The Peoples' Voice Cafe
239 Thompson St, New York, NY 10012 / 212-787-3903

An alternative coffeehouse offering live entertainment in New York City,
presenting folk, blues, jazz, rap, poetry, storytelling, theater & dance since 1979.

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Peoples Voice Cafe

Alcohol-free ~ Fully Wheelchair Accessible

Covid-19 policy (subject to change as conditions evolve):

Required: Mask (we will provide one if you don't have one)

Strongly Recommended: Everyone should be fully vaccinated, boosted, and recently tested.

Risk Statement:
While no one precaution is guaranteed to prevent covid infection, a combination of precautions will contribute greatly to everyone's safety at the PVC. Although we expect that people who have symptoms of covid will stay home, we recognize that there are still risks when entering any public space. The PVC is therefore taking the follow steps:

  • We offer KN95 or other high quality masks to everyone entering.
  • We use three HEPA air purifiers within the Assembly Hall.
  • We have suspended the sale of food or drink, and there should be no eating on the premises.
  • We limit total attendance to 70 persons.
  • We offer livestream shows whenever possible.

  • Announcement:
    We were informed that a volunteer at PVC on Saturday, January 21, 2023 has since then tested positive for COVID. If anyone has symptoms, please get tested. If you had close contact with the volunteer and no symptoms, the CDC recommends testing 6 days after, which is Friday, January 27. If you have any questions, you can contact the volunteer coordinator Sally Campbell at 646-489-4175 or

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    Saturday, February 4, 2023, at 8pm:

    In Person Tickets        Livestream Tickets

    Black History Month Celebration
    Join us for a celebration of Black History, with storytelling, poetry, singing, and music, featuring storyteller Thelma Ruffin Thomas and special guests. Thelma is the artistic director of Pearls of Wisdom, a touring ensemble of elder storytellers. She has brought her lively, spirited, authentic presentations to Tanzania, Brazil, Ghana, Costa Rica, The Gambia, South Africa, Russia, Australia, Kenya, Cameroon, and India, continuing the tradition of elder folk art stories. Guests include:

    Atiba Wilson - flautist and drummer
    Owusu Slater - drummer and storyteller
    Akil Dasan - guitarist, singer and poet
    JinJi Nicole - storyteller
    Lynnette Braxton - storyteller
    Joyce Parr - storyteller
    Devon Cormack - singer

    Judson Memorial Church
    Assembly Hall (not the main sanctuary on West 4th St.)
    239 Thompson Street, between West 3rd and West 4th Streets
    New York NY 10012


    to West 4th St./Washington Square
    Walk three blocks east to Thompson Street; turn left. (3 minutes)

    All shows start at 8 PM, Saturdays. Doors open at 7:15.
    No reservations, so come early to be assured a seat.

    $20 suggested contribution -- more if you choose, less if you can't; no one turned away.
    For PVC subscribers, Judson members, Folk Music Society of NY members, students, and youth, the suggested contribution is $12.

    Wheelchair accessible (including bathrooms). For info call 212-787-3903.

    Saturday, February 11, at 8pm:

    In Person Tickets        Livestream Tickets

    Heather Wood
    Heather Wood has been singing mainly traditional songs from the British Isles since the Sixties, when Girls Did Not Lead Sea Shanties, and is happy to note this has now changed. She believes traditional music should be enjoyed, not enshrined. As one third of the Young Tradition (with Peter Bellamy and Royston Wood), she toured extensively in the UK, US, and Canada, and has performed solo and in various duos and trios since. Heather occasionally writes songs, some of which others have recorded.

    The Ranzo Boys
    The Ranzo Boys are Lafayette Matthews (he/him) and Jules Peiperl (they/them). They have been singing together since 2013. They are dedicated to honoring the tradition of the songs they sing while making the folk community a more inclusive and welcoming space for all people. Their repertoire includes buzzy English harmonies, Appalachian ballads, sea chanteys, and any trad song that can be remotely construed as queer.

    "The Mariner's Hymn"

    Saturday, February 18, 2023, at 8pm:

    In Person Tickets        Livestream Tickets

    Rod MacDonald
    Rod MacDonald was born in Connecticut and began singing professionally in New York City, where he became a leading headliner in Greenwich Village clubs in the 1980s. He recorded 21 songs for Fast Folk magazine (now in the Smithsonian Folkways collection), including "American Jerusalem," "A Sailors Prayer," "Every Living Thing," and "White Buffalo," also recorded by numerous other artists. He has 13 solo CDs and three CDs with the Palm Beach County band Big Brass Bed, which New Times named "Best Folk Band" in 2016. Now living in south Florida, Rod has been named to the "Ten Greatest South Florida Folksingers Of All Time" list by New Times, and one of "Ten Magnificent Musicians of Palm Beach County" by The Palm Beach Post. He is also Music Americana instructor with Osher Lifelong Learning at Florida Atlantic University, and was named Distinguished Faculty Member in 2012. His second novel, The American Guerillas, was published in 2021.

    Joe Jencks
    Joe Jencks is a 22-year veteran of the international Folk circuit, an award-winning songwriter and a celebrated vocalist based in the Chicago area. He is known for his performances of musical beauty, social consciousness and spiritual exploration. Joe delivers engaged musical narratives filled with heart, soul, groove, and grit. Blending well-crafted instrumentals and vivid songwriting, Jencks serves it all up with a lyric baritone voice that has the edgy richness of a good sea-salt caramel. Co-founder of the harmony trio Brother Sun, Jencks has penned several Number One folksongs including the ever-relevant "Lady of The Harbor." From Carnegie Hall to Lincoln Center to festivals across the US and Canada, Jencks has become a fan favorite throughout North America and beyond. Joe is also a dual US-Irish citizen and has served as a Cultural Ambassador with the US State Department.


    Saturday, February 25, 2023 at 8pm:

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    Twa Corbies
    Twa Corbies is a duo of Alison Kelley (of the Johnson Girls, New York Packet, Ida Red, and NexTradition) and Anayis "AJ" Wright (Mystic Seaport, Norumbega Harmony). They embrace musical traditions spanning from the 12th century up to Gilbert and Sullivan. You'll find grim stories, resilient women, hysterical happenings, and darkly comic tales. They frequently sing a capella, sometimes accompanied by Anayis on concertina or Alison on the banjo. Dulcimers, guitars, banjoleles, dumbeks, vielle, and cello have been known to pop up as well. When not performing, they spend their time serenading an assortment of dogs and garden vegetables.

    Geoff Kaufman
    Geoff is best known for his time at Mystic Seaport Museum in Connecticut, but he has maintained a wide ranging repertoire from 60s favorites to songs collected in the Catskill Mountains where he grew up, and from his time as a Sloopsinger with the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater and Pete Seeger. Songs of the sea, songs of the earth, songs of the heart and the spirit - all of these are in Geoff Kaufman's ditty bag. Ancient ballads, work songs, love songs, poignant songs of people in struggle, humorous glimpses of human foibles, and insights into history - all of these are likely to be woven into one of Geoff's concerts.

    "Fair Stood the Wind" & "America, It's You"

    And coming up...

    Mar 4: International Women's Day Celebration with Lydia Adams Davis + Sue Jeffers

    Mar 11: The Brooklyn Stoop Singers + Heather Lev

    Mar 18: Hudson Valley Sally + Mike & Aleksi Glick: Generations

    Mar 25: Young Women Singer Songwriters Night with Lenna Pierce + Charley Bea Baker + Emma Graves

    Apr 1: Pete & Woody: an Unlikely Friendship: multimedia presentation with Pat Lamanna, Steve Suffet, and Richard Mattocks (PVC benefit)

    Apr 15: Ray Korona Song Night

    Apr 22: Save the Peoples' Voice Cafe Fundraising Concert

    Apr 29: Steff Reed + Marie Mularczyk O'Connell & the Mountain Maidens

    May 6: Gene Glickman Memorial Night

    May 13: Sam Gleaves + Carrie & Michael Kline

    May 20: Kent State & Jackson State Memorial

    The Peoples' Voice Cafe is supported in part by the generosity of

    Judson Memorial Church

    Community Church of New York Unitarian Universalist

    The Puffin Foundation

    The Folk Music Society of New York

    PVC Solidarity Statement Against Racism

    Peoples' Voice Cafe, started in 1979 by members of Songs of Freedom and Struggle, carries forward the vision of using songs and performing arts to support the struggle for peace and justice.

    All are impacted by the history and ongoing practice of systemic racism in this country and the continuing brutal murders of Black Americans by police.

    We stand in solidarity with Black Lives Matter, outraged by the many faces of racism found in education, healthcare, housing, jobs, poverty, criminal justice, and voting. All must be free to move about in the "land of the free" without suspicion, harassment, or arrest.

    Peoples' Voice Cafe stands committed to speak out, sing out, and work against racism, white supremacy, and indifference.