After a very successful first season, we opened up season 2 with a great show, featuring Jack Kid from Hancock, New Hampshire. Jack hosts the Parish Hall Open Stage in Peterborough on the first Friday of every month, and his distinctive playing style, combined with a large stable of wonderful original songs and some well-chosen covers, made for a really great evening. January’s open mike performers were:
Peterborough’s Dwight Shelton kicked things off with a pair of originals, “Country Jamboree” and “Young Woman of the Night”, and wrapped up his set with Dylan’s “I Shall Be Released.” Ken and Dan Durand followed with “Jamaican Farewell”, made famous by Harry Belafonte, Tom Paxton’s “The Last Thing On My Mind”, and one of Ken’s songs, Wild Ocean.
Doug Farrell, on third of the trio Decatur Creek, played three originals, a new one called “Darlene and Ray”, which he followed up with “You and I”, and “Namaste”. It’s always a pleasure to hear Doug perform a solo set. After Doug, Frank Perron played a pair of originals, “Parting Song” and “I’m Still Pulling for you”, and covered the Warren Zevon penned tune, “The French Inhaler”.
Jack Kid, our feature performer, took the stage and played his song “Jericho” followed by the early Simon and Garfunkel classic, “Dangling Conversation”. He followed that with “Oriental Journey”, one of his instrumentals, and then another original, “Blackjacks”, which he paired with the folk classic “Canadee-I-O” He finished off with a pair of originals, “Twilight” (an instrumental) and “Night Owl’s Lament”, followed by “Leaf Fallin’ “, a parody of Tom Petty’s “Free Fallin’ “.
Steve Rapson was next. He played a song that referenced Ozzie Mandeas, a very nice instrumental arrangement of Jim Croce’s “Time in a Bottle”, and then he finished off with an amazing version of “Take Five”, which included his own lyrics, which were pretty awesome by the way. Ken Hasselbrack followed Steve, and played “Lies” by Stan Rogers, Tom Paxton’s “I Can’t Help But Wonder Where I’m Bound”, and “When You and I Were Young, Maggie”.
Mac Cole was the next performer to take to the stage, opening with a pair of English folk ballads, “The Keeper of the Eddystone Light” and “Whistle Daughter Whistle”. He finished up with “I Did It, I Did It, I Did It, a 60s ballad by the trio Modern Man. Jeanne Sable played Stan Roger’s “Field Behind the Plow”, “Isle au Haut”, and her anti-GMO original tune, “Monty’s in Missouri” Rick Beausoleil finished up the evening with three originals, a new one, “Just Keep A’Going”, and “Mercy Now”.
Big thanks to the volunteers who help set everything up beforehand, and pack everything away at the end of the evening, and to all of those who provide the great food we all enjoy: Al LeFebvre, Karla MacLeod, Elisa Benincaso, Ken Raymond, Amy Raymond, and Joe MacLeod.
Next month’s Meeting House Stage will be held on Valentine’s Day, Friday, February 14 and featured Linda Markey, Linda has a truly amazing voice and her performances are not to be missed. For more information, check out our Calendar.