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Folk Show

Folk Show Calendar (with festivals, concerts, dances)


Note: The Monday night contradance usually at the Nelson Town Hall will be held at Heberton Hall, next the Keene Public Library in Keene.  Also note that The Monadnock Folklore Society's First Saturday Contra Dance, for the summer months, will be held at the Peterborough Community Center near Route 101. For information about either dance visit monadnockfolk.org

Monday, June 16

>>>Acoustic Eidolon at 594 Congress St. ~ Portland, ME ~ 7pm ~ www.acousticartisans.com

Tuesday, June 17

>>>Tim Eriksen at the Grand View ~ Jaffrey, NH ~ 7pm ~ 646-522-3352, http://electricearthconcerts.org

Wednesday, June 18

>>>Steve Martin w/The Steep Canyon Rangers at the Music Hall ~ Portsmouth, NH ~ 7:30pm ~ www.themusichall.org

>>>Acoustic Eidolon at the Skye Theatre ~ South Carthage, ME ~ 7pm ~ 207-562-4445, www.necelticarts.com

Thursday, June 19

>>>David Surette at the Lebanon Farmer’s Market ~ Colburn Park ~ Lebanon, NH ~ 4:15pm and 5:45pm

Saturday, June 21

>>>Patty Griffin at Prescott Park ~ Portsmouth, NH ~ 7pm ~ www.prescottpark.org

>>>Uncle Steve Band (blues, soul, country, folk, rock) at the Mill Fudge factory ~ Bristol, NH ~ 7:30pm ~ 603-744-0405

>>>Make Music Plymouth at various locations ~ Plymouth, NH ~ All Day ~ www.makemusicplymouth.org  Click on Attend to find a list of performers, venues, and times ~ dozens of performers from many genres from bluegrass to indie

>>>Amos Lee (folk-soul) w/Liz Longley to open at the Lowell Summer Music Festival ~ Lowell, MA ~ 7:30pm ~ www.lowellsummermusic.org

Sunday, June 22

>>>The Spain Brothers at the Old North Church ~ High Street ~ Farmington, ME ~ 7pm ~ www.necelticarts.com

Wednesday, June 25

>>>Comas at the Skye Theatre ~ South Carthage, ME ~ 7pm ~ 207-562-4445,www.necelticarts.com

Friday, June 27

>>>Lucinda Williams at the Lowell Summer Music Festival ~ Lowell, MA ~ 7:30pm ~ www.lowellsummermusic.org

>>>Trip to Nelson Concert & Contra at the Grand View ~ Jaffrey, NH ~ 7pm ~ 646-522-3352, http://electricearthconcerts.org  www.monadnockfolk.org

Sunday, June 29

>>>Ellie Buckland at the Old South Church ~ Main Street ~ Farmington, ME ~ 7pm ~ www.necelticartrs.com

The Hardtacks will appear:

6 July (Sunday) 2PM
Newbury, NH ~ Newbury Public Library
Concert at Veteran’s Hall
8 July (Tuesday) 7PM
Wakefield, NH ~ Wakefield Historical Society
10 July (Thursday) 7PM
Ashland, NH ~ Ashland Railroad History Museum


Friday, July 25

>>>David Surette & Susie Burke at The Factory Court Brown Bag Series ~ Rochester, NH ~ 11:45am ~ 603-330-3208,603-781-7116,www.rochestermainstreet.org

Tuesday, August 12

>>>Susie Burke at the Rotary Arts Pavillion ~ Dover, NH ~ 10:30am ~www.cochecoartsfestival.org

>>>David Surette & Susie Burke Nottingham Town Concert ~ Nottingham, NH ~ 7pm ~ 603-679-3435


June 18-21 ~ Blistered Fingers Family Bluegrass Festival

Litchfield, ME

www.blisteredfingers.com 207-873-6539

Performers: The Gibson Brothers, Little Roy & Lizzie Long, Tennessee Mafia Jug Band, The Roys, The Kevin Prater Band, Wilf Clark & The Misty Mountaineers, Bluegrass Gospel Sing,  Back to Basics, The Baker Family, Zink & Company, Lonesome Will Mullins & VA Playboys, Blistered Fingers Band

June 27-29 ~ 34th   Annual Old Songs Festival

Altamont, NY

www.oldsongs.org 518-765-2815

Performers: Peter & mary Alice Amidon, Will Mentor, Stefan Amidon, Maire Ni Chathasaigh & Chris Newman, Annie & The Hedonists, Anita Best, Nor’easter, Panache Quarted, Debra Cowan, Comas, Ocean Quartet, John Roberts, Tood Crowley’s musical Petting Zoo, Roger the Jester, Lauren Sheehan, De Temps Antan, John Dickson, Sheesham and Lotus & Son, Vishten, Swallowtail, Groovemama, Cindy Mangsen & Steve Gilette and MANY more.

July 5-7 ~ 22nd  Annual Great Blue Heron Music Festival

Sherman, NY

http://greatblueheron.com 716-761-7190

Performers:Donna the Buffalo , The Horse Flies,  The Town Pants, The Joly Ghost Tent Revival, Jimkata, Red Dog Run, DemiJohn, Big Leg Emma, Smackdab, Mosaic Foundation, The Ragbirds, Plastic Nebraska, Buffalo Zydeco, Honey Spine, Driftwood, The Hindu Cowboys, Matt Homan & The Bluegrass Disciples, The Cabin Killers, Ron Yarosz & The Vehicle, Black Rock Zydeco,   Jim Donovan, Tiger Maple String Band, Stewed Mulligan, Amanda Barton & Bill Ward, The Bogarts, Falling Hollywood,  Claire Stuczynski, Ken Hardly, Max Garcia Conover, Cindy “Love” Haight, Symba, 12/8 Path Band, Uncle Claud’s Heron Family Band, Naryan Padmanabha

July 5-6 ~ New Bedford Folk Festival

          New Bedford, MA


Performers: Barbo, Beaucoup Blue, Kate Campbell, Ronny Cox, Joe Crookston, Chrissy Crowley, Cliff Eberhardt, Jonathan Edwards,  Bob Franke, Gail Finnie Rundlett, Marina Evans, Vance Gilbert, Bill Harley, Matt & Shannon Heaton, John Gorka, Anne Hills, Pete & Maura Kennedy, Christine Lavin & Don White, Mike Laureanno, Zoe Lewis, Grace & the RSO, The Murphy Beds, New Bedford Harbor Sea Chantey Chorus, Chris Pahud, Poor Old Shine, Hayley Reardon, Runa, Sacred Harp W/ The Beans, Chris Smither, Devon Sproule,  Spuyten Duyvil, Art Tebbets, Steve Tiltson,  Jeff Warner, Seamus Galligan, The Jethros, Molly O’Leary, Truck Croteau & Mary Beth Soares, Barbara Phaneuf, Joanne Doherty, Moldy Suitcases, Martin Grosswendt & Susanne Salem-Schatz, The Pourmen, Mark Roberts & Andrea Cooper, Pumpkin Head

July 6-12 ~ Middlebury Festival on the Green

          Middlebury, VT


            Note: Relocated this year to the Town Recreation Field

            Performers:  Anais Mitchell, Brother Sun, Harpeth Rising, Josh Panda & The Hot Damned, Kat Wright & The Indomitable Soulk Band, Le Vent du Nord, Matudo, Padulabaum, Peter Karp & Sue Foley, Rik Palieri, Ryan McKesson & Friends, The Stray Birds, Tom Verner, Vorcza

July 10-13 ~ Basin Bluegrass Festival

Brandon, VT

www.basinbluegrassfestival.com 802-247-3275

Performers: Cannonball Express, Dave Nichols & Spare Change, Big Spike, Cold Country, Crossover, Zink & Company, CPS Express, Blistered Fingers, Seth Sawyer Band, Cedar Ridge, Lonesome Will Mullins & The Virginia Playboys, Smokey Greene, The Spinney Brothers, Bluegrass Pickin’ Pals

July 17-20 ~ Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival

Walsh Farm, Oak Hill, NY

www.greyfoxbluegrass.com 888-946-8495

Performers: Del McCoury Band, Nickel Creek, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Gibson Brothers, Tim O”Brien & Darrell Scott, Aoife O”Donovan Band, Claire Lynch, Deadly Gentlemen, Frank Solivan, The Hillenders, The Steel Wheels, Rushad Eggleston, Barley Jacks, Della Mae, Balsam Range, Keller Williams w/ Travelin’ McCourys and many more….

July 25 ~ Folk Festival

Prescott Park, Portsmouth, NH


            Performers: The Wood Brothers, Shakey Graves & more

5PM - 10PM

July 24-27  ~ Ossipee Valley Music Festival

          Ossipee Valley Fairgrounds, South Hiram, ME


            Performers: The Wood Brothers,  Willie Watson, Aoife O”Donovan, Ryan Shupe & His Rubber Band, The Carper Family w/ Cindy Cashdollar, Cahalen Morrison & Eli West, The Once, The Stray Birds, The Barefoot Movement, Musterd Courage, Tricky Britches, The New England Bluegrass Band and many more….

July 25-27 ~ Lowell Folk Festival

          Lowell, MA

www.lowellfolkfestival.org 978-970-5000

Performers: Pine Leaf Boys, Bud Hoydens & The Corsairs, James Kelly & Donna Long, Seane Keane Band, Marquise Knox, Seiichi Tanaka & The San Francisco Dojo, Nikki “D” & the Browns, Samba Mapangala, Hassan Hakmoun, Seizmos, Thomas Maupin, Daniel Roth well & Overall Creek,  Conjunto Guantanamo, Bachata Legends, Egyptian Celebration, New England Franco Fiddle Traditions and more….,

July 25-27 ~ The Great American Irish Festival

Herkimer County Fairgrounds, Frankfort, NY


Performers: The Makem & Spain Brothers, Runa, Sprag Session, Rathkeltair, Seamus Kennedy, The Fighting Jamesons, Kilmaine Saints, McLean Avenue, Get Up Jack, Moxie Strings, The Elders, Barleyjuice, The Blarney Rebel Band, Lilt, Pat Kane, The Stoutmen, Donal O’Shaughnessy. Kevin McKrell, Rakish Paddy, Kilrush, Triskele, Doolen O”Day, Rattlin’ Bog, Tallymore, Craob Dugan, Gerry Dixon, Emerald Dawn, Springhouse

July 25-27 ~ Newport Folk Festival

Fort Adams State Park, Newport, RI


Performers: Ryan Adams, Nickel Creek, Mavis Staples, Band of Horses, Kurt Vile and the Violators, Jeff Tweedy, Jimmy Cliff, Deer Tick, Conor Oberst, Jenny Lewis, Shovels & Rope, Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Sun Kil Moon, The Milk Carton Kids, Dawes, Robert Hunter, Pokey LaFarge, Trampled by Turtles, The Devil Makes Three, Puss N Boots, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Lake street Dive, Lucius, Lucero,  Reignwolf, Houndmouth, Pegi Young and the Survivors, Noah Gundersen, J. Roddy Walston & The Business, Gregory Alan Isakov, Anais Mitchell & Jefferson Hamer, Shakey Graves, Thad & the Get Down Stay Down, Phox, John Reilly & Friends, Valerie June, Death Vessel, The Hayden Triplets,  Hozier, mandolin Orange, The Oh Hellos, The Lonesome Trio, Tall Tall Trees, Aoife O”Donovan, Caitlin Rose, Communion, Willie Watson, Ages & Ages, For Pete’s Sake, Benjamin Booker, Leif Vollebekk, The Deslondes, Berklee Gospel & Roots Choir, The Bluegrass Situation, and more to be announced….

July 31 -August 3 ~ Pemi Valley Bluegrass Festival

          Sugar Shack Campground, Thornton, NH

          603-860-6051 www.pemivalleybluegrass.com

Performers: The Gibson Brothers, Lonesome River Band, Balsam Range, Flatt Lonesome, Nothin’ Fancy, Jonathan Edwards, Zink & Company, Crunchy Western Boys, Newfound Grass, Bob Amos & Catamount Crossing, Seth Sawyer Band, Washington County Line, The Lonely Heartstring Band, Hot Mustard, CrabGrass, Smoke Greene. Robinson Gospel Sing

August 1-3 ~ Falcon Ridge Folk Festival

Dodds Farm, Hillsdale, NY

www.falconridgefolk.com 860-364-2138

Performers: The Andrew & Noah Band, Ann Armstrong & Steve Hughes, Anne & The Hedonists, Annie Wenz, Aoife O”Donovan, Beth Moiaro, The Boxcar Lilies, Brother Sun, The Clayfoot Strutters, Cheryl Wheeler, Christine Lavin & Don White, Connor Garvey, Darlingside, The Duhks, The Falcon Ridge House Band, The Grand Slambovians, The Great Bear Trion, Hoopoe, The Horseflies, The Ivy Vine Players, John Gorka, Jim & Madeline Christensen, Kim & Reggie harris, Krewe de la Rue, Kathryn Wedderburn, Louise Mosrie, magpie, Nerissa & Katryna Nields, Patti OBrien Melita, Paul Rosenberg, Pete’s Posse, Perpetual e-Motion, Ralph Sweet, Ronny Cox, Roosevelt  Dime, the Russet Trio, Seth Glier, Still, The Homegrown Band, Spuylen Duyvil, The Storycrafters, Tom Paxton, Tracy Grammer, and Will Mentor

August 7-9 ~ Podunk Bluegrass Music Festival

Hebron Lions Club Fairgrounds, Hebron, CT


            PerformersAdkins & Loudermilk, Blue Highway, Claire Lynch Band, The Bakesters, Donna Ulisse & Poor Mountain Boys, Larry Stephenson Band, The Steeldrivers, Three Tall Pines and more to be announced….

August 20-23 ~ Blistered Fingers Family Bluegrass Festival

Litchfield Fairgrounds, Litchfield, ME

www.blisteredfingers.com 207-873-6539

Performers: CPS Express, Nothin’ Fancy, Larry Efaw & The Bluegrass Mountaineers, Monadnock, The Seth Sawyer Band, the Bluegrass Diamonds, The Grascals, Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice,  The church Sisters, The Gibson Brothers, Blistered Fingers

September 19-21—Freshgrass

MASS MOCA, North Adams, MA

featuring Emmylou Harris, Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Sam Bush, Infamous Stringdusters, Sam Amidon, David Grisman Sextet, Claire Lynch Band and more…



Note: Most dance locations require clean soft-soled shoes and do not allow street shoes. Partners not required.

Every Monday


>>>Contra dance at the Town Hall, Nelson, NH, 8PM, 603-827-3044 orwww.monadnockfolk.org  Callers & musicians include Don Primrose, Jeffrey Petrovitch, Lisa Sieverts, Rich Hart, Bob McQuillen, Gordon Peery, Harvey Tolman, Lloyd Carr & Roger Treat (NOTE: June 16th dance will be at Heberton Hall in Keene.)

>>>Clogging  at Dance In Motion Dance Studio ~ Randolph, Vt. ~ 6:45 PM, workshop 6:00 PM ~ 802-522-2935, Greenmtnclogger@aol.com


Every Wednesday

>>>Scottish Country Dance /w Loren Wright leading at The Church of the Good Shepherd ~ Nashua, NH ~ 7:00 PM ~ 603-891-2331 or nashuascd@comcast.net

>>>Scottish Country Dance /w Bernard McGrath leading at The Westminster Center School ~ Westminster, Vt ~ 7:30 PM ~ 603-352-9371 or 802-463-3078

>>>Contradance at the Richard W. Black Center, Hanover, NH, 7 PM,  781-385-1480

>>>Scottish Country Dance /w John Bartholomew leading, Bill Tobin and Gary Apfel at The Town Hall ~ Fairlee, Vt. ~ 7:00 PM ~ 603-353-4647 orGaryApfel@MyBluelight.com

Every Friday

>>>Scottish Country Dance at The Community Parish House ~ Greenland, NH ~ 8:00 PM ~ 603-773-9795 or ljstravel@attibi.com

>>>Scottish Dance /w Bill Tobin leading at The Town Hall ~ Lancaster, NH ~ 7:30 PM ~ 802-751-7671 or 1btobin@together.net


Every Sunday

>>>Circle Dance at Neskaya ~ Franconia, NH ~ 3:30pm ~ www.neskaya.com  603-823-5828

Friday, June 20

>>>Mill City Contradance at the Waumbec Mill, Manchester, NH, Beginners workshop 7:30Pm, dance, 8PM, 603-595-4484 or plizotte@rivier.edu

>>> Contradance  at the Town Hall, Warner, NH, 7:30PM, 603-456-3098

Saturday, June 21

>>>Contradance w/ Rebecca Lay at the Capital City Grange, Montpelier, VT, 8pm, 802-744-6163, www.capitalcitygrange.org/contradances

>>>Contradance at the Tin Mountain Conservation Center, Albany, NH, 7:30 PM, No partner needed. (603)447-2295, 207-625-2039

>>>Contradance  at the East Concord Community Center, Concord, NH, 8pm, 603-225-4917 , emaildwh@nhvt.net , website: http://homepage.nhvt.net/dwh/contra.htm

Sunday, June 22

>>>Contradance  at the Stone Church ~ Brattleboro, VT  ~ 7:30pm ~ www.brattcontra.org  802-257-9234 

Thursday, June 26

>>>Circle Dancing  at 7:30 p.m. at the Milford Unitarian Church . Every dance is taught and beginners are welcome. No partners needed. Contact is Mary Kuhn and her phone number is 603-487-2732. Email maryfloyd@mfire.com


Friday, June 27

>>>Contradance w/ David Kaynor & The Greenfield Dance Band at the Guiding Star Grange, Greenfield, MA, 8pm, 413-367-9380 or www.davidkaynor.com

>>>Sacred Circle Dance at the Portsmouth Center for Yoga & the Arts, Portsmouth, NH, 7 PM, amyla44@juno.com  603-664-2796

>>>Mad Robin Contradance at the First Congregational Church ~ Burlington, VT ~ 8pm ~ www.madrobincallers.org  www.thedancegypsy.com

>>>Contradance w/ Frank Woodward, Rich Hart & The Milford Musicians at the Town Hall ~ Milford, NH ~ 8pm ~ 603-487-2480 

Saturday, June 28

>>>Contradance w/Linda Leslie & Arigana Highway at the Guiding Star Grange, Greenfield, MA, 8pm, 413-773-1671, www.guidingstargrange.org ,Email: tophillmusic@aol.com

>>>Contradance w/ Marcie Van Cleave  & Jump Start at the Town Hall ~ Kingston, NH ~ 8pm ~ 603-772-5355, 603-679-5448

>>>Contradance at the Town Hall, Warner, NH, Beginners Class: 7:30 PM, Dance: 8pm PM