Fri08Jan20167pm - 10pm
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.
Fri12Feb20167pm - 10pm
Brian Dickens writes and performs songs that reflect his hometown of Winchendon, Massachusetts. However, the year 2015 marks for him a decade of singing, playing and traveling far from there to share his tunes.
His most recent release, "The Good Head Space EP" is a brief collection of songs exploring the value of friendship while vagrant, as well as how important it can be when one returns home. Brian Dickens's music can be heard at www.bdix.bandcamp.com.
Fri11Mar20167pm - 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 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
Fri08Apr20167pm - 10pm
Pat Kenneally and Rick Cooper grew up less than a mile apart in the Boston suburbs in the 50's and 60's but only met in 2006 after each had developed a distinctive style. Together they play an entertaining mix of roots, folk-rock, rockabilly, country and blues.
Rick has been playing guitar, singing and generally annoying the neighbors since 1959 after hearing the Everly Brothers on his first transistor radio.
Pat also credits the Everly Brothers as an influence, and at the age of four refused to give up the microphone at a family gathering while performing her rendition of 'Bye Bye Love.'
Cooper: "When I was about 13 we were on a family trip in the car, mom, dad, and us five kids. I'm in the back seat in full teen angst singing 'Tell Laura I Love Her,' and when I finish, my dad--who never spent money frivolously--asked if I would like to take vocal lessons. I was thrilled. It wasn't until recently it occurred to me that it might not have been a compliment."
Andy and Judy Daigle have been singing together since 2009. It’s a duo built upon common ground. Each draw from a wealth of experience they received while singing with various choruses and choirs throughout their lives. Their musical interests range from “old-timey” traditional songs right through the folk music stalwarts such as John Prine, Bob Dylan, Ian and Sylvia, and Townes Van Zandt.
As folk singer/songwriters they have been able to explore many different genres and facets of folk music as well as country music. It has been described as "folk with a country flavor". They effectively use the guitar and mandolin to set the mood and character of each song. In addition, their performances are highlighted by the quality of their vocal work, each individually and joined together with beautiful harmonies. All of these musical elements are seamlessly presented in their two CDs, Riverbend and Dragonfly.
Both New England natives, Judy is from southeastern Massachusetts where she was introduced to folk music at an early age through her mom’s Peter, Paul and Mary records. Andy was born in Maine into a musical family. He spent most of his youth in upstate New York where he grew up listening to folk and church music while traveling with his family before eventually settling in the Boston area.
Interestingly enough, Judy is related to Fred Pike, the talented “flatpicker” credited with bringing Bluegrass to the state of Maine. Although Judy enjoys listening to 80’s rock bands, she hasn’t quite convinced Andy to adapt some of those songs into their repertoire.
This talented folk duo performs regularly at many coffeehouses and concert venues where they have been featured artists, openers and headliners.
They are currently recording their third CD, Follow Your Dream, due out in the spring of 2015.
- See more at: http://andyjudysing.com/
Fri10Jun20167pm - 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.
Sat09Jul20161pm - 4pm
July's Meeting House Stage will be held outdoors at the Rindge Historical Society Museum (24 School Street) on Saturday, July 9, 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.
Fri12Aug20167pm - 10pm
Moonstone is made up of a female vocal trio plus a male percussionist/guitarist from the Monadnock area that specializes in an eclectic mix of folk, gospel and contemporary acoustic music – featuring beautiful harmonies and rhythms.
Prior to joining forces, the three women, Laurie Donohue, Suzi Brumaghim, and Pam Cadmus, had performed separately at weddings, private parties and with local choruses. When Laurie and Suzi met at a local open mic approximately two years ago, they realized that their styles and harmonies worked well together. Suzi asked Pam to join them, and the group was born.
Since they began their collaboration, the group has performed at local and regional festivals, weddings and private parties, growing in popularity and collecting accolades for their tight harmonies.
Recently, Moonstone has welcomed the addition of Paul Belanger as percussionist and back-up musician. Paul’s extensive musical background and expertise has added another dimension to their performance.
Fri09Sep20167pm - 10pm
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.
Fri21Oct20167pm - 10pm
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. They were recognized as finalists by the Great American Songwriters Contest International (2011) 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. “If I had My way” placed in the top 100.
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
Fri11Nov20167pm - 10pm
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.