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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!
 
Innisfree
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 allen@allenhopkins.org.

  • 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...
  • Couple monthis into 2020, and time to do one of my tardy updates — really should get around to these more often, and apologies to anyone who's come here for current calendar info and found none; actually, best way to keep up with me is to click on the Booking Form page, and sign up for weekly e-mail updates, and even periodic USPS postcards with my gigs...
  • Tunes By the Tracks chugs along at the Clifton Springs Library in Ontario County ,as it has for ten-plus years; upcoming gigs include sweet-voiced Rochester Rochester singer Connie Demming March 4, trans-Atlantic balladeer Dave North March 18, and the wild, wonderful, and incredibly funny Carla Ulbrich April 1...
  • Speaking of Tunes By the Tracks, James Schwartz did a nice article about our concert series a while ago in Life In the Finger Lakes magazine — well worth your perusal; James shows up at our Mystery Pickers open mic every now and then...
  • The other concert series with which I'm involved, Rochester Folkus, which I co-host with Bill Destler and Rebecca Johnson, continues twice-monthly at Rochester's Downstairs Cabaret Theater; next on the bill is another Rochester "fave," Maria Gillard and her trio, and upcoming April 8, Rochester's legendaru Blue Ridge Country Ramblers...
  • I'm back teaching an Introduction to Ukulele class for Brighton Parks & Recreation through the month of March; starting near the end of April I'll be offering beginner classes in harmonica and mandolin through the Hochstein School in downtown Rochester...
  • Don't get to "tour" much, but March will find me "downstate" for a couple of Songs of Irish Immigration programs, March 14 in a house concert for the Folk Music Society of New York City, and March 15 for the Central Islip Public Library on Long Island...
  • Our local alternative weekly, City/Newspaper, did a story on "Rochester's Folk Community" in February 2018; I was quoted — briefly — amd you can read the story here...
  • My 2020 schedule is filiing up nicely — over 110 gigs booked so far — and one of the most pleasant aspects is continuance of several long-term affiliations with local seniors' facilities — monthly performances at the Presbyterian Home, St. Ann's Home, and Unity St. Mary's Campus...
  • I'll be doing a couple workshops at the 2020 New England Folk Festival (NEFFA), scheduled for April 24-26 at a new interim location, Boxborough MA Regional High School — it'll be the 25th year I've played there, and this year I'll do a workshop on Cowboy Songs, and lead the closing sing-around...
  • 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...
  • Some upcoming historical-music gigs include the annual meeting and dinner of the Newark-Arcadia Historical Society April 30. where I'll play Railroad Songs, and West Sparta Old-Fashioned Day July 25, Songs of Irish Immigration...
  • 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 ...
  • Speaking of Golden Link, I joined good friends, and fellow Flint Hill Folk members, Pat Carey and Cathy McGrath to give an Irish Songs workshop on February 11...
  • I've enjoyed doing some performing over the past couple years with my 25-year music partner Bonnie Abrams, 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; May 2020 marks our 55th reunion, and I've been tapped to help organize a sorta "H/R '65's Got Talent" event as part of it...
  • 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...
Calendar
Updated February 27, 2020
 
Monday, March 2*
Presbyterian Home
256 Thurston Rd., 2:30 P.M., seniors' program
 
Monday, March 2
Introductory Ukulele Class/Open "Uke Jam" Following
Brighton Parks & Recreation, 220 Idlewood Rd., class 6:30 P.M., open jam 7:30 P.M.
 
Tuesday, March 3*
Unity St. Mary's Campus
79 Genesee St., 2 P.M., seniors' 2nd floor social hour
 
Wednesday, March 4*
Brentland Woods
3831 East Henrietta Rd., 2:30 P.M., seniors' St. Patrick's program
 
Wednesday, March 4
Tunes By the Tracks
Clifton Springs Library, 4 Railroad Ave., Clifton Springs, 7-9:30 P.M., Connie Deminng> featured, also open mic
 
Thursday, March 5*
Episcopal Church Home
505 Mount Hope Ave., 10:30 A.M., seniors' program
 
Wednesday, March 11
Rochester Folkus
Downstairs Cabaret Theater, 20 Windsor St., 7 P.M., Maria Gillard Trio featured, also open mic
 
Saturday, March 14
House Concert
343 West 98th St. New York City, 2 P.M., Songs of Irish Immigration program for Folk Music Society of New York
 
Sunday, March 15
Central Islip Public Library
33 Hawthorne Ave., Central Islip, Long Island, 2 P.M., Songs of Irish Immigration program
 
Monday, March 16*
St. Patrick's Party
Guardian Angels Church, 2061 East Henrietta Rd., 7:15 P.M., Irish songs for Finger Lakes DDSO group home residents
 
Tuesday, March 17*
Hamilton Manor
1172 Long Pond Rd., 2:30 P.M., seniors' St. Patrick's Day program
 
Tuesday, March 17
St. Patrick's Day Party
American Hotel, 7304 East Main St., Lima, 5:30 P.M., w/Innisfree
 
Wednesday, March 18
Tunes By the Tracks
Clifton Springs Library, 4 Railroad Ave., Clifton Springs, 7-9 P.M., Dave North featured, also open mic
 
Saturday, March 21*
Wolk Manor
4000 Summit Circle Dr., 2 P.M., seniors' Irish program w/ Barbara Jablonski
 
Wednesday, March 25
Rochester Folkus
Downstairs Cabaret Theater, 20 Windsor St., 7 P.M., Bob White et. al. featured, also open mic
 
Saturday, March 28*
Heather Heights
160 West Jefferson Rd., 2 P.M., seniors' program in the lobby
 
Wednesday, April 1
Tunes By the Tracks
Clifton Springs Library, 4 Railroad Ave., Clifton Springs, 7-9 P.M., Carla Ulbrich featured, also open mic
 
Friday, April 3*
Clark Manor House
318 Fort Hill Ave., Canandaigua, 1 P.M., seniors' program
 
Monday, April 6*
Presbyterian Home
256 Thurston Rd., 2:30 P.M., seniors' program
 
Tuesday, April 7*
Unity St. Mary's Campus
79 Genesee St., 2 P.M., seniors' 2nd floor social hour
 
Wednesday, April 8
Rochester Folkus
Downstairs Cabaret Theater, 20 Windsor St., 7 P.M., Blue Ridge Country Ramblers> featured, also open mic
 
Monday, April 13*
Friendly Home
3156 East Ave., 2:30 P.M., seniors' program in Lee Place
 
Addresses are Rochester, NY unless otherwise indicated.
* denotes a private function.
 
 
Also on AllenHopkins.org:
Musical Resume
Where I've been and what I've done
 
Comments & Clippings
A scrapbook of snapshots and snap judgments, views and reviews
 
Recordings
Albums I'm on, and where to get 'em
 
Booking Form
If you're interested in booking me, go here