Meeting House Presents

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Unitarian Society of Hartford 2019-20 Concert  Series

Doors open at 7:00 for 7:30 shows

Address: 50 Bloomfield Avenue  Hartford, CT 06105 Music


Closed until further notice.

2019-20 Season  All shows are Friday night at 7:30 p.m. (Click on the performer’s name for additional information)

Will reschedule in 2021      Seán Heely Celtic trio

Experience the magic music of Scotland and Ireland with the Seán Heely Celtic Trio. The group features U.S National Scottish Fiddle champion Seán Heely, acclaimed multi-instrumentalist Kevin Elam, and Highland bagpiper Tracy Jenkins. The three gents bring together multiple different instruments to perform fiery dance tunes and ancient, soaring melodies from Scotland and Ireland. They perform original compositions and have rich vocal harmonies in their solid song repertoire that features ballads, sea shanties, and songs in Irish and Scots Gaelic

Will reschedule in 2021        Scott Cook has managed to distill 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.

Ticket prices:

  • $20 general admission.
  • $14 for students with ID.
  • Children under age 12 are free with paying parent.

Pending Updates – Special Post-Season Concert

Friday, May 15, 2020        Maine Fiddle Camp comes to Connecticut

For the first time, Maine Fiddle Camp is bringing a road show to Connecticut so we can enjoy the unique blend of traditional Maine music with a variety show twist. Music will be performed by some of the very talented professional musicians who spend part of their summer teaching at Maine Fiddle Camp, to raise money for their Scholarship Fund. After intermission we might even have a barn dance in Fellowship Hall.


Upcoming 2020-21 Season

Susan Werner – Friday, September 18, 2020

Vance Gilbert – Friday, October 16, 2020

Mad Agnes – Friday, November 20, 2020

Local Showcase – Friday, December 18, 2020

  • Lindsey Fyfe (Dec. 18)

  • The Wool Hats (Dec. 18)

  • Among the Acres (Dec. 18)

Friday, January 15, 2021 – TBA

Friday, February 19, 2021 – TBA

Abbie Gardner – Friday, March 19, 2021

Reggie Harris and Pat Wictor – Friday, April  16, 2021

Archive list of 2017-19 Meeting House Presents performers


We don’t take reservations, but advance tickets are available nline 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

Our email includes concert announcements, updates, and info about folk music events in the area. Subscribe to Meeting House Presents Email  send a message to MeetingHousePresents@gmail.com. Put “subscribe” in the subject line. We send one or two emails each month. 50 Bloomfield Ave. at 7:30 p.m.

 


Will be rescheduled in 2021  Seán Heely Celtic trio  50 Bloomfield Ave. at 7:30 p.m.

Magic and Myth: Music from the Old World and the New

Experience the magic music of Scotland and Ireland with the Seán Heely Celtic Trio. Featuring U.S National Scottish Fiddle champion Seán Heely, acclaimed multi-instrumentalist Kevin Elam, and Scottish border piper Tracy Jenkins. The three gents bring together multiple different instruments to perform fiery dance tunes and ancient, soaring melodies from Scotland and Ireland. Original compositions abound and they have rich vocal harmonies in their solid song repertoire that features ballads, sea shanties, and songs in Irish and Scottish folk tradition. Seán plays fiddle, mandocello, shruti box, and sings in English, Irish, and Scots Gaelic.

Multi-Genre violinist/fiddler Seán Heely is one of the most creatively versatile and captivating young artists of his generation. He is a U.S National Scottish Fiddle Champion as well as an award-winning Irish Fiddler and singer in the folk traditions of Scotland and Ireland. Seán holds a degree from University of South Carolina in Classical Violin Performance and was a 2019 Artist in Residence at Strathmore Music Center in Maryland.An educator in demand, Seán is an Adjunct Instructor at American University, he has also been on the faculty at several summer camps such as Acadia Traditional School of Music and ArtsUpper Potomac Fiddle Retreat, and Fiddle Hell Festival. He was selected to compete in the prestigious Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann All-Ireland Senior Fiddle competition in Aug 2017. He has performed in Scotland, Ireland, and at venues in the U.S such as the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.

Seán has performed with traditional music icons such as Liz Carroll, Bonnie Rideout, Natalie Haas, Cathy Jordan, Eamon O’Leary, Zan McLeod, and Paddy Keenan..

Along with his accolades in Traditional Music, Seán made his Classical solo debut with the Virginia Symphony in 2012 performing Mozart’s 5th Violin Concerto. A composer and arranger, Seán has won national awards including the 2016 Scottish Fiddling Revival’s Tune writing competition. Seán was a featured soloist with the Virginia International Tattoo in Norfolk, VA in April 2017 and 2019. Recently, Sean was named the recipient of the first annual Claude Martin Memorial Life Membership Award from the Folklore Society of Greater Washington, an honor granted in recognition of his significant contributions to the local folk scene while still under age 30.

Kevin plays guitar, whistle, banjo, and is an accomplished vocalist. Tracy plays highland pipes, border pipes, and whistle. They have performed in venues such as the Kennedy Center, Strathmore Music center, CCE Irish Folk Festival Fairfax VA, Virginia Scottish games, and the Niel Gow Festival in Scotland.


Will reschedule in 2021        Scott Cook   

50 Bloomfield Ave. at 7:30 p.m.

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.

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.

Falcon Ridge Folk Festival has announced Scott Cook won the 2019 Emerging Artists Showcase and will perform as one of 2020’s Most Wanted Artists. Cook was one of 24 contestants and won “with an amazing 49% of voters in his corner,” according to Anne Saunders, the festival’s artistic director.

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


Special Post-Season Concert – Meeting House Presents the Maine Fiddle Camp Road Show

Pending Update – Friday, May 15, 2020 at 7:30 p.m.

at the Unitarian Society of Hartford

Lunch JamMaine Fiddle Camp is about playing music and learning tunes, and being able to play and enjoy those tunes with other people whatever your level of experience or ability.

The emphasis at camp is on learning tunes the traditional way—by ear.

Maine Fiddle Camp is an outdoor Maine summer camp experience. Campers stay in basic rustic cabins without electricity or in their own tents. Youths stay in cabins but may stay in tents with their families if they wish. We have separate, centrally located, men’s and women’s bath houses with hot water showers, multiple wash basins and flush toilets as well as convenient “potra-potties” throughout camp. Eating is outdoors under a tent, and classes are mostly outdoors under canopies.

Summer days in Maine can be hot or cool, and nights might be hot but are more generally cool or sometimes even cold. Come prepared for anything. And yes – there are mosquitoes. But there are loons, too, and when we’re lucky they make their own beautiful music at night.

Good music and good food are elegantly combined at camp, with meals and snacks planned and prepared by our head chef, Tim Johnson, and a cadre of volunteers who take time out from music to help in the kitchen. Fiddle Camp is like that – many things happen because someone pitches in and helps out.

For the first time, Maine Fiddle Camp is bringing a road show to Connecticut so we can enjoy the unique blend of traditional Maine music with a variety show twist. Music will be performed by some of the very talented professional musicians who spend part of their summer teaching at Maine Fiddle Camp. After intermission we might even have a barn dance in Fellowship Hall.

Doug Protsik

Doug Protsik

Doug likes to play the “old-time piano” for dances, melodramas, honky tonk saloons, and silent movies. He learned his style from Otto Soper, Geneva Walton, and Danny Patt among many others. He plays with Old Grey Goose and produced all three of their recordings, including the group’s first recording in 1978 for Folkways, “Old Time Country Dance Tunes and Songs from Maine”, now available again on CD. Doug also plays piano, accordion, and fiddle. He is the Camp Director again this year.

 

Owen Marshall

Vogue magazine calls musician Owen Marshall “A guitar/mandolin/banjo player rivaled in character only by the occasional three-pronged carrot” (Vogue 2009). Owen has accompanied and collaborated with many of traditional music’s top performers including Aoife Clancy, Liz Carroll, Darol Anger, John Doyle, Andrea Beaton, Jerry Holland, Ari & Mia Friedman and his own traditional Irish trio “The Press Gang”. His music has appeared on NPR “the Thistle and Shamrock,” BBC television, and the back of his left elbow has appeared on MTV. In addition to being a respected performer, Owen is in demand at music camps throughout New England and the U.S., where he shares his approach to accompanying traditional music.

Neil Pearlman

Neil Pearlman is emerging as one of the traditional music scene’s most innovative young artists. Legendary Cape Breton fiddler Jerry Holland said that “watching Neil’s hands on the piano is like watching two spiders on crack!” His piano style is rooted in Cape Breton traditions while drawing on latin, jazz and funk influences. The result is a exciting new sound that remains true to its traditional roots. An accomplished Cape Breton step dancer and mandolinist as well, Neil grew up in the family band Highland Soles and has performed with many of the best musicians on the traditional music scene today, including Natalie MacMaster, Alasdair Fraser, Seamus Connolly, Kimberley Fraser, Abby Newton, Frank Ferrel, Maeve Gilchrist, Mike Vass, Ed Pearlman and Greg Boardman.
Visit Neil’s website at www.neilpearlman.com.

 


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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
Upcoming Sounding Board Concerts Saturday in 2020 unless noted.
  • ALASTAIR MOOCK (February 15, 7:30 p.m)
  • The Early Risers (Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020  3 p.m)
  • The Vox Hunters (February 29, 2020)
  • St. Patrick’s Prelude with Poor Man’s Gambit  (March 7, 2020)
  • Matthew Byrne (Sunday, March 15, 2020, 3 p.m.)
  • The Hot Flashes (April 4, 2020)
  • Aaron Nathans & Michael Ronstadt  (April 18, 2020)
  • Katie Dahl (Sunday, April 19, 2020, 3 p.m.)
  • Piper & Carson (Sunday, April 26, 2020, 3 p.m)
  • The Cadleys (May 2, 2020)
  • Heather Pierson Acoustic Trio (May 9, 2020)
  • Portable Folk Festival (May 16, 2020)
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,.

Unitarian-Universalist Society: East

153 W Vernon St, Manchester, CT 06042


WWUH Folk Calendar Upcoming Folk Events in the WWUH Listening Area


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

Archive 2019-20  Meeting House Presents Shows

  • Friday, Sept. 27, 2019      Moonfruits
  • Friday, Oct. 4, 2019         Mad Agnes
  • Friday, Nov. 1, 2019         Annie Sumi
  • Friday, Nov. 22, 2019        Louise Mosrie
  • Friday, Dec. 27, 2019        Hartford Hot Several Brass Band
  • Friday, Jan. 24, 2020         Reggie Harris
  • Friday, Feb 28, 2020          Belle of the Fall

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