Schedule

2014

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  • Fri
    10
    Jan
    2014

    Jack Kid

    7pm - 10pm

    Rindge Meeting House
    6 Payson Hill Road
    Rindge, NH 03461

    Jack Kid

    Jack Kid

    Jack Kid, a Hancock, New Hampshire singer/songwriter, likes to call his original blend of acoustic music "a brew-ha-ha of edgy urban folk, blues and fingerstyle guitar." WMPG-FM Folk DJ Chiris Darling remarks, "A dash of blues, some folk, awesome guitar chops, excellent writing and singing and there you have Jack Kid." A publicity statement issued by Charlie Hunter's "Flying Under radar" singer/songwriter series of Bellows Falls, VT said, "Kid falls in the New Hampshire legacy of Bill Morrissey-Meets-Greg Brown."

    Listeners across the country have heard jack Kid's songs over 50 stations in 30 states. He has appeared on nationally syndicated radio programs like "Rock 'n' Roots" and has been featured as a guest over many folk radio programs. Jack's live performances have been featured at midwestern and New England venues including St. Paul's singer/songwriter mecca, Gingko Coffeehouse and in Boston area listening rooms like The Burren, Nameless Coffeehouse, and Club Passim.

    Jack's easy rapport with an audience comes from his many public performances and having been a public school teacher for twelve years. Returning to New England from Minneapolis, MN in May 1999, Jack has been performing original songs from his first success "Threadbare." Jack's second CD "Espresso Ecstasy" included a finalist award in the Folk/Country category from the Unisong International Song Contest, 2000. His newest CD "Blackjacks" opens with "So Many Angels," an Honorable Mention winner in Billboard Magazine's 2004 World Song Contest. "So Many Angels" was also included in the presitigious national CD compilation "Before Their Time, Volume III" with artists including among others, Paul Reisler, Joel Mabus, Eric Bogle, Anne Hills, Dave Carter and Tracy Grammar. Proceeds from this non-profit album helped support the National Hospice Foundation, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and the NH Youth Suicide Prevention Association.

    Jack's newest CD "Blackjacks" is centered around events beginning with 911 and culminating with the present war in Iraq. Drawing from his experiences as a Vietnam Veteran, Jack has composed universal anti-war songs including "Men of Vengeance," "Camouflage Mirage," and "Missing." His title song "Blackjacks" is an intriguing ballad of the Essex whaling ship tragedy of 1821, the same historic incident that inspired Herman Melvile to create "Moby Dick."

    Longstanding Boston songwriter Geoff Bartley recently commented, "Jack Kid offers strong original material with engaging storylines." If you have a taste for music that is varied and heartfelt get ready for Jack Kid, a voice with crackerjack tunes that surprise and entertain.

  • Fri
    14
    Feb
    2014

    Linda Markey

    7pm - 10pm

    Rindge Meeting House
    6 Payson Hill Road
    Rindge, NH 03461

    Linda Markey

    Linda Markey

    Linda was first introduced to stringed instruments when she started taking violin lessons in school. However, she preferred to strum instead of using the bow and when she asked her mother to let her take guitar lessons instead her mother told her, “it’s only a fad, it won’t last”. After repeated requests, her mother finally gave in, initially renting a guitar through a local music store.

    Linda has never stopped playing. She fell in love with the songs she learned in elementary school, intrigued by the stories about other people and far away places. As a teenager she spent hours listening to Peter, Paul, and Mary, Joan Baez, Judy Collins, and Bob Dylan. As time went by she began to appreciate the stories told in the older Olde English and Celtic ballads. Nothing pleases her more that finding an obscure old song that tells a tale of a different time and place: songs of love, successes and failures, magic and mystery, or simply life lived as one wandered along the road.

  • Fri
    14
    Mar
    2014

    Fred Fowler

    7pm - 10pm

    Rindge Meeting House
    6 Payson Hill Road
    Rindge, NH 03461

    Fred Fowler

    Fred Fowler

    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!

  • Fri
    11
    Apr
    2014

    Dave Gaudet, with Marc Feldman

    7pm - 10pm

    Rindge Meeting House
    6 Payson Hill Road
    Rindge, NH 03461

     

    Dave Gaudet

    Dave Gaudet

    Dave Gaudet's strong, distinctive guitar style is in demand as both a session musician for many local musicians, and as a sideman at many area venues. Dave picked up the guitar at age 12 and with influences like James Taylor, Paul Simon, Cat Stevens, the Beatles, Crosby Stills and Nash, Mo Town, and the list goes on, how could you go wrong? JT was his biggest influence. he's developed a similar guitar style all his own.  like the chorus in one of his more recent songs says:

    Jamming with your buddies is always time well spent,
    even if that pickin don't pay the rent,
    I don't care if I ever make a cent,
    it's all for the love of music.

    From - "For the Love of Music"    by Dave Gaudet

    Accompanying Dave on bass will be his good friend, Marc Feldman

  • Fri
    09
    May
    2014

    For Love Or Money

    7pm - 10pm
    For Love or Money

    For Love or Money

    For Love or Money are Jon Roper and Deb Northway, two friends who share an appreciation for a well-crafted song. Jon’s artistry on the guitar, strong tenor vocals and gift for harmony complement Deb’s voice on their eclectic repertoire, which includes traditional and contemporary folk songs sprinkled with a few country tunes as well as some quirky surprises.

    Growing up, frequented the coffeehouses of Greenwich Village, where he developed his strong but subtle fingerpicking style while listening to folk icons such as Dave Van Ronk, Ian and Sylvia, and Peter, Paul and Mary.

    Deb’s love of music began very early when she discovered her mother’s collection of 78 rpm recordings of Hank Williams, Jo Stafford, Roy Acuff and Johnny Ray. One of her earliest memories is of taping a penny on the tone arm of the record player to give it more traction. Deb still plays her favorite records every Thursday evenings from 7-9 p.m., as host of In the Tradition, a two-hour folk music radio show on Worcester’s community radio station, WCUW 91.3 FM.

  • Fri
    13
    Jun
    2014

    John & Ursula Papp

    7pm - 10pm
    John & Ursula Papp

    John & Ursula Papp

    John & Ursula Papp 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, as well as many of John's own compositions. 

  • Sat
    05
    Jul
    2014

    Outdoors at the Rindge Historical Society!

    1pm - 4pm
    Rindge Cornet Band

    Photo courtesy of the Rindge Historical Society

    July's Meeting House Stage will be held outdoors at the Rindge Historical Society Museum (24 School Street) on Saturday, July 5, 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. After we've worked through the list, we'll shut down the PA and have a good old-fashioned song circle!

    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.

     

  • Fri
    08
    Aug
    2014

    Steve Rapson

    7pm - 10pm
    Steve Rapson

    Steve Rapson

    "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. 

  • Fri
    12
    Sep
    2014

    Fred Sprague

    7pm - 10pm
    Fred Sprague

    Fred Sprague

    Fred Sprague has been onstage in one capacity or another since the early 1960’s. In venues from Greenwich Village coffeehouses to Carnegie Hall he is at home in many musical styles - folk, blues, swing, and pop, as well as classical, opera, and broadway. A long-time Church musician, in recent years he has also appeared in productions with the Raylynmor Opera Company of Keene, Hillcat Theater of his hometown Hillsboro, and the Alchemists Workshop, and played bass in the pit orchestra for the Community Players of Concord production of Month Python’s Spamalot.

    Still, the intimacy, spontaneity, and camaraderie of the coffeehouse atmosphere remains one of his abiding passions and most enjoyable musical outlets. 

  • Fri
    17
    Oct
    2014

    Ken & Dan Durand

    7pm - 10pm
    Dan & Ken Durand

    Dan & Ken Durand

    Ken and Dan Durand have been playing music together for over 30 years. During this time they have played such varied venues as coffee houses, taverns, schools, weddings, fundraisers, and other special events. They favor using strong harmonies in the songs that they chose. It has often been noted how well their voices flow together. Whether this is nature (being brothers) or nurture (of the sound they aim to create) remains to be seen - or in this case, heard.

     In a Keene Sentinel review of a local night of music, it was noted that Ken and Dan offered “a witty, wonderful mix of music, humorous discussion, social commentary, and music-good music” and that the music was “culturally diverse and humanly relevant.” You might find a bit of social commentary along side a humorous song with a little sign language throw in for good measure. And they have a good time doing it!!

    Important Note: October's Meeting House Stage will be held on the third Friday rather than the second Friday. 

  • Fri
    14
    Nov
    2014

    ThistleWood

    7pm - 10pm

    Thistlewood

    Returning to the Meeting House Stage, November's feature performer will be Celtic Duo ThistleWood. After their first time featuring in September of 2013, the consensus was in and we knew we had to bring them back for another performance.

    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.

  • Fri
    12
    Dec
    2014

    Jerry Wile

    7pm - 10pm
    Jerry Wile

    Jerry Wile

    In December, Meeting House Stage is excited to be bringing Jerry Wile back for a return engagement. Jerry put on a great show in June of 2013, and we couldn't wait to bring him back. An accomplished banjo and guitar player who has performed regularly at festivals and bluegrass venues in the New England area for over 35 years, 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, as well as the three-finger banjo style developed and popularized by Earl Scruggs.