The Meeting House Stage was packed on November 8, and our November feature, award-winning singer-songwriter John Schindler, put on a great show. The following musicians also performed:
Dwight Shelton opened up the evening with a pair of originals and “You Never Even Called Me By My Name”, the parody country-western song written by Steve Goodman and John Prine. Ken and Dan Durand, who will be the feature at Next October’s Meeting House Stage, followed with “Drunken Sailor”, “What a Wonderful World”, and a “I Did it Their Way”, the Bob Blue parody of “I Did It My Way”.
Meeting House Stage first-timer Ken Hasselbrack was next, and played excellent versions of Stan Rogers’ “Northwest Passage”, the Eric Bogle classic “The Band Played Waltzing Matilda”, and the Phil Oakes’ pinned tune, “Changes”. Nate Smith followed with three originals, “Everything on the Outside”, “In Otter Words”, and “Somewhere Down the Road”.
John Schindler, our feature performer, took the stage next. John opened up with a song about Ray the Robot, and followed with “Don’t You Know” and “Camp Fire Men”, which became a sing-along. After that John played “My Father’s Coat”, The Stardust Ballroom”, and then my own personal favorite, “The Start of the Freedom Trail”, from his album Memory Train. He finished up his set with a song I’m not familiar with.
Following John, Steve Rapson, who will be our Feature performer in August 2014, took the stage and did his Alcohol Trilogy from his CD Little Bit of Crow: “The Wine Song”, “Daddy”, and “Little Bit of Crow”. Newcomer Robert E. Kelley was next, which gave us the opportunity to use the Meeting House Stage’s upright piano. Robert played a song about many Gods, another about John Hinckley, and finished up with a tune that may have been called “I Get Happy When I Sing the Blues”. John Papp followed with a pair of originals, “I Drive a Midnight Hackney” and “Where Have I Been All of My Life”, and then told a poignant story about his personal connections with baseball, the New York Yankees, and later the Red Sox.
Diane Stolar and John Sepe played the Jackson Browne classic, “These Days”, and then performed a pair of more obscure songs I haven’t heard before, “The Green Peach Blues”, and the Randy Newman song, “Louisana 1927”. Mac Cole followed with “The Chivalrous Shark”, then a song that I believe he said Carl Sandburg recorded on a 78rpm record at some point in time, and finally the John Gorka song, “People My Age”. After Mac, Rick Beausoleil played the Arlo Guthrie song (Halfway Across The World?), Freedom’s Child, by Billie Joe Shavers, and an original, “Politicians’ Children”.
Next month’s feature, Bob Goodwin, was next, and played “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald”, Tom Russell’s “Veteran’s Day”, and one of my favorites, an original called “Baldwinville” Finishing up the evening was Fred Fowler, who opened with Seldom Scene’s “Grampa Get Your Guitar”, Hank William’s classic, “Darling, Let’s Turn Back the Years”, and finished off the evening with Merle Haggard’s “No Hard Times”.
As always, huge thanks go out to Karla MacLeod, Al LeFebvre, and Elisa Benincaso, who’s tireless work and endless energy make The Meeting House Stage possible. The amazing food this month was provided by Roberta LeTourneau, Karla MacLeod, Sally Poikonen, and me (hope you liked the soup).
Next month’s Meeting House Stage will be held on Friday, December 13, and will feature Bob Goodwin, who’s encyclopedic knowledge of folk songs, along with his own originals, will make for a great end to The Meeting House Stage’s first season. For more information, check out our Calendar.