Meeting House Presents: concerts, theater, music, entertainment


Unitarian Society of Hartford 2018-19 Performing Arts Concert  Series

Address:
50 Bloomfield Avenue  Hartford, CT 06105

Ticket prices:

  • $20 general admission.

  • $14 for students with ID.

  • Children under age 12 are free with paying parent.


Save the dates for 2018-19 Upcoming Meeting House Presents Concerts (Click on the performer’s name for additional information) Unitarian Society of Hartford, 50 Bloomfield Ave. Hartford, CT.

Friday, February 22, 2019       Citizen U (Antonio Alcorn and Chris Freeman)

Friday, March 22, 2019           Belle of the Fall

Friday, April 5, 2019                Mackie and Me

Saturday, May 4, 2019             Pete Seeger Birthday Party Sing-Along Gathering with Annie Patterson & Peter Blood, Sally Rogers, and Charlie King

Archive list of 2017-18 Meeting House Presents performers


We don’t take reservations, but advance tickets are available online at Brown Paper Tickets. Information about Brown Paper Tickets.

Contact information:

  • Buy tickets at Brown Paper Tickets or at the door if the show is not sold out
  • Email us at MeetingHousePresents@gmail.com
  • Phone the Unitarian Meeting House at (860) 233-9897, Office Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 10:00-3:00
  • Phone Laura and Paul Cipriano at (860)298-9984
  • Check this web page or subscribe to our email list for notification if shows are sold out or rescheduled

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Friday, February 22, 2019 at 7:30  Citizen U


Citizen U is the side project of Antonio Alcorn and Chris Freeman. The duo met in a
folk club at the University of Connecticut where they founded the five-piece folk/rock band Parsonsfield, known for its rich harmonies and high energy performances. As members of Parsonsfield, Freeman and Alcorn have spent the past six years touring across North America, releasing albums, scoring the music for and performing in an original play, and composing a live score to a silent film. Though their musical taste is broad, it’s the old songs that Alcorn and Freeman connect to.

Songs by Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, and tunes from Appalachia and
Ireland are what they find themselves playing when nobody is around. The energy
of Freeman hammering his banjo while Alcorn’s fingers move like spider legs across
his mandolin make for an intriguing take on folk classics that have never been heard
quite like this.

Based in the musical hub of Boston, Citizen U marks the return to the edge of the
folk music song circle which drew Freeman and Alcorn together. Join them for a
night of traditional music, old songs, and a whole bunch of other surprises they are dreaming up right now.

Tickets are $20 at the door/$14 for students with ID. Children under age 12 are free with paying parent.

50 Bloomfield Ave. Hartford, CT.


Friday, March 22, 2019 at 7:30  Belle of the Fall

Belle of the Fall is Tracy Walton and Julia Autumn Ford; an indie folk rock pop alternative americana duo from CT. 

Belle of the Fall met when Tracy produced Julia’s debut solo album in 2014 at his studio: On Deck Sound Studio. They spent the better part of the next year touring together as solo artists. Eventually they began to play on each others sets and sing harmonies together. In July of 2015,  Tracy and Julia wrestled with the idea of remaining separate solo artists or committing to a duo. They chose the latter.

Tracy’s weathered voice and upright bass seem to be built to compliment the world class vocals of Julia. Tracy owns On Deck Sound Studio in CT and Julia now works there in the video department so when they are not touring or working on their own projects, they are working with other artists. In April of 2016 Belle of the Fall released their debut album, “Earthbound.”  23 states and 175 gigs later and they are about to release their second full length on April 6th, titled “Rise Up.”

Tickets are $20 at the door/$14 for students with ID. Children under age 12 are free with paying parent.

50 Bloomfield Ave. Hartford, CT.


Friday, April 5, 2019 at 7:30  Mackie and Me

Mackie and MeAdèle Paxton (vocalist) and Dennis “Mackie” McCorkle (guitar, electronics, FX) will perform new works from their album, Songs of Enchantment. These songs explore a number of Walter de la Mare’s playful, quirky, and metaphysical poems using a “jazzsical” composition style and vocal approach, intended to complement lyrical and rhythmic elements within his texts.

Songs Links for three songs from Mackie and Me.

Adèle Paxton grew up in Edinburgh and now lives in Connecticut. She has sung extensively across Europe, in USA, and Brazil. Her many credits include performances at the Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, and St John’s Smith Square, London, and at the Lincoln Center, New York. She has sung in broadcasts and recitals at Aldeburgh Festival, for BBC Radio 3, and Classic FM. She has always
had an interest in the capacity of the human voice for pure expression of our inner world of feelings. With the music of Mackie and Me, Adèle explores original musical ideas and a fresh approach to vocal interpretation.

“The honors of the evening belonged to Adèle Paxton. She leads the listener to the heart of the song—nothing is more authentic.” (The Scotsman)

“Adèle Paxton’s performance was nothing short of stunning, an intensely musical voice, rich and warm which went straight to the heart, evoking completely the spirit of the poetry.” (The Orcadian)

Dennis ‘Mackie’ McCorkle learned his craft as a musician and composer from Dennis Sandole, Frank Mullen, and John Marlow. For some years, he was a guitarist in the United States Navy Band playing in Memphis, TN, Greece, and Naples, Italy. A regular artist in the Atlantic City casino scene for over twenty years, he also performed and recorded regularly in Washington, DC, New York, and Philadelphia. In New York City he served as Executive Director of Music Minus One/Pocket Songs. Mackie composes prolifically across genres including jazz, classical, folk, sacred, and music theater. His March of Grand Central Station was premiered at Grand Central Station, New York City in 2001.

“McCorkle creates richly woven sonic tapestries.”
(The New Age Music Guide of 500 Top New Age Musicians)

“Tasteful guitar music…” (The Philadelphia Inquirer)

Tickets are $20 at the door/$14 for students with ID. Children under age 12 are free with paying parent.

50 Bloomfield Ave. Hartford, CT.


Pete Seeger 100th Anniversary

Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 7:30  Pete Seeger Birthday Party & Sing-Along Gathering with Annie Patterson & Peter Blood, Sally Rogers, and Charlie King

Pete Seeger was born on May 3rd, 1919. Click for more information about Pete.

How can all of us celebrate the 100th anniversary of his birth this coming May?

Peter and Annie

Let’s hold community singalongs and concerts all around this country!  Not just to remember Pete and all he gave to the world – but also to rededicate ourselves to working tirelessly for the kind of world he & Toshi believed in so passionately.

One of the things Peter and Annie are doing is creating a special little collection of lyrics and chords to 40 of the best songs Pete led audiences in during his concerts. Tentative title is If I Had a Hammer: A Pete Seeger SingalongSongbook. We hope this will be out in March so it can be used at singalong celebrating Pete’s 100th. More information here.

Annie and Peter will lead this  commemorative singalong concert in collaboration with songleading musician-activists Charlie King and Sally Rogers. Watch for more details soon at the news and events section of this website.

You might know Sally Rogers from NPR’s A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. Her repertoire includes traditional, contemporary and original ballads and song, interwoven with stories taken from her life as a performer, a wife and a mother. Throughout her concerts, she accompanies herself on guitar and Appalachian dulcimer, or performs without accompaniment in a voice that needs no further enhancement. Reviewers have described her voice in superlatives ranging from “remarkable” to “mesmerizing.” As one critic summarized, “…it’s really next to impossible to do justice to a voice of that quality.” Much of the material performed by Sally includes compositions of her own, many of which are considered classics of the folk and popular genre.

Charlie King performed in 2019 here at the Unitarian Society of Hartford and we are happy t have him back. He is a musical storyteller and political satirist. He sings and writes passionately about the extraordinary lives of ordinary people. Pete Seeger hailed him as “One of the finest singers and songwriters of our time.”

Charlie has been at the heart of American folk music for over half a century and has been writing songs for the past 45 years. “With encouraging regularity, Charlie King emerges from his self-reflection to remind us of the happy resilience of the human spirit. His message songs vary between the funny and the frightening, but he pulls them off with unvarying taste, musical skill, and charm.”

Find out about health benefits of singing.

Tickets are $20 at the door/$14 for students with ID. Children under age 12 are free with paying parent.

50 Bloomfield Ave. Hartford, CT.


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Ticket purchases are non-refundable. A small service charge in addition to the ticket price applies to every purchase. A portion of the service charge is used to support arts and cultural organizations throughout the United States. Tickets can also be purchased at the door with cash or check.

Contact information:

  • Buy tickets at Brown Paper Tickets or at the door if the show is not sold out
  • Email us at MeetingHousePresents@gmail.com
  • Phone the Unitarian Meeting House at (860) 233-9897, Office Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 10:00-3:00
  • Phone Laura and Paul Cipriano at (860)298-9984
  • Check this web page or subscribe to our email list for notification if shows are sold out or rescheduled

Our sister concert series

The Sounding Board Coffeehouse

Click to Reserve your seat for a Sounding Board Coffee House show

The Sounding Board Folk & Acoustic Music Coffeehouse is an all-volunteer, non-profit 501(c)3 organization founded in 1973 to present and preserve folk music in all its forms in the Greater Hartford area. Sounding Board concerts are at The Universalist Church, 433 Fern St., West Hartford, CT, unless noted otherwise
860-770-3001

Upcoming Sounding Board Concerts Saturday in 2019

  • Joe Jencks (March 2, 2019)
  • Naming The Twins (March 10, 2019; at Winding Trails)
  • Daymark (March 16, 2019)
  • Carolann Solebello (March 24, 2019 at Winding Trails)
  • Uke U (March 30, 2019 – all-day ukulele workshop & evening concert featuring ukulele masters; Jim & Liz Beloff, Ron Gordon, and Amy Kucharik)
  • Plywood Cowboy (April 6, 2019)
  • Gathering Time (April 14, 2019 at Winding Trails)
  • RPR (April 27, 2019) Ernest Troost (May 11, 2019)
  • Portable Folk Festival (May 18, 2019)
  • Low Lily (September 7, 2019)
  • Joe Crookston (September 21, 2019)
  • Jay Ungar & Molly Mason (October 5, 2019)

The Malvinas (November 2, 2019)

Please help support the Fern Street Food Pantry.Since 2012 Fern Street Food Pantry has provided hot meals and provisions for local families with food insecurity,  including a program that distributes food-filled backpacks to at-risk West Hartford students. Your help is needed. Please bring a non-perishable food item whenever you attend a Sounding Board concert. There will be a collection box at the admissions table.  THANKS!

The Lodge at Winding Trails, Farmington, CT Jam & Song Swap 2:00-2:45 p.m. Concert begins at 3:00 p.m. on Sundays, dates TBA.



Folknotes.org  is a comprehensive web site maintained by Brent Hall  featuring folk music events in Connecticut and southern New England.


Archive 2017-18  Meeting House Presents Shows

  • May 2017      Jack Williams
  • Oct. 27          Sam Moffett Quartet
  • Nov. 24         David Massengill
  • Jan. 19          Jacques Lamarre
  • Jan. 26          New World Trio
  • Feb. 23          Dennis McCorkle with Idalberto Perdomo, Edilio Bermudex, Desiree Negron-Carrero and Adèle Paxton.
  • March 23       JP Cormier
  • March 30       Susie Burke and David Surette
  • Apr. 27           An Evening with Mary Gauthier

Archive 2018-19  Meeting House Presents Shows

  • Sept. 14, 2018          Jill Friedman, Tang, Self-Suffice, David Giardina, and friends
  • Sept. 29, 2018         Peter Mayer
  • October 26, 2018   Charlie King
  • Nov. 30, 2018         Lula Wiles
  • Dec. 28, 2018          Sarah Harmon McKenzie and Ellen Iovino
  • Jan. 18, 2019           Hubby Jenkins (of the Carolina Chocolate Drops)

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