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...
  • Winter is rollin' along, and the music scene here, undeterred by cold and snow, is active as ever, as am I; should you want to keep up with what I'm doing, just click on the Booking Form page, and sign up for weekly e-mail updates, and/or periodic schedule postcards...
  • St. Patrick's Day is crazy busy as always this year — I'll be cramming in three Irish-related gigs on March 15, another the next day, and on March 17 itself, I'll top off an afternoon seniors' program, with Innisfree's annual St. Pat's Party at the American Hotel in lovely downtown Lima NY...
  • Remaining active in the Rochester Folkus series, with Bill Destler and Rebecca Johnbson, staging twice-monthly concerts at the Downstairs Cabaret on Windsor Street; next is Crooked North February 28, followed by Honey Dewdrops March 14, and Phil Shapiro & Carrie Shore March 28...
  • 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...
  • I start teaching Beginning Ukulele for the Brighton Recreation Dept. February 26; classes run throun April 6, Monday nights at "rec" center on Idlewood Road...
  • More Uke Stuff: Mary Fraser of the Rochester Public Library invited me to lead a Ukulele Sing-Along at the central library's Kate Gleason Auditorium on February 3; had a good crowd of adults and kids, alternating play-and-sing-along songs with some "show and tell" of ukulele oddities I've picked up over the years — tiple, resonator uke, ukulele-banjo, and the formidable Polk-A-Lay-Lee...
  • My "faculty appointment" at the Hochstein Music School in downtown Rochester, is leading to more teaching this summer: classes in Autoharp and harmonica Thursday evenings, and mandolin on Tuesdays, for five weeks July 9-August 17 — more info to follow...
  • Tunes By the Tracks jus' keeps goin', presenting folk/acoustic music twice a month at the Clifton Springs Library; we just had a successful show with the Dave North Trio February 21, and look forward to more with Dan Duggan & Peggy Lynn March 7, Kit Fallon & Friends March 14, and Pepper & Sassafras April 4...
  • Booked to perform — for the 23rd year — at the New England Folk Festival (NEFFA), to be held April 20-22, 2018 in Mansfiled MA; I'll be leading the the Closing Sing-Around, as well as a Resistance Sing-Along, to counter the prevailing political nonsense emanating from the White House...
  • 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...
  • Leslie Lee & Steve Gretz, husband and wife singer/songwriters, have booked me for one of their Sunday Old-Time Music Nights at Steve's church; I'll be there March 4...
  • 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, ...
  • 2017-25 mark the Erie Canal Bicentennial and I'm hoping that tne next few years bring opportunities for programs of canal-related songs; I'll be reaching out to local libraries and historical societies, for chances to present the rich musical history of the E-ri-ee, as I did last Spring at NEFFA and in Lyons...
  • 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 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 FEbruary 25, 2018
Monday, February 26
Beginning Ukulele Class
Brighton Recreation Dept., 220 Idlewood Rd., 7 P.M., classes Mondays through Aoril 6
Wednesday, February 28
Rochester Folkus
Downstairs Cabaret, 20 Windsor St., 7-9 P.M., Crooked North featured
Sunday, March 4
St. Ann's Home
1500 Portland Ave., "lobby concert" for residents & families, 2 P.M.
Sunday, March 4
Old-Time Music Night
Greece Baptist Church, 1230 Long Pond Rd., 7 P.M., feature set followed by sing-around
Monday, March 5*
Presbyterian Home
256 Thurston Rd., 2:30 P.M., seniors' holiday program
Tuesday, March 6*
Unity St. Mary's Campus
79 Genesee St., 2 P.M., seniors' 2nd floor social hour
Wednesday, March 7
Tunes By the Tracks
Clifton Springs Library, 4 Railroad Ave., Clifton Springs, 7-9 P.M., Dan Duggan & Peggy Lynn featured, also open mic
Monday, March 12*
Finger Lakes DDSO St. Patrick's Party
Guardian Angels Church, 2061 East Henrietta Rd., Livonia, 6:30 P.M., for group home residents
Tuesday, March 13*
Sage Harbor at Baywinde
100 Kidd Castle Way, Webster, seniors' programs in the lobby, !:30 P.M., and memory care, 3 P.M.,
Wednesday, March 14
Rochester Folkus
Downstairs Cabaret, 20 Windsor St., 7-9 P.M., Honey Dewdrops featured
Thursday, March 15*
LeRoy Village Green
10 Munson St., LeRoy, 2:30 P.M., seniors' Irish program
Thursday, March 15*
Brookdale Fairport
7 Chardonnay Dr., Fairport, 4:30 P.M., seniors' Irish program
Thursday, March 15*
Heather Heights
160 West Jefferson Rd., Pittsford, 6:45 P.M., seniors Irish' program in lobby
Friday, March 16*
Brookdale Fairport
7 Chardonnay Dr., Fairport, 1:30 P.M., seniors' Irish program w/ Barbara Jablonski
Saturday, March 17*
Brentland Woods
3831 East Henrietta Rd., 2 P.M., seniors' Irish program
Saturday, March 17*
American Hotel
7304 East Main St., Lima, 7-9 P.M., St. Pat's party w/Innisfree
Wednesday, March 21
Tunes By the Tracks
Clifton Springs Library, 4 Railroad Ave., Clifton Springs, 7-9 P.M., Kit Fallon & Friends featured, also open mic
Saturday, March 24*
Lodge at Wolk Manor
4000 Summit Circle Dr., 6:15 P.M., seniors' program
Wednesday, March 28
Rochester Folkus
Downstairs Cabaret, 20 Windsor St., 7-9 P.M., Phil Shapiro & Carrie Shore featured
Saturday, March 31*
40 Crossing Creek Dr., Fairport, 2:30 P.M., seniors program
Monday, April 2*
Presbyterian Home
256 Thurston Rd., 2:30 P.M., seniors' holiday program
Tuesday, April 3*
Unity St. Mary's Campus
79 Genesee St., 2 P.M., seniors' 2nd floor social hour
Wednesday, April 4
Tunes By the Tracks
Clifton Springs Library, 4 Railroad Ave., Clifton Springs, 7-9 P.M., Pepper & Sassafras featured, also open mic
Tuesday, April 10*
Sage Harbor at Baywinde
100 Kidd Castle Way, Webster, seniors' programs in the lobby, !:30 P.M., and memory care, 3 P.M.,
Wednesday, April 11
Rochester Folkus
Downstairs Cabaret, 20 Windsor St., 7-9 P.M., Joe Beard featured
Friday, April 13*
Hill Haven
1550 Empire Blvd., Webster, 2:30 P.M., seniors' program
Friday, April 13
Genesee Country Village Antique Show Preview Party
Genesee Country Village, Flint Hill Rd., Mumford, 6-9 P.M., w/Mitzie Collins
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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