The Chelten Jam  

When:  Traditionally held on the
fourth Friday of each month starting at 7 pm

ABINGTON BAPTIST CHURCH  in the separate Carriage House  in the rear
1501 Huntingdon Rd, Abington, 19001

But.... until Covid (Delta) is in a decline again, we are meeting only outside - so it is weather dependent. 


 Get on our email list to get the exact date of the next Jam
we skip one or reschedule one every now and then)

 Bring your guitar, banjo, violin, ukelele, keyboard, mandolin, accordion, harmonica,
whistles, hammered dulcimer, harp, etc -----  and a few of your favorite tunes, all polished up and ready to perform. 

 Musician's Choice Open Circle Format Acoustic Jam
  All are welcome to sing & play along – ( taking care not to over-power the leader ) 
Only  musicians with prepared tunes can  choose and lead the songs. We don't take requests from non-players. 
We are not a "singing circle".  We are not a poetry group. We are not a theater group. We want to keep the instruments humming all night long!
If you tell a long story with your song, it limits the time everyone has to play. So very short stories only, please .... if you must tell one at all !!!  
It is a general policy here that people can join both musically and vocally unless the leader asks them specifically not to.
We don't need sing alongs all night - but it's fun for all when you mix familiar tunes in with your selections.
We are encouraging of beginners to the extent that they work to prepare a song for presentation - the "practicing" happens at home.
We are your  "stage" and your " audience" !  Don't worry about mistakes - even the most polished musicians make them. Just keep playing through.
And finally - if we have a huge group - be kind - please don't sing all 17 verses of that ballad  - pick your favorite 3 or 4 verses on those nights
Pick your song BEFORE it's your turn !  Or pass until you have it.  We'll come right back to you so you won't miss a turn.
Oh yes, one more thing .... TUNE 

Please bring a drink, small snack and small contribution to share. 
Nobody eats a lot while they're playing singing - so small snack contributions are just fine - and you can take whatever's left over home with you!
During Covid if you want to just bring your own and not share, no one will mind.
A few dollars contribution is also welcomed to thank the church for hosting and for a few supplies that we need here and there or for back up drinks. 

We may take a brief break now and then to bring up national issues and local issues and share how they intersect 
and to encourage one another to actively take part in the things that impact our lives so dramatically by being active in their community

We encourage those who might like to continue any discussions, to do so after the jam.

Again:  In case we have to switch up the day or time, or have to cancel, be sure you've received an email  letting you know we're "on".
Sign up by sending your name address and phone to
.  We email the date and time each month.

And you can call Lora at 215-885-0504  (landline - no texts!)  

clare with other musicians  


                    Some of these are outdated and maybe even  downright defunct -  but I just collect 'em - it's up to YOU  to help me keep them current .
                Please take your work seriously, as you know all folk musicians always do  !!!!


Bucks County Folk Music Shop Local Jams 
Doylestown Music List  -
Philly Area Dance Music Jams
Sing Out Directory of Jams - in the works!


Bluegrass  :  1st and 3rd Tuesdays 8:00 PM - ?   Washington House Restaurant (in the bar)
           136 N. Main Street  Sellersville  18960   215-257-3000

Bluegrass : Holmesburg Bluegrass Jam  at Macswiney Club Thursdays 8-10 ( or 11)   215-576-9290  
            510 Greenwood Ave, Jenkintown 
            on warm days May - Nov they may be found in the Jenkintown Town Square
Bluegrass  :  The Doylestown Jam Every Wednesday  7:30 PM - ? at the Hilltown German Hungarian  
             Sportsman Club   1622 Hilltown Pike  Hilltown, PA 18927-- Ben Jarnutowski   
Bluegrass : Washington House  Bluegrass Jam  led  by Ed Lick  of Blue Roots    1st and 3rd  Tuesdays    
              136 N. Main St.   Sellersville, PA    215-257-3000
Contra Dance Music : SPUDS All accoustic instruments welcome to practice & then play reels,
            jigs, and waltzes in Glenside /Mt Airy area once every 6-7 weeks . Gig and rehearsal dates are
            sent out via email & are at a different place each time. Sign up to be notified
Drumming :
Community Drum For Change  Glenside / Wyndmoor  or
Drumming :
 African Drum Class in Wyndmoor
Folk & Bluegrass:  Haycock Folk and Bluegrass Jam  2nd Friday 7 – 10 pm  Haycock Township
            Community Center  1014 Old Bethlehem Road  Quakertown 18951 corner East Sawmill Rd
Rich Laughlin
Folk  :
First Wednesday Song Circle -Facebook  ( Eric Abraham ) |

Folk :  Phila Folksong Society 7113 Emlen St Phila   (215) 247-1300 House jams  open to  other members
Folk :  
BCFSS  - Meets 1st Sunday (usually) at Wrightstown Friends Meeting
Folk :  
Mt. Airy Read & Eat  Wednesdays  7-9  Jam at 7141 Germantown Ave run  by Tom Gala
Malelani Café  Thursdays  7-10   6734 Germantown Ave  (267) 766-2396 At the corner of Pelham
            Road and G-town Ave. in Mt. Airy 
Irish : Philadelphia Ceili Group First Friday of Every Month 8 - 9 PM - slow session  9 PM - ? regular session
            Hollis Payer 215-248-6468 The Irish Center/Commodore Barry Club 6815 Emlen St Phila 19119

Mixed : The General Davis House  in Southampton  First Fridays  7? 8?pm  (215) 322-1000 
            76 Street Rd, Southampton, PA 18966  Folk Blues  and more – (you go and tell me )
Mixed : Willow Inn had a great open Mic night on Thurs at 9 pm   210 Old York Rd  215-659-9980

Mixed :  Towey's Open Mic in Hatboro 8PM 'til 11PM, every other Thursday ( Mar 17, 2016  &
              then every other … )  at Towey's Hatboro Tavern 117 S York

Mixed : The CheltenJam Acoustic Jam Circle - Often 4th Fridays in Wyncote 215-885-0504 must get email
        Acoustic ; all genres; Musicians lead . Endless circle  format
Mixed: Folk Factory
Open Mic then Circle for Musicians, Singers, Poets and Story Tellers  
             Unitarian Universalist Church,  6900 Stenton Ave., 4th Thurs most months - check to see
             Bruce Pollack-Johnson     
Mixed :
Open Circle  for Musicians, Singers, Poets and Story Tellers  3rd Thurs  7:30 to 10:30 pm
         at Unitarian Universalist Church,  6900 Stenton Ave                       
Mixed :  Occasional (?)  jam at M
urph's Guitar Gallery  7149 Germantown Ave  Phila 19119  267-259-7682 

Old Timey:  Jam   8-11 pm   1st (and 3rd ??)Tuesdays  8-11 pm at Mermaid Inn 7673 Germantown Ave
             Chestnut Hill (corner Germantown Ave & Mermaid La in Chestnut Hill)

                  Old Timey :  The Otts­ville Traditional Arts Center hosts a jam most Wednesdays. Once a month -
                                   potluck supper  followed by a workshop by a prominent local musician, and then a jam.
                                    They often post songs and tunes they will be playing, so you have the oppor­tunity to learn them first.
                                    250 Durham Road, Ottsville

Vocals : Vocal-Groove Improvisations/  Wyndmoor


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