This program is supported, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Division promotes Delaware arts events on
Delaware Division of the Arts

A few notes about our coffeehouses:

  • Coffeehouses are a non-alcohol, family oriented event
  • The event is a listening event, so please keep chatter to a minimum, and mute cell phones and other electronic devices. Don't we all prefer children who are well behaved & stay with their adult(s)?
  • Doors open at about 7:00 p.m., music starts around 7:30 p.m.
  • Coffee, tea, soft drinks, and sweet treats are available for a reasonable rate
  • Fresh cookies are baked at the Coffeehouse with proceeds going to the Maurice Shockley Acoustic Stringed Instrument Scholarship Fund.
  • Many performers have CDs available for sale
  • Payment at the coffeehouse for admission, refreshments, and merchandise can be made via cash or check only - we do not accept credit cards.
  • Most shows do not require advanced payment, except for some "special events". Check our shopping page to see if we're accepting advanced reservations.
Coming Up for 2019:
  • January 19, 2019 - Ronn McFarland - Lutist
  • February 16, 2019 - Bad JuJu
  • March 23, 2019 - Sharon & Shawn
  • April 20, 2019 - the Kennedys
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On Saturday, April 20, Delaware Friends of Folk will present their monthly coffee house concert in the Bennett Chapel at Wesley College, corner of Division and N. Bradford Streets in Dover, beginning at 7:30 pm. Admission for this special event is $10 for members of Delaware Friends of Folk, $15 for non-members, and those 12 and under are admitted free. Fresh-brewed coffee, baked cookies and other snacks will be available.
This special event
will feature an evening with The Kennedys. Pete and Maura Kennedy, both East Coast natives, met in Austin, Texas, joined forces with Nanci Griffith's Blue Moon Orchestra for a couple of years, and set out on a road that, for nearly 25 years, has led them all over the US and the UK many times. In 2012, The Kennedys were busy writing, recording, producing and touring after reuniting with Griffith, a long-time friend and collaborator. They continued to tour with her in 2013, both as her support act and as band-mates on tour in support of her "Inersection" album.
In 2015 Pete and Maura celebrated their twentieth anniversary both as a band and a married couple. Rather than indulge in a nostalgic look backward, they took Dylan's dictum "don't look back" to heart; writing and recording forty new songs. As a result, 2015 saw a Maura solo CD, a Pete solo CD, and the release of "West," a duo release that seamlessly weaves their influences over the last two decades: Buddy Holly style roots, the tuneful cadences of the Everly Brothers, and the ringing 12-string jangle of the early Byrds, interspersed with darker moments that recall British folk rock a la Fairport Convention. Ultimately, Pete and Maura knit these disparate threads into a coat of many colors that sounds like a "best of The Kennedys," but is in reality an all-new collection of songs. The road west is central to the American mythos; it's the search for musical roots and the fulfillment of a personal American dream that takes shape in songs. Now, in their 23rd year as recording artists, The Kennedys are busier than ever, continually touring the US and UK. They've just release a new album, “Safe until Tomorrow”, and Pete's memoir/autobiography was published in mid-2018. The evening will feature two full sets from the duo, with solo songs from each, and the usual Kennedy surprises.
Delaware Friends of Folk have received a Special Presenters Initiative grant from the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation and the Delaware Division of the Arts to support The Kennedy’s appearance. A community outreach event will be held with Pete Kennedy leading a free guitar-playing workshop at the Bennett Chapel during the afternoon of their April 20 show.

Delaware Friends of Folk coffee house concerts are supported, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Division promotes Delaware arts events on
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Our artists for 2018:
  • January 20, 2018 - Charlie Zahm, Steffi & Tim open
  • February 17, 2018 - Delaware Three Counties - New Castle's Butch Zito, Kent's Jim Rezac & Sussex's Kent Schoch
  • March 24, 2018 - Chapel Street Junction, opener Fried Okra
  • April 21, 2018 - Next Generation Showcase: Justin McNatt • Danny Beck • Sean Cheezum • Vincent Torres
  • May - no coffee house
  • June - no coffee house
  • July 21, 2018 - Delmarva Folk Hero Contest v 12.1
  • August 18, 2018 - Delmarva Folk Hero Contest v 12.2
  • September - no coffee house
  • October 20, 2018 - Joe Baione, opener TBA
  • November 17, 2018 - George & Ossi, opener TBA
  • December 8, 2018 - Holiday Open Mic
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December 13th Coffee House will be an OPEN MIC with Dan Beck as host!
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November 22, when the Delaware Friends of Folk Coffee House will host internationally renowned blues artist Guy Davis.
Guy Davis is a musician, composer, actor, director, and writer.  But most importantly, Guy Davis is a bluesman.  Throughout his career, he has dedicated himself to reviving the traditions of acoustic blues through the material of the great blues masters, African American stories, and his own original songs and stories. 
His wide range of influences include Blind Willie McTell, Skip James, Manse Lipscomb, Mississippi John Hurt, Elizabeth Cotton, and Buddy Guy, among others.  It was through Taj Mahal that he found his way to the old time blues.  
Along with recording and performing, Guy has also done residency programs for the Lincoln Center Institute, the Kennedy Center, and the State Theatre in New Jersey. He also works with “Young Audiences of NJ”, doing classroom workshops and assembly programs all across the country and in Canada for Elementary, High School, and College students.
Most recently Guy had the honor of appearing in the PBS special on Jazz and Blues artist, the late Howard Armstrong.  And he was an honored guest at the Kennedy Center Awards, in which his folks received their medals, alongside other recipients like Warren Beatty, Elton John and composer John Williams from the President of the United States.
Delaware Friends of Folk are extremely proud to host this extraordinary artist. For fans of the blues, roots music, Americana, and for all those who just love good music, don’t miss this great event on the evening of Saturday November 22nd at the Wesley College Chapel, 2 North Bradford St., Dover DE. 

** U P D A T E ** Joey Fulkerson will be opening for Guy Davis at 7:30.  If you're new to the Dover or Delaware music scene, Joey has a reputation for his incendiary playing and wild showmanship.  Joey’s projects include lead guitarist and vocals for the four-piece blues phenomenon known as Nothin But Trouble, as well as a versatile trio, aptly named The Joey Fulkerson Trio.

For more information about the Guy Davis concert, call (302) 827-FOLK or visit (tickets are available online, seating is limited) or join our group on Facebook at

You can visit Guy Davis’ website at
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ARCHIVES of our Coffee Houses only back to January 2011

- sorry we didn't do this before, because we've been doing Coffee Houses a long time! Our archivists are losing sleep over this, just so you know. We may yet guilt them into more listings.

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