About Us

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For over 40 years, Godfrey Daniels has been considered one of the best listening rooms around, where people come to appreciate live music, and to celebrate a rare place where both the artist and the audience rise to the occasion. This wonderful reputation makes it possible to see some great acts that one ordinarily could only see on larger concert stages, as well as catching emerging stars on their way.

 

Thanks to our Members, Volunteers, and the Artists as well, we continue to evolve as a community resource, with our successful monthly jams, open mikes, story circles and youth outreach.

History

On March 17, 1976, Dave Fry and Cindy Dinsmore opened the doors of their new coffeehouse, called “Godfrey Daniels” after the euphemistic expletive favored by W. C. Fields. The performers that night, who included Dave Fry, the Shimersville Sheiks, Mary Faith Rhoads and other local musicians, played to a small, but enthusiastic, audience. Friends pitched in to help run the shows and send out flyers, and even though most of the money taken in at the door went to the performers, Godfrey’s somehow managed to stay afloat. Over the years, Godfrey’s has grown from a little-known haven for lovers of live folk music* to an internationally acclaimed club on the “folk circuit.” In 1978 Godfrey Daniels became a nonprofit corporation, and today, as in the early days, most of the money you spend on admission still goes to the performers. The big financial difference now is a result of Godfrey’s very successful membership program, begun in 1984, and generous gifts from businesses, charitable foundations, and individuals.

Vision

The Vision of Godfrey Daniels is to present the finest of folk music and performing arts through the “Godfrey’s Experience”; that is, the presentation of the folk arts in a comfortable and spontaneous environment, accessible to all ages and backgrounds. We seek to provide this rich experience by creating an intimate link among the musicians, audience members, and volunteers, an experience rarely found in our society today. Godfrey Daniels stands out by providing professional yet non-intimidating performance conditions; encouraging aspiring regional talent, and further developing the fabric of our local musical arts community. We value the heritage of folk music, linking our past to our future. We are a vital part of the cultural fabric of the South Side Bethlehem and greater Lehigh Valley communities.

Mission

Godfrey Daniels exists to create and nurture the appreciation of traditional and contemporary folk music and performing arts by providing an intimate environment where professional artists, amateur performers and audience members will be enriched by the unique experience of live performance.

 

Board of Directors

Dina Hall – President, Brian McCloskey – Vice President, Bernie Toseland – Secretary, Todd Bushta – Treasurer, Jeff Huff, Lloyd Steffen, Bill George, Alex Radus, Thomas Hyclak, Jodi Duckett, David Hughes, Holly Edwards, Dave Fry – Emeritus, Terry Mutchler – Emeritus, Cindy Dinsmore – Ex Officio

 

Ramona LaBarre – Managing Director

Live From Godfrey Daniels on WDIY

Dina Hall and Dave Fry share short sets of archived shows from Godfrey’s 43-year history along with album cuts from Godfrey’s artists past, present, and future. It is a mix of live and pre-recorded music, with occasional interviews, and commentary on upcoming shows. The program features songwriters, acoustic bands, instrumental masters, blues and bluegrass groups, and more, all recorded in the unique atmosphere of Godfrey’s intimate listening room.

 

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