Concerts and Events

2023-2024 Concert Season

If you have questions about events, send email to or call Lynn at (781) 227-7500.

Upcoming FSSGB Concerts and Events:

Martin and Eliza Carthy

Martin and Eliza Carthy

Friday, August 23, 2024, 7pm ET
First Parish of Sudbury, 327 Concord Rd, Sudbury, MA
  • General admission: $25
  • FSSGB members: $20 through August 10, $25 after August 10
  • Students: $10
  • 17 and under free

Click here to purchase your tickets in advance in case they sell out!

For more than 50 years Martin Carthy has been one of folk music's greatest innovators, one of its best loved, most enthusiastic and, at times, most quietly controversial of figures. His skill, stage presence and natural charm have won him many admirers, not only from within the folk scene, but also far beyond it. Trailblazing musical partnerships with, amongst others, Steeleye Span, Dave Swarbrick and his award-winning wife (Norma Waterson) and daughter Eliza Carthy have resulted in more than 40 albums, but Martin has only recorded 10 solo albums, of which the much anticipated Waiting for Angels (Topic TSCD527) was the latest. Whether in the folk clubs (which he continues to champion), on the concert stage or making TV appearances (he was the subject of the acclaimed Originals music documentary strand on BBC 2) – there are few roles that Martin Carthy hasn't played.

Eliza Carthy is undoubtedly one of the most impressive and engaging performers of her generation. Twice nominated for the Mercury Prize and winner of innumerable other accolades over a 20 year career, Eliza has performed and recorded with a diverse array of artists including, Paul Weller, Rufus and Martha Wainwright, Patrick Wolf and Bob Neuwirth. More than most, Eliza Carthy has revitalised folk music and captured the most hardened of dissenters with intelligent, charismatic and boundary-crossing performance.

FSSGB is honored to be able to bring you this concert, which Martin and Eliza are fitting in before they head off to be on staff at TradMaD Camp in Plymouth, MA.

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Ellen Schmidt

Love Spread Your Wings: a Celebration of the Life of Ellen Schmidt

Sunday, September, 15th, 2024, 4-6pm ET
First Church of Waltham, 50 Church St., Waltham

This will be a concert of songs and spoken word that Ellen has composed or loved, performed by many of her friends and collaborators.

Please put this date on your calendar. We will be sharing more information as it becomes available. For those who can't join us in person, we anticipate livestreaming the event.

This is a free concert, however if you would like to honor Ellen’s memory with a financial contribution, please consider donating to The Ellen Farber Schmidt Fund for Cancer Research and Patient Treatment, set up by her family to honor Ellen.

Concert Organizers: Lori Fassman, John Ferullo, Cheryl Perreault, Howie Rashba, Tom Smith, Dan Tappan
Sponsored by the Folk Song Society of Greater Boston

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Martha Burns

Martha Burns House Concert

Sunday, September 22, 3pm ET (note early start time!)
Cambridge, MA
General admission: $20
$5 for students
Reservations required: email for
reservations and directions.

Martha grew up in Greenwich Village in the 1950s and sixties, during the height of the Folk Revival. The New Lost City Ramblers and the Friends of Old-Time Music were first bringing the greats of early country music to national attention. Harry Smith’s pioneering Anthology of American Folk Music, the first major re-issue of early folk music 78s, came out the year she was born—the New Lost City Ramblers Songbook, when Martha was twelve. Martha gained much of her education in folk music on Sunday afternoons in Washington Square Park. When Doc Watson played at the tiny Gaslight Café on Macdougal Street, Martha was there—with her mother.

Martha has since lived in many parts of the U.S.—Ann Arbor, Seattle, Philadelphia, Boston, Providence, and on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, where she's presently based. Her first move was in 1970 to Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she went for college and stayed for a decade. Some of the songs on her 2014 album Old-Time Songs, she first began singing at the Ark Coffeehouse, then a celebrated hub for traditional music in the Midwest, and her own musical home through those years. During that period, she also played in the Argo Pond String Band. Others in the group included David Cahn and Bill Meyer, now both prominent west-coast musicians, and Craig Johnson, later revered for songs like “New Harmony,” that he wrote in Ann Arbor.

She began performing in the early 1970s, first regionally and then nationally. By the mid-eighties, she had played the Philadelphia Folk Festival, Pinewoods Folk Music Camp, and myriad folk clubs. In 1984 she completed a six-week British tour, which included a memorable concert on the Island of Guernsey.

In 1985 she paired up with fiddler Allan Block, now remembered for the Allan Block Sandal Shop in Greenwich Village, where he hosted legendary jam sessions throughout the 1960s. When Allan and she began performing together, she was living in Boston. Allan had since moved to New Hampshire and was a central figure in the New England folk music scene. Together Allan and she recorded an album on the Marimac label. Sadly, the unexpected death of Marimac’s president prevented its release.

Allan and she continued to play together through the early 1990s. Toward the end of that time, she scaled back on performing for a two-decades-long foray into academia. her field was American history, and she have published on subjects ranging from early American hymnody to female piano teachers before the Civil War.

Her return to music was consummated in 2014 with the release of "Old-Time Songs". Her first solo album, it was funded through a highly successful Kickstarter campaign—Kickstarter made the project a "Staff Pick" and featured it on the Kickstarter Blog. You can preview or purchase Old-TIme Songs here.

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FSSGB Fall Music Gathering

Saturday, October 26, 2024, 10am-5pm ET
First Parish in Waltham, 50 Church St, Waltham
Registration and continental breakfast start at 9:30am

Join us for a wonderful day full of workshops, jams and concerts. A continental breakfast will be served in the morning, and lunch will also be included. (Let us know if you have dietary restrictions.) Registration costs and the exact program are still being worked out, so please keep an eye on our website for updates.

The Vox Hunters (Benedict Gagliardi and Armand Aromin) and Flannery Brown are on staff for this event. Hailing from the great state of Rhode Island, Armand Aromin and Benedict Gagliardi are seekers and singers of old songs, cultivators of local music, and chronic multi-instrumentalists. They are touted as strong tradition-bearers in their generation, and their genuine affinity for the music is evident in the emotion they draw from it. With a pair of oft-harmonizing voices tastefully garnished with fiddle, free-reeds, and tenor guitar, The Vox Hunters offer an all-natural connection to the living tradition of folk music. Flannery Brown plays cello, sings songs, writes tunes, and infuses the trio’s music with an infectious energy.

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Faith Petric

Singing for Justice: Viewing of the Faith Petric Documentary (and singalong)

Sunday, November 17, 2024, 11am ET
Community Church of Boston, 565 Boylston St., Boston
Free! (Donations gratefully accepted)

This event is co-sponsored by the Community Church of Boston and FSSGB

Learn about the musical and political history of Faith Petric and the role of folk music in progressive politics in 20th and 21st-century America. Faith Petric (1915-2013) proudly called herself a radical, and she chose folk music as her vehicle for creating a more just world.

A student peace activist in her 20s, she continued to protest war as a Raging Granny in her 80s. She aided migrant workers in California during the Great Depression, built Liberty Ships during World War II, faced Cold War-era FBI surveillance, and marched for racial justice in Selma, AL. A single working mother, Faith retired in 1970 at age 55 and reinvented herself as a traveling folk singer, performing nationally and internationally into her 90s.

Singing for Justice is produced and directed by award-winning Stanford historian Estelle Freedman and award-winning documentary filmmaker Christie Herring. Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist John McCutcheon is the Composer and Musical Supervisor.

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Jane Rothfield and Allan Carr

Old-time Weekend with Jane Rothfield and Allan Carr

December 7 & 8, 2024
Location and details TBA

More info to come! This weekend will likely feature a house concert with Jane and Allan, an old-time workshop (possibly with breakout sessions for different instruments) and a jam.

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Holiday Singing Party on Zoom

Sunday, December 15, 2024, 7pm

You can either:

  • Join us on Zoom (link will be posted closer to the date
  • or watch on Facebook Live (you don't have to have a Facebook account to watch).

Join us for a holiday themed singing party on Zoom! Some FSSGB song leaders will get us started, and then we'll open up the floor for anyone to do a song.

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