Late Summer / Fall 2022
A Brand New Season
In 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.

See the first one below with Mill Creek Irish.

~~~~  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.

Ann Reed 
First Friday
Fri, Oct. 7  7:00
First Presbyterian Church

Singer-songwriter (and novelist and deviser of theatrical pieces) Ann Reed is another Minnesotan with a national audience, thanks to decades of touring, festivals, radio and television appearances, and recording (twenty albums). Even her twelve-string guitar was made in Minnesota (by Charles Hoffman). Special guest Joan Griffith is a multi-instrumentalist (guitar, mandolin, bass), composer, teacher, radio host (on jazz station KBEM), and member of the Twin Cities-based Jazz Women All-Stars. After a couple years of housebound performing, it will be nice to have Ann and Joan here in person.


Tickets: $20 plus service charge, online through Oct 6.   
$25 at door on the evening of the show.

Mill Creek Irish
Welcome back to Bo's concert
Fri, Oct. 21  7:30
Bo Diddley's

Mill Creek Irish was born in a North St. Cloud neighborhood a few years ago when some friends started playing music inspired by Irish folk groups of the 1960's to the present. The band covers music from Planxty and Patrick Street to the Pogues; from the Clancy Brothers and Mary Black to the Dropkick Murphys. Beyond the Irish repertory we might hear songs by Richard Thompson or James Taylor.

Tickets: $15 plus service charge, online through Oct 20.   
$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.

Pat Donohue 
First Friday
Fri, Nov 4  7:00
First Presbyterian Church

Pat Donohue is one of the players who put Minnesota on the map as the home of terrific guitarist-composers: winner of the National Fingerstyle Championship (1983), mainstay of the Prairie Home Companion house band, preserver of traditional blues, creator of amazing guitar arrangements of swing and jazz standards, writer of touching and wickedly funny songs. He sings about "sittin' in the basement, stealin' from Chet [Atkins]," and he wound up sharing the stage with the master on many occasions. Now he's back on our stage, and we'll be stealin' from Pat.

"I first heard him on the radio and got upset. Then I heard him in concert and got more upset. He thinks harmonically, improvises beautifully, and writes. If you're a guitar player, he's going to haunt you. . . ." --Leo Kottke

"It is clear that Kottke has not overestimated Donohue's ability." --Los Angeles Times

"If it were it easy, every fingerstyle guitarist would play as well as Pat Donohue. A Midwesterner with the rhythm of a drummer and the soul of a New Orleans saxophonist, Donohue has the fingers of the
world's finest guitarists." 
--Dirty Linen


Tickets: $20 plus service charge, online through Nov 3.   
$25 at door on the evening of the show.

Reynold Philipsek and Matt Senjem 
Sat, Nov 19  7:30
Bo Diddley's

Guitarist Reynold Philipsek is a prolific composer with a very wide range of styles and influences: gypsy, bebop, and straight-ahead jazz; the Great American Songbook; Nuevo Tango; 20th century classical; even a dash of rock. Matt Senjem is a wide-spectrum jazz bassist who often plays with Reynold in band settings--Sidwalk Cafe, Gypsy Mania, East Side, and Twin Cities Hot Club--as well as at duo gigs like tonight's.

"It's sort of like Django gypsy meets '60s beat-gen hippified funster music. . . . Highly energetic guitar music that will keep you flying for days." --Dick Metcalf, Improvijazzation Nation

"Deft and beautiful acoustic guitar wizardry." --Tom Surowicz, Minneapolis Star Tribune

"A Midwestern original whose writing style is a sort of twisted blend of Edward Hopper and Randy Newman. He's a guitar player of some ability, to boot." --CMJ Network


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



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

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

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 90% of our usual concerts.

  First Presbyterian Church provides a beautiful setting for most 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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