Our 23rd Year!
The Ripton Community Coffee House is a non-profit concert series held the first Saturday of each month throughout the year (except for August). Concerts are held in The Ripton Community House located at 1305 Vermont Route 125, Ripton, Vermont, a block up from the Ripton General Store, just next to the town office.
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Saturday May 6th
Red Tail Ring is the musical brainchild of two old-time-minded Michiganders – Michael Beauchamp and Laurel Premo. The collaboration blends the loving attention of revivalist fervor with the playful creativity of starting from scratch. Whether rendering a traditional tune or one of their many original compositions, the duo infuses each song with musical imagination, haunting harmonies and instrumental artistry on fiddle, banjo, mandolin, jawharp, and plain-old foot stomping. “We love pushing the boundaries of what a traditional song can be,” says Beauchamp. “It informs how we write our original songs. There’s a real energy exchange between the old and the new.”
Red Tail Ring is fresh off their fourth full-length studio release, Fall Away Blues, which features new songwriting fused with old-time and country blues sounds and themes. The album tackles topical subjects such as gun violence and environmentalism as well as age-old questions of place and love. With guitar, banjo, fiddle and mandolin, along with close harmony singing, Laurel Premo and Michael Beauchamp “don’t just pay homage to vintage folk and roots music: The Kalamazoo duo breathes new life into it, channeling the power and charm of seminal material into their own original songs.” – John Sinkevics, LocalSpins.com. Over seven years of touring, Red Tail Ring has performed their brand of acoustic roots at many notable venues and festivals around the United States (including the Wheatland Music Festival, Club Passim, The Ark, World Cafe Live), and have been well received by audiences over seas in Denmark, Germany and Sweden.
“The very best of the 21st century’s minimalist and highly original folk music . . . a peerless duo.”– American Roots UK
“Laurel Premo and Michael Beauchamp share a reverance for vivid, authentic American art forms. They are both rustic and elegant, and they lift us into their sound.”– Seth Bernard, Earthwork Music
Doors open at 7:00
Since we started the Ripton Community Coffee House in May 1995, we have been very fortunate to have a consistent, enthusiastic, and attentive audience at each performance.
The coffeehouse is held in the historic Ripton Community House, a beautiful wood frame meeting hall with a small balcony. It seats about 120 people.
Our concerts start at 7:30 with a 45-50 minute open mic set (generally very interesting).There are 4-12 minute slots available. Call 802-388-9782 to sign up no more than 2 weeks before the next coffee house. This is followed by an intermission during which beverages and baked goods are available. The money generated by the refreshment sales benefit a different local non-profit organization each month. The featured performer(s) then do a single set that begins between 8:30 and 9:00. The set lasts an hour to an hour and a quarter.
There are no advance ticket sales. Admission at the door
$10.00 regular admission~ $15 generous admission
$3 for children 12 and under.
Our concerts are publicized in area newspapers and radio stations. In addition, the concerts are announced by posters at area locations.
There is no alcohol or smoking allowed at the Ripton Community House.
Thank you to all of the wonderful performers who contributed to our 20th Anniversary CD! All tracks recored LIVE at The Ripton Community Coffee House. Special thanks to Richard Ruane who listened, selected, mastered and produced this collection of music. Thank you to Win Colwell for his beautiful design work! This is a limited edition and was only available at our 20th Anniversary Concert- Thank you all! Click on names for links to the artists websites: Louise Taylor, Red Tail Ring, Rachel Bissex, Laura Cortese, Jay Mankita, Bluegrass Gospel Project, Sheesham and Lotus, Vida, Devon Sproule, Patti Casey, Crowfoot, Mike & Ruthy, Phil Henry Trio, Mark Erelli, Louise Mosrie, Anais Mitchell, Steve Gillette and Cindy Mangsen, Rani Arbo and daisy mayhem, Darryl Purpose, The Stray Birds, Joanna Colwell,Win Colwell, and Richard Ruane.
The Ripton Community Coffee House is extremely fortunate to have our coffee donated by the Vermont Coffee Company. In addition to being passionate about roasting delicious organic coffee, the Vermont Coffee Company is also dedicated to fair trade: buying their coffee at a price that provides a living wage and covers production costs for the farmers. They are also good local citizens. Please support them.
NEAT-TV (Northeast Addison Television) is a community television station located in Bristol, Vermont, serving Bristol, New Haven, Starksboro, Lincoln, Monkton, and Huntington. They often record our coffeehouses for broadcast on Comcast Channel 16 in that area. You can also watch the videos of our coffeehouse performances online via NEAT's Video on Demand. Just click here and then choose "Music". You'll see a selection of recent coffeehouses listed.
Throughout our existence we have received generous support from the Vermont Arts Council, the New England Foundation for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. We are extremely grateful for their assistance! The continued health and growth of arts in our communities are greatly helped and inspired by their efforts. Please support the work of these important organizations, and right now might be a good time to let your elected representatives know how you feel.
The Ripton Community Coffee House is a member organization of the North American Folk Music and Dance Alliance (the Folk Alliance for short), an organization that brings together musicians, dancers, presenters, radio stations, record companies and others. They work year-round as advocates for the folk music and dance industry. They also host an annual conference every February -- four days of non-stop workshops, music and fun. Some serious work gets done there as well.
Our local regional chapter of the Folk Alliance is the Northeast Regional (NERFA) NERFA hosts an annual conference every November that is smaller and easier to deal with than the full Folk Alliance one, but certainly no less productive or fun. These organizations have been very helpful to us. We appreciate the incredible efforts the people from both organizations have made in support of folk music.
Open Mic Performers can sign up for one of the four slots starting two weeks before the next concert by calling Andrea Chesman or Richard Ruane at 802-388-9782. It is a twelve-minute slot. Please don't use email to sign up for the open mike.
To arrange to have your non-profit organization provide refreshments at a concert or for more information about the Ripton Community Coffee House, contact Andrea Chesman or Richard Ruane at 802-388-9782 or via email at email@example.com.
Performers interested in being a featured performer should read the Booking Guidelines page.
To rent the Community House building for an event contact the Town of Ripton: