Our Feature Performer in February will be The Grumbling Rustics

The Grumbling Rustics

The Grumbling Rustics

The Grumbling Rustics, a Monadnock duo that have been together for over 15 years, play a variety of old-time American music. They perform regularly at area venues including Sunflowers in Jaffrey, and this will be a great opportunity to see them in more of a concert setting.

Tim Mowry, from Harrisville, plays mandolin and guitar, and Steve Jones, from Peterborough, plays guitar and banjo. Steve and Tim met at Del Rossi’s Trattoria in Dublin, and soon formed the Grumbling Rustics. Their album, “The Grumbling Rustics: Fiddle Tunes for Guitar and Banjo”, is a real gem. Of the album, legendary Italian guitarist Beppe Gambetta says,

“Among CDs and demos that every musician receives there is sometimes music at excellent high level that has difficulties to emerge and get recognition in this age of music overload. So I decided that from time to time I will point up some music that I received and I find special. My first mention comes from NH and goes to “The Grumbling Rustics” fiddle tunes for banjo and guitar by Steve Jones and Tim Mowry. Nice choices, arrangements and execution, a new breath of life in the Old-Time world.”


How it works. Signup  begins at 6:30pm and the music begins at 7pm. Performers are encouraged to sign up for an open mike slot. Sign-up is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Each performer’s slot usually consists of 2 songs or 10 minutes, whichever comes first. Performers can reserve a slot up to a week ahead (no earlier) by emailing dave@meetinghousestage.com.

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, five microphones, and two instrument cables that provide sound reinforcement.

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 afternoon of the first or second Saturday. There is no Meeting House Stage during the month of December.


6 Payson Hill Road
Rindge, New Hampshire

Click here for map and directions.

Contact info:
David Lister: dave@meetinghousestage.com