurant, 85­35 Grand Avenue, Elmhurst (Queens),three blocks from the Grand Avenue – Newtown subway station, near the Q58, Q59, and Q60 buses. Food and drink are available. The traditional Irish session will be the outdoor location 6-8 pm and the singers session will be indoors 8-11 pm
     
  • Thursday July 29, 7:30 - 11:00 pm: Sunnyside Singers Club Online.
    Join the online group that grew out of Wednesdays at the Aubergine Cafe, plus new overseas friends, all on Zoom. To take part, please e-mail Alice Farrell-Pearlman at aafarrell[at]gmail.com for an invitation. When contacting Alice, replace [at] with @ in her e-mail address.

Other Online Events, Radio, etc.

  • Thursday May 27, 2:30 - 3:30 pm: Livestream concert with Peggy Seeger and Callum MacColl. Click here for ticketing details. Early bird (before 5/22) $15 plus booking fee, thereafter $20 plus booking fee.
  • Our friends at Old Songs have a variety of concerts and workshops.
  • The World-famous Kronos Quartet Salutes Pete Seeger
  • Folk Music Notebook runs a radio folk festival 24/7 hosted by Ron Olesko and others.
  • Folk Music is back on WBAI! Thursdays, 10:00 pm to midnight. An eclectic program which delves into the wide array of folk music, with rotating hosts including Richard Barr and Ed Haber. 99.5 FM on your radio dial. You can see playlists on their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/WBAI-Folk-Radio or catch the show streaming at WBAI.org archives.
  • Scott Ainslie, who has performed for the Club at TradMaD and elsewhere, is offering Live-Streamed Concerts
  • Our friends at Jalopy Theatre have a bunch of online concerts, sings, and workshops scheduled. Check them out.
  • Folk Alliance has a listing of online live streaming concerts: FAI Community Live-Stream Concerts. (Artists: you do not have to be a Folk Alliance member to submit your concerts).
  • Dale Adamson and Judith English (thank you) are publishing a calendar of online folk dance sessions for people who want to dance, watch, and to help schedule new sessions (to know about conflicts).
  • The Augusta Heritage Center has online classes. To stay posted on what's happening, join its Facebook group by doing a search on 'Augusta 2020'



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