The End of America to perform June 1 in a New Haven fundraiser for CT Folk

NEW HAVEN — CT Folk will sneak in one more Friday night concert — a fundraiser featuring The End of America — before full-blown summer arrives on Friday, June 1, in the First Presbyterian Church, 704 Whitney Ave.

The Philadelphia-based trio was “so well-received” at last year’s CT Folk Festival, said CT Folk Co-president Barbara Shiller.

“The three guys play multiple instruments — guitars, keyboard, banjo, mandolin — and sing in wonderful harmonies,” she said. “They have been compared to Crosby, Stills and Nash.”

The fundraiser also will feature a silent auction, with items such as tickets to Falcon Ridge Folk Festival and Sam Ash Gift certificates available as prizes.

Tickets for the concert are $25 in advance online at, or $30 at the door. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m.

The End of America “is a band of friends, singers and travelers who blend three-part harmony with rock and Americana,” according to a bio on its website. All three — Brendon Thomas, James Downes and Trevor Leonard — previously were frontmen of other bands.

They met on tour in 2005.

The End of America has performed at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, SXSW, Savannah Stopover Music Festival and the Philadelphia Folk Festival.

Its members have shared the stage with Graham Nash, Old Crow Medicine Show, Larry Campbell, David Bromberg, Gary Louris of The Jayhawks, Simone Felice of The Felice Brothers, and joined Beck in Los Angeles to perform for his Song Reader sheet music release show.

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