What's a long-time folkie, a 77-plus "pre-boomer" more at home with a century-old mandolin than an iMac, doing on the web? Well, I hope to give you an introduction to my music, a current performance calendar, a few bits of bio, an opportunity to write me or even book me, plus the odd morsel of miscellany. Oddly enough, one of the things I've always loved about folk music, in the 40-plus years I've been playing it, is its intimacy — the lack of distance between performer and audience. Here, in the paradoxical one-on-one closeness of our impersonal electronic community, we can talk directly.

I play folk music — American traditional, Celtic instrumental, a bit of Yiddish, blues, bluegrass, old timey, and contemporary. With varying degrees of expertise, I handle guitar, banjo, mandolins of all sizes, Autoharp, English concertina, harmonica, bass (acoustic and electric), Dobro, Appalachian dulcimer, ukulele, and other odd instruments from tiple to kalimba. I perform in a variety of groups, and coordinate performances by many of my musical friends. I've participated in over a dozen recordings, played many a concert, coffeehouse and regional festival. I put together theme programs, historical and contemporary, and work frequently with special audiences — kids, seniors, etc. I work mostly out of Rochester NY, occasionally elsewhere in the Northeast. I love choruses, sing-arounds, swapping songs, backing up singers, and late-night jams.

Here are some of the specific things I can offer:

Love and Knishes
A trio with award-winning singer-songwriter Bonnie Abrams and Eastman-trained violinist Glenna Chance, presenting music from the Jewish tradition in Yiddish and English, as well as Bonnie's original material. MP3's of the group's music included!
A quartet specializing in Celtic instrumental music on mandolin, accordian, hammered dulcimer, guitar, and concertina. MP3's of the group's music included!
Barbara Jablonski & Allen Hopkins
Performing programs of American traditional music in schools, libraries, museums and historical societies.
Special Programs
Musical programs from our past and our present; songs for special audiences — kids, seniors, et al.
Flint Hill Folk
Organized to provide folk music for Genesee Country Village, FHF perform 19th century music in period costume on restored instruments. MP3's of the group's music included!

For info, updates, and booking call (585) 482-6062 or e-mail

  • WEB SITE FEATURES include MP3 samples of Love & Knishes, Innisfree, and Flint Hill Folk on their pages; also there's a Booking Form if you'd like to set up a gig #&151; thanx as always to Webmeister Fin Hopkins for first-rate expertise...
  • Well, we're BACK — after a year and a half of pandemic; you may wonder why I haven't updated for so long, but honestly, almost everything got canceled starting with March 2020, and there was damned little to write about; around 80 booked gigs went away, and most of the year was spent sitting home. However, things are easing up in 2021,, I'm doing a modest number of jobs (mostly seniors, some libraries and concerts), and it's time to resuscitate the website. If you have interest in booking me, or being regularly informed of my activities primarily through e-mail, possibly through USPS postcards, you can visit my Booking Form page and sign up...
  • Tunes By the Tracks, which I've been co-hosting for over a decade at the Clifton Springs Library in Ontario County, ,is also back in business after a year-plus hiatus; upcoming shows include WRUR-FM Open Tunings host and ace songwriter Scott Regan October 20, our annual All-Star Library Benefit Concert November 3, and my ol' buddy Jim Clare and I November 17...
  • Speaking of Tunes By the Tracks, you can still read the article James Schwartz wrote about us in Life In the Finger Lakes; — well worth your perusal; James shows up at our Mystery Pickers open mic every now and then...
  • I'm back teaching beginner classes in harmonica and mandolin through the Hochstein School in downtown Rochester; they just started, and will run Thursday early evenings through mid-November...
  • While I don't get far from the Rochester area very often, I will be down in the Southern Tier at the David A Howe Public Library in Wellsville November 18, doing a concert of Civil War Songs...
  • As you know, seniors' programs make up the largest part of my performance schedule, so it's little wonder that I was the subject of an article in the October 16 issue of 55 Plus local magazine; thanx to Todd Etschman for thw write-up...
  • My 50th anniversary of performing in the Rochester area was also recognized by a May 2020 retrospective article, complete with pictures, by L. David Wheeler in the Messenger-Post Newspapers local chain — if you'd like to see what I looked like in 1970, in my old bluegrass band — well, I was definitely thinner...
  • For a quarter century I've led workshops every year at the New England Folk Festival (NEFFA), but COVID-19 drove the festival on-line last year and this; revival of an in-person event is planned for April 22-24, 2022, at a new location, the Best Western Plaza Hotel and Trade Center in Marlborough MA; I've submitted applications to lead a variety of workshops — assuming that the virus is relatively quiescent and plans go ahead — and I'll report what success I have...
  • One of my pleasant NEFFA memories comes from years ago — this 2012 "Both Sides Of the Pond" showcase concert, where I joined Lori Fassman, Jeff Keller, John Roberts and Lorraine Hammond; check out this YouTube vid of me backing Lori on Goin' Down This Road Feelin' Bad...
  • Golden Link, our local folk club, celbrated its 50th anniversary this year; as one of its founders, and a multi-term past president, I participated in a commemorative virtual concert, which you can see here on YouTube; I also had a workshop-leading role in the September 50th Anniversary Turtle Hill Festival...
  • After leading a Holiday Hootenanny event for Golden Link in 2014, the local paper asked me to do a guest article on the subject of hootenannies in general for their November 30, 2014 issue — you can read my thoughts here ...
  • Over the past 30 years — and continuing with some Chanukah songs programs this year — I've enjoyed performing with my super-talented music partner Bonnie Abrams; a number of our collaborations have turned up on YouTube, from Singer/Songwriters In the Side Room gigs at the late lamented Buffalo Bill's Family Restaurant in Shortsville, formerly hosted by Canandaigua troubadours Meyer & McGuire, who have graciously posted videos of our performances of Bonnie's songs, including Rainforest Crunch, Ruby's Knishes, I Have No Apps, Hillary & Susan B, and Old Folk Singers Never Die...
  • Since 1990, I've been a "folkie fixture" at reunions of my Harvard Class of 1965, hosting and coordinating sings every five years as we gather in Cambridge; our May 2020 55th reunion fell victim to the virus, but with undaunted determination, we've determined to have it two years later at the Harvard Club of Boston May 13-15, 2022 — I've been asked to lead a coffeehouse folk song and poetry evening, and, if healthy plan to do so...
  • For years Mark Deprez, who plays with me in Innisfree, Rochester's longest-running Celtic band, has brought musical friends down to his part of the world (south of Rochester, in the Finger Lakes), for benefit concerts at local venues; we've played at St. Matthew Church in Livonia for their Eat For Heat benefit supper, including this January 25; we also played a "post-St. Pat's" dinner at St. Mary's Church in Honeoye several years ago, parts of which were picked up on YouTube here and here and here ...
  • Discoursed to the Rochester Guitar Club on Dobros, Nationals, and resonator instruments in general a couple years ago; thanx to Kinloch Nelson for hooking me up with them, and here's a little article about it...
  • Some more YouTube videos with my music: this one taken at First Fridays at the Seward House Museum in Auburn, features Jim Clare and me singing Folsom Prison Blues; this one features Bonnie Abrams' song Ruby's Knishes, as performed by Love and Knishes, and is dedicated to the Catskills' legendary Ruby the Knish Man; and this one documents me singing Bill Staines' song Place In the Choir at the Westside Farmers' Market couple years ago...
  • I've listed several of my Special Programs at Performers And Programs, a website used by libraries in New York State to identify and schedule programs; as noted above, libraries have a need for themed programs of historical music, and I'm always glad to oblige...
  • I'm also listing my programs (when I remember to!) with the Rochester Music Coalition...
Updated October 2021
Saturday-Sunday, October 2 & 3
Genesee Country Village Agricultural Fair
Flint Hill Rd., Mumford NY, 10 A.M.-4 P.M., w/Jim Kimball
Wednesday, October 6
Tunes By the Tracks
Clifton Springs Library, 4 Railroad Ave., Clifton Springs, 7-9:30 P.M., John Dady & Friends featured, also open mic
Sunday, October 10
Harvest Festival
Helmer Nature Center, 154 Pinegrove Ave., 1-4 P.M., family music program
Wednesday, October 13*
Wolk Manor
4000 Summit Circle Dr., 2 P.M., seniors' program
Sunday, October 17*
Gables of Brighton
2001 South Clinton Ave., 3 P.M., seniors' program
Tuesday, October 19*
Unity St. Mary's Campus
79 Genesee St., 2 P.M., seniors' 2nd floor songfest
Wednesday, October 20*
Wednesday Wellness Luncheon
Immanuel Lutheran Church, 131 West Main St., Webster, 11 A.M., seniors' program
Wednesday, October 20
Tunes By the Tracks
Clifton Springs Library, 4 Railroad Ave., Clifton Springs, 7-9:30 P.M., Scott Regan featured, also open mic
Thursday, October 21*
St. Ann's Home
1500 Portland Ave., 2 P.M., seniors' "chapel concert" program
Friday, October 22
Penfield Recreation Halloween Party
Community Center, 1985 Baird Rd., Penfield, 5:30-7:30 P.M., Halloween family program — my 24th consecutive year playing this party
Wednesday, October 27*
Wolk Manor Lodge
7000 Summit Circle Dr., 2:45 P.M., seniors' program
Sunday, October 31*
Seabury Woods
110 Dalaker Dr., 3 P.M., seniors' program
Wednesday, Novermber 3
Tunes By the Tracks
Clifton Springs Library, 4 Railroad Ave., Clifton Springs, 7-9:30 P.M., Library Benefit Concert, six local acts, donations benefit Clifton Springs Library
Wednesday, November 10*
Wolk Manor Lodge
7000 Summit Circle Dr., 2:45 P.M., seniors' program
Friday, November 12*
Atria of Greece
150 Towngate Rd., 5;30 P.M., seniors' program
Sunday, November 14*
Gables of Brighton
2001 South Clinton Ave., 3 P.M., seniors' program
Wednesday, Novermber 17
Tunes By the Tracks
Clifton Springs Library, 4 Railroad Ave., Clifton Springs, 7-9:30 P.M.,Jim Clare and I featured, also open mic
Thursday, November 18
Civil War Songs Program
David A Howe Public Library 155 North Main St., Wellsville NY, 7 P.M.
Addresses are Rochester, NY unless otherwise indicated.
* denotes a private function.
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