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Folk café comes to town

  • The Rakes of Milford will be performing at the new Wilton Folk Cafe, a music series hosted by the Wilton Public and Gregg Free Library starting Oct. 5. Courtesy photo

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 8/28/2018 10:04:46 AM

The Wilton Public and Gregg Free Library will be the successor to a live music program that for years had its home in Milford.

Sandy Lafleur was one of the organizers of a folk cafe at the Milford library, where from October to April, the library would host a live music event every month. When the season ended in April, it was the last one.

“There was a loss of funding, or maybe it just wasn’t their thing anymore. For whatever reason, we were all really sad to see it going away,” Lafleur said.

Lafleur, for the last 11 years, had booked bands, MC’ed and set up the sound for the cafe events. She had all the tools to be able to continue the tradition – but no funds or venue to do it with. Until she mentioned the discontinuance of the events to Wilton Library Director Pat Fickett.

“Her ears perked up immediately, and she said, ‘Let’s do it here,’” Lafleur said. “I said, ‘I’m game, if you can get the money.’”

The Wilton Main Street Association and private donors stepped up with the funding for the first season of the Wilton Folk Cafe. The cafe’s inaugural show will kick off on Oct. 5, with music by The Rakes of Milford.

Lafleur, a member of the Rakes, described the band as an acoustic band with eclectic musical tastes that has been playing together for more than 20 years.

Other line-ups include The Fiddling Thomsons, a father-son duo that have toured New England, England and China playing a range of folk instruments, including fiddle, wooden spoons, zydeco rub board, jaw harp, cajun box drum, rhythm bones, banjo, accordion, and others.

The library is a small enough venue to create an intimate musical setting, Lafleur said, and each concert will conclude with a question and answer session between the band and audience.

Shows at the Folk Cafe will include a variety of folk and world music performers and will be held on Oct. 5, Nov. 2, Jan. 4, Feb. 1, March 1 and April 5. The April 5 show will feature a variety of performers. Shows start at 7:30 p.m., with doors opening at 7 p.m. Admission is free. Donations are accepted. Refreshments will be served.

For more information or to be considered for a performance booking, contact Sandy Lafleur at or check out the Wilton Folk Cafe website at


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