About Folkus

Great live music. Friendly people. All volunteer run.

Quite simply, the Folkus Project is all about bringing great, live acoustic music to Central New York. We’ve been doing that for over 17 years, and cultivating a community of acoustic music fans in the process.

Folkus is a not-for-profit organization, run entirely by volunteers committed to bringing a wide variety of live music to our area. This includes old favorites, up and coming artists, and seasoned performers new to our area – all high quality, and all at affordable prices. We present shows twice a month on Friday nights, from September to May.

It’s important to us to give our performers a great experience playing with us, and to have our audiences feel a part of a greater community of folks who enjoy listening to live music out with others. For us, it’s about the music as well as the experience that live music creates.


“Oh my heavens! The food, the people, the sound… Absolutely FOLKIN AWESOME!”

Mouths of Babes

“What a joy to play here. Thank you for all your hospitality & warmth!”

Natalia Zukerman

“You guys make MAGIC happen each time you throw a Folkus event”

Seth Glier

Folkus has a Board that serves as a steering committee, with smaller teams of folks focusing on the particular components of running the organization (booking, publicity, volunteers, hospitality, tech, membership, finance, outreach, etc.).

And of course, it’s thanks to our extended circle of volunteers on show nights, and those involved with behind the scenes tasks and special projects, that we’re able to continue to do what we do, in the way that we do it.

Many people are part of making Folkus run. In addition to those listed below, there are many dedicated volunteers who’ve been lending their time and support to Folkus for years, and others who we’re happy to have come on board more recently.


Folkus Board

  • Jeff Pelletier — President
  • Linda Kelly — Treasurer
  • Wendy Ramsay — Secretary
  • Paul Murphy — Production Manager
  • Steve Pfanenstiel — Publicity
  • Susie Weiss — Membership Coordinator
  • Jackie Downing — Facebook
  • Marilou Murphy
  • Doug Randall
  • Linda Zimmerman

Lead Volunteers

  • Jackie Downing — Volunteer Coordinator for Show Nights
  • Brandon Murphy —Sound Guru
  • John DeVoe —Tech Team
  • David Furze — Bookings
  • Paul Murphy — Webmaster — Graphics
  • Robin Braunstein — Graphics – Show Posters
  • John Zimmerman — PayPal & Show Ticket listings

May Memorial Unitarian Universalist SocietyThe Folkus Project is so fortunate to have May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Society donate their space to us for our shows. We use the Sanctuary with its warm wooden acoustics for our bigger shows and the Social Hall for our smaller, more intimate shows. Both spaces offer small, up close and personal ways to experience our live music shows. They are also both handicap accessible.




interior of showThough May Memorial does not have any role in the Folkus Project itself, they have come to treat us like family, and we’re ever so grateful to them for their generosity and hospitality. Folkus donates the net proceeds from our intermission refreshments to May Memorial, as well as provides an annual financial gift as a token of our appreciation.

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