Forever Young: The 10th Annual Folk Music Month in Harvard Square

Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - Wednesday, November 30, 2016 all-day

Each November, The Harvard Square Business Association, in partnership with FOLK New England and Passim, celebrates Folk Music month in Harvard Square.  The Square has long been an epicenter of critical thinking and social and political reform and nowhere was it more rampant than in the folk music scene that had its inception in the late 1950s at Club 47. 

Located at 47 Mount Auburn Street, and later at 47 Palmer Street, Club 47 was a coffeehouse where students and residents first heard important socially conscious folk stars such as Joan Baez, Tom Rush, and Bob Dylan. In 1970, the 47 Palmer Street coffeehouse, now called Passim, was lauded as the most important venue in the post-revival folk world. Today, in addition to holding over 400 concerts a year, Passim also operates a thriving school of music, teaching classes and workshops in everything from songwriting to voice to numerous acoustic instruments.


 Joan Baez performing at Club 47

Bob Dylan and Betsy Siggins, photo by Dick Waterman

The Harvard Square community sends its heartfelt congratulations to Club 47 alumni, Bob Dylan, the recipient of the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.”

Folk Music Month Events in Harvard Square

11/02       The Boxer Rebellion - The Sinclair
11/02       Eric McDonald & Ryan McKasson - Passim
11/05       Carly Simon Harvard Book Store / Brattle Theatre
11/05       Damien Jurado - The Sinclair
11/11       Carrie Newcomer & Gary Walters CD Release - Passim
11/12       The Felice Brothers – The Sinclair
11/14       Monday Discovery Series Nate Sabat and Gillian Grogan - Passim
11/16       Anna & Elizabeth - Passim
11/16       Cambridge Forum with Betsy Siggins of FOLK New England
11/17       Aly Tadros at Beat Brasserie
11/18       Mark Erelli, Korby Lenker opens - Passim
11/18       Kingsley Flood – The Sinclair
11/19       Alastair Moock's Pastures of Plenty (family show) – Passim 3pm
11/19       Alastair Moock's Pastures of Plenty – Passim 8pm
11/19       Carbon Leaf – The Sinclair
11/21-23  Richard Shindell - Passim
11/29       John Craigie, Honeysuckle opens – Passim
11/30       Daniel Bachman - Regattabar


Richie Havens, Joni Mitchell and Dave Van Ronk - Photos by Bob Morey
Harvard Square Folk Music Participants
The Sinclair, 52 Church St,, (617) 547-5200
Passim, 47 Palmer St,, (617) 492-7679
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Mass. Ave,, (617) 661-1515
Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St,, (617) 876-6837
Cambridge Forum, 3 Church St,, (617) 495-2727
FOLK New England,
Beat Brasserie, 13 Brattle St,, (617) 499-0001
Regattabar, 1 Bennett St,, (617) 661-5000
Jack "Jackie Washington" Landron at Club 47, photo by Stephen Fenerjian