Our Feature Performer in October will be Lydia Fortune and Phil Nigro

Lydia Fortune & Phil Nigro

Lydia Fortune & Phil Nigro

Important Note: In October, The Meeting House Stage moves from it’s normal 2nd Friday of the month slot to be on the 3rd Friday (October 21) of the month!

Songwriting team Lydia Fortune and Phil Nigro have been performing individually in the Worcester MA and regional area for over 40 years. They joined forces in December 2010 , blending their well developed eclectic musical styles, and produced their first CD, If I Had My Way, in 2012. in 2001 they were recognized as finalists by the Great American Songwriters Contest International for the song “If I Had My Way”. This was a competition that featured songwriters from across the U.S.A. and 45 other countries.

Their songs range from original contemporary and folk to early country and Delta blues. They are best defined under the ‘Americana’ musical genre. Past performance include opening twice for Roger Salloom and Charles Neville in Western Ma (2011), and for Maya Angelou at the Hanover Theater, Worcester MA (2012). They’ve been featured at regional venues such as Black Briar Winery, Quail Hollow Country Club, Side Street Café, Boulder Coffeehouse, Nameless Coffeehouse, Amazing Arts Center open mic night and the recently closed Listening Room in Jaffrey, NH. Performances this year include the Beacon Hill Arts Festival, Boston and the John Henry’s Hammer Coffeehouse concert series in Worcester.

You can catch Lydia & Phil at Worcester open mic venues such as the Folk’n A, housed at the Canal Restaurant (every 2nd & 4th Tuesday of the Month) and the John Henry’s Hammer Open Mic Coffeehouse every 2nd and 4th Friday. Lydia is the host for that series

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