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...
  • Boy, has Summer slipped by, busy as all get-out, and I haven't been keeping up with my website posting (shame on me!) — so let me say again, if you'd like timely info on my musical efforts, just click on my Booking Form page, and ask for weekly e-mail updates, and.or periodic USPS schedule postcards...
  • My mandolin class at Hochstein Music School is over, but I'll be again teaching beginner and intermediate ukulele classes for Brighton Recreation & Parks, starting September 23, and a click on their link'll get you registration info...
  • Tunes By the Tracks is past midway of a very successful year, still presenting music two Wednesdays per month at the Clifton Springs Library, down in Ontario County; upcoming are the Buffalo-based duo of Dave Ruch & Phil Banaszak on September 4, and legendary Rochester Irish singer Peg Dolan September 18...
  • Our "sister" concert series, Rochester Folkus, in which I join with Bill Destler and Rebecca Johnbson, starts up again in September, with The Cadleys from Syracuse September 11, and veteran bluesman Andy Cohen September 25...
  • It's been a busy month, including a very nice weekend at the Crook Farm "Crooktop" Old-Time Music Festival in Bradford PA August 24-25, and the usual excellent — despite some thunderstorms! — musical convention at the Genesee Country Village Fiddlers' Fair the weekend before; also backed up fiddler Bill Gregg for a dance at the Farm Sanctuary in Watkins Glen August 10, and I'll join Bill again at the New York Old-Tyme Fiddlers' Association in Osceola September 15...
  • 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...
  • Two excellent local festivals in the immediate future: the 48th iteration of Golden Link's Turtle Hill Folk Festival at the Rotary Sunshine Campus in Rush September 6-8, where I'll be leading a campfire sing and giving an introductory harmonica workshop, and the 13th North Winton Village Festival of the Arts, in Linear Park at the corner of East Main Street and Winton Road, on Saturday, September 14; I'm the "music maven" of this neat neighborhood event, MC-ing, running the sound system, and booking acts ranging from Irish dance, to Swing Era jazz, to the debut of the Rochester Mandolin Orchestra!...
  • Thanx to long-time friend and music supporter Don Ash, formerly impresario of the Black-Eyed Susan Cafe in Angelica NY, and now operating the equally estimable Angelica Sweet Shop, I will return to the Civil War Weekend re-enactment in the little Allegany County village, on the morning of Saturday, September 28; and, courtesy of Meghan Hauser, another long-time friend and supporter, I'll spend another Saturday at the Perry Farmers' Market September 21 — I think it's my 17th year there...
  • Had a great weekend, somewhat dimmed by respiratory crud, at the New England Folk Festival (NEFFA) April 12-14, in Mansfield MA;I led several workshops, including 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," of Joel Landy's humorous songs workshop, here, and I'm planning to return for perhaps my 22nd year at NEFFA, April 24-26, 2020...
  • 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 October 23 — 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 couple years ago...
  • 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 August 27, 2019
Tuesday, August 27*
Ashton Place
100 Ashton Ct., Clifton Springs, 7 P.M., seniors' picnic
Wednesday, August 28**
College Greene Apartments
45 College Greene Dr., North Chili, 6:30 P.M., seniors' Patriotic Songs program
Friday, August 30*
Highlands at Pittsford
100 Hahnemann Tr., 2:30 P.M., seniors' program
Saturday, August 31*
Cottage Grove
44 Cottage Grove Cir., North Chili, 2:30 P.M., seniors' program in Alice's House
Tuesday, September 3*
Unity St. Mary's Campus
79 Genesee St., 2 P.M., seniors' 2nd floor social hour
Wednesday, September 4
Tunes By the Tracks
Clifton Springs Library, 4 Railroad Ave., Clifton Springs, 7-9 P.M., Dave Ruch & Phil Banaszak featured, also open mic
Friday-Sunday, September 6-8
Turtle Hill Folk Festival
Rotary Sunshine Campus, 809 5 Points Rd., Rush; Friday campfire sing, Saturday harmonica workshop — also Jay Ungar & Molly Mason, Richie & Rosie, Annie & the Hedonists, Debra Cowan, etc.
Sunday, September 8*
Legacy at Erie Station
1545 Erie Station Rd., Henrietta, 3 P.M., seniors' program
Monday, September 9*
Presbyterian Home
256 Thurston Rd., 2:30 P.M., seniors' program
Tuesday, September 10*
Friendly Home<
3146 East Ave., 2:30 P.M., seniors' program in memory care unit
Tuesday, September 10*
Atria Penfield
2006 5-MIle Line Rd., Penfield, 7 P.M., seniors' program
Wednesday, September 11
Monroe Village Farmers' Market
736 Monroe Ave., 4-7 P.M.
Wednesday, September 11
Rochester Folkus
Downstairs Cabaret Theater, 20 Windsor St., 7 P.M., The Cadleys featured
Saturday, September 14
North Winton Village Festival
Linear Park, East Main St. & Winton Rd., 10 A.M.-5 P.M., stage management/MC for East High Choir, Rochester Mandolin Orchestra, Dance Connection, Gregory Street Vagabonds, Traveling Cabaret, Jimmie Highsmith Jr., Drumcliffe Irish Dancers
Sunday, September 15
New York Old-Tyme Fiddlers' Assoc.
1121 Comins Rd., Osceola NY, 2 P.M., accompanying Bill Gregg
Monday, September 16*
St. Ann's Home
1500 Portland Ave., 10:30 A.M., seniors' program on 6th floor
Wednesday, September 18
Tunes By the Tracks
Clifton Springs Library, 4 Railroad Ave., Clifton Springs, 7-9 P.M., Peg Dolan featured, also open mic
Friday, September 20*
Seabury Woods
110 Dalaker Dr., 3 P.M., seniors' program
Saturday, September 21
Perry Farmers' Market
South Main St., Perry NY, 10 A.M.12P.M.
Saturday, September 21*
St. Ann's Home
1500 Portland Ave., 2 P.M., seniors' program in Bishop Kearney Auditorium
Wednesday, September 25
Rochester Folkus
Downstairs Cabaret Theater, 20 Windsor St., 7 P.M., Andy Cohen featured, also open mic
Saturday, September 28
Angelica Civil War Weekend
Town Park gazebo, Park Cir., Angelica NY, 10-11:30 A.M., Civil War Songs
Sunday, September 29*
St. Ann's Care Center
920 Cherry Ridge Blvd., Webster, 2 P.M., seniors' program
Monday, September 30*
St. Ann's Home
1500 Portland Ave., 10:30 A.M., seniors' program on 6th floor
Tuesday, October 1*
Unity St. Mary's Campus
79 Genesee St., 2 P.M., seniors' 2nd floor social hour
Wednesday, October 2
Tunes By the Tracks
Clifton Springs Library, 4 Railroad Ave., Clifton Springs, 7-9 P.M., Mystery Pickers Night,, also open mic
Sunday, October 6
Helmer Nature Ctr. Harvest Fest
154 Pinegrove Ave., Irondequoit, 12-3 P.M., family program
Monday, October 7*
Presbyterian Home
256 Thurston Rd., 2:30 P.M., seniors' program
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
A scrapbook of snapshots and snap judgments, views and reviews
Albums I'm on, and where to get 'em
Booking Form
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