Music & Song Circles and Open Sessions in New England

Join in! Here you will find listings of all-are-welcome song circles, jams, music circles, open sessions, shape note sings and any other regular public gathering of folk-loving singers and musicians. You are also welcome as a listener at these gatherings. Sessions and sings are listed by day of the week, Sunday to Saturday, with annual events at the bottom of each state listing.

Vermont

Regular Shape-Note Singings – VT:
2nd Sundays, 1-3pm – Middlebury
2nd Sundays, 3-5pm Sept-June – Plainfield
3rd Sundays, 3-5:30pm – Brattleboro
4th Sundays, 1:30-4:30pm – Norwich
4th Sundays, 3pm – Derby Line
Every Tuesday, 6:30-8:30pm – Burlington
Every summer Tuesday, 7:30pm – Glover
2nd & 4th Tuesdays, 7pm – Glover
1st & 3rd Thursdays, 7-9pm – Brattleboro

2nd Sundays, 7pm – Bellows Falls
Song Circle at RAMP Gallery

2nd Tuesdays, 5-7pm – Brattleboro
Open Song Circle
Common Ground, 25 Elliot St, Info: 802-275-7475

3rd Tuesdays, 6-8pm – Montpelier
Old-Time Session, Bagitos

1st & 3rd Wednesdays, 7:30-9:30pm – Rutland
Song & Tune Session
The Brick Box, 30 Center St, Info: 802-235-2766

4th Saturdays, 3-5pm – Brattleboro
Pub Sing at McNeill's Brewery, 90 Elliot St.

3rd Saturday in July – Newbury
Annual Jeremiah Ingalls sing

New Hampshire

Regular Shape-Note Singings – NH:
2nd Sundays, 2-4pm – Nelson
1st & 3d Thursdays, 7-9pm – Nelson
2nd Thursdays, 7-9:30pm – Hanover

Every Wednesday, 7:30-10:30pm – Durham
Canadian jam session at UU Fellowship

Every Friday, 4-9pm – Portsmouth
Trad Song & Tune Session
The Press Room, Info Linn S: 603-942-7604

1st Fridays, 7pm – Salem
Monthly Song Sharing, Kelley Library

3rd Saturdays, 3:30-7:30pm – Portsmouth
Shanty & Forebitter Session
The Press Room, Info Linn S: 603-942-7604

Massachusetts

Regular Shape-Note Singings – MA:
2nd Sundays 4-7pm – Brookline
3rd Sundays 1-4pm – Lenox

Every Sunday 2pm – Fairhaven
Song Swap at Bayside Lounge
125 Sconticut Neck Rd., Info: 508-996-9212

Every Sunday 7-9:30pm – Rehoboth
Old-time jam at Goff Hall (Blanding Library)
124 Bay State Rd., Info: 508-252-4236

1st Sundays 2-4:30pm – Amherst
Western Mass Sacred Harp Community

2nd Sundays 1:30-4:30pm – Newton Lower Falls
West Gallery singing

3rd Sundays 2-5pm – Charlestown
Boston Area Chantey & Maritime Sing

3rd Sundays, 3-5:30pm – Newbury
Shape Note sing

5th Sundays 1:30-4:30pm – Greenfield
Western Mass Sacred Harp Community

Every Monday, 6-8:30pm – Gloucester
Chantey sing at Dog Bar

Every Monday, 8:30pm – N. Eastham
Cape Cod Fiddlers jam

2nd Mondays, 7:45-10pm – Newton Centre
Shape Note singing

Every Tuesday 7-10pm – Northampton
Western Mass Sacred Harp Community

Every Tuesday 8-10pm – Amesbury
Folk & bluegrass jam/open mic

2nd or 3rd Tuesdays, 8-10pm – Natick
Folk/Acoustic open mic

4th Tuesdays, 7-9:30pm – Somerville
Armory Pub Sing

Every Wednesday, 7:30-10:30pm – Boston Area
FSSGB Midweek singing parties

Every Thursday, 7:30-10:45pm – Framingham
Amazing Things open mike w/feature performer

Every Thursday, 7-9pm – E. Brookfield
Fiddle Center evening jam session

1st Thursdays, 7-10:30pm – Somerville
Armory Pub Sing

1st & 3rd Thursdays, 7:30-10pm – Williamsburg
Western Mass. Pub Sing
Brew Master’s Tavern, 4 Main St. Info: 413-268-7741

5th Thursdays, 7-10pm – Leyden
Western Mass Sacred Harp Community

1st Saturdays, 6:30-9:30pm – Amesbury
Union Church jam session

2nd or 3rd Saturdays, 6:30pm – Boston Area
FSSGB Monthly singing parties

2nd Weekend in March – Northampton
Western Mass Sacred Harp Singing Convention

Maine

Regular Shape-Note Singings – Maine:
1st Sundays, 1-4pm – Portland
3rd Sundays, 2-5pm – Waterville
4th Sundays, 2-5pm – Damariscotta
2nd Mondays, 7-9pm – Belfast

Every Monday, Sep-May, 6:30-8:30pm – Eliot
Gospel Sing & Jam
Christian Life Church, Rt 236. Info: 207-439-6571

Every Monday, Aug-Oct, 6-9pm
Bi-weekly Mondays, Jan-July – Falmouth
Fiddle-icious Open Rehearsals

Every Tuesday, 6:30-9pm – Wayne
Fiddlehedz Jam Session at Fiddle Ridge

2nd Wednesdays, 7-9pm – Bar Harbor
Slow Session

Most Thursdays, 6:30-10pm – Pownal
Fiddlehedz Jam Session at Jeff’s

Last Fridays, 7:30pm – Kennebunkport
Kennebunk Folk Club’s Song Swap
Community House, Temple St. Info: 207-985-4343

3rd Saturdays, 6pm – Orono
DADGAD jam and open mic


Connecticut

Regular Shape-Note Singings – CT:
Every Sunday, 4-6pm – Middletown
Every Tuesday, 7-9pm – New Haven
First Saturdays, 2-4pm – New Haven

4th Fridays, 8pm – Sherman
Sherman Song Swap


Rhode Island

4th Sundays, 3-6pm – Providence
Sacred Harp singing

2nd & 4th Mondays, 7-9pm – Narragansett
South County Old-Time Jam

Every Thursday, 5pm – Providence
Sacred Harp singing

2nd Saturday in April – N. Scituate
Annual All-Day Sacred Harp singing

last updated 18 September 2016
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