Ripton Community Coffee House


MARK ERELLI WILL perform for the Ripton Community Coffee House virtual stage on May 1, at 7:30 p.m., to celebrate RCCH’s 26th anniversary. Photo by Anthony Mulcahy
The Ripton Community Coffee House is looking forward to celebrating it’s 26th season with a virtual performance by Mark Erelli on May 1, at 7:30 p.m.  For 25 years, musicians performed for a max capacity of 175 locals packed into the Ripton Community House every month from September through June. But when the pandemic closed the doors last spring, RCCH (like so many others) pivoted to virtual performances by musicians from their own homes or stages. “When we were just getting started we weren’t doing anything other than having musicians put up an RCCH poster in the background and say that...

KEITH MURHPY AND Becky Tracy will perform an evening of traditional music for the Ripton Community Coffee House’s online music series this Saturday, April 3, at 7:30 p.m. The concert is free; donations welcome.
The Ripton Community Coffee House will present Keith Murphy and Becky Tracy, dynamic performers of traditional music, on Saturday, April 3, at 7:30 p.m. The duo focuses on music from Newfoundland, Quebec, Ireland, France and beyond. Everyone is invited to enjoy the music from their own comfortable, socially-distanced living room.  Tracy’s fiddling pulses through tasteful arrangements of dance tunes and resonates with beauty on traditional slow airs. Murphy’s gentle and expressive singing in English and French is balanced by the drive and power of his guitar playing and foot percussion....
Caffe Lena — recognized as the longest continuously operating folk music venue in the United States — is proud to partner with the Ripton Community Coffee House in Ripton to co-present a virtual concert with Jim Gaudet and the Railroad Boys on Friday, March 12. The Ripton Community Coffee House has been bringing music and joy to Vermont since 1995 and shares the same community-driven ideals as Caffe Lena (located in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) as well as presents many of the same voices on their stage, including Jim Gaudet. Jim Gaudet and the Railroad Boys are both old-timey and timeless. On one...

BUFFALO ROSE WILL perform live online for the Ripton Community Coffee House on Saturday, Feb. 6, at 7:30 p.m. Find links for viewing the concert and more at rcch.org.
The Ripton Community Coffee House presents the harmony string sextet Buffalo Rose to an online concert on Saturday, Feb. 6, at 7:30 p.m., and invites everyone to enjoy the music from their comfortable, socially distanced own living room. Viewers can find links to the concert at rcch.org, as well find ways to donate their “entrance fee” directly to the musicians, if they so choose. The six members of Buffalo Rose have previous experience in genres as far flung as folk and punk, but joined together through a love of acoustic music. Buffalo Rose commandeers the shimmering and electrifying riffs...
This Saturday, Jan. 2, Lissa Schneckenburger and Corey DiMario of Low Lily and Crooked Still will perform a Ripton Community Coffee House livestream concert from their home in Southern Vermont. Free admission. All donations benefit the artists.  Raised in a small town in Maine and now living in Vermont, Schneckenburger grew up with music. She began playing fiddle at the age of six, inspired by her parent’s interest in folk music. In 2001, she graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music with a degree in Contemporary Improvisation. She has been performing and teaching music around the...

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RIPTON — The Ripton Community Coffee House welcomes Moira Smiley and Seamus Egan to an online concert on Dec. 5, at 7:30 p.m., and invites everyone to enjoy the music from their own comfortable, socially distanced living room. Viewers can find links to the concert at rrch.org as well find ways to donate their “entrance fee” directly to the musicians, if they so choose.  A composer, instrumentalist, and singer with an expressive and exquisite voice, Smiley is a powerhouse of talent. Born and raised in Vermont, she’s returned to her home state after many peripatetic years as a wandering...
The Ripton Community Coffee House will host an online concert featuring Mike and Ruthy on Nov. 7, at 7:30 p.m., and invites everyone to enjoy the music from their own comfortable, socially distanced living room.  Snacking is encouraged. Mike + Ruthy (Mike Merenda and Ruth Ungar) are Hudson Valley-based songwriters who have made waves in the folk/Americana world and beyond. A husband and wife team, Mike + Ruthy have recorded and performed their exquisite, original, Americana music together for two decades, as the duo Mike + Ruthy and with their quintet The Mammals. In 2018, Mike and Ruthy...

HEATHER PIERSON WILL perform with bassist Shawn Nadeau for an online concert hosted by the Ripton Community Coffee House on Saturday, Oct. 3, at 7:30 p.m. Photo / Tim Shellmer
The Ripton Community Coffee House will host an online concert featuring Heather Pierson on Saturday, Oct. 3, at 7:30 p.m., and invites everyone to enjoy the music from their own comfortable, socially distanced living room. Pierson is a pianist, multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter and performer whose inspiring live performances and growing catalog of releases delve into Americana, blues, New Orleans jazz, vocal chants, instrumental piano and poignant folk. Best known for her virtuosity at the piano and her bell-tone vocals, her songs and musicianship embody joy, honesty and a desire to...

LOUISE MOSRIE and Cliff Eberhardt will perform the Ripton Community Coffee House’s first online concert on Sept. 5 at 7:30 p.m.
RIPTON — The Ripton Community Coffee House welcomes Cliff Eberhardt and Louise Mosrie to an online concert on Saturday, Sept. 5, at 7:30 p.m., and invites everyone to enjoy the music from their comfortable, socially-distanced living room. Due to the coronavirus, the fall season of the Ripton Community Coffee House will not take place at the Community House, but the music continues online. Viewers can find links to the concert at rcch.org.  There readers can also find ways to donate their “entrance fee” directly to the musicians, if they so choose.  Eberhardt is a singer-songwriter with an...

ANDREA CHESMAN AND Richard Ruane hosted one heck of a house-warming/jam session dinner party back in 1994, which spurred the idea to start up the Ripton Community Coffee House on the first Saturday in May 1995. RCCH celebrates 25 years this May, but because of the coronavirus has had to pause any performances until the fall. Photo by Beth Duquette
RIPTON — This May, the beloved Ripon Community Coffee House was set to celebrate its 25th year hosting musical gatherings at the historic Ripton Community House, a block up from the General Store on Route 125. But like so many other events, this celebration has been postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic, too.  A special concert of local all-stars — Matt Flinner (mandolin), Brett Hughes (guitar), Caleb Elder (fiddle) and Pat Melvin (bass) — was scheduled for the first Saturday in May; now RCCH is looking at opening their 25th season in the fall — probably in October.  Instead of...

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