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 his expertise...
  • Been two months since the last update, and the calendar definitely got quite a bit behind, so let's get cracking and bring it more or less up-to-date; there's always the alternative of weekly e-mail updates, or periodic postcards with the same purpose, which you can easily obtain by signing up at my Booking Form page...
  • Tunes By the Tracks continues it's semi-monthly eight-year run at the Clifton Springs Library, with upcoming shows with veteran bluesman Andy Cohen September 19, super-sideman (Peter, Paul & Mary, Tom Paxton, John Denver) Paul Prestopino October 3, and local blues/jazz/folk star Fred Vine October 17...
  • The "Libraries Rock!" summer reading program had me playing some family concerts down south of Rochester, in Arkport, Steuben County, on July 19, and in Rushville, right on the Ontario/Yates County border, on July 31; at the Rushville concert, I was joined by my long-time collaborator Barbara Jablonski...
  • Rochester Folkus, the twice-a-month concert series organized by Bill Destler, Rebecca Johnbson and me, opens its Fall 2018 season at the Downstairs Cabaret with a visit by the Syracuse-based Cadleys Wednesday, September 12; following on the bill are the Da Vines September 26, and the Dady Brothers October 10...
  • One of my recurrent "side jobs" is organizing the entertainment for the annual North Winton Village Festival of the Arts, just ahead on September 15, and this year's event has everything from jazz-funk to Morris dancing, free to all in Linear Park at the corner of Winton Road and East Main Street in Rochester...
  • My "faculty appointment" at the Hochstein Music School in downtown Rochester, has me teaching another Mondo Mandolin class, starting October 11;// I'll also be teaching Beginning Ukulele for the Brighton Recreation Dept., starting September 24...
  • Our local alternative weekly, City/Newspaper, did a story on "Rochester's Folk Community" in its February 21 issue; I was quoted — briefly — amd you can read the story here...
  • For quite a few Summers — more than a dozen, anyway — I've played at the Perry Farmers' Market, a neat feature of the small Wyoming County Village; this year I'll be back there on September 22; following my gig there, I'll be heading down to Angelica in Allegany County, to play some 1860's tunes at the Civil War Weekend there...
  • Got my notice to apply for the New England Folk Festival (NEFFA) April 12-14, 2019, where I've played for more than 20 years; 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, 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; these monthly concerts are 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, and will be back there 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 September 10, 2018
Monday, September 10
Gillam Grant Community Center
6966 West Bergen Rd., Bergen 6:15 P.M., seniors' supper program
Tuesday, September 11*
Sage Harbor at Baywinde
100 Kidd Castle Way, Webster, seniors' program in the lobby, !:30 P.M.
Wednesday, September 12
Monroe Village Farmers' Market
700 Monroe Ave., 4-7 P.M.,
Wednesday, September 12
Rochester Folkus,
Downstairs Cabaret Theater, 20 Windsor St., 7-9 P.M., featuring The Cadleys
Thursday, September 13*
Ashton Place
190 Ashton Ct., Clifton Springs, 7 P.M., "campfire" seniors program
Saturday, September 15
North Winton Village Festival of the Arts,
Linear Garden, East Main St. at Winton Rd., 10 A.M.-5 P.M., music & dance all day
Wednesday, September 19
Tunes By the Tracks
Clifton Springs Library, 4 Railroad Ave., Clifton Springs, 7-9 P.M., Andy Cohen featured, also open mic
Saturday, September 22
Perry Farmers' Market
South Main St. & Borden Ave., Perry 10 A.M.-12 NOON
Saturday, September 22
Angelica Civil War Weekend
Town Park Circle gazebo, Angelica NY, Time TBA
Tuesday, September 25*
St. Ann's Home
1500 Portland Ave., 10 A.M., 8th floor seniors' program
Wednesday, September 26
Monroe Village Farmers' Market
700 Monroe Ave., 4-7 P.M.,
Wednesday, September 26
Rochester Folkus,
Downstairs Cabaret Theater, 20 Windsor St., 7-9 P.M., featuring Da Vines
Sunday, September 30*
Lodge at Wolk Manor
7000 Summit Circle Dr., 3:15 P.M., seniors' program
Monday, October 1*
Presbyterian Home
256 Thurston Rd., 2:30 P.M., seniors' program
Tuesday, October 2*
Unity St. Mary's Campus
79 Genesee St., 2 P.M., seniors' 2nd floor social hour
Wednesday, October 3*
St. Ann's Home
1500 Portland Ave., seniors' programs, 7th floor 10 A.M., 8th floor 10:30 A.M.,
Wednesday, October 3
Tunes By the Tracks
Clifton Springs Library, 4 Railroad Ave., Clifton Springs, 7-9 P.M., Paul Prestopino featured, also open mic
Saturday, October 6*
Morse Party
Log Cabin Restaurant, 2245 West Walworth Rd., Macedon, 2 P.M., w/Jim Clare
Sunday, October 7
Rush Bicentennial
Wildwood Country Club, 1201 Rush-West Rush Rd., 6 P.M., w/Mitzie Collins et. al.
Tuesday, October 9*
Sage Harbor at Baywinde
100 Kidd Castle Way, Webster, seniors' program in the lobby, !:30 P.M.
Wednesday, October 10
Rochester Folkus,
Downstairs Cabaret Theater, 20 Windsor St., 7-9 P.M., featuring Dady Brothers
Saturday, October 13*
Heather Heights
160 West Jefferson Rd., 2 P.M., seniors' program in the lobby
Wednesday, October 17
Tunes By the Tracks
Clifton Springs Library, 4 Railroad Ave., Clifton Springs, 7-9 P.M., Fred Vine featured, also open mic
Friday, October 19
Penfield Town Halloween Party
Community Center,1985 Baird Rd., 6-8:30 P.M., Family Halloween Program
Saturday, October 20
Corning Seniors Old-Time Country Fair
Senior Center, 1 Park La., Corning NY, 1-2 P.M., historical music program
Sunday, October 21*
St. Ann's Care Center
90 Cherry Ridge Blvd., Webster, 2:30 P.M., seniors' program
Addresses are Rochester, NY unless otherwise indicated.
* denotes a private function.
Also on
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
If you're interested in booking me, go here