3rd Friday Folk
Coffeehouse at the Carnegie

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

Coffeehouse Schedule

Passing Thru Series
Supporters & Sponsors


Hosted by:
Joe LaMay & Sherri Reese

Sponsored by:
McNeil Music Center



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.

Donation is $7.00, 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.


Our "Passing Thru Series" of concerts features quality touring folk musicians who are passing thru our area and are available for a performance on a date other than the 3rd Friday.

Heidi Muller , from Enterprise, OR, is an award-winning songwriter, singer, guitarist and mountain dulcimer player. In over 25 years of performing, she has played in concert halls, festivals, and living rooms throughout America and produced eight CDs that have established her firmly in the national folk community.

Heidi has headlined at the Kerrville Folk Festival, Tumbleweed Music Festival, South Florida Folk Festival, Northwest Folklife and Great River Road Festival, among others. She has performed on the nationally-syndicated radio shows Mountain Stage and River City Folk, and has shared stages with Nanci Griffith, Tom Paxton, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Robin and Linda Williams, Bill Staines, Richie Havens, David Bromberg, Jean Ritchie 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.

Their music partnership spans 6 years. Songs includes original works and a variety of covers. A recent original song reminds all to beware of ‘The Frackin’ Train.’

Phillip & Kathy serve coffee and tea to all visitors every Sunday starting at 10am.