What's a long-time folkie, a "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 — thanx as always to Webmeister Fin Hopkins for first-rate expertise...
  • I really have to get serious about updating — I pretty much omitted the whole month of February, which, although short, was busy enough; March is even busier, what with St. Patrick's Day and all, and I continue to suggest, if you'd like to keep up with my musical endeavors, that clicking on the Booking Form page, and giving me a few pieces of address info, will get you weekly e-mail updates and even sporadic USPS postcards...
  • My long-running (I've been a member over 30 years) Celtic band Innisfree will be busy on the St. Pat's weekend: Saturday, Mar. 16 we play 5-6 p.m. at Duffy's Pub in Avon, Sunday, Mar. 17 at the American Hotel in Lima...
  • Tunes By the Tracks rolls into our 10th year at the Clifton Springs Library: upcoming feature performers include guitar virtuoso Kinloch Nelson on Mar. 6, Transatlantic balladeer Dave North Mar. 20, and Adirondack pickers and singers Peggy Lynn & Dan Duggan Apr. 3...
  • Rochester Folkus, the twice-a-month concert series organized by Bill Destler, Rebecca Johnbson and me, also continues to present the best in regional and touring folk acts; I'll join my long-time partner Bonnie Abrams as feature act Feb. 27., and March brings clawhammer banjo from Michelle Younger Mar. 13, and bluegrass from Blue Ridge Country Ramblers Mar. 27...
  • I'll be back to teaching mandolin and harmonica at Hochstein Music School in downtown Rochester, and at the end of March I'll start introductory and intermediate ukulele classes for the Brighton Recreation Dept.; check out their websites for sign-up information...
  • Our local alternative weekly, City/Newspaper, did a story on "Rochester's Folk Community" last February issue; I was quoted — briefly — amd you can read the story here...
  • Got my workshop assignments for this year's New England Folk Festival (NEFFA) April 12-14, in Mansfield MA;I've played there for more than 20 years, and I'll lead a Resist! Sing-Around, as well as the Closing Sing-Around which I do 'most every year — you can catch a cameo of me at the 2018 festival, participating in the "Ligntning Round," or Joel Landy's humorous songs workshop, here...
  • 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...
  • Continue to be active in Golden Link, our local folk club, helping to run actvities like the 2016 Holiday Hootenanny,); after a similar event in 2014, the local paper asked me to do a little write-up on the subject of hootenannies in general, for their November 30, 2014 issue — you can read my thoughts here ...
  • I've enjoyed doing some performing over the past couple years with my 25-year music partner Bonnie Abrams, — don't forget, you can catch us at Rochester Folkus Feb. 27 — and a number of our collaborations have turned up on YouTube, from our gigs at Singer/Songwriters In the Side Room at 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; at my 50th (!) in 2015, I led a "class hootenanny" after the feature concert by Tom Rush (Harvard '62, if you didn't know), and led the spiritual All My Trials at the class memorial service...
  • 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 27; 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 last year...
  • Still available in the wondrous world of cyberspace are some neat pictures of my June 28, 2008 performance for Historic Brighton, the town's historical society; you can click here to see me explaining the wonders of the Autoharp to a junior member of the audience at the reconstructed Fort Tryon trading post in Ellison Park...
  • 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 February 23, 2019
Monday, February 25*
Seabury Woods
110 Dalaker Dr., 2:30 P.M., seniors' program
Wednesday, February 27
Rochester Folkus
Downstairs Cabaret Theater, 20 Windsor St., 7-9:30 P.M., Bonnie Abrams and I featured, also open mic
Sunday, March 3
St. Ann's Home
1500 Portland Ave., 2 P.M., Irish music "lobby concert" for residents & families
Monday, March 4*
Presbyterian Home
256 Thurston Rd., 2:30 P.M., 2nd floor seniors' program
Tuesday, March 5*
Unity St. Mary's Campus
79 Genesee St., 2 P.M., seniors' 2nd floor social hour
Wednesday, March 6
Tunes By the Tracks
Clifton Springs Library, 4 Railroad Ave., Clifton Springs, 7-9 P.M., Kinloch Nelson featured, also opem mic
Friday, March 8*
Sisters of Mercy Motherhouse
1437 Blossom Rd., 2 P.M., seniors' Irish music program w/Kathleen Cappon
Monday, March 11*
Finger Lakes DDSO
Guardian Angels Church, 2061 East Henrietta Rd., 7 P.M., St. Patrick's party for group home residents
Tuesday, March 12*
Hamlet at Park Ridge
1471 Long Pond Rd., 2:30 P.M., residents' birthday party
Wednesday, March 13
Rochester Folkus
Downstairs Cabaret Theater, 20 Windsor St., 7-9:30 P.M., Michelle Younger featured, also open mic
Friday, March 15
Ashton Place
190 Ashton Ct., Clifton Springs, 2 P.M., seniors' Irish music program
Saturday, March 16*
Brentland Woods
3831 East Henrietta Rd., 2:30P.M., seniors' Irish music program
Saturday, March 16
Duffy's Pub
100 West Main St., Avon, 5-6 P.M., St. Patrick's party w/Innisfree
Sunday, March 17*
Seabury Woods
110 Dalaker Dr., 2:45 P.M., seniors' Irish program
Sunday, March 17
American Hotel
7304 East Main St., Lima, 5-7 P.M., St. Patrick's party w/Innisfree
Tuesday, March 19*
Sage Harbor at Baywinde
100 Kidd Castle Way, Webster, seniors' program in memory care unit, !:30 P.M.
Wednesday, March 20
Tunes By the Tracks
Clifton Springs Library, 4 Railroad Ave., Clifton Springs, 7-9 P.M., Dave North featured, also open mic
Wednesday, March 27
Rochester Folkus
Downstairs Cabaret Theater, 20 Windsor St., 7-9:30 P.M., Blue Ridge Country Ramblers featured, also open mic
Thursday, March 28
St. Ann's Home
1500 Portland Ave., 10 A.M., 3rd floor seniors' program
Monday, April 1*
Presbyterian Home
256 Thurston Rd., 2:30 P.M., seniors' program
Tuesday, April 2*
Unity St. Mary's Campus
79 Genesee St., 2 P.M., seniors' 2nd floor social hour
Wednesday, April 3
Tunes By the Tracks
Clifton Springs Library, 4 Railroad Ave., Clifton Springs, 7-9 P.M., Peggy Lynn & Dan Duggan featured, also open mic
Tuesday, April 9*
Sage Harbor at Baywinde
100 Kidd Castle Way, Webster, seniors' program in memory care unit, !:30 P.M.
Addresses are Rochester, NY unless otherwise indicated.
* denotes a private function.
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Musical Resume
Where I've been and what I've done
Comments & Clippings
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Albums I'm on, and where to get 'em
Booking Form
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