How many places can you go these days to see great live music in small venue at a affordable price?  Not many for sure…  A few of us music lovers seek them out.  They are around Philly in the surrounding counties.  Let’s list a few of the more memorable … Kennett Flash in Kennett Square, Milk Boy in Ardmore, Steel City in Phoenixville and Chaplin’s Music Cafe in Spring City.

I am presently lamenting that one of the better ones, Turtledove Folk Club (TFC), is presenting its last performances in May/June 2012.  What a ride it has been. Founded in 1996, this gathering has chosen as its venue the West Grove Friends Meetinghouse. From its outset, the TFC has a harmonic synthesis of folk music, community gatherings and an enduring social activism all culminating in “Peace through Music”.

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Every month the TFC hosts an exciting talented new group on the rise. In most cases the performer(s) have recorded several CDs and are now at a point where they perform their own written music and not just favorites from the past.  Last Saturday night three of us travelled to the Meetinghouse and were treated to a dynamite married duo, the Honey Dewdrops.  Their harmonies  and guitars, banjo and mandolin accompaniment were over-the-top.

But wait, the price of admission maybe be daunting –  $15 per adult.  Are you kidding?  Movies cost more than that!!!

So live music junkies … check out the Turtledove Music Club before it is no more.  And please support your local “live music” forums and keep this tradition alive …

Thanks for reading…


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