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.


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 & 4th Sundays, 10am-12:30pm – Montpelier
Old-Time Session, Bagitos

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

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

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

March – Various towns
VT All-Day Sacred Harp Singing

New Hampshire

Regular Shape-Note Singings – NH:
2nd Sundays, 2-4pm – Nelson
1st & 3d Thursdays, 7-9pm – Nelson
2nd Thursdays, 7-9:30pm – Hanover
3rd Saturdays, 6-9pm – Berlin

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

4th Thursdays, 7:30-10pm – Milford
Union Coffee Shanty Sing

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


Regular Shape-Note Singings – Maine:
1st Sundays, 2-5pm Portland
3rd Sundays, 2-5pm – Waterville
3rd Sundays, 2-5pm – Belfast
4th Sundays, 2-5pm – Damariscotta
1st Saturdays, 2-4pm – Trescott (Downeast)
Every Tuesday, 7-9pm – Portland

Every Sunday, 1:30-4pm – Rockland
Open Jam

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


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

2nd Sundays, 4-7pm – Rowayton
Open Chantey Sing

Every Monday, 9pm-close – Mystic
Old Time Session

1st Tuesdays, 7-9pm – Berlin
Old Timey Jam

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, 5-7pm – Providence
Sacred Harp singing

3rd Fridays, 8-11pm – Cranston
Pub Sing
Irish Ceilidhe Club, 50 America St, Info: 401-944-3233

2nd Saturday in April – Providence
Annual All-Day Sacred Harp singing


Regular Shape-Note Singings – MA:
1st Sundays 2-4:30pm – Amherst
2nd Sundays 4-7pm – Brookline
3rd Sundays 1-4pm – Lenox
3rd Sundays, 3-5:30pm – Newbury
5th Sundays 1:30-4:30pm – Greenfield
2nd Mondays, 7:45-10pm – Newton Centre
Every Tuesday 7-10pm – Northampton
2 Wednesdays/month 6-8pm – Cambridge
5th Thursdays, 7-10pm – Leyden

Every Sunday 2-5pm – Newton Highlands
West Gallery singing

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

Last Sundays 2-4pm – Middleton
Old-Time Jam at the Flint Library

Some Sundays, 1-4pm – Boston Area
FSSGB Trad Song Swaps

Every Monday, 5:30-9pm – Gloucester
Chantey sing at Dog Bar

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

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

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

Every Wednesday, 6:00-8:30pm – S. Dartmouth
Celtic-Americana session, Black Bass Grille

Some Wednesdays, 7:30-10:30pm – Boston Area
FSSGB Midweek singing parties

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

2nd Thursdays, 7-10:30pm – Somerville
Armory Pub Sing

1st Saturdays, 7-9pm – Amesbury
Union Church jam session

Some Saturdays, 6:30pm – Boston Area
FSSGB Monthly singing parties

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

last updated 22 April 2018
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