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 a bad boy, update-wise, not refreshing this site since February, so it's high time I got my li'l act together and made it current, now that it's MaySpring is rolling right along, lots of music afoot, and if you'd like to be regularly updated on my comings and goings, just click on the Booking Form page, and sign up for weekly e-mail updates, and/or periodic schedule postcards...
  • We're having quite a bit of success with our Rochester Folkus series, Bill Destler, Rebecca Johnbson and I, staging twice-monthly concerts at the Downstairs Cabaret on Windsor Street; I've put together a special Rochester Roots night on May 9, showcasing four of our city's most influential folkies, Ted McGraw, Mitzie Collins, Bob Olylager and Jim Kimball — details here...
  • My "faculty appointment" at the Hochstein Music School in downtown Rochester, has me teaching three classes in their summer session: Awesome Autoharp on Tuesday evenings, and Mondo Mandolin and Harmonica Horizon on Thursdays, for five weeks July 10-August 9 — on-line registrations accepted...
  • 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...
  • Had a good time teaching Beginning Ukulele for the Brighton Recreation Dept., February through April; may be another class scheduled for the future, stay tuned — also, 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, with 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...
  • Tunes By the Tracks our twice-monthly concert series at the Clifton Springs Library, is well into its eighth year; just had a delightful evening with Irish balladeer Gerry Timlin, and looking eagerly to the annual visit of Anne Hills May 16...
  • Performed for the 23rd year at the New England Folk Festival (NEFFA) April 20-22, leading the Closing Sing-Around, as well as a "Resist" Sing-Along, which was a SRO session, showing what we folkies feel about the current political mess — also helped out Evy Mayer and Joel Landy with humor workshops, and you can see Joel's "Ligntning Round," with a cameo from me, 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 ...
  • One of my more pleasant ongoing gigs is Granger Homestead Days at the restored mansion in Canandaigua, and Cathy McGrath, Jim Clare and I will be returning this year; we play for area second graders May 30-June 1, and for the general public June 2...
  • 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 May 6, 2018
Monday, May 7*
Presbyterian Home
256 Thurston Rd., 2:30 P.M., seniors' program
Tuesday, May 8*
Sage Harbor at Baywinde
100 Kidd Castle Way, Webster, seniors' program in the lobby, !:30 P.M.
Wednesday, May 9
Rochester Folkus
Downstairs Cabaret, 20 Windsor St., 7-9 P.M., Rochester Roots Night w/Ted McGraw, Mitzie Collins, Bob Olyslager & Jim Kimball
Monday, May 14*
SEEDS Program
Trinit Emmanuel Church, 761 Elmgrove Rd., 6:30 P.M., music for group home residents
Tuesday, May 15*
St. Ann's Home
1500 Portland Ave., 10 A.M., 8th floor seniors' program
Wednesday, May 16
Tunes By the Tracks
Clifton Springs Library, 4 Railroad Ave., Clifton Springs, 7-9 P.M., Anne Hills featured, also open mic
Monday, May 21*
40 Crossing Creek Dr., Fairport, 2:30 P.M., seniors program
Wednesday, May 23
Rochester Folkus
Downstairs Cabaret, 20 Windsor St., 7-9 P.M., Larry Hanks & Deborah Robins featured
Sunday, May 27*
Lodge at Wolk Manor
4000 Summit Circle Dr., 3:15 P.M., seniors' program
Wednesday, May 30-Saturday, June 2
Homestead Days
Granger Homestead, 295 North Main St., Canandaigua, 9 A.M.-1 P.M. Wed.-Fri., 11 A.M.-4 P.M. Sat., school & general programs w/Cathy McGrath & Jim Clare
Monday, June 4*
Presbyterian Home
256 Thurston Rd., 2:30 P.M., seniors' holiday program
Tuesday, June 5*
Unity St. Mary's Campus
79 Genesee St., 2 P.M., seniors' 2nd floor social hour
Wednesday, June 6
Tunes By the Tracks
Clifton Springs Library, 4 Railroad Ave., Clifton Springs, 7-9 P.M., Library Benefit Night concert, also open mic
Sunday, June 10*
St. Ann's Care Center
90 Cherry Ridge Blvd., Webster, 2:30 P.M., seniors' program
Tuesday, June 12*
St. Ann's Home
1500 Portland Ave., 10 A.M., 8th floor seniors' program <
Tuesday, June 12*
Sage Harbor at Baywinde
100 Kidd Castle Way, Webster, seniors' program in the lobby, !:30 P.M.
Wednesday, June 13
Rochester Folkus
Downstairs Cabaret, 20 Windsor St., 7-9 P.M., Kyle Anne Carey featured
Tuesday, June 19*
Brighton Seniors
220 Idlewood Rd., 12:15 P.M., seniors' luncheon program
Wednesday, June 20
Tunes By the Tracks
Clifton Springs Library, 4 Railroad Ave., Clifton Springs, 7-9 P.M., Brothers Blue featured, also open mic
Wednesday, June 27
Rochester Folkus
Downstairs Cabaret, 20 Windsor St., 7-9 P.M., Johnson Girls featured
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