Talent Connections began representing artists in 2001. Those days are long gone; however, Talent Connections still serves as home to The Hootenanny Cafe Radio Show. Each week the Hootenanny Cafe presents a particular "featured artist" (or group) on the Mini Concert. The artists program their own mini concert (song selections and order of songplay). In addition, they choose a particular theme for The Singer Songwriter Showcase segments, which encourages, and presents, singer songwriters from around the world, to send in songs based on that week's theme. The Hootenanny Cafe is truly a home for songs that may otherwise, not be heard elsewhere.

To all friends and fans of music... if you're visiting this site then you are either coming to hear some of the wonderful independent singer songwriters that I have featured, or will be featuring, on my radio show — The Hootenanny Cafe. Or, perhaps you are coming to find out more about these artists. All of the artists that I have featured can be found on the featured artists pages.

All of the artists that I have featured share a few things in common — they are all wonderful singer songwriters (most of whom are independent) and most, if not all, make their living making great music. And, most importantly, All have been adversely affected by the tragic pandemic. Though most continue to write great songs, they can no longer tour or perform in front of live audiences. So, most have had to resort to online and/or virtual performances and selling their CDs and/or songs, as a means of making a living. Thus, I hope everyone visiting this site will check out some of my past shows by clicking on "Hootenanny Cafe" and listen to artists you may never have heard of... and checkout their websites and help support them so Folkdjs (like me), and folk shows (like mine) can continue bringing you, the public, incredible, and healing music, in these troubling and desperate times.

To all friends and fans visiting this site: Please be safe, please enjoy the music and please support the artists!

Thank you!

Listen to past Hootenanny Cafe Radio Shows
Upcoming Hootenanny Cafe Mini Concerts

More info about these artists

Jon Stein

Jon Stein has been involved with music for many years. For over 20 years he performed as a singer songwriter. In 1996 he founded and created the Bodles concert series. After 7 years of presenting and hosting concerts at Bodles, he teamed with Michael Sussman, in April, 2003 to start a new concert series: Goshen Folk. In addition to producing several adult shows during the year, they also presented "music for young people." The concert series lasted for two years.

In 2005 Jon turned his personal interests to the stage as an actor, appearing in such shows as "Fools" by Neil Simon, "Sound of Music", Romeo and Juliette, The Devil and Daniel Webster, A Christmas Carol, You Can't Take It With You, Big River, The Female Odd Couple, Roger Miller's "Big River (Jon played the Duke), "Little Shop of Horrors" (in this production he was the shop owner, Mr Mushnik), etc

Though no longer presenting live concerts or representing artists, he now hosts a live music radio show, The Hootenanny Cafe, which can be heard here.

In addition to acting and hosting a radio show, Jon maintains a busy piano tuning and repair business.

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Pete Seeger 1919-2014.
Remembering a real hero and a true legend, always.