Fri09Jan20157pm - 10pm
Our first feature of 2015 will be the folk 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. This will mark their second time performing as the feature act at the Meeting House Stage. We're very happy that they are able to come back for a return engagement.
Doug, Steve, and Jack's 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.
Fri13Feb20157pm - 10pm
Influenced by the legends of folk music, Rick Gottlieb's music speaks to the "baby-boomer" generation. Known for his use of non-standard tunings, his exceptional guitar work, and a sweet tenor voice, Rick's music can lift a flagging heart and move the soul in directions that the listener never anticipated
After receiving a degree in voice and performance from SUNY-Binghamton, Rick eventually settled down in the Boston area and building his skills as a guitarist and recording musician. Music is a persistent muse who doesn’t let go of her followers easily. And so, here he is once more, creating music all but designed for a listening room. Rick’s original music is influenced by other singer/songwriters like James Taylor, David Wilcox, Susan Werner and Jackson Browne. It speaks to audiences both young, old, and somewhere in between, who enjoy music of both style and substance.
Fri13Mar20157pm - 10pm
A veteran of the New England folk circuit, Dan Chauvin lets his music speak for itself … and speak it does. A master of the acoustic guitar, and endorsed by Beckwith Strings Guitars of Bolton, Massachusetts, Dan continues to do what he does best – performing, writing music and recording.
"His music and melodies capture the feeling of easy-winding roads: moving and simply delightful." - Taunton Daily Gazette
Fri10Apr20157pm - 10pm
Friendly Folk returns as our feature act this month! With the addition of Linda Markey to the original lineup of Hal Pederson and Jeanne Sable, and Jim Rodger on Harmonica, Friendly Folk is now a quartet of versatile, seasoned performers.
Friendly Folk performs traditional folk and contemporary acoustic music at concerts, restaurants, festivals, and other venues in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont. Founding member Hal Pederson was lead singer of the Irish folk group, Blarney Stone. His long time singing partner, Jeanne Sable, adds original songs to their repertoire. They recently welcomed folksinger Linda Markey on guitar, banjo, and assorted other instruments, and sound man Jim Rodger who adds harmonica. The group produces rich vocal harmonies.
Fri08May20157pm - 10pm
Linq saw Led Zeppelin on their first US tour and loves Joan Baez, but don’t expect some wide-eyed hippie in tie-dye cooing about love and daisies. Sure, if you went to the first Woodstock and you want peace-loving music, you’ve come to the right place, but your kids will also love her refreshingly direct folk-rock with a touch of blues, vintage R&B and yep, even techno, with anthems that’ll make you dance around your living room or call your congress person, some at the same time.
Like so many others, she took piano as a kid and taught herself the guitar as a young adult, but she made a detour to become a pharmacist. Not just one of those white-coated clerks at a chain store, but at her own store. At the young age of 55, she climbed up on stage, sans the lab coat, and sang for an audience that was so enthusiastic that soon after she sold the pharmacy and made music a focus. Linq does nothing halfway, diving into the music world with a single in 2003 and then her first album Journey in 2004. Another full-length album, Fast Moving Dream, came out in 2006, followed by both Life Goes On and Rx and the Side Effects in 2009, live solo album Caught in the Act Acoustic in 2011, and most recently Disconnect in 2013.
Fri12Jun20157pm - 10pm
"Grew up singing in Church" would be an ample description of the music of Fred and Wibby Swedberg of Orange Massachusetts. Fred and Wibby met at Bethel College and Seminary in St Paul, Minnesota. As Fred began ministry as a Youth Pastor, it was necessary to abandon the Gospel Piano style of the Blackwood Brothers Quartet, and purchase a D 12 20 Martin Guitar. The trio of Fred, Wibby, and Ingrid (guitar) have been together ever since. Down through the years with every imaginable music style.
Fred began writing songs back in the 70's working with Youth. As a Senior/Teaching Pastor Fred continued by writing nearly 100 Contemporary Worship songs. After Pastoring several churches, the entire Swedberg Family began a concert ministry, serving 12 years as Minstrel Leaders in College Church, Northampton.
Approaching retirement, Fred has been an Intentional Interim Pastor in seven churches, including a year in St Croix US Virgin Islands. All the while doing music. (And writing songs)
Attending a Bluegrass Jam in Connecticut, Fred met Roger Sprung, a Banjo Pioneer who is in the Bluegrass Hall of Fame. Roger invited Fred to travel to West Virginia (Clifftop Appalachian String Band Festival) and Virginia (The Old Fiddler's Convention). Fred got hooked on Bluegrass, competing every year in the Folk Song and Original Song contests. But even with the Moonshine, Bluegrass is not Wibby's cup of tea.
Wanting to sing more together, someone suggested we try an OPEN MIKE in Rindge, New Hampshire. The rest, they say, is musical history. We enjoy our new Family of incredible musicians who gather there every month. We really enjoy the challenge of learning new music together. Also, our daughter, Kristine, recovering from Bacterial Meningitis, and a Coma of 7 weeks duration, is now living with us. As we are 100% dedicated to her complete recovery as she regularly sings with us, and continues to amaze all the odds makers.
There is power in music, but ever so much more Power in the One who created it. (Zephaniah 3:17)
Sat04Jul20151pm - 4pm
July's Meeting House Stage will be held outdoors at the Rindge Historical Society Museum (24 School Street) on Saturday, July 4, 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, if there's time 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.
Fri14Aug20157pm - 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.
Fri11Sep20157pm - 10pm
Bob Pope lives in Nashua, NH, sings, and plays folk, bluegrass and flamenco style acoustic guitar. He's been playing guitar for almost 50 yrs. and is a member of the Monadnock Bluegrass band. He recently joined Studio 99 in Nashua as an Associate Director and hosts monthly bluegrass jams and open mics at the studio. He is often accompanied by his daughter, Curran Pope.
Fri16Oct20157pm - 10pm
These days Bob E Kelly is a musician by avocation, He tried pro music in the past and while he found the applause satisfactory, he preferred regular paychecks, and so he chose a long and varied career with Ma Bell, (known as the "phone company" to millenials.)
In the meantime, he continued to write songs. Silly songs, and serious songs. He pounded his piano and he sang because he came from a musical tradition, where party pieces were the norm, and all the family sang the Irish-American standards.
Bob follows a tradition not unlike Randy Newman, or Tom Lehrer, a bit irreverent, a bit serious, always thought-provoking. He also likes Louis Armstrong's quotation, "Why would you ever play a song the same way twice?" and often follows that lead. He specializes in odd arrangements of familiar songs, putting his Bob E Kelly stamp on them.
His musical chronology starts at 4 years of age, starting to pick out tunes on the piano, through piano lessons, and music study at the St. Paul's Choir School as a member of the famed boys choir there, and a stint with The Greater Bostonians choral group. After that it was rock n roll bands, a cup of coffee with the Joplin MO local of the American Federation of Musicians, then regional success with a band called Fire Dept, and afterward abandoning professional performance until he retired from his telco career. Now he has the best job he's ever had, RETIREMENT.
Fri13Nov20157pm - 10pm
On one Fall afternoon in October, 2013, Ray, Lisa, and Mark started playing and singing together for fun and voila, Kindred Spirits was born. The combination of each one’s individual talents makes for a unique trio where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. From folk to country to originals, performing fun and meaningful songs together is what they do best. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear them at this debut performance.
Ray Siekierski returned to guitar playing following his recent retirement from a prison guard career in Massachusetts. One of 3 brothers with a passion for sharing stories and his music, Ray began putting lyrics to chords and vice versa shortly after his hands touched the guitar strings. Living right up the street from the Rindge, NH Open Mic, Ray started playing out and discovered how music created communication. That’s when he expanded his music career to include playing with others. Ray says, "It just amazes me every time I play music with others how the end product is so much more than the individual pieces". Affectionately known as the singing bus driver, Ray lives at home in Ridge, NH with his wife, Kate, and their three cats, Munroe, Brigit, and Zeena.
Lisa Dahl started her singing career in elementary school in her catholic school’s glee club. After a 20-year sabbatical, she returned to using her voice for St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Charlestown, RI where she currently sings for the acappella group, Voices of Joy, and the Christian rock band, Seek First. Whether it’s Christian, folk, rock, or disco music, Lisa’s connection to the lyrics she sings brings more meaning to the songs. “Singing,” states Lisa, “connects me to my inner wisdom and the Divine.” Finding her voice again has led Lisa to a life full of more music, joy, love, and laughter, which she shares with her partner and awesome guitarist, Mark, and her son and amazing pianist, Ian.
Mark Vinbury started playing music in high school in Barrington, RI and hasn’t stopped since. A member of the 1960’s garage band, The Ascots, Mark’s passion for music comes through his fingers onto the strings. From building and designing guitars and lapsteels to playing blues, country, folk, and rock - music and musical instruments are integral parts of his life. Along with his love of sailing and ability to create masterpieces with wood, Mark continues to share his passion for the guitar and music with his partner, Lisa, and his 2 sons, Braer and Quinn.
Fri11Dec20157pm - 10pm
"Singer-songwriter Jane Fallon is a veteran performer whose smooth, rich voice and well-written songs get noticed. With vocals that have been called “angelic” and “mesmerizing”, by Boston's Metronome magazine, her original songs “combine humor, intelligence, and deep musicality with an artfulness that is unusual.” (Wildy's Word Music blog). Her newest CD “Gemini Rising”, co-produced with Jim Henry and Jeff Root has been called by Rambles.net "a collection of songs that stitches itself together note by note and warms the soul." It has received considerable airplay around the globe since its release.
Born into a musical family, Jane began her career singing in a trio with her sister and cousin. Later she received formal vocal training at Eastern Oregon University and spent several years in local musical theater. She is also a songwriter with 4 CD’s of original music to her credit. In addition, she has recorded a collection of American and Latin Standards with guitarist Steve Rapson and has performed these are many venues throughout New England.
Some of the venues Jane has played include The Boston Folk Festival, The Vanilla Bean Café, The Natick Center for the Arts, Amazing Things Arts Center, The All Asia Bar and Grill, Savoury Lane, Main Streets Market and Café, The Sitting Bull Restaurant, The Acoustic Café at the Library, Jitters Coffeehouse, and The Stone Church. Her songs have been played on radio stations throughout the world including Rich Warren’s Midnight Special, Women of Substance Radio, and Studio 100.