Alouette Iselin Featured at the Meeting House Stage in June

Alouette Iselin, Feature Performer

Alouette Iselin, Feature Performer

Alouette Iselin came down from Nelson, New Hampshire to be our feature in June. It was her first visit to the Meeting House Stage and she captivated the audience with a perfect selection of songs for a warm June evening.

Our open mike performers were Robert Kelly, Oak and Ivy (Jeanne Sable and Jim Rodger), Frank Perron, Deborah Goss, William Letendre and Charlene Ledoux, Caleb Wetherbee, Jan Miller, Hal Pederson, Fred Swedberg, Steve Rapson, Volkert Volkerz, and Fred Fowler

In July, we’ll be outdoors at 1pm on Saturday, July 8 in the space behind the Rindge Historical Society Museum, just a stone’s throw from the Meeting House, at 24 School Street. We’ll go without a feature so that each open mike performer will get to play at least three songs, and lemonade and strawberry shortcake will be served. The Museum will be open before and during the open mike.

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Ron Carlson Featured at the Meeting House Stage in May

Ron Carlson

Ron Carlson

In May, we had a great lineup of open mike performers, along with our great feature performer, Ron Carlson. Ron’s set, performed on guitar and octave mandolin, was a real crowd pleaser.

Our open mike performers were Ray Siekierski and Stan Long, Hal Pederson, Steve Rapson, Frank Perron, Snake (Eric Gullickson), Chuck Hall,  The Bone Orchard Ramblers (John Papp, Ursula Sturms-Papp and David Lister), Bill Letendre and Charlene Ledoux, Owengale (Linda McCarthy and Rick Quimby), Volkert Volkerz, Fred Swedberg, Pat Kenneally, Vince Rivas, and Rick Beausoleil.

As always, a big thank you and debt of gratitude to the volunteers that work so very hard to make The Meeting House Stage a success: Karla MacLeod, Ken Raymond, and Al Lefebvre, and a shout-out to the many folks who brought all the wonderful homemade food!

Next month, on June 9, our feature performer will be Alouette Iselin, who’s roots in the folk music scene of the Monadnock region go all the way back to the era of the Folkway in Peterborough. You won’t want to miss it!

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The Meeting House Stage’s 50th Open Mike Featured John Schindler

April was a milestone moment in the history of the Meeting House Stage. It was our 50th open mike. We started in February of 2013 with no expectations whatsoever, and The Meeting House Stage has succeeded beyond our wildest dreams. To date, over $12,000 has been raised for the Rindge Historical Society.

Our feature for our 50th open mike was John Schindler, who played an amazing set.

Our open mike performers were Frank Perron, Bob Kelly, Tom Smith, John Papp (not pictured), Two Shades of Grey (Ray Siekierski and Stan Long), Nick Badaracco, Bill Letendre, Hal Pederson, Dwight Shelton, Pat Kenneally and Rick Cooper, Nate Smith, Jerry Wile, Vince Rivas, and Snake (Eric Gullickson).

As always, a big thank you and debt of gratitude to the volunteers that work so very hard to make The Meeting House Stage a success: Karla MacLeod, Ken Raymond, and Al Lefebvre, and a shout-out to the many folks who brought all the wonderful homemade food!

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Dan Chauvin Returned to The Meeting House Stage in March!

The Audience Listens to Dan Chauvin

The Audience Listens to Dan Chauvin

The curse of The Meeting House Stage, if there is a curse, is that if it can snow, it will. With no snow in the forecast for the afternoon and evening of March 10, a couple of inches fell during the show. But inside, the room was warm, the crowd was in a good mood, the musicians were hot, and our feature, Dan Chauvin, played an inspired set of originals sprinkled with a great selection of covers, from the likes of James Taylor to Leonard Cohen to Lyle Lovett.

Our open mike performers were Ray Siekierski and Stan Long (not pictured); newcomer Doc Arsenault,;Frank Perron; Hal Pederson, back from a lengthy absence and accompanied by Jeanne Sable; Bill Letendre; John Papp; Bob Pope, The Swedberg Family; Ken Hasselbrack, Snake (aka Eric Gullicksen); Caleb Wetherbee; Jeanne Sable; Eric Blackmer; and Nate Smith.

As always, a big thank you and debt of gratitude to the volunteers that work so very hard to make The Meeting House Stage a success: Karla MacLeod, Ken Raymond, and Al Lefebvre, and a shout-out to the many folks who brought all the wonderful homemade food!

Next month, on April 14, it will be our 50th show at The Meeting House Stage. Our special feature for April, traveling all the way from Maine, will be amazing songwriter/performer, and former Jaffrey resident, John Schindler. You won’t want to miss it!

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The Grumbling Rustics Were Amazing in February!

The Grumbling Rustics

The Grumbling Rustics

In February the Meeting House Stage was bracketed with some serious snowfall, but on the day of the show we got cooperation from the snow gods. Tim Mowry on guitar and mandolin and Steve Jones on banjo, better known as The Grumbling Rustics, played an amazing collection of acoustic instrumental music that they arranged themselves, stretching from the traditional fiddle tunes of Appalachia to songs from the Emerald Isle.

Our open mike performers were Bob Kelly, Ray Siekierski and Stan Long, Frank Perron, Jan Miller, Ken Hasselbrack, Bill Letendre (not pictured), Snake (Eric Gulliksen), Kirk Alexander, and Fred Swedberg.

A big thanks as always to the volunteers that work so very hard to make The Meeting House Stage a success: Karla MacLeod, Ken Raymond, and Al Lefebvre. And as always, a huge thank you to the many people who brought food! And thanks to Hannaford, who kindly donated the Keurig coffee brewing system.

In March, Dan Chauvin will return to the Meeting House Stage to entertain us with his beautifully crafted originals. The date is Friday, March 10!

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For Love Or Money Closes Out Our Fourth Season!

It was great to wrap up our fourth season at the Meeting House Stage on Veterans Day. Our feature, For Love Or Money (Deb Northway and Jon Roper) played a great set, bookended by a wonderful group of open mike performers:

Bob Kelly (not pictured), David Lister, Chuck Hall, Fred & Wibby Swedberg, Jan Miller, John Papp, Bob Pope, Steve Rapson, Snake (Eric Gullicksen), Ken Hasselbrack, Oliver Mutch, Volkert Volkerz, Ronald Carlson*, Bernadette Colley, and Gabriel Navarre*.

* First time performers at The Meeting House Stage.

A big thanks as always to the volunteers that work so very hard to make The Meeting House Stage a success: Karla MacLeod, Elisa Benincaso, Ken Raymond, and Al Lefebvre. And as always, a huge thank you to the many people who brought food! And thanks to Hannaford, who kindly donated the Keurig coffee brewing system.

Our fifth season will start with The Pine Hill Boys on Friday, January 13, 2017.

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Moonstone Plays an Amazing Set at the Meeting House Stage in August!

Moonstone

Moonstone

Moonstone was a huge crowd pleaser at August’s Meeting House Stage. Laurie Donohue, Suzi Brumaghim, Pam Cadmus, and Paul Belanger, with Dan Wheeler sitting in on bass, played a set of covers and originals that truly highlighted the vocal harmonies of Laurie, Suzi, and Brumaghim. Paul Belanger, Moonstone’s most recent addition, kept the rhythm nice and tight on his Djembe, and the bass lines provided by guest musician Dan Wheeler really rounded out the sound.

In addition to Moonstone, August’s open mike performers were:

David Lister, Ray Siekierski, Jan Miller, Frank Perron, Debra Marcotte*, Steve Rapson, Tom Smith, Snake (aka Eric Gulliksen), Oliver Mutch, Bill Letendre (not pictured), Paul Belanger*, Jack Bowes, Jerry Wile, Jon Roper, and Bob Goodwin.

* First time performers at The Meeting House Stage.

A big thanks as always to the volunteers that work so very hard to make The Meeting House Stage a success: Karla MacLeod, Elisa Benincaso, Ken Raymond, and Al Lefebvre. In September, food was provided by Karla MacLeod, Ken Raymond, Elisa Benincaso, Sally Poikonen, Amy Raymond, Jan Miller, Judy Kierce, John Papp, Roberta LeTourneau, and Craig Hoyt. And thanks to Hannaford, who kindly donated the Keurig coffee brewing system. .

September’s Meeting House Stage will feature Rindge’s own John and Ursula Papp, and will be held on September 9.

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July’s Meeting House Stage a Big Success!

July Audience

July Audience

In July we normally hold the Meeting House Stage outdoors on the lawn behind the Rindge Historical Society Museum on School Street. But for the second year in the row, bad weather forced us inside on Saturday afternoon, and it was a great show! Going without a feature in July, each performer was able to do a three-song set, and then we cycled through the list a second time for a one-song speed round.

July’s performers were: Oliver Mutch, from Ashby; Bernadette Colley, from Leominster; Jan Miller, from Ashby; John and Ursula Papp, from Rindge, Nate Smith, from Fitchburg; William Letendre, from Temple; Steve Rapson, from Winchendon; Jerry Wile, from Mason; Lisa Greenleaf, from Merrimack; Bob Pope, from Nashua; and Jim Giddings, from Mason.

Thanks to the dedicated crew that makes this event a huge success month in and month out: Elisa Benincaso, Karla MacLeod, Al Lefebvre, and Ken Raymond; to all the folks that provided the fixings for the fabulous homemade strawberry shortcake, and especially to our wonderful, faithful audience members!

In August The Meeting House Stage returns on the evening of Friday, August 12. Our August feature will be Moonstone, which features the wonderful harmony vocals of Laurie Donohue, Suzi Brumaghim, and Pam Cadmus, accompanied by percussionist and instrumentalist Paul Belanger! Hope to see you then!

Dave Lister

J. Bird and the Sparrowhawk Plays in front of our Largest Crowd Ever!

J. Bird and the Sparrowhawk

J. Bird and the Sparrowhawk

J. Bird and the Sparrowhawk, the husband and wife duo composed of Rich Hamilton and Amy Snedaker Hamilton, were kind enough to step in with only a week’s notice when the Pine Hill Boys, originally scheduled for June, were unable to play. Rich and and Amy played a wonderful array of traditional and old time songs, with a good number of originals mixed in. The audience, more than 60 in number, had a great time!

In addition to J. Bird and the Sparrowhawk, June’s open mike performers were:

David Lister (not pictured, Kindred Spirits, Jan Miller, Jack Bowes, Bruce Colegrove*, Bob E. Kelly, John & Ursula Papp, Bob Goodwin, Bernadette Colley, Christine and Wibby Swedberg, Oliver Mutch, Ken Hasselbrack, and Wendy Keith.*

* First time performers at The Meeting House Stage.

A big thanks as always to the volunteers that work so very hard to make The Meeting House Stage a success: Karla MacLeod, Elisa Benincaso, Ken Raymond, and Al Lefebvre. In June, food was provided by Karla MacLeod, Dave Lister, Elisa Benincaso, Sally Poikonen, Amy Raymond, Jan Miller, Judy Kierce, John Papp, Roberta LeTourneau, and Craig Hoyt.

July’s Meeting House Stage will be held outdoors behind the Rindge Historical Society Museum (24 School Street) at 1pm on Saturday, July 9.

Dave Lister

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Andy & Judy Wows the Crowd at May’s Meeting House Stage

Andy and Judy

Andy and Judy

May’s open mike was a great success, with 20 open mike performers. Our feature act, Andy & Judy Dagle, wowed the crowd with a set of really great original tunes, wonderful singing, and a lot of great pickin’!

Mays’s open mike performers were:

Frank Perron, Bill Letendre, John & Ursula Papp, Jan Miller, Jon Roper, Steve Rapson, Fred & Wibby Swedberg, Rusty Guertin, Mac Cole, Crazy Cowz (David & Susan Young), Sharon & Nick Pangaro, Ken Hasselbrack, Tom Smith, Steve Wills, Oliver Mutch, Dwight Shelton, Owen Lodge (not pictured), and Michael Johnson (not pictured).

Thanks to the dedicated crew that makes this event a huge success month in and month out: Elisa Benincaso, Karla MacLeod, Al Lefebvre, and Ken Raymond. Food was provided by Sally Poikonen, Amy Raymond, Ken Raymond, Karla MacLeod, Judy Kierce, Roberta Letourneau, John Papp, Elisa Benincaso, and David Lister. Continue reading