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June, and its wonderful concerts, is now over, and we look forward to July. First, we take a break for the 4th of July weekend. We'll be back once again on Thursday, July 9th, with Hayley Reardon. See below for more details. Please help us spread the word - we always appreciate being able to bring in a wider audience -- and I hope to see you at our upcoming shows. Next up:

TEEN TIX: This year we have added a new price level for 13-17 year-olds, $5 off the adult price - teen tickets can be purchased at the door.

Advance tickets are available at the New Salem General Store. Please note that online and General Store ticket sales close down a few hours before each show. After that, tickets are only available at the door.

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1794 MEETINGHOUSE

In 1987 a small group of dedicated individuals with a passion for the performing arts had a dream to preserve a historic building and to create a cultural center in north central Massachusetts. That vision was the inception of the 1794 Meetinghouse Performing Arts Center.

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PO Box 8 / 26 South Main Street
New Salem, MA 01355
Telephone of the Hall: 978-544-5200 (no voice mail)
Voice Mail: 413-335-3489 (Brad Foster's phone)

 

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June 13, 2015 - Saturday, 7:30pm

Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez

Roots Rock.
SATURDAY JUNE 13 — 7:30 PM
Opening Night Reception at 6:45 PM
Adults: $20 | 13-17: $15 | 0-12: free
Sponsored by Linqsong Publishing
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Christine Ohlman — voice, acoustic & electric guitar
Michael Colbath — bass, voice
Larry Donahue — drums, percussion
Cliff Goodwin — lead guitar

Saturday Night Live singer-songwriter Christine Ohlman and Rebel Montez will kick of the Meetinghouse's 2015 Summer Series; Champange reception precedes the concert. 

Rock n' soul will rule the night on June 13 as Christine Ohlman, the flashy, gritty platinum-blonde "Beehive Queen," who is the longtime vocalist with NBC's Saturday Night Live Band, brings Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez to kick off the 2015 season at the 1794 Meetinghouse for a show that will spotlight songs from her six CDs, including The Deep End, a passionate collection that garnered five end-of-year national Top Ten mentions (Rolling Stone editor emeritus Dave Marsh said, "There are so many 'wow' moments," and esteemed journalist Peter Guralnick weighed in with, "Tough, tender, thoughtful and sassy; R-E-A-L, as Sam Phillips was wont to say"). Ohlman is fresh from sold-out appearances on at the 2015 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Rochester International Jazz Festival, and the WC Handy Festival in Muscle Shoals—and on "The Tonight Show" with her former SNL cohort Jimmy Fallon.

photo credit: Super9 Studios/Irene Liebler

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June 18, 2015 - Thursday, 7:30pm

Haley Hewitt with Matt Torcellini

Celtic Harp.
THURSDAY JUNE 18 — 7:30 PM
Adults: $10 | 13-17: $5 | 0-12: free
Celtic Lever-Harp Workshop at 4:00 PM

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Haley Hewitt — celtic harp
Matt Torcellini — percussion

Haley Hewitt is one of the most exciting, innovative, and gifted harp players of the up-and-coming generation. Playing Scottish music, but also interested in traditional music from around the world, Haley has been breaking boundaries and pushing the limits of what is possible for the instrument.

Haley studied at the Hartt School of Music, and later at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Upon her return to the U.S., she founded the Celtic Harp department at the Neighborhood Music School in New Haven CT, and also the Connecticut Harp Circle, which has since developed a faithful following. In September 2013, she was crowned USA National Scottish Harp Champion by the Scottish Harp Society of America, sponsored by the Clan Currie Society. In July, 2014, Haley moved to Boston, MA where she contnues to play, teach, and write music for the lever harp.

Matt Torcellini is a classically-trained percussionist with a B.M. in Music Education and Percussion Performance from The Hartt School of Music in West Hartford, CT. He subs with local orchestras and freelances teaching and performing throughout Connecticut, and he plays with The Jolly Beggars, mostly on Bodhran and bones, but he also plays full traps and much in between.

Haley Hewitt Website
Haley Hewitt Facebook
Haley Hewitt @ Neighborhood Music School
The Jolly Beggars Website


June 21, 2015 - Sunday, 4:00pm

Hartka-Sinkevych Duo

Classical Cello & Piano
with Rebecca Hartka & Inesa Sinkevych.
SUNDAY JUNE 21 — 4 PM
Adults: $10 | 13-17: $5 | 0-12: free
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Rebecca Hartka — cello
Inesa Sinkevych — piano

Lovers of fine classical music will be treated to a remarkable performance of classical cello and piano by the Hartka-Sinkevych Duo on Sunday, June 21st. The program is called "1815, 1915, 2015" and celebrates the 100 and 200 anniversary of cello and piano works. Rebecca Hartka and Inesa Sinkevych met while performing at the Interharmony International Music Festival in Tuscany, Italy. Hartka was a founding member and acting director of the Valley Classics Concert Series in 2011-2013. She plays with the Springfield Symphony and the Berkshire Choral Society. Sinkevych has performed as a soloist with the Israel Philharmonic and the Minnesota Orchestra and at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.

Music will include:
Beethoven Sonata No. 4
Brahms Sonata No. 2
Debussy Sonata
Premiere of Zeke Hecker Cello and Piano Sonata No. 2

Rebecca Hartka Website
Inesa Sinkevych Website


June 27, 2015 - Saturday, 7:30pm

Tracy Grammer with Jim Henry

Post-Modern Folk.
SATURDAY JUNE 27 — 7:30 PM
Adults: $15 | 13-17: $10 | 0-12: free
Sponsored by Chuck & Polly Longsworth
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Tracy Grammer — voice, guitar
Jim Henry — acoustic & electric guitars, mandolin, dobro, baritone, slide, bass, voice

Tracy Grammer is one of folk music’s most beloved singer/songwriters. She has performed throughout North America, Europe and Japan. Henry is a multi-instrumental powerhouse who recently finished a three year stint with the Mary Chapin Carpenter band. They will perform post-modern folk.

photo credit: Ben Barnhart

Tracy Grammer Website
Tracy Grammer / Red House Records Website
Jim Henry Website


July 9, 2015 - Thursday, 7:30pm

Hayley Reardon

Contemporary Folk.
THURSDAY JULY 9 — 7:30 PM
Adults: $10 | 13-17: $5 | 0-12: free
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Hayley Reardon — voice, guitar

Hayley Reardon, an 18-year-old Massachusetts singer–songwriter, will be taking the stage at the Meetinghouse. Some locals may remember when she performed at the Uptown Common in Athol at the age of twelve. She has shared the stage with Tom Rush, Christine Lavin and Peter Yarrow. The Boston Globe magazine named her 2012 Bostonian of the Year.

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July 12, 2015 - Sunday, 4:00pm

Bradley Bartlett–Roche

Jazz Piano & Saxophone.
SUNDAY JULY 12 — 4:00 PM
Adults: $10 | 13-17: $5 | 0-12: free
 
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Bradley Bartlett–Roche — piano, saxophone

Athol native Bradley Bartlett–Roche, at 12, already has a long list of accomplishments under his belt from performing with his mentor, Mitch Chakhour, to performing at the Hard Rock Café, the Boston Music Festival, at Faneuil Hall Marketplace in Boston to cutting his first CD of original jazz compositions. He has a passion for jazz and will be performing on the saxophone and piano.

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July 18, 2015 - Saturday, 7:30pm

The Jolly Beggars

Celtic Music with Desrosier, Vece & Wilfrid.
SATURDAY JULY 18 — 7:30 PM
Adults: $10 | 13-17: $5 | 0-12: free
Sponsored by Butler's Decorating Center and Millers River Real Estate
 
same day as New Salem’s Old Home Day, and after the 1794 Fundraising Dinner
 
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Jeff Desrosier — voice, mandolin, guitar
Chris Vece — voice, whistles
Greg Wilfrid — voice, guitar, banjo, mandolin

In the evening of New Salem's Old Home Day and after a chicken dinner to raise funds to repair the 1794 Meetinghouse’s roof and shutters, there will be a delightful performance of Celtic music by The Jolly Beggars.

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July 23, 2015 - Thursday, 7:30pm

Lisa Martin

Country & Folk Rock.
THURSDAY JULY 23 — 7:30 PM
Adults: $10 | 13-17: $5 | 0-12: free
 
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Lisa Martin — voice, guitar
Brad Willard — percussion

An evening of country and folk rock by Lisa Martin. Based in the Springfield area, Martin has opened for Livingston Taylor, Patty Larkin, and Aztec Two Step among others. She was just named Best Country/Americana artist in the 2015 Worcester Music Awards.

photo credit: Tani Dugger

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2015 Worcester Music Awards


July 26, 2015 - Sunday, 4:00pm

Jacqueline Schwab

Pianist for Ken Burns Documentaries.
SUNDAY JULY 26 — 4:00 PM
Adults: $10 | 13-17: $5 | 0-12: free
 
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Jacqueline Schwab — solo piano

Pianist Jacqueline Schwab will perform arrangements of vintage American “heart songs” and dance tunes from the age of Mark Twain and beyond — Stephen Foster and Civil War songs, Victorian ballroom dance tunes, Scots and Irish airs, hymns and spirituals and ragtime — plus contemporary waltzes and airs from near and far. Amidst our modern listening stew of Broadway tunes, hip hop and rap songs, and driving electronic music, this American musical heritage of simple, heartfelt tunes is still with us in many ways — grade school music lessons, cradle and holiday songs sung by grandparents and parents, songs and dance tunes played by musicians of all levels at community music making gatherings, and even “traffic-calming” music at airports and shopping malls! The traditions of playing these tunes give musicians some freedom of expression, as in the way we retell a family story or joke in a slightly different way each time. Jacqueline has recreated those traditions on the soundtracks for a dozen of Ken Burns’ PBS documentaries (Civil War, Baseball, Mark Twain, and others). In concert, she draws on a wider range of repertoire and piano sounds, but she keeps the spirited, meditative, storytelling and folklike quality that marks her music. She enjoys sharing historical details and personal history with the audience about the music. Jacqueline has performed at the Clinton White House and the Smithsonian Museum and with Bare Necessities and Jean Redpath.

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August 1, 2015 - Saturday, 7:30pm

Vance Gilbert

Folk—Pop.
SATURDAY AUGUST 1 — 7:30 PM
Closing Night Reception at 6:45 PM
Adults: $20 | 13-17: $15 | 0-12: free
 
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Vance Gilbert — voice, guitar

For the special closing concert of our Summer Series, the 1794 Meetinghouse presents the remarkable singer/songwriter Vance Gilbert. A consummate entertainer, Gilbert delights his audiences with folk, pop, jazz and unusual music woven through with stories and humor. A champagne reception will precede the show.

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June 14, 2015 - Sunday, 4:00pm

Quabbin Valley Pro Musica

Classical Choral Music — Brahms's Requiem
with Charles Heffernan, Music Conductor.
SUNDAY JUNE 14 — 4 PM
Adults: $15 | 13-17: $10 | 0-12: free
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Charles Heffernan & QVPM

Dr. Charles Heffernan — Music Conductor

The Meetinghouse's resident chorus, Quabbin Valley Pro Musica, known for its varied music and high-quality concerts, will perform Brahms Requiem at an afternoon concert conducted by Charles Heffernan. Dr. Heffernan is professor emeritus of music at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. His conducting and teaching careers have taken him from coast to coast in the US and Canada as he has groomed choruses, music educators, and solo performers.

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June 20, 2015 - Saturday, 7:30pm

Tim Eriksen & Trio de Pumpkintown

Traditional American Folk
with Zoë Darrow, Tim Eriksen & Peter Irvine.
A Celebration of American Folk Music Traditions #1
SATURDAY JUNE 20 — 7:30 PM
Adults: $15 | 13-17: $10 | 0-12: free
Shape Note Singing Workshop at 3:00 PM
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 Trio de Pumkintown

Tim Eriksen & Trio de Pumpkintown

Tim Eriksen — voice, bajo sexto, fiddle, banjo, bowed banjo, guitar
Zoë Darrow — fiddle, voice
Peter Irvine — hand percussion, glockenspiel, voice

A Celebration of American Folk Music Traditions Show #1

From his early work with folk-punks Cordelia’s Dad to his more recent solo and trio work, Tim Eriksen has introduced traditional ballads and folksongs to audiences who otherwise might never have experienced these musical traditions. He is perhaps the only performer to have shared a stage with both Kurt Cobain and Doc Watson. As an educator, he has introduced shape-note music to students ranging from inner-city schoolchildren to Nicole Kidman and Jude Law in the film “Cold Mountain.” Following an afternoon singing workshop at New Salem’s Old Academy building (tentatively scheduled to start at 3pm), Tim’s Trio de Pumpkintown will offer a program of songs and ballads with a special focus on New England social singing in the mid-18th century. In Tim’s words, “New Salem was one of the very first towns to hold an “Old Folks’ Concert,” in 1854, in which local senior citizens performed the amazingly cool sacred music of their youth, much of which is still in practice in Sacred Harp singing, and some of which was composed right here in the Pioneer Valley.”

Sponsored by the Country Dance and Song Society

Tim Ericksen photo credit: Michael Murphree

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June 25, 2015 - Thursday, 7:30pm

Sam Amidon

THURSDAY JUNE 25 — 7:30 PM
Adults: $15 | 13-17: $10 | 0-12: free
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Sam Amidon — voice, fiddle, banjo, guitar

A Celebration of American Folk Music Traditions Show #2

Vermont-born and London-based singer/instrumentalist Sam Amidon — the son of folk musicians Peter & Mary Alice Amidon from Brattleboro, VT — has won international acclaim for his recordings of mostly traditional music, refashioned to reflect his own experimental sensibility. The Guardian calls him “a multi-instrumentalist, singer and arranger who can switch from a sparse, no-nonsense treatment of traditional material to bursts of unexpected experimentation,” and NPR’s All Things Considered says that his 2014’s recording Lily-O, “somehow feels deeply reassuring… [Amidon’s] highly personal approach opens a window on the American past and lets us feel it like nothing else around.” This will be Sam’s first visit to the Meetinghouse since he played here in 1997 as a teenage member of the contra-dance group Popcorn Behavior.

Sponsored by the Country Dance and Song Society

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June 28, 2015 - Sunday, 7:30pm

Jeff Warner

Traditional American Folk.
Special Evening Presentation & Concert
A Celebration of American Folk Music Traditions Show #3
SUNDAY JUNE 28 — 7:30 PM
Adults: $10 | 13-17: $5 | 0-12: free
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Jeff Warner — voice, banjo, concertina, guitar & more

A Celebration of American Folk Music Traditions Show #3

At a special Sunday evening performance, New Hampshire-based musician and educator Jeff Warner will round off the series with the multi-media presentation From the Mountains to the Sea — The Folk Song Collecting Work of Anne & Frank Warner. His talk will focus both on their fieldwork from 1938 to 1968 regionally in New Hampshire & New York, and further afield in North Carolina (where they learned Frank Proffitt’s version of “Tom Dooley,” which helped launch the folk revival of the 50s). It is a fitting bookend to this concert series, for the Warner’s collections have informed the repertoire of many of today’s traditional musicians, and their 1951 recording of “Her Bright Smile Haunts Me Still” was to be the inspiration for Tim Eriksen’s high-energy 1990 version on the first album by Cordelia’s Dad.

photo credit: Gerret Warner

Sponsored by the Country Dance and Song Society

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July 11, 2015 - Saturday, 7:30pm

The Pangeans

Reggae, Funk & World Music.
SATURDAY JULY 11 — 7:30 PM
Adults: $15 | 13-17: $10 | 0-12: free
Sponsored by Anonymous
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Brian Bender — trombone, trumpet, melodica, keyboards, percussion
Jim Vogel — tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone, percussion
Adam Scotera — trumpet, alto saxophone
Steve Crow — electric guitar
Bruce Dobbins — congas, Latin & African percussion
Peter Kim — electric bass
Joe "Jopey" Fitzpatrick — drums

Come and join us when world music will take the Meetinghouse stage. The Pangeans ensemble is based in New England and will perform their unique blend of Latin jazz, samba, reggae, calypso, soca, funk and various forms of African music.

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July 16, 2015 - Thursday, 7:30pm

Mount
Peru

Indie Rock.
THURSDAY JULY 16 — 7:30 PM
Adults: $10 | 13-17: $5 | 0-12: free

 

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Thom Valicenti — voice, guitar
Mary Flatley — voice, percussion
Curtis Wyant — guitar, pedal steel
Matt Bowker — trumpet, keyboard
Alan Durell — bass, voice
Tim Nylander — drums

Boston-based Mount Peru will bring their indie rock sound to the Meetinghouse, including wonderful 60s pop, 70s glam plus some vintage country, soul, blues and folk music.

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July 19, 2015 - Sunday, 4:00pm

Massmouth: Norah Dooley & Friends

Storytelling & Story Slam with Codianni, Dooley, & Schneider.
SUNDAY JULY 19 — 4 PM
Adults: $10 / 13-17: $5 / 0-12: free
Sponsored by Anonymous
 
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CodianniDooleySchneider

Jannelle Codianni, Norah Dooley, & Brendyn Schneider — storytelling

As a special treat for the whole family and lovers of a good story, the Meetinghouse will present Massmouth: Storytelling with Nora Dooley & Friends for an afternoon of good old-fashioned storytelling, as well as a "story slam". This group started in 2008 has been extremely well received by audiences.

photo credit: P Junn

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Jannelle Codianni Website
Norah Dooley Website
Brendyn Schneider Website


July 25, 2015 - Saturday, 7:30pm

Trailer Park

Horn-Driven Rock & Roll.
SATURDAY JULY 25 — 7:30 PM
Adults: $15 | 13-17: $10 | 0-12: free
 
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James Robinson — guitar, voice, percussion
Rick Page — tenor & baritone sax, clarinet, voice
Tom Mahnken — tenor sax, accordion, keyboards, voice
Greg Lauzon — tendor sax, coffee grinder
Joe "Jopey" Fitzpatrick — drums

If you like horns and rock and roll, you will thoroughly enjoy this evening with Trailer Park. This high-energy band takes rock and roll seriously with rock and roll guitar, bass, drums and tenor sax. Since 1994, Trailer Park has released half a dozen CDs and played over 1000 shows throughout the Northeast. They've had the good fortune to open for some great acts like NRBQ, Rat Dog, WAR, Little Feat, and Los Lobos, and even played two shows as Bo Diddley's backing band.

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July 30, 2015 - Thursday, 7:30pm

The Tin Pan Valley Trio

Riotous Jazz.
THURSDAY JULY 30 — 7:30 PM
Adults: $10 | 13-17: $5 | 0-12: free
 
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Bill Shontz — flute, clarinet and sax
Rob Fletcher — guitar, vocals & harmonica
Lenny Zarcone — vocals, accordion, piano & mime

The Tin Pan Valley Trio featurs Bill Shontz of Holyoke (formerly of Rosenshontz), Rob Fletcher of Erving, and Lenny Zarcone from Greenfield (formerly of the Wright Brothers). They interpret jazz standards in a unique way with an avid sense of humor.

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September 11, 2015 - Friday, 7:30pm

Country Store, a Radio Play for Stage

Comedy Theatre.
FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 11 — 7:30 PM
Adults: $10 | 13-17: $5 | 0-12: free
 
 
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Details TBA

Directed by Dorothy Johnson.


September 12, 2015 - Saturday, 7:30pm

Country Store, a Radio Play for Stage

Comedy Theatre.
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 12 — 7:30 PM
Adults: $10 | 13-17: $5 | 0-12: free
 
 
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Details TBA

Directed by Dorothy Johnson.


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