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.


Unitarian Society of Hartford, 50 Bloomfield Ave. Hartford, CT.

Saturday, May 4, 2019     7:00 pm        Pete Seeger Birthday Party Sing-Along Gathering with Annie Patterson & Peter Blood, Sally Rogers, Magpie, and Charlie King

2019-20 Season

Save the dates for 2019-20 Upcoming Meeting House Presents Concerts (Click on the performer’s name for additional information)

Friday, Sept. 13, 2019      Mad Agnes
Friday, Sept. 27, 2019      Moonfruits
Friday, Nov. 1, 2019          Annie Sumi
Friday, Nov. 22, 2019        Louise Mosrie
Friday, Dec. 27, 2019        TBA
Friday, Jan. 24, 2020         TBA
Friday, Feb 28, 2020          Belle of the Fall
Friday, March 27, 2020     TBA
Friday, April 17, 2020        Scott Cook

Archive list of 2017-19 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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Pete Seeger 100th Anniversary

Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 7:00 pm Pete Seeger Birthday Party & Sing-Along Gathering with Annie Patterson & Peter Blood, Sally Rogers, Magpie, and Charlie King

Buy tickets for Pete Seeger 100th Birthday Anniversary Celebration at Meeting House Presents
https://youtu.be/JVnHHaB-5oc

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 to 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.”

Magpie (Terry Leonino and Greg Artzner), with two strong voices in harmony and superb instrumental arrangements, their sound is powerful and moving. Award-winning recording artists, singers, songwriters, musical historians, playwrights, actors and social activists, Terry and Greg are proud to be, as Pete Seeger said of them, “…more links in the chain”, dedicating their lives and music to leaving this world a better place.

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.

 

Friday, Sept. 13, 2019      Mad Agnes

https://www.madagnes.com/videoYT.html

Mad Agnes is Margo Hennebach, Adrienne Jones and Mark Saunders. Each member arrived at the trio from a staggering list of solo accomplishments, including songwriting competitions, recordings, and the ability to sleep on any surface. Multi-instrumentalists all, Hennebach is classically trained in piano, Jones is self-taught on guitar and bass, and Saunders adds color with a vintage mandolin and subtle electronic processing on his guitar. The sound can be full as a concert hall or delicate as three voices singing a cappella.

Harmony-driven performance of contemporary singer-songwriter material influenced by classical, Celtic, folk/rock, PDQ Bach, and a touch of street theatre. Their lyrics, vocal intricacies and instrument prowess are unforgettable.

Mad Agnes is mad – but only in the most endearing way. And if you ask them what they’re mad about… Why, they’re mad about you.

Folk, classical or Celtic? Soaring harmonies, incisive lyrics or giggly repartee? For nine years Mad Agnes has been delightfully impossible to pigeonhole. This hasn’t kept the genre-bending trio from winning hearts on two continents and collectively amassing a body of work which comprises twelve CDs, a concert DVD, three tour T-shirts and a cracking set of action figures.

“Dazzling harmonies, superb arrangements, terrific instrumental virtuosity, brilliant original songs and fine treatments of other material… there really aren’t enough superlatives to describe one of the best evenings I’ve seen in the many years I have been involved in the Folk scene.”
                                              -Graham Searle, Folk on the Moor, Devon, UK, 2010

 

Friday, Sept. 27, 2019      Moonfruits

Fronted by partners Alex Millaire and Kaitlin Milroy, Ottawa-based Moonfruits are makers of art-folk bilingue. In a forest of banjo, guitar, kalimba and glockenspiel, their voices burrow and soar. Here is a reverie, tender and powerful, beckoning listeners to elevate the stuff of everyday life.

Four-time 2019 Trille Or nominees¹, Moonfruits have toured Canada coast to coast, moving audiences with a live show that mixes French and English organically, playfully, intentionally. Their début full-length Ste-Quequepart (2017) \saint-kehk-pahr or Saint Somewhere\ is an elaborate small town fiction that explores the faces of gentrification, isolation and community.

“… that’s what Moonfruits do. They take you somewhere, tell you a story … and then it stays with you. It follows you, lives inside you, and reminds you about the fact that music is about telling our stories … Moonfruits is music best experienced in the presence of loved ones.”

                                                   — Maria Helena Pacelli, Apt613

 
 
 

Friday, Nov. 1, 2019          Annie Sumi

Singer-songwriter Annie Sumi shares a brand of musical storytelling that spans folk, roots and ethereal vocalization.

Dancing on a line between imagination and reality, ethereal-folk artist Annie Sumi’s music invites you into a familiar otherworld. Like an inbound wind, her voice begins with a whisper, gathers strength and purpose, and transforms into an airy howl. Her songs take you to places – of quiet wonder, of unspoken love, of tranquil landscape.

“You can’t leave an Annie Sumi performance and feel anything but inspired,” says Leah Morise, of London-based House of Harmony.  “She fills the stage with joy and it spills over into the audience. Her songs manage to pull you into her world.”

Over the last three and a half years, the Ontario-based singer-songwriter has released two critically-acclaimed albums and toured her music across Canada, parts of the U.S. and Europe.

With grace and humility, she’s charmed audiences at more than 300 shows, from living rooms to major music festivals, and has been asked to open for the likes of Buffy Sainte-Marie, Amelia Curran and Jim Cuddy.

In 2018, she was recognized with a Canadian Folk Music Award nomination for Emerging Artist of the Year. Pieces from her latest album, In the Unknown, received airplay all across Canada, earning chart placements, critical acclaim and accolades.

 

 

Friday, Nov. 22, 2019        Louise Mosrie

Louise grew up in the small town just outside of Nashville, TN on a farm with British parents and several siblings – riding horses, writing poetry and singing with the radio. After college in Knoxville, she “borrowed” her brother’s Sears guitar, bought a simple chord book and started writing songs. The early material was mostly acoustic pop as she tried to channel her English roots while listening to Everything But the Girl and The Sundays.

Fast forward a few years, a move back to Nashville and some deep soul searching, Louise began writing songs about the South – what she knew and where she grew up. In 2008, she began working on a new album eventually to be called “Home” because she’d come full circle in her “voice” as a writer. The album was a mix of bluegrass, country and folk and as she weaved in lush stories and songs about southern life, she was even introduced once as “…William Faulkner with a guitar”. With those songs, she entered some song contests connected to festivals and ended up winning top awards at Kerrville Folk Festival, Wildflower! Festival, Telluride Bluegrass Festival and Falcon Ridge Folk Festival. “Home” debuted at #1 on the Folk DJ charts in January 2010 and went on to be one of the most played albums that year for that chart.

Buoyed by a couple thousand earnest fans, she began touring all over the Eastern seaboard, the South and Texas. Audience members would tell her that they enjoyed the stories between the songs as much as the songs and her strong expressive voice was described as “…like listening to Patty Griffin and Susan Tedeschi at the same time.” She’s played at The Bluebird Café in Nashville, Club Passim in Boston, Caffé Lena in NY and was just recently invited to play at The Birchmere in Washington DC.

In 2012, her 15-year marriage ended and her mother was diagnosed with brain cancer and died 6 months later. Out of those dark days came some new songs that would eventually be recorded on her newest release “Lay It Down”: 10 songs of love, loss and surrender. She collaborated with folk-rock songwriter/producer, Cliff Eberhardt, who envisioned that minimalist arrangements and restrained production would allow the emotional songs and Louise’s voice a stark relief to rest and shine in.

“Louise Mosrie may well be the brightest young folk-oriented artist to emerge from Nashville in many a year. On her second release her pure, expressive voice delivers the songs with the perfect balance of expressiveness and direction. Better still, the exquisite, very low key production keeps Mosrie’s voice out front and shining. This is Mosrie with a few well chosen, subtle accompanists. A pleasing aspect of this CD is its ideal mix of personal songs and songs outside of Mosrie’s own life, such as song set in the Civil War and one about a young girl leaving home for the larger world in 1920 and coming to grief. In my book, Mosrie’s song “Singing My Heart Out” alone is worth buying this CD.”

             -Rich Warren - WFMT-FM "Midnight Special" Chicago

Friday, Dec. 27, 2019        TBA


Friday, Jan. 24, 2020         TBA

 

Friday, Feb 28, 2020          Belle of the Fall

Belle of the Fall – Two (Live)

Quite possibly the most beautiful room we have played. Thanks to Meeting House Presents for having us. You can find 'Two' on our second album, "Rise Up."

Posted by Belle of the Fall on Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Belle of the Fall is Tracy Walton and Julia Autumn Ford, An indie folk rock pop alternative americana duo from Northwest 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 after wrestling with the idea of remaining separate solo artists or committing to a duo they merged forces and became Belle of the Fall. In April 2016, Belle of the Fall released their debut album; “Earthbound” following it up in April 2018 with their second album: “Rise Up”. Currently they are working on the third BOTF album and plan on releasing it in Spring 2019.

To say that Belle of the Fall lead singer, Julia Autumn Ford possesses the voice of an angel is beyond obvious. Soft, tender and raw all at once; Julia’s vocal delivery is light as a feather yet powerful enough to knock down an entire city block with one turn of a phrase. her partner in crime, bassist Tracy Walton rounds out Belle of the Fall’s folky yet modern sound. You will want to take note of this performance as it’s one of those ‘I saw them when they were still playing bars moments.” -Block Island Music Fest 


Friday, March 27, 2020     TBA

 

Friday, April 17, 2020        Scott Cook

Prairie balladeer Scott Cook is an Edmonton-based, world-traveling songwriter with heart forever on sleeve.

A roots balladeer with a rare personal warmth, Canada’s Scott Cook has managed to distil the stories collected over eleven years touring across Canada, the USA, Europe, Asia, Australia and elsewhere into straight-talking, keenly observant verse. Road-worn, painfully honest, and deeply human, his tunes weave threads of folk, roots, blues, soul and country over spacious fingerstyle guitar and clawhammer banjo arrangements.

His fourth release, One More Time Around, was nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award, and its opening track “Pass It Along” won the Folk and Acoustic category in the 2013 UK Songwriting Contest, with UK magazine Maverick Country naming him “one of Canada’s most inspiring and imaginative storytellers”. In 2015 he put together a seven-piece honky-tonk band for his fifth studio album, Scott Cook and the Long Weekends Go Long, and in 2017 he released his sixth album Further Down the Line, earning his second Canadian Folk Music Award nomination, for English Songwriter of the Year. The album is packaged in a 132-page softcover book offering a look back, in words and pictures, on his last decade of near-incessant rambling.

Cook is one of the hardest-working DIY troubadours on the road today, averaging over 150 shows and a dozen festivals every year since 2007. All the hard miles notwithstanding, he still believes that songs can change your life, and your life can change the world.

Scott Cook has distilled his travels down into songs powered by a sharp eye for imagery, a healthy dose of humanity, and that unforgettable voice, that at the same time intones the rigors of the road and the most comfortable couch you have ever slept on.”          -David Francey, 3x Juno winner 

 

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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
  • 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.

Unitarian-Universalist Society: East presents:

Meetinghouse 

Storm Comin'

From our 8/16/2018 performance in Blue Back Square in West Hartford

Posted by Meetinghouse on Sunday, August 19, 2018

Sunday, 5 May 2019 from 16:00-17:00

153 W Vernon St, Manchester, CT 06042


WWUH Folk Calendar Upcoming Folk Events in the WWUH Listening Area


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)
  • Feb. 22, 2019          Citizen U
  • March 22, 2019      Belle of the Fall
  • April 5, 2019           Mackie and Me

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