Winter 2022
See down below for our

two concert locations.
Please note the exceptions to the usual First Friday at First rules:
Although Curtis & Loretta was a First Friday show on a Friday,
it was at Bo Diddley's;

and the Skye Consort & Emma Björling show is at First Presbyterian, but on a Thursday. 

Our apologies for the lack of consistency, but scheduling and logistics don't always cooperate with our ideal model.
Coming up!

Skye Consort
& Emma Björling

This THURSDAY, Jan 19  7:00
First Presbyterian Church

The name of the act gives a hint of this group's interesting cultural mix: the Ilse of Skye is part of the Hebrides off the northwest coast of Scotland; three members also belong to a Québec-based early music group; and vocalist Emma Björling is Swedish. The band's website description reads "Trans-atlantic Chamber Folk," which expands to  "songs & tunes from Sweden, Norway, Ireland, Scotland, England, Québec, Acadia, the USA, as well as original compositions." So we can expect to encounter some musical variety, with songs and dances accompanied by fiddle, cello, bouzouki, banjo, and nyckleharpa. Bring your traveling ears and we'll go a-wandering.


Tickets: $20 plus service charge, online through Jan 18.   
$25 at door on the evening of the show.

Paul Imholte
with guest appearance by
Cristina Seaborn 

Friday, Feb 3  7:00
First Presbyterian Church

Paul Imholte is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and singer best known as a hammered dulcimer player, but he is also on a first-name basis with the fiddle, mandolin, guitar and banjo, and has been seen in the  company of the viola, cello, Autoharp, harmonica, jawharp, and spoons. (Forks and butter-knives at  mealtimes only, though.) Paul writes and performs music that reflects Central Minnesota: his songs deal with old barns, tractors, kids, migrant workers, rutabagas, reluctant Springs, smoking horses, and ghosts in the attic. Paul has released a dozen albums and, to retain some semblance of sanity during the Covid break,  streamed seventy-five online shows on FaceBook between March 2020 and June 2021. Paul also plays with Ring of Kerry, The Tarveys, and the Cristina Seaborn Trio. Tonight he is joined by violinist Cristina Seaborn.


Tickets: $15 plus service charge, online through Feb 2.   
$20 at door on the evening of the show.

The Boston Imposters
Friday, Feb 17  7:30
Bo Diddley's

The Boston Imposters are in reality the duo of Davey Harrison and Maire Clement, who are, despite the name, based in Wisconsin. (Their website reports that when they were in Boston, they were Midwestern Imposters.)  They also really sing original and traditional material from the personal to celtic to bluegrass, accompanied by mandolin, guitar, and banjo. Bonus fact: they have a kitten who likes to photobomb their videos.

"Harkening back to the traditional folk duos of the 1950s and 1960s, The Boston Imposters represent the genre at its most pure: two capable voices, supported by sparse-yet-effective instrumentation, working together to  earnestly share stories anyone can relate to."  --Elena See,


Tickets: $15 plus service charge, online through Feb 16.   
$20 at door on the evening of the show.

There is limited seating for this show, so we'd suggest buying tickets online to assure a seat.

Partly Tame
Friday, Mar 3  7:00
First Presbyterian Church

Partly Tame is the trio of composer-performer Mariénne Kreitlow, violinist Cristina Seaborn, and vocalist Susan  Schleper, and they offer "music that disregards classification and boundaries."

“A wonderful variety of songs, with harmonies reminiscent of Trio (Ronstadt, Harris and Parton) and gorgeous violin solos and counter-melodies woven through.” --Tom Berg


Tickets: $15 plus service charge, online through Mar 2.   
$20 at door on the evening of the show.
Though not an official Granite City Folk Society event, GCFS invites you to attend
Ring of Kerry's 20th Anniversary Concert 
at Pioneer Place on Fifth

Friday, March 10 
Our Season Continues

in these two locations
Bo Diddley's

129 25th Ave S, St Cloud, MN
Click the address for map.
We return to Bo Diddley's for many of our upcoming concerts.
Feels like home.
Come and relax with a couple of drinks and some great food.

These shows start at 7:30 PM
and will be 2 sets with an intermission.

~~~  AND  ~~~
First Presbyterian Church

340 5th Ave S, St Cloud, MN

"First Fridays at First"

Granite City Folk Society and First Presbyterian Church of St. Cloud
collaborate to present a series of concerts, "First Fridays at First."

When possible, these concerts will also be live-streamed.

All the "First Fridays at First" shows begin at 7 PM
and run an hour and a quarter.

~~  One long set with no intermission  ~~
Doors open at 6:30 PM.



Main Series Shows

Purchase tickets on-line by clicking on the appropriate "Get Tickets" button on this page or, as you're watching a streaming concert, click a donation link. 

First Presbyterian Church  340 5th Ave S, St Cloud, MN
GCFS's large main concert location.

Bo Diddley's  129 25th Ave S, St Cloud
GCFS's intimate main concert location.

Pioneer Place on Fifth  22 Fifth Ave South St Cloud
Purchase tickets online or via the phone 320-203-0331

Paramount Theatre  913 West St Germain Street St Cloud
Purchase tickets online or via the phone 320-259-LINE

House Concerts

See Granite City Folk Society website for more information about location.
We would like to thank the following people for their generous donations to the Granite City Folk Society:

Benefactor-  Dallas Wakefield, Art & Barb Grachek, Anonymous2, Sara Grachek & Jim Mihalek, Doug Polley, Erik Janssen, Karl & Mary Leslie, Jane Ellison & Glen Palm, Gary & Barb Strandemo, Anonymous1.

Patron-  Scott Gibson, Dianne Tuff & Murdoch Johnson, Linda & Steve Saupe, Sheila Barr & Mike Wirey, Jon & Mardi Knudson, Peg Obremski, Ross Vaughan.

Donor-  Matthew Middendorf, Marlyss Keller, Anonymous, Richard & Marianne Arnzen.

Contributor-  Bill & Judy Langen, Mike Thole, Margaret Karsten.


Special thanks go out to our season sponsors, Days Inn, Sable Inn, Bo Diddley’s Deli, First Presbyterian Church, and CMAB for their generous support.

   Days Inn and Sable Inn provide discounted accommodations for our musician guests.

BoDiddley’s provides food & beverage for our musicians and an intimate setting for many of our current concerts.

  First Presbyterian Church provides a beautiful setting for many of our current concerts.


Donations are tax deductible and offer donor recognition & thanks. This is not a profitable enterprise. Our ticket sales typically do not quite cover musician compensation, much less printing, advertising, theater rental, insurance, etc., etc. We have in recent years been fortunate to receive grants to help defray expenses, we have received in-kind donations from our season sponsors, and we have also enjoyed increasing support from patrons such as yourselves. Collectively, these are the pieces of the financial puzzle that keep our boat afloat. Please consider a donation. Any amount is greatly appreciated and is tax deductible.
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