Fred and Wibby Swedberg are Featuring at the Feature at the Meeting House Stage on June 12!
“Grew up singing in Church” would be an ample description of the music of Fred and Wibby Swedberg of Orange Massachusetts. Fred and Wibby met at Bethel College and Seminary in St Paul, Minnesota. As Fred began ministry as a Youth Pastor, it was necessary to abandon the Gospel Piano style of the Blackwood Brothers Quartet, and purchase a D 12 20 Martin Guitar. The trio of Fred, Wibby, and Ingrid (guitar) have been together ever since. Down through the years with every imaginable music style.
Fred began writing songs back in the 70’s working with Youth. As a Senior/Teaching Pastor Fred continued by writing nearly 100 Contemporary Worship songs. After Pastoring several churches, the entire Swedberg Family began a concert ministry, serving 12 years as Minstrel Leaders in College Church, Northampton.
Approaching retirement, Fred has been an Intentional Interim Pastor in seven churches, including a year in St Croix US Virgin Islands. All the while doing music. (And writing songs)
Attending a Bluegrass Jam in Connecticut, Fred met Roger Sprung, a Banjo Pioneer who is in the Bluegrass Hall of Fame. Roger invited Fred to travel to West Virginia (Clifftop Appalachian String Band Festival) and Virginia (The Old Fiddler’s Convention). Fred got hooked on Bluegrass, competing every year in the Folk Song and Original Song contests. But even with the Moonshine, Bluegrass is not Wibby’s cup of tea.
Wanting to sing more together, someone suggested we try an OPEN MIKE in Rindge, New Hampshire. The rest, they say, is musical history. We enjoy our new Family of incredible musicians who gather there every month. We really enjoy the challenge of learning new music together. Also, our daughter, Kristine, recovering from Bacterial Meningitis, and a Coma of 7 weeks duration, is now living with us. As we are 100% dedicated to her complete recovery as she regularly sings with us, and continues to amaze all the odds makers.
There is power in music, but ever so much more Power in the One who created it. (Zephaniah 3:17)
How it works: Doors open at 6:30 pm and music begins at 7:00 pm. Performers are encouraged to sign up for an open mike slot. Sign-up is on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Typically each performer will either play 3 songs or 15 minutes (whichever comes first). If we have a large number of performers sign up, the slots will be reduced to 2 songs or 10 minutes (whichever comes first).
Thinking about performing? Everybody is welcomed and encouraged to share their talents, but like all things in life, there are Rules. Each month we will have a feature performer who will get a longer, 30-minute slot. Check out our Calendar to see who will be featured at our coffeehouse in the coming months.
Equipment: We have a small PA, four microphones, and two direct inputs for instruments that provide sound reinforcement. A nice old upright piano is available for use as well.
Dates: Usually held on the second Friday of each month. Consult the Calendar page to make sure that the open mike is being held during any particular month. Occasionally we may need to move the date for a given month, depending on availability of the venue. For example, in October we’ll always be on the third Friday, and in July we are typically outdoors at the Rindge Historical Society on the first Saturday.
6 Payson Hill Road
Rindge, New Hampshire
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