Schedule

2013

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  • Fri
    15
    Feb
    2013

    Friendly Folk

    7pm - 10pm

    Rindge Meeting House
    6 Payson Hill Road
    Rindge, NH

    Friendly Folk

    Friendly Folk

    For the inaugural Open Mike, we are fortunate to have Friendly Folk as our feature act. Jeanne Sable and Hal Pederson are seasoned performers with a repertoire that includes Irish folk music, country ballads, sea shanties, and songs of the working class, as well as contemporary originals, many of which are penned by band member Jeanne Sable.

    Jeanne is a singer/songwriter and finger-style guitarist who performs with Friendly Folk, The Solar Sisters, and Animaterra women’s chorus. She is also a freelance writer and author of “Seed Keepers of Crescentville”, a novel illustrating how the introduction of genetically modified seeds and plants impacts a small New England farming community.

    Hal Pederson toured New England as lead singer in the Irish folk group Blarney Stone for over 15 years. Jeanne and Hal started Friendly Folk as a duo, and after Hal retired from teaching in 2009, Friendly Folk was reorganized as a trio with Nancy Despres, but sadly, Nancy passed away in May of 2012.

  • Fri
    08
    Mar
    2013

    John & Ursula Papp

    7pm - 10pm

    Rindge Meeting House
    6 Payson Hill Road
    Rindge, NH

    John & Ursula Papp

    John & Ursula Papp

    In March, the feature performer at the Meeting House Stage will be John & Ursula Papp. The Papps met at a Folk Festival in the early 90's and have been a duo ever since. They married in a Country and Western/Buddhist ceremony in 2002. John has been writing songs since he was in high school, and Ursula has been singing most of her life. Together they are like silk and sand. Well-versed in the folk tradition, they like to feature songs by such little-known songwriters as Dave Carter, David Francey, and a guy named Dylan. John's own "Ballad of W.B. Harrison" is about a senior citizen from Jaffrey who is a tad rueful about the changes he's seen.

  • Fri
    12
    Apr
    2013

    Tom Smith

    7pm - 10pm

    Rindge Meeting House
    6 Payson Hill Road
    Rindge, NH

     

    Tom Smith

    Tom Smith

    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.

  • Fri
    10
    May
    2013

    Nate Smith

    7pm - 10pm

    Rindge Meeting House
    6 Payson Hill Road
    Rindge, NH 03461

    Nate Smith

    Nate Smith

    May's feature is Nate Smith, who has been writing & singing his own songs since way back in the 60's. Originally performing in Ann Arbor, Michigan, he moved east to Massachusetts in 1970 and soon was making the rounds in Cambridge. After moving to Fitchburg and taking time off to raise a family, he began singing at the Boulder Coffeehouse in Fitchburg, ably run by Keith Penniman. Soon he was back out on the circuit, mostly in the north Worcester County area, but occasionally making a strategic venture into the Cambridge scene at Geoff Bartley's open mic, along with visits as far northwest as Keene, NH.

    In 2003 Nate was able to release his first CD, featuring twelve originals with 8 of them recorded LIVE. Local radio station WICN in Worcester, MA, played the 3rd cut, "Goodbye, My Sweet Marie", in their regular Saturday night program, Against the Grain, hosted by Nick DiBiasio. Nate has since released three additional CDs, Damage Control, featuring 4 banjo tunes and 3 others accompanied by bass & drums, along with 7 other tracks; Landfall, featuring his self-penned tune "Purgatory Express"; and finally Backdrop Mirage featuring "Elevator Man" and "Pitchblack Mornings".

     

  • Fri
    14
    Jun
    2013

    Jerry Wile

    7pm - 10pm

    Rindge Meeting House
    6 Payson Hill Road
    Rindge, NH 03461

    Jerry Wile

    Jerry Wile

    In June, Meeting House Stage is proud to present Jerry Wile.

    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.

  • Fri
    19
    Jul
    2013

    Decatur Creek

    7pm - 10pm

    Rindge Meeting House
    6 Payson Hill Road
    Rindge, NH 03461

    Decatur Creek

    Decatur Creek

    July's feature performer will be the trio Decatur Creek.

    Doug Farrell, Steve Dionne and Jack Carlton are accomplished song writers and performers who have discovered another musical dimension performing as a group. Their diverse styles complement one another as Decatur Creek’s original sound continues to evolve. They blend to create a unique acoustic sound that’s part Americana part folk .

    Check out Farrell’'s "“My Last Life"” at http://www.reverbnation.com/dougfarrell for a sneak preview of their upcoming demo CD.

  • Fri
    09
    Aug
    2013

    Neptune's Car

    7pm - 10pm

    Rindge Meeting House
    6 Payson Hill Road
    Rindge, NH 03461

    Neptune's Car

    Neptune's Car

    The feature for August will be Neptune's Car. Mix together a singer-songwriter from Massachusetts (Holly Hanson) with a guitarist-songwriter from New Hampshire (Steve Hayes), blend in a dollop of Contemporary Folk with a dash of Alt-Country, a shared passion for lighthouses and historical biography songs, and you’ll have the nautically named duo Neptune’s Car. (Neptune’s Car was a clipper ship with a female captain — a true adventure of heroism on the high seas in the 1800s. Neptune’s Car has been touring since 2010 — both as a headliner and an opener. Some of the musicians they have opened for include the David Wax Museum (in 2010), David Mallett and John Batdorf (in 2012), and Bill Staines and Seth Glier (in 2013).

    Last summer, the duo co-billed with The Steel Wheels at the Flint Folk Festival in Michigan. The duo recorded their second album, Letters from the Road, in April 2012. Morgan Jahnig (upright bass player for Old Crow Medicine Show) recorded and co-produced the album and plays upright bass on all of the songs. The album was released in July 2012 and can be heard on radio stations across the United States, Canada, Germany, The Netherlands, and New Zealand. The Letters from the Road album reached #21 on the FOLK-DJ chart and was critically well received ("One of the Best Albums of 2012"  - Peter Morgan of Fish Records, UK; "Top 25 Picks of 2012" - Norm Mast and Al Kniola of WVPE. Their debut album, Strawberry Moon, reached #4 on the FOLK-DJ chart and included the #1 song “Lighthouse Keeper.” The album was also featured on several “Best of” lists. Learn more about the duo at NeptunesCar.com.

  • Fri
    13
    Sep
    2013

    ThistleWood

    7pm - 10pm

    Rindge Meeting House
    6 Payson Hill Road
    Rindge, NH 03461

    Thistlewood

    Thistlewood

    September's feature performer will be Celtic Duo ThistleWood. Although ThistleWood has only been around for a couple of years, the Husband and wife team of JP and Pam Stohrer have decades of experience as musicians. JP has almost 40 years of experience playing in a variety of local bands, and Pam's classical training as a pianist give ThistleWood a dynamic sound that can be alternately soothing or energizing, but always exciting.

    ThistleWood has performed in New Hampshire and Maine at venues including weddings, local coffeehouses, Farmers’ Markets and family reunions, and they were the featured performers at the Hillsborough Historical Society’s ‘A President Franklin Pierce Christmas’ in 2012.

  • Fri
    18
    Oct
    2013

    Justin Cohn

    7pm - 10pm

    Rindge Meeting House
    6 Payson Hill Road
    Rindge, NH 03461

    Justin Cohn

    Justin Cohn

    October's feature performer will be Justin Cohn. I first saw Justin play a three-song set at The Living Room Coffeehouse in Mason, New Hampshire, and like everyone else in the room, I enjoyed his music very much. I asked him if he'd feature at the Meeting Room, and I'm very glad that he accepted my invitation.

    Justin Cohn is a songwriter, singer, and multi-instrumentalist, raised in nearby Milford, New Hampshire.  Justin writes and performs acoustic-folk-pop songs, typically wrought with honesty, love, and the beauty and tragedy of it all. He can often be found performing at local venues (check his schedule at justincohn.com or facebook.com/justincohnmusic).  His first collection of songs, "The Acoustic Demo", can be downloaded for free at justincohnmusic.bandcamp.com."

  • Fri
    08
    Nov
    2013

    John Schindler

    7pm - 10pm

    Rindge Meeting House
    6 Payson Hill Road
    Rindge, NH 03461

    John Schindler

    John Schindler

    November's feature performer will be John Schindler. Originally from Saint Louis Missouri, John was influenced early on by that town's rhythm and blues and his Oklahoma mother’s singing. This funky start was drastically tempered by a nine-year stint in a Catholic seminary where silence and Gregorian chant were his daily bread. After leaving the brotherhood, and armed only with his vow of poverty, John moved to New England and pursued the path of an itinerant musician, playing in sundry bands and bad barrooms. It was during this time, he realized, that his audience could not understand Latin.

    Winner of both the 2003 Boston Folk Festival Songwriting Contest and the 2006 Rose Garden Coffeehouse Song Contest, John has also been a finalist in many other song contests. His CD Memory Train was CD of the Week on Chicago’s WFMT’s Midnight Special. His new CD is Two-Step Man.

  • Fri
    13
    Dec
    2013

    Bob Goodwin

    7pm - 10pm

    Rindge Meeting House
    6 Payson Hill Road
    Rindge, NH 03461

    Bob Goodwin

    Bob Goodwin

    December's open mike features Bob Goodwin, from Templeton, Massachusetts. Bob is a mailman in Baldwinville Mass., an occupation which has provided material for many of his songs, and perhaps a degree in abnormal psychology. He began playing guitar at 13 in Centerville Ohio in 1970, a time and place where even Bob Dylan was considered way too "Far Out". 

    Bob spent most of the late '70s hanging around the Student Union at ULowell with fellow guitar players and a case of beer, and his playing has not improved since then. He has also been known to hang around Concord Mass., where his parents still live near Walden Pond, and Cambridge Mass., where merely saying "hey I used to sneak into this place" got him put in charge of security for Folk Tree Productions. His proudest accomplishment however was achieving title "Sargeant at Arms" and charged with enforcing the rules at Mike Duffy/Mac Cole's Folkin 'A open Mic in Worcester.