Meeting House Presents: concerts, theater, music, entertainment

Unitarian Society of Hartford 2018-19 Performing Arts Concert  Series co-produced with  The Sounding Board Coffee House

Ticket prices unless otherwise noted:

  • $20 general admission.

  • $14 for students with ID.

  • Children under age 12 are free with paying parent.

  • $3 season ticket discount off adult price.

Save the dates for 2018-19 Upcoming Meeting House Presents Shows (Click on the performer’s name for additional information)

Friday, September 14, 2018      TBA

Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018           Peter Mayer

Friday, October 26, 2018          TBA

Friday, November 30, 2018     Lula Wiles

Friday, January 25, 2019          TBA

Friday, February 22, 2019        TBA

Friday, March 22, 2019             TBA

Friday, April 12, 2019                 TBA

Click here for a list of 2017-18 Meeting House Presents performers


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To purchase tickets to a Meeting House Presents concert, click on “buy tickets” to the event you want to attend.  You will be taken to the Brown Paper Tickets website where you can complete your purchase.

When your ticket purchase is complete, you may print paper tickets on your own printer. You can also show the confirmation email received from Brown Paper Tickets on your mobile device at the door. Your ticket purchase will appear on your credit card statement as Brown Paper Tickets.

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

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Saturday, September 29, 2018 at 7:30  

Click to listen Driving With My Knee   Blue Boat Home

Peter Mayer writes songs for a small planet—songs about interconnectedness and the human journey; about the beauty and mystery of the world. Whimsical, humorous, and profound, his music breaks the boundaries of “folk”, and transcends to a realm beyond the everyday love song, to a place of wonder at the very fact of life itself.

Peter began playing the guitar and writing songs when he was in high school. In college he studied theology and music, and then spent two years in seminary. Afterward he took a part-time job as a church music director while performing at clubs and colleges, and writing and recording his music. In 1995, he quit his job and started performing full-time. Since then, Peter has gradually gained a dedicated, word-of-mouth following, playing shows from Minnesota to Texas, New England to California. He has ten albums to his credit, and has sold over 80 thousand of them independently.

“Peter Mayer is a magician…(his) universe is full of metaphor and meaning, story and symbol — everything contains more than meets the eye.”
— Bill Reed, music editor, Colorado Springs Gazette

“His guitar work is breath-taking, his lyrics mind-spinning, his singing soul-soothing and his feet-on-the-ground optimism nothing short of healing.”
–Marilyn Rea-Beyer, music director, WUMB Radio, Boston

“He is unafraid of complicated topics and always strives to look beyond the easy sentiment…Peter does nothing less than address the very nature of our existence…Trust me, most songwriters can’t pull this off. Peter Mayer does.”
–Dale Connelly, Morning Show Host, MinnesotaPublic Radio

“Mayer’s songs are crafted like shaker furniture, with no place for superfluous embellishments or throwaway lines… (his) world is bright and hopeful and the transcendent nature of his lyrics…explore the mysteries of life…Mayer’s fluid, clean, and tremendously intriguing guitar playing is topped with warm, rich vocals. This is music for the soul.”
–Acoustic Guitar Magazine

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, November 30, 2018  at 7:30 Lula Wiles

Click to listen  One More Night       Mama       Anymore     Turtle Dove

Lula Wiles is a band deeply rooted in traditional folk music, but equally deep is their devotion to modern songcraft. Their songs span from heartbreak-drenched acoustic ballads to honky-tonk swagger to contemporary grit and back again, all anchored by powerful three-part vocal harmonies. Their lyrics are fiercely honest, littered with reinvented folk tropes and evocative images – a rainy field of daisies, a dusty bar lit by Christmas lights, an unmade bed. They deliver love songs that are at once defiant and heartsick, as well as new contributions to the folk ballad canon and timely explorations of what it means to live in America today.

Drawing from the deep wells of traditional old-time music, classic country, and contemporary indie-folk-rock songwriting and arranging, Lula Wiles melds diverse influences to create a sound all their own. The three band members deftly swap instruments and frontwoman duties, with Ellie Buckland (vocals/guitar/fiddle), Isa Burke (vocals/guitar/fiddle), and Mali Obomsawin (vocals/bass) each contributing their own singularly expressive vocals, instrumental lines, and songwriting. Onstage, the band gathers tightly around a single microphone for a spirited and emotionally resonant live show.

If you ask them about their self-titled debut album, they’ll be quick to tell you it was a long time coming. The album’s eleven original songs were written over the course of the preceding four years, tested and lived in on stages and in bedrooms and backyards in Maine and Boston, and reborn through the band’s collaboration with producer/guitarist Adam Iredale-Gray and drummer Sean Trischka. Self-released on May 27, 2016, the album represents Lula Wiles’ exploration of the space where traditional folk meets modern songwriting and production. Acclaimed singer-songwriter Aoife O’Donovan calls the album “a stunning collection of self-penned songs about love, loss, and drinking – the perfect blend of modern and timeless.”  Their sophomore album will be announced later this year.

Though the band is young, all the members of Lula Wiles have spent their lives grounded in songs. Born in Maine to musical families, they began playing music together as kids at Maine Fiddle Camp, and eventually each made their way to Boston to study at Berklee College of Music. Isa and Ellie began performing as a duo in 2013, and Lula Wiles was born when Mali joined the band a year later. When Lula Wiles performs, the band’s many years of friendship are clear from their electrifying musical chemistry and alchemic vocal harmonies. Now based in Boston’s thriving and close-knit roots music community, Lula Wiles have performed at premier festivals and clubs throughout the eastern United States, including Club Passim, the Sinclair, Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, Fresh Grass Festival, and Green River Music Festival. They’ve recently expanded their touring territory to Canada and Europe, and have shared stages with artists like the Wood Brothers, Aoife O’Donovan, Darlingside, Sarah Jarosz, and Tim O’Brien. Roots authority No Depression predicts Lula Wiles “will be a huge force on the Americana scene for years to come.” All proficient vocalists, multi-instrumentalists, and songwriters, the three women of Lula Wiles are each uniquely powerful in their own right; but combined, they are a force to be reckoned with.

“This album is a stunning collection of self-penned songs about love, loss, and drinking – the perfect blend of modern and timeless. From rich swells of fiddles to powerful honky-tonk guitar, all anchored by rocking bass, this album delivers one gem after another. In an age where so much music feels trite and phoned in, Lula Wiles emerges with their own unique blend of honest lyrics and gorgeous singing. Do yourselves a favor and listen to this record. Or better yet, see a live show.”    – Aoife O’Donovan

“These young women […] will be a huge force on the Americana music scene for many years to come. The chemistry they bring to the stage is a joy to behold.”   – No Depression

“Lula Wiles are pushing the boundaries of Americana, crafting narrative lyrics that are just as detailed and complex as their tightly woven harmonies… The result is brilliant.” – Sound of Boston

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.


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, They are co-producing the Meeting House Presents concerts.

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 at 7:30:

  • Porch Party Mamas (5/12/18)
  • Portable Folk Festival (5/19/18)

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.



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


2017-18  Meeting House Presents Shows

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


 

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