Old Fashioned Folksinger
Links to festivals, organizations, and venues.
Steve Suffet at the Jacob's Ladder Folk Festival.
Nof Ginosar, Israel. May 5, 2007.
Photo by Naomi Verchovsky.
Black Swan Folk Club
Meets Thursday evenings at the Black Swan Inn, a beautiful 15th century public house in York, England.
Bowery Poetry Club
The home of the annual Woody Guthrie Birthday Bash, 2007-2012, as well as one of the hippest venues in New York City. Music, poetry, performance art, and much more.
Community based organization in Brooklyn, NY, which nurtures and develops youth leadership for peace and justice. El Puente (Spanish for The Bridge) has a strong arts program, which includes music and other performing arts.
FAB (Folk - Acoustic - Blues) Club
Meets Sunday afternoons at the White Hart Pub in Grays, Essex, England.
Folk at the Grove
This folk club meets Friday evenings at the Grove Inn in Leeds, England.
Folk Music Society of New York
Also known as the New York Pinewoods Folk Music Club. Sposnors folk music events within the five boroughs of New York City, plus weekend retreats in the country.
Folklore Society of Greater Washington
Sponsors folk music and dance events in Washington, DC, and its environs.
Glossop Labour Club
Founded in 1906 and located in the town of Glossop, east of Manchester, this is one of the oldest independent socialist social clubs in the United Kingdom. It regularly hosts many cultural events, including live musical performances.
Good Coffee House
Usually presents a show one Sunday each month at the Old Stone House in Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY.
Great Labor Arts Exchange
Sponsored by the Labor Heritage Foundation, this get-together takes place each June in Silver Spring, MD, just outside Washinton, DC. Participants include musicians, poets, film makers, photographers, playwrights, graphic artists, and more.
Islington Folk Club
Currently meets Thursday evenings at the Taproom Pub in Islington, London.
Jacob's Ladder Folk Festival
Held each year in Israel.
Jalopy Theatre and School of Music
Located in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn, Jalopy has become one of the premier venues for folk music in New York City.
Local 1000, American Federation of Musicians, AFL-CIO
Union of traveling musicians in the USA and Canada. Think of it as a "non-local" local.
Maidenhead Folk Club
Meets Thursday evenings at the New Inn in Maidenhead, Berkshire, England.
New England Folk Festival (NEFFA)
Held each April in Mansfield, MA. The festival is commonly know as NEFFA after the New England Folk Festival Association that organizes the annual event.
Northeast Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA)
Affiliated with Folk Alliance International, NERFA holds a get-together every November at the Hudson Valley Resort and Spa in Kerhonkson, NY.
Orpington Liberal Club Live Music
Originally called Orpington Friday Folk, the music is now not always folk and not only on Friday. The location is still the same in Orpington, a village in the outermost southeastern part of Greater London.
People's Music Network
Brings together progressive political activists and musicians throughout North America.
Peoples' Voice Cafe
New York City. Since 1979 the Peoples' Voice Cafe has been a venue for performing artists who have something important to say and the voice with which to say it. Shows take place on Saturday evenings from mid-September to mid-May.
Philadelphia Folksong Society
Sponsors folk music events in and around Philadelphia, including the Philadelphia Folk Festival.
An one-day folk festival that takes place each June on Governors Island, NY.
The Red Shed
Opened in 1966, this Labour Party club house in Wakefield, England, is literally a red shed. In addition to meetings and discussions, as one would expect, the Red Shed hosts cultural events, including live musical performances. It also serves some of the best (and cheapest) beer in Wakefield.
Renaissance Charter School
Located in Jackson Heights, Queens, NY, one of the most ethnically diverse communities in the USA, the Renaissance Charter School has hosted folk music events ranging from coffee house nights to concerts to weekend festivals. It has even published its own songbook and accompanying CD.
Ruskin House Folk and Blues Club
Meets on Sunday evenings at Ruskin House in Croydon, England. That's about as far south as you can go and still be within one of the Boroughs of London.
Sharps Folk Club
Meets on Tuesday evenings at Cecil Sharp House in London.
Star Folk Club
Meets Tuesday evenings at the Admiral Pub in Glasgow.
Sunnyside Folk Club
Meets Wednesday evenings at the Sanger Hall Pub in Sunnyside, Queens, NY.
Twickenham Folk Club
Meets Sunday evenings at the Cabbage Patch Pub in Twickenham, London.
Australian website with a database of more than 500 songs of struggle, almost all in English, from around the world.
Unity Folk Club
A socialist folk club that meets the last Monday evening of each month at the Torriano Meeting House in the Kentish Town section of London.
Waltham Abbey Folk Club
Meets Monday evenings at the Angel, a pub in Waltham Abbey, Essex, England.
Walthamstow Folk Club
Meets Sunday evenings at Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre Pub in Walthamstow, London.
Woody Guthrie Publications
The best source for everything having to do with Woody.
Steve Suffet at El Puente Winter Solstice Celebration
with Varuni Tiruchelvam, Hector Sanchez, and Carlos Rosello.
Brooklyn, New York. December 23, 2008.
Photo by Joe Matunis.