Fri13Jan20177pm - 10pm
The Pine Hill Boys are new in the regional acoustic music scene. Peter Cram, the group’s Bass Player, is a member of The Concord Chorale, and “slums” with the group between Chorale gigs. Bob Pope, plays lead guitar and sings lead for Monadnock Bluegrass Band, a Bluegrass Band that tours New England,—for money. The third member of the group, George Kelly, sings lead, plays hot licks, and harmonizes with the likes of Neil Young, Dolly Parton, and Ricky Skaggs--in his basement.
They became The Pine Hill Boys when someone asked them what they called themselves. George said, “The Three of Us,” thinking that was a clever name that could morph to “The Two of Us,” if a band member didn’t show up. Peter didn’t really care what we were called, but Bob did. He insisted that we be called The Pine Hill Boys. Bob is an ex Army Ranger. Nobody argued.
Fri10Feb20177pm - 10pm
The Grumbling Rustics, a Monadnock duo that have been together for over 15 years, play a variety of old-time American music. They perform regularly at area venues including Sunflowers in Jaffrey, and this will be a great opportunity to see them in more of a concert setting.
Tim Mowry, from Harrisville, plays mandolin and guitar, and Steve Jones, from Peterborough, plays guitar and banjo. Steve and Tim met at Del Rossi's Trattoria in Dublin, and soon formed the Grumbling Rustics. Their album, "The Grumbling Rustics: Fiddle Tunes for Guitar and Banjo", is a real gem. Of the album, legendary Italian guitarist Beppe Gambetta says,
"Among CDs and demos that every musician receives there is sometimes music at excellent high level that has difficulties to emerge and get recognition in this age of music overload. So I decided that from time to time I will point up some music that I received and I find special. My first mention comes from NH and goes to “The Grumbling Rustics” fiddle tunes for banjo and guitar by Steve Jones and Tim Mowry. Nice choices, arrangements and execution, a new breath of life in the Old-Time world."
Fri10Mar20177pm - 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
Fri14Apr20177pm - 10pm
April'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.
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
Rindge Meeting House
6 Payson Hill Road
Rindge, NH 03461
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
Rindge Meeting House
6 Payson Hill Road
Rindge, NH 03461
"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.