fiddler_logoAAFFM sponsors a local monthly coffeehouse concert series, Fiddler’s Green, featuring concerts that include traditional music, singer-songwriters, poetry and storytelling. Join us monthly on third Saturdays!

Presented in our new location:

First Existentialist Congregation of Atlanta

470 Candler Park Dr NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 378-5570

Show begins at 8:00 pm
General Admission: $10 AAFFM Members: $8

April 15, 2017
Fiddler’s Green Coffeehouse


“After all is said and done, throw out everything you thought you knew and just make music!” That’s Bruce Gilbert’s philosophy, and it shines through every live performance he offers his ever-growing throngs of devoted Atlanta-area fans.

As a performing songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, arranger and producer, Bruce is a seasoned professional who never met a style of music he couldn’t bring a little something extra to. His songs are filled with happily unexpected musical twists and range from poignant, elegant love (and lost love) songs to the cool sophistication of a hipster out on the town in a new pork pie hat. No matter what the style, Gilbert connects with listeners through beautiful melodies and sincere vocals that make you believe every word he sings. He’s a jazzer with the heart of a poet.

Along with mainstays of the Atlanta folk community Cyndi Craven and Jerry Brunner, Bruce is also a member of the wildly popular local trio “Just Be’Cause.”


Both Alex Richard Commins and Todd Prusin are well-known in the Atlanta music scene. Alex has played guitar and banjo since grammar school in folk, old-time, and bluegrass groups, and lead guitar in rock bands. He has played with Larry Campbell, Mike Dowling, Toby Walker, and David Bromberg. In his accomplished fingerpicking you’ll hear the influence of Doc Watson, Norman Blake, David Bromberg, Merle Travis and Delta blues musicians. Alex has played in bluegrass groups including 15 years with The Sorghum Syrup Soppers Old-Time String Band. He has also played in many diverse musical situations from The Galax Old-Time Fiddler’s convention to rock and roll bands. Todd started playing bass in high-school bands and has since played professionally since the late ‘80’s. He has played with many local Atlanta acts and has studied with Jack Casady and Bryon House. Though primarily a bassist, Todd is an accomplished drummer and guitarist fronting and participating in many local musical projects. With Alex by his side, Todd’s musical voice comes to fruition.

Alex and Todd are alumni of Jorma Kaukonen’s Fur Peace Ranch in Ohio. The love and respect for music that was germinated there has blossomed into a musical embrace here in Atlanta. The interplay between Alex’s acoustic fingerpicking and Todd’s melodic bass guitar has generated a strong fan base throughout the area.

About our move . . .

Long-time Atlanta folk music devotees may recall that before AAFFM began Fiddler’s Green in 1986, we presented occasional concerts at First Existentialist Congregation of Atlanta in Candler Park. So moving our monthly coffeehouse concert series to this excellent venue feels like coming home.

We think you’ll richly enjoy your coffeehouse experience at “First E.” The space may remind you pleasantly of the old days at Garden Hills Community Center. It offers attractive rustic ambience, fine acoustics, good climate control, handicap-access, and space enough to accommodate large turnouts. Also like Garden Hills, you’re welcome to bring your own alcoholic beverages to this venue.

First E. is easy to find. It’s on Candler Park Drive off McLendon Avenue, several blocks east of Little Five Points and right around the corner from our erstwhile venue, New Church UMC. There’s plenty of parking on the street alongside the park. Please do not venture up the driveway beside the building; that’s private property.

We need more volunteers here than has been required in the recent past.

We especially need folks to help set up and take down tables and chairs. Volunteers enjoy the shows for free if they wish. If you’re interested, please contact Chris Moser at or 770-482-1209.

We very much appreciate the hospitality extended us since last fall at our previous venue, New Church (formerly Epworth). Our friends there have been a delight to work with, and we’ll miss them. But both we and the congregants at First E. are tremendously excited about the relocation of our coffeehouse there. We look forward to a partnership that we believe will help Fiddler’s Green thrive for a long time to come.

Don’t miss this great performance in our wonderful new space!


You can review previous shows in our Archive HERE.