John & Ursula Papp Had a Great Set in June!

John & Ursula Papp

John & Ursula Papp

Our feature in June, the husband and wife duo of John and Urusula Papp, from right here in Rindge, returned for a second time to feature for us here at the Meeting House Stage. John played a couple of solo tunes and then brought out Ursula for some wonderful duets, and Nate Smith joined them on banjo for one of the tunes. It was a wonderful evening!

Also performing at the Meeting House Stage in June, we had: Continue reading

For Love Or Money Puts on a Wonderful Show in May at the Meeting House

For Love Or Money

For Love Or Money

For Love or Money was our feature in May. This accomplished duo features Jon Roper on guitar and vocals and Deb Northway on vocals. Their set was an eclectic assortment of traditional and modern folk songs that fit in wonderfully with their beautiful harmony vocals and Jon’s excellent guitar playing.

In addition to our feature act, the following performers participated in the open mike: Continue reading

A great Show in April; Dave Gaudet With Marc Feldman Sitting In!

Dave Gaudet and Marc Feldman

Dave Gaudet and Marc Feldman

April’s feature act, Dave Gaudet, accompanied by Marc Feldman on bass, played a wonderful set Friday night of mostly original tunes. It was a great evening of wonderful music. Spring was definitely in the air this week.

In addition to our feature act, the following performers participated in the open mike: Continue reading

Packed House for Fred Fowler!

Fred Fowler

Fred Fowler

Friday night’s large and enthusiastic crowd were not disappointed, Fred Fowler, March’s feature, put on a dynamite show, accompanying himself on guitar and fiddle.

In addition to Fred Fowler the following performers played in March:  Continue reading

Linda Markey Heats Things Up at February’s Meeting House Stage!

Linda Markey

Linda Markey

Linda Markey was our Feature Act in February, and she did not disappoint! Her clear, beautiful voice and skilled guitar was a real treat! What a great way to warm up a cold winter’s eve.

In addition to our feature act, the following performers participated in the open mike: Continue reading

Jack Kid Kicks Off the Second Season of the Meeting House Stage!

Jack Kid

Jack Kid

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: Continue reading

John Schindler Headlined a Great November Evening!

John Schindler

John Schindler

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: Continue reading

Justin Cohn Plays a Great Set in September!

October’s Meeting House Stage featured performers old and new, and a great set from our feature performer, Justin Cohn.

Newcomer Brian Dickens, from Winchendon, opened things up with “That Old Gang of Mine”, “Baby Face”, and “Toxic Concrete. Then Ken and Dan Durand, with an able assist from John Sepe, played “Stranger Now Everyday”, “Under the Boardwalk”, and “Homeward Bound”.

Frank Perron followed with Continue reading

Decatur Creek Pays The Meeting House Stage a Visit in July

In July the Meeting House Stage is held on the third Friday of the month rather than on the second Friday. July 19 was a scorcher in Rindge. The entire week was oppressively hot. But we had a decent sized crowd, a good group of open mike musicians, and an up-and-coming local trio, Decatur Creek. It was a great night, even for the mosquitoes, who came and dined in droves.

Ray Sierkerski opened the show with a couple of classic 70s pop covers, Goodbye Norma Jean and Celluloid Heroes, and then played one of his own songs, Love Dub. After that Ken Durand played Continue reading

Jerry Wile Wows The Crowd In June

Jerry Wile, June's Feature Performer

Jerry Wile, June’s Feature Performer

The rain did not let up all week, but by Friday morning the weather was looking up, and it was a beautiful day for the Meeting House Stage. Watching this event grow month by month has been an absolute pleasure. We have so far raised almost $1000 in much needed funds for the Rindge Historical Society, and it’s truly wonderful to have live music again at the Meeting House.

Since none of the other musicians signed up for the opening slot, I started things off playing three of my own songs, “These Are The Hard Times”, “The Vasectomy Song”, and I finished up my set with “Let’s Play One More Round”. Ken Durand was up next, and played his song “Laura Bridgeman”, followed by “I Can’t Work Out Today Blues”. Then he brought his brother Dan up on stage, and they did a beautiful tune about the Underground Railroad, with Dan providing very nice harmony vocals.

After Ken’s set, Peigi Chace and Steve Rapson took the stage. Continue reading