Our 23rd Year!

The Ripton Community Coffee House

The Joe K. Walsh Band

Saturday October 7th

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Hailed by CBC-Newfoundland as “one of the best mandolinists of his generation” and by Vintage Guitar Magazine as “brilliant”, Portland, Maine-based mandolin player Joe K. Walsh is known for his exceptional tone and taste, and his collaborations with acoustic music luminaries including legendary fiddler Darol Anger, flatpick guitar hero Scott Nygaard, folk star Jonathan Edwards, and pop/grass darlings Joy Kills Sorrow have taken him all over the global and musical map. He’s played with everyone from John Scofield to Bela Fleck to Emmylou Harris, and performed everywhere from festivals to laundromats to Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. After a number of award-winning years as mandolinist with bluegrass stars the Gibson Brothers, Joe currently splits his time between an inventive string band called Mr Sun (featuring Darol Anger, Grant Gordy and Ethan Jodziewicz) a duo with Grant Gordy, and his own band. An avid educator, Joe is a mandolin instructor at the Berklee College of Music. He teaches regularly at music camps throughout North America and beyond, and teaches online through Peghead Nation. 

Joe will be performing in Ripton with an all star band featuring Avril Smith on guitar, Brittany Karlson, bass, and John Mailander on fiddle. 

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:
802-388-2266
ajdickinson@riptonvt.org