3rd Friday Folk
Coffeehouse at the Carnegie

Carnegie Community Arts Center
107 North Main Street
Somerset, KY 42501

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3rd Friday Folk Coffeehouse at the Carnegie carries on the tradition of the American folk music venue by providing a listening space for artists and audiences to enjoy each other's company, music, and mutual encouragement.

Folk music has a broad definition, but remains centered in the traditional music brought to our shores by early immigrants - primarily from the British Isles - and filtered through the Appalachians to evolve into today's folk music.

In the 1960's just about every town in North America had a coffeehouse. Usually volunteer-run and held once a month, these were the musical breeding grounds for artists like Bob Dylan, Arlo Guthrie, Joan Baez, Don McLean, John Denver and so many others. Very often, the coffeehouses would be held in schools, church basements, clubs or even in living rooms.

Time moved on and the music scene changed, but the coffeehouses continued to present wonderful concerts. By the late 1980's and into the 90's artists like Suzanne Vega, Tracy Chapman, John Gorka, and Dar Williams cut their musical teeth in these small, hometown music venues.

The 3rd Friday Folk Coffeehouse at the Carnegie is our way of encouraging the resurgence of this musical tradition. Our mission is to present local, regional, and national touring folk musicians and songwriters, with an emphasis on roots music and its traditions.

Our monthly coffeehouse meets in the basement of the Carnegie Community Arts Center in Somerset, KY, on the third Friday each month. The music goes from 7 to 9 PM.

Suggested donation is $10.00, and reservations are suggested. To reserve a seat - call, email, or text.

Folk musicians interested is a possible booking, please call, email, or text a description of your music style and a website address.



DENNIS & CHARLYN DOUGHERTY, from Spring Hill, NC, are veterans of the folk music circuit. They are a friendly, talented, and full-of-energy music duo. Dennis plays guitar and tin whistle, among other instruments, and Charlyn accompanies Dennis on the accordion.

As a songwriter, Dennis has been known to spend weeks, months and in some cases years obsessing over a song. "I just can't seem to accept 'good enough'. I always think a word or a line or the groove can be just a bit better, maybe great."

After having spent many years in the NYC, Greenwich Village singer/songwriter scene, Dennis has opened shows for Roger McGuinn, Ritchie Havens, Tom Paxton, Lucinda Williams and many others.

PHILLIP GILBERT & KATHY TALLICHET bring their charming brand of songs to us from the waters of Clear Creek near Anglin Falls in North Rockcastle County where they host the Clear Creek Community Theater & Schoolhouse. Their home is an early 1800's farmhouse and is home to a small intentional family.