Our 23rd Year!

The Ripton Community Coffee House

Saturday November 4th

Michael Chorney and Hollar General


Michael Chorney and Hollar General play  their own brand of acoustic music. The song based quartentet infuses improvisation and subtle but complex rhythms into Chorney’s book of sometimes ethereal, sometimes driving songs. Guitarist and vocalist Michael Chorney, bassist Robinson Morse and drummer Geza Carr have worked together for years. They are the foundation of the Hadestown Orchestra, the touring group that performs Chorney’s and Anais Mitchell collaboration "Hadestown”. 

Comprised of some of the finest players from Vermont’s small but vital music community, Michael Chorney and Hollar General feature the sounds of acoustic guitar, acoustic bass, steel guitars and drums. The band lifts and carries Chorney's voice and infuses the songs with the subtlety and spontaneous interaction of a jazz quartet.  Their concerts are displays of remarkable musical chemistry, deep listening and virtuosic interplay,

Various musical guests provide the perfect compliment both in sound and in musical personality to the road-seasoned trio. In addition to Chorney’s songs Hollar General plays unique renditions of works by Tennessee Williams, Sun Ra and other unlikely sources. “Magic” - Matt Bushlow, Seven Days

The orchestrations are simultaneously rich and spare, deftly echoing the sounds of traditional folk music while also having an indie-pop flair. -New York Times

A shifting landscape of styles and sounds, from orchestral indie folk to mountain music to avant-garde jazz, melding together brilliantly and beautifully. -Seven Days, Vermont

The Ripton Community Coffee House is a non-profit concert series held the first Saturday of each month throughout the year (except for August).  

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,  located at 1305 Vermont Route 125, Ripton, Vermont, a block up from the Ripton General Store, just next to the town office. It seats about 120 people.

Doors open at 7:00

There are no advance ticket sales. Admission at the door

 $10.00 regular admission~ $15 generous admission

$3 for children 12 and under.

There is no alcohol or smoking allowed at the Ripton Community House. 

Our concerts start at 7:30 with a 45-50 minute open mic set (generally very interesting). There are 4-12 minute slots available.  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 single set lasts an hour to an hour and a quarter.

Contact Information

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 rcchfolks@gmail.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: