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...
  • Well intp Summer now, the outdoor music season, and things busy as usual; I'll be taking a late-July break to visit kids and grandkids in New England, but there's plenty to keep up with — and if you're interested in keeping up, let me suugest you click on the Booking Form page, and sign up for weekly e-mail updates, and/or periodic schedule postcards...
  • Summer also means farmers' market gigs, and my friends at the Monroe Village Farmers' Market have signed me up to play there July 13, August 10, and September 14, and I'll be performing at the Perry Farmers' Market September 3....
  • The seventh year of Tunes By the Tracks at the Clifton Springs Library is proving a big success; next up are guitar superstars Loren Barrigar and Mark Mazengarb July 6, Nashville singer-songwriter Taylor Pie July 20, and bluegrass singer Rebecca Colleen August 3...
  • One of the things I most enjoy about music is performing history-themed programs, generally in costume and using restored period instruments, for schools, libraries and historical societles; I'm doing several in 2016, including a steak supper fund-raiser for Historic Palmyra April 23, the Ogden Historical Society May 15, Homestead Days at Granger Homestead in Canandaigua June 2-4, and the Cattaraugus County Museum August 11...
  • And on the "history" topic, the Flint Hill Folk will be playing for the re-eanctors at the Genesee Country Village Civil War Weekend July 16, and will be back there for the Fiddlers' Fair August 20-21...
  • Also love getting out to local festivals and summer concerts, and some of those are booking now, such as the Summer Concert Series sponsored by the Wide Awake Club Library in Fillmore NY, where I'll be singing Songs of Irish Immigration August 3, and the Brockport Arts Festival, where I'm playing August 13...
  • Traditional Music & Dance Camp, "TradMaD" for short, at Pinewoods Camp near Plymouth MA, was a wonderful August experience; I taught a harmonica class, led jams and sing-arounds, and put on a few pounds, unfortunately, in the generous dining hall — TradMaD returns August 27 - September 2, well worth checking out...
  • I've enjoyed doing some performing over the past year or so with my 24-year music partner Bonnie Abrams, and a number of our collaborations have turned up on YouTube, from our gigs at the "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...
  • Had a busy, enjoyable weekend at the New England Folk Festival (NEFFA), April 15-17, as I have for 20-plus years, leading workshops in Erie Canal Songs, Singing For Seniors, and the Closing Sing-Around, as well as sitting in with friends, like Autoharp genius Drew Smith, humor specialist Evy Mayer, and singers Robbie Wedeen and Steve Suffet; plan to be back next year...
  • One of my pleasant NEFFA memories is 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...
  • Local Press Dept. — as part of preparation for 2014's Holiday Hootenanny, I did a little write-up on the subject of hootenannies in general, which made its way into the November 30, 2014 issue of the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle; you can read about it here, and can see pics of the event here...
  • 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 May, 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 for a "post-St. Pat's" dinner at St. Mary's Church in Honeoye, (a bit of which was picked up on YouTube here and here and here) ...
  • Discoursed to the Rochester Guitar Club on Dobros, Nationals, and resonator instruments in general a year or so 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 July 2, 2016
Tuesday, July 5*
Unity St. Mary's Campus
79 Genesee St., 2 P.M., seniors' 2nd floor social hour
Wednesday, July 6
Tunes By the Tracks
Clifton Springs Library, 4 Railroad Ave., Clifton Springs, 7-9 P.M., Loren Barrigar and Mark Mazengarb featured, Jim Clare, Cathy McGrath and I hosting
Saturday, July 9*
Presbyterian Home
256 Thurston Rd., 2:30 P.M., seniors' program
Saturday, July 9*
80th Birthday Party
Bonnie Brae Ave., Brighton, 5:30 P.M., playing Italian mandolin (!)
Sunday, July 10*
Wolk Manor
4000 Summit Circle Dr., 6:30 P.M., seniors' program
Tuesday, July 12*
Sage Harbor at Baywinde
100 Kidd Castle Way, Webster, seniors' programs in living room !:30 P.M., memory care unit 3 P.M.
Wednesday, July 13
Monroe Village Farmers' Market
700 Monroe Ave., 4-7 P.M., family music
Friday, July 15*
Heather Heights
160 West Jefferson Rd., Pittsford, 2 P.M., seniors' program in Blue Community Room
Saturday, July 16
St. Ann's Home
1500 Portland Ave., 2 P.M., seniors' concert in Bishop Kearney Auditorium
Saturday, July 16
Civil War Weekend
Genesee Country Village, Flint Hill Rd., Mumford NY, 8-10:30 P.M., re-enactors' dance w/Flint Hill Folk
Monday, July 18*
Landing of Brockport
90 West Ave., Brockport, 2 P.M., seniors' program
Wednesday, July 20
Tunes By the Tracks
Clifton Springs Library, 4 Railroad Ave., Clifton Springs, 7-9 P.M., Taylor Pie featured, Jim Clareand Cathy McGrath hosting, also open mic
Tuesday, August 2*
Unity St. Mary's Campus
79 Genesee St., 2 P.M., seniors' 2nd floor social hour
Wednesday, August 3
Town Concert for Wide Awake Club Library
20 South Genesee St., Fillmore NY, 7 P.M., Songs of Irish Immigration
Wednesday, August 3
Tunes By the Tracks
Clifton Springs Library, 4 Railroad Ave., Clifton Springs, 7-9 P.M., Rebecca Colleen featured, Jim Clareand Cathy McGrath hosting, also open mic
Saturday, August 6*
Presbyterian Home
256 Thurston Rd., 2:30 P.M., seniors' program
Tuesday, August 9*
Sage Harbor at Baywinde
100 Kidd Castle Way, Webster, seniors' programs in living room !:30 P.M., memory care unit 3 P.M.
Wednesday, August 10
Monroe Village Farmers' Market
700 Monroe Ave., 4-7 P.M., family music
Thursday, August 11
Cattaraugus County Museum
9824 Rt. 16, Machias NY, 7P.M., Erie Canal Songs program
Saturday, August 13
Brockport Arts Festival
Morgan-Manning House, 151 Main St., Brockport, 2:30-4 P.M., folk & historical music
Addresses are Rochester, NY unless otherwise indicated.
* denotes a private function.
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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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