Folk Coffeehouses and House Concerts in New England

Coffeehouses are like clubs without alcohol. Some serve light meals or desserts. They tend to operate in the evenings, with a headline performer just like in a club, and seating either in rows (concert-style) or at small tables (club-style). Many are held in church function halls or parish halls.

About the Music - To be quite honest, the coffeehouse scene has changed a lot over the years. The kind of music that used to be thought of as folk is probably now in the minority as coffeehouse entertainment. Just about any kind of performer may be suitable for a coffeehouse, including non-musical performers, but the intimacy and warmth of the audience and of the hosts seems to have carried forward.

House concerts are held in private homes, with the household members as hosts. To attend a house concert, you must contact the host in advance. For reasons of privacy, addresses are not given until you have reserved your place with the host. For an informative short video describing house concerts, view: “You’re Invited to a House Concert!
All venues are listed roughly geographically, north to south within each state, and east to west in Massachusetts, with house concerts at the bottom of each state listing.

VT/NH/Maine

Connecticut

Rhode Island

Ripton Community
Ripton, VT
Andover Community
Andover, NH
Sunapee Community
Sunapee Harbor, NH
Elysium Arts Folk Club
Rollinsford, NH
Oyster River Folk
Durham, NH
Simple Gifts
Nashua, NH
Deb’s Chesham House Concerts
Chesham, NH
Last Friday
Winter Harbor, ME
Side Door
Brunswick, ME
Pine Crest Inn House Concerts
Gorham, ME

Northwest Park
Windsor
Sounding Board
West Hartford
Groovin’ in New Fairfield
New Fairfield
Friday Night Folk
New London
Branford Folk
Branford
St. John’s
New Haven
Performance
Milford
Voices Café
Westport
Good Folk
Rowayton

Stone Soup
Pawtucket
Peeptoad
Foster
Stone Church
Bristol
Common Fence Music
Portsmouth/Newport
Full of Grace
Westerly
Roots Hoot House Concerts
Peace Dale

Massachusetts East & South

Massachusetts West

New Moon
Haverill
Crossroads
N. Andover
One World
Essex
Old Sloop
Rockport
Me and Thee
Marblehead
Ivy Chord
Reading
Linden Tree
Wakefield
Boston Area Assn
Boston
Folk New England:
Armory Cafe

Somerville
Nameless
Cambridge
Second Friday
Belmont
Tremedal
Watertown
Acoustic Newton
Newton
Homegrown
Needham
Perks
Norwood
Braintree Folk
Braintree
Old Ship
Hingham
The Open Book
Canton
Blue Moon
Rockland

Not Just Another
Sharon
Javawocky
Brockton
First Encounter
N. Eastham
The Third Fret
Marstons Mills
Grange Hall
East Sandwich
Café Arpeggio
New Bedford
Driftwood Folk Café
Plymouth
South Shore Folk Music Club
Kingston
Off the Common
Bridgewater
Rose Garden
Mansfield
OCC
Wrentham
Circle of Friends
Franklin
Kick Off Your Shoes
Topsfield
Kiva House Concerts
Billerica
Moore Music House Concerts
Sudbury
Fox Run House Concerts
Sudbury
Sharon House Concerts
Sharon
Franklin House Concerts
Franklin
Wading River House Concerts
Norton
Music by the Bay
Assonet

Uncommon
Framingham
Steeple
Southborough
Firehouse
Littleton
New Revival
Stow
Coffeelands Cafe
Clinton
Hezekiah Stone
Leicester
Triple Creek at HCC
Three Rivers
Unity House Concerts
Springfield
Saint James
Greenfield
Mocha Maya’s
Shelburne Falls
Still River House Concerts
Bolton
Upton House Concerts
Upton

last updated 17 October 2016
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