Fri12May20177pm - 10pm
Ronald Carlson has been a fixture in the Central Massachusetts folk scene for over thirty years.
Playing guitar, octave-mandolin, banjos and an occasional ukulele, his music includes influences from the British Isles, Ireland, and traditional American folk music. In his songs and tunes you’ll hear bits of such artists as Doc Watson, Andy Irvine, and other roots musicians from both sides of the pond.
Fri09Jun20177pm - 10pm
Alouette Iselin has been singing enthusiastically since she was a toddler. She has lived and made music in the Monadnock region since 1972, playing at such wonderful venues as the Folkway in Peterborough, Deacon Brodie's Tavern in Dublin, and the NH Folk Festival.
For several years she managed a very low key coffee house in the tiny town of Nelson, where she lives, and she has performed annually in Nelson, both solo and as part of the groups Close Enough and Solstice Sisters. She sang for two or three seasons with the women's a cappella group Animaterra.
She plays guitar and hammered dulcimer and sings traditional and contemporary folk songs, some of which she wrote. Alouette is happiest when her audience joins in on the chorus (or any other parts of a song that the audience knows), so be forewarned.
Sat08Jul20171pm - 4pm
July's Meeting House Stage will be held outdoors at the Rindge Historical Society Museum (24 School Street) on Saturday, July 8, at 1:00 pm. The Historical Society Museum is located on School Street, about 100 yards east of the Meeting House. The address is 24 School Street, Rindge, NH.
Bring a lawn chair or a blanket, tell you friends and neighbors, and plan on some great music. We'll go without a feature performer this month, so each open mike performer will be able to play an extra song or two, depending on how many musicians sign up.
The Museum will be open before and during the Meeting House Stage!
This is a great opportunity to come check out all the great artifacts in Rindge's Historical Society Museum. Thanks to the generosity of the musicians and audience members who come to The Meeting House Stage, the museum has the funds to pay for the much needed preservation of many important papers and textiles!
Strawberry Shortcake and Lemonade will be served.
Fri11Aug20177pm - 10pm
Jerry Wile is an accomplished banjo and guitar player who has performed regularly at festivals and bluegrass venues in the New England area for over 35 years. During that time Jerry has played with several bluegrass bands and is currently a member of the bands Granite Grass and Hurricane Hill. A long-time music instructor at The Minor Chord in Littleton, Massachusetts, Jerry teaches and plays bluegrass guitar and the three-finger banjo style developed and popularized by Earl Scruggs.
Fri08Sep20177pm - 10pm
Frank Perron (aka Francisco Parana) is a local singer/songwriter who specializes in original songs about exotic dancers, Australian mass murderers, famous nuclear physicists, deceased girlfriends and the Viet Nam War. His original songs show the influences of artists like Warren Zevon, Van Morrison and the Clash. Frank began his musical journey as part of the great suburban white boy folk revival of the 1960s, and he spent long hours hanging out at the old Club 47 in Cambridge listening to the likes of Dave Van Ronk when he was supposed to be studying for college courses. No harm done, and Frank subsequently enjoyed careers in Marine Biology and computer software development – neither of which ever influenced his music in any way. When asked if he could cite any real musical credentials, Frank thought for a minute and said, “Well, I went out on a date with Tom Rush’s half-sister once when I was a teenager.”
Fri20Oct20177pm - 10pm
Fred Fowler is a master of classic country music and a real crowd favorite at the Meeting House Stage. A huge fan of old country and bluegrass, Fred has played fiddle with a number of bands in the past including Late Night Radio.
Primarily accompanying himself on guitar when performing solo, Fred plays regularly at area senior centers and jams, and builds his sets from an extensive collection of classic country and bluegrass tunes. Fred's distinctive voice melds perfectly with his guitar, and he's promising to break out his fiddle for a few tunes as well. I'm hoping to hear some yodeling, too!
Fri10Nov20177pm - 10pm
Fri12Jan20187pm - 10pm
Fri09Feb20187pm - 10pm
Fri13Apr20187pm - 10pm
Nice &Naughty's original music speaks to all aspects of everyday life, from whimsical to poignant, serious to silly. Accompanied by stand-up bass, guitar and pennywhistle, their exquisite harmonies are the highlight of their performance. Sometimes irreverent, but never rude, they're sure to appeal to all audiences!
Band members Peg Chaffee and Cheryl Sager have been performing music for many years in various genres and bands. Their repertoire is eclectic; from touching and sentimental (nice) to saucy and suggestive (naughty). Audiences praise Nice & Naughty as "very talented and entertaining, and "great songwriters" with "wonderful harmonies". Welcome their guest guitar virtuoso, Neal Zweig, for an extra special evening of entertainment.
Fri11May20187pm - 10pm
Rich Hamilton and Amy Snedaker Hamilton are J. Bird and the Sparrowhawk, are an acoustic duo that play a wide variety of songs and tunes influenced by the southern string band tradition, with lots of harmony singing and fiddle licks.
Rich Hamilton, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, plays fiddle, banjo, and guitar and is best known for bluegrass and old-time mountain music. He has appeared throughout the Northeast and at various spots in the Southern Appalachians, and has shared the stage with Nitty Gritty Dirt band members Jimmy Ibbotson and John McEuen, Trey Anastasio of Phish, and other national touring bluegrass bands. The other half of J. Bird and the Sparrowhawk is Rich’s wife Amy Snedaker Hamilton on fiddle and vocals.
Fri08Jun20187pm - 10pm
Matthew Lister grew up right here in Rindge. After studying classical guitar at UNH and graduating summa cum laude in 2001, Matt relocated to Dover, New Hampshire, where he's been a performer and instructor of classical guitar for over a decade.
Born in Pisa, Italy, Matthew moved to New England when he was two. He began playing violin and guitar while still quite young, and gravitated towards classical guitar in his early teens. His early influences included English folk master John Renbourn, American violinist Mark O’Connor, and Spanish flamenco master Sabicas.
Matthew's latest album, a holiday album called The Suite Christmas, features his own arrangements of a number of Christmas songs in multiple styles. Matthew plays both guitar and ukulele on the album, and is skillfully accompanied by the accomplished violinist Melissa Waterhouse.
Matthew Lister’s first album, The Suite Acoustic, consists of an eclectic mix of original and classical compositions that showcase his talents as a composer and arranger. Violinist Melissa Waterhouse and guitarist Nicholas Lanzer lend their considerable talents to the project.
Included are Matthew’s arrangements (for two guitars) of all seven minuets of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Sieben Menuette” KV 65a. This marks the first time these minuets have been arranged for two classical guitars. The Suite Acoustic has been well received by the press:
“The Suite Acoustic” plays like a sublime soundtrack for the small but memorable moments in life.” –The Wire
“The Suite Acoustic makes a nice addition to any classical guitar collection, and those fascinated by the connection between geography or history and music will be intrigued.” –TheDailyAlbum.com
Fri10Aug20187pm - 10pm
Tom Smith's songs are in turns humorous, touching, thought provoking, and inspiring. Deeply rooted in the old-school folk tradition, his timeless stories are told with a voice that is honest and sincere with melodies that you will remember forever. In the words of noted singer/songwriter Barbara Kessler, “Tom Smith will make you laugh and cry (maybe even in the same song) – a very captivating songwriter and performer.”
Tom grew up in rural Pennsylvania in a family where music was part of the fabric of everyday life. As a young man living at the epicenter of the folk-quake that was Cambridge, MA in the 1960?s, Tom solidified what has become a life-long love of self-made music. Now a folk veteran of over thirty-five years, Tom performs at festivals, coffeehouses, schools, and concerts throughout the Northeastern United States to audiences large and small, young and old. Tom’s monthly folk music blog, “The Kitchen Musician” can be viewed at TomSmithMusic.com.
Fri14Sep20187pm - 10pm
"Nobody wishes in their death bed they had spent more time at the office." Or in Steve Rapson's case, any time at the office. After life in corporate America, he is now a recording artist, songwriter, and performing musician. Steve's debut CD, Christmas Guitar, is sold around the world. He has followed up with five more to date: Romantic Guitar, Half Irish Guitar, Patriotic Guitar, Original Guitar, and My Favorite Guitar Solos, each with a companion book of transcriptions. Among his guitar teachers (all briefly) were Mordy Ferber, Robert Sullivan (NE Conservatory), and Lenny Breau.
As a producer and performance coach, Steve works with songwriters, performers, and public speakers. His approach to stage work has helped further the careers of many artists including Kevin So and Mary Gauthier. Steve performs around the United States--occasionally Europe--and is often found at fairs and festivals where he demonstrates the beauty of solo guitar and teaches beginners their first chord. Steve posts guitar solos and how-to's online at reverbnation.com/steverapson. He is the author of The Art of the Solo Performer: A Field Guide to Stage & Podium.
Steve holds a Masters Degree in Communication Management from Simmons College. He lives in Boston with Rosemary, his wife of forty years. They married young, it was quite a scandal at the time.