The Peterborough Folk Music evolved out of the well known Peterborough NH's Folkway, a wonderful coffee house founded in 1975 and unfortunately permanently closed its doors on January 1, 1996. At that time a few Folkway board members decided to keep the Folkway's legacy alive and to continue bringing folk music to the Monadnock Region. There were musicians who had been hired for over a period of the next 6 months. So the new Society got busy acquiring a non-profit status, looking for new board members, corporate sponsors, web and graphic designers, volunteers, and looking for a good place to hold folk concerts. We landed in the Unitarian Universalist Church on Main St. which was a wonderful venue for us for the first few years. We asked one musician from each of the next 6 months to come to our new venue. Our first show, only 9 days after the closing of the Folkway, was Dar Williams and Peter Mulvey. Attendance was beyond our expectations and so it has continued since 1996. We moved our location to the Peterborough Players a few years later and there we remain in the wonderful barn where each of the 250 comfortable seats has the best acoustics and a great view of the stage.
We are also now presenting musicians in a smaller venue, Bass Hall at The Monadnock Center on Grove Street. This allows us to work more closely with presenting lesser known musicians and intrudcing you to some amazing musicians.
We continue to live by our mission statement:
The Peterborough Folk Music is an all-volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to bringing the most innovative, entertaining and diverse musicians to the Monadnock Region.
Musicians who have appeared on our stage over the many years are: Loudon Wainwright III, Greg Brown, Richie Havens, Cheryl Wheeler, Lori McKenna, Janis Ian, Richard Shindell, Dar Williams, Lucy Kaplanski, Jonathan Edwards, Bill Staines, Aztec-Two-Step, Le Vent Du Nord, Battlefield Band, Tom Rush, Trout Fishing in America, The Nields, Christine Lavin, Garnet Rogers, Patty Larkin, Tony Bird, Ellis Paul, Martin Sexton, Dave Mallett, Harvey Reid and Joyce Anderson, Bill Morrissey, Tricket, Bok and Muir, Susan Werner, Connie Kaldor, The Kennedys, Karen Savoka, Chris Smither, Gary Rosen, Ferron, the Burns Sisters, Northern Lights, Chris Williamson, Rolling Crones, Lui Collins, Robin and Linda Williams, John McCutcheon, Mark Erelli, Kris Delmhorst, Brooks Williams, Cliff Ederhardt, Peter Mulvey, Odetta, David Surette and Susie Burke, David Roth, Dave Carter and Tracy Grammer, Darrel Purpose, Carol Noonan, Rani Arbo and Daisy Mayhem, Rory Block, Jennifer Kimball, Eddie From Ohio, The Mammals, April Verch, The Glengarry Bhoys, Kenny White, Colleen Sexton, Tom Paxton, Lisa McCormick, Deb Pasternak, The Thompsons, John Schindler, Rachael Davis, Lisa Bigwood, Ray Bonneville, Diane Ziegler, Stephen Kellogg, Flora Reed, Jess Klein, Mustard's Retreat, Jim Henry, Pamela Means, Tret Fure, Kelly Joe Phelps, Cormac McCarthy, Herdman, Hill and Mangsen, Chuck Brodsky, Erica Wheeler, Bob Martin, Maria Sangeolo, Don White, Femme m'aime, Devonsquare, Suzanne McGettigan, Red Molly, among others.
Our Board of Directors
- Deborah McWethy: President/Program Director
- MaryLou O'Neil: Vice President
- Bill Goodwin: Treasurer
- Nancy Lory: Secretary
- Jim Van Valkenburgh
- Kate Coon
- Bill Chatfield
- Yvonne Gifford: Volunteer Coordinator