The First Congregational Church
United Church of Christ 
Dunbarton, New Hampshire    

6 Stark Highway North ▪ Dunbarton, NH ▪ 03046 ▪ 603-774-4601 ▪ www.dccucc.org

Past Feature performers

November 2016  
Phil Levesque

   

Phil Levesque is a Goffstown, New Hampshire singer/songwriter. He performs uplifting music including light jazz standards and some original compositions. Brazilian sounds often find their way into Phil’s exceptional guitar-playing.

October 2016  
Monadnock Bluegrass

   
Monadnock Bluegrass  is a well seasoned bluegrass band based in New Hampshire that has played together over 13 years. The band  provides an upbeat, energized performance in all settings. This group of talented musicians has developed a song list of traditional, contemporary and original bluegrass tunes allowing their musical abilities to shine. A mix of hard driving instrumentals and three part harmonies is always a must. Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs, The Stanley Brothers, Hot Rize and Herschel Sizemore are just a few of the groups whose songs they enjoy singing and playing. They are proud to have completed their first CD, "House Upon The Hill". They are working on their second CD and hope to have it completed in 2017.


July & August & September 2016  
--  Open Stage Nights

 June 2016

 Naughty & Nice

Their original music speaks to all aspects of everyday life, from whimsical to poignant, serious to silly. Accompanied by stand-up bass, guitar and pennywhistle, their exquisite harmonies are the highlight of their performance. Sometimes irreverent, but never rude, they're sure to appeal to all audiences! 
Band members Peg Chaffee and Cheryl Sager have been performing music for many years in various genres and bands. They're repertoire is eclectic, from touching and sentimental (nice) to saucy and suggestive (naughty). Audiences praise Naughty & Nice as "very talented and entertaining" and "great songwriters" with "wonderful harmonies".

May 2016

Steve Z

Steve's original songs are well-written and his deep, smooth voice and his calm (and funny) stage presence blend to produce a great show.  Known for writing about loss and heartache, he also has lighter, uplifting songs in his repertoire and the audience is always left wanting more when his performance is over.   We love Steve and you will, too - so come on in to the Spireside for a listen! 

April 2016

Steve Redic

Steve delights audiences around the state with the easy, conversational delivery of his poems. He has been a regular participant at Manchester’s Slam Free or Die, a performance poetry venue and is a member of the Hyla Brook Poets, sponsored by the Frost Farm Foundation. His poetry based on art earned him a place at the Currier Art Gallery’s “Inspired Words” series. Redic’s published poetry collection is entitled Out of the Rain-conversations with spaces between leaves. He and musician Don Watson have collaborated on a CD, “Welcome Home New Hampshire.”

March 2016                                                                                             Open Stage Night

February 2016

Entangled Strings

Entangled Strings (Steve Macdonald, Liz Kantz, David Greenwood, and Nick & Sharon Pangaro) had their world premier performance at Spireside. Together they emphasize tight harmonies and play folk, country and Americana songs. Each player is a veteran of the local acoustic music scene, having played in prior string bands and community events. Their songs reflect the times and trials of everyday people navigating the paths and choices of life on earth. 

January 2016

Decatur Creek

 Jack Carlton, Steve Dionne, and Doug Farrell are each accomplished NH musicians, singer / songwriters, and performers who together are - Decatur Creek.  They met as solo performers through local NH coffeehouses and open mikes, attracted by each other’s songwriting and musicianship.  Their influences run from roots to Americana, country, singer/songwriter, folk, and rock, always with the focus on the songs.  
Decatur Creek performs throughout southern and central NH at coffeehouses, farmers markets, restaurants, festivals, concerts, and community events.

December 2015

        

Pat O'Brien

Singer / songwriter Patricia O'Brien plays guitar, banjo, tin whistle, and sings. She grew up in Boston, exposed to Irish traditional tunes and songs from an early age, and her music combines the sounds of Irish traditional and American folk music.  She was a founding member and singer/songwriter for the women's folk group Labrys. She also performed Irish traditional music in the US and Ireland with An Banna Ceoil and Agus Mise An.  Presently she performs with Bradigan, a band that blends Irish, Scottish and American music, and Newgrange, a new band of old friends. Pat's music reflects a blend of Irish traditional music and American folk music, and she has released several CD's.  She maintains an active solo performance schedule, singing original songs and telling stories that reflect her life adventures, her travels through Ireland, and her indelible sense of humor.  http://www.patobriensongsandstories.com

November 2015
    

Jack Kid

 
Jack Kid, a Hancock, New Hampshire singer / songwriter likes to call his original blend of acoustic music "a brew-ha-ha of edgy urban folk, blues and fingerstyle guitar." Reviews of his style include "A dash of blues, some folk, awesome guitar chops, excellent writing and singing and there you have Jack Kid" and "Kid falls in the New Hampshire legacy of Bill Morrissey-Meets-Greg Brown.” Jack's easy rapport with an audience comes from his many public performances and having been a public school teacher for twelve years. His  CD "Blackjacks" opens with "So Many Angels," an Honorable Mention in Billboard Magazine's 2004 World Song Contest. 

October 2015
 

Ken Hasselbrack

   
Ken Hasselbrack is a warm and talented musician with a wonderful repertoire of folk, Celtic songs and traditional ballads.  He began playing guitar while in the navy, and hasn't stopped since!.  He has been strongly influenced by Tom Paxton, Tom Rush and other acoustic guitar players. He enjoys interpreting music within a historical context, and his subtle and fun sense of humor provided an entertaining evening. 

September 2015
 

Sarah Jane Nelson

   
Sarah Jane is a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist who has been playing traditional music for folk festivals, New England contra dances, and other regional events for over two decades. She is an old-time fiddler, guitarist and vocalist with the duo  High-Strung Strummers , a member of  Banjos & Old Lace , and the pianist for  Gypsy Minor , a dance band that is regularly featured at both the New England Folk Festival and the Down East Folk Festival each spring. She is also a finalist in “twin fiddling” at Lowell’s Banjo & Fiddle Contest. Learn more about her music at sjnelsonmusic.weebly.com.

August 2015
 

Kangaralien 
  
Since their formation in 2004, Boston-based acoustic guitar duo Kangaralien has released four full-length albums, played at over 100 venues, and printed up some seriously snazzy stickers. Their music has its roots in progressive rock, jazz, classical, and bluegrass. If you listen close enough, you may even hear the faint smells of a kangaroo thinking of a spaceship. Check them out at kangaralien.com.  They are performers with a sense of humor.  But first and foremost, Steve and Eric are incredible musicians.  They play a great variety of original works interspersed with some light banter and their amazing technical skills all combine to make a great show!  

 JULY 2015

 Click Horning

New London-based singer, guitarist and composer Click Horning will be joined by Joanie Horning on bass and rhythm guitar at the Spireside Coffeehouse and Open Mic in Dunbarton on Saturday July 18th.  Click has been performing since his teens when he began playing folk songs, but after hearing Gram Parsons and writers like Bob Dylan, he decided to try his hand at writing songs. “It was the perfect blending of poems and music that intrigued me. I’ve always loved lyrics that tell a story.”  He spent many years writing and performing in New York before  returning to his beloved New Hampshire and now plays around New England.
His songwriting is second to none, with songs recorded by Bill Staines, Harvey Reid and Robert John. Audiences are instantly drawn to Click’s warm stage presence, mellow sense of humor, rich vocal quality and top-notch numbers such as Oh Marie , December Nights , Wildflower , Row Your Own Boat , and Message of Love , to name a few. 

June 2015
 

Don Watson
  
  
Don is a singer/songwriter from Gilford, NH, whose music has been compared to John Denver, Jim Croce and Dan Fogelberg. His songs are upbeat, inspiring and easy on the ears. Don's newest project "Welcome Home New Hampshire" is a collection of songs based on people, places and events of the granite state. Don partnered with Steve Redic, a poet and historian from Candia, NH in the writing of these songs. 
Here is what folks are saying about Don's music. "A treasure for anyone who loves New Hampshire" and "The grand folk tradition of the Shaw Brothers is alive and well in the music of Don Watson".

May 2015
 
Rick Cooper 
and
 Pat Kenneally 
  
Rick and Pat grew up less than a mile apart in the 
Boston suburbs in the 50's and 60's but only met in 2006 after each had developed a distinctive style.  Together they deliver an entertaining mix of folk-rock, country and blues. The strains of early rock and roll along with some folk-pop in their performances cause fans to say they are wonderfully talented musicians who understand what entertaining a crowd is all about. Cooper and Kenneally have opened for Ernie and The Automatics, Ronnie Earl, and David Buskin & Robin Batteau, among others. Check out their webpage at www.myspace.com/cooperandkenneally for a sneak preview of their music.
April 2015
 
Jim James


Guitarist Jim James, ‘the Brit with the dog’, has established a growing reputation as an entertaining performer with an eclectic mix of his own material, traditional British folk songs, and blues. He takes particular delight in introducing the work of songwriting friends he's met on his travels. Accompanying Jim is his beloved Golden Retriever, Emmy Lou.  She is a fully certified Therapy Dog, a gentle soul, and longtime fan of Jim's music.
March 2015
 
Deep Hole Road
 
Deep Hole Road is a fun group comprised: Nick & Sharon Pangaro and Sue & Phil Cassista.
The Recipe for Deep Hole Road – Start with Old Crow, stir in a few Allmans and a pinch of Rowan, mix in a sprinkle of Dead with a dash of 3 Doors Down, cover it all with blues, old-timey and bluegrass. Bake and garnish with fiddles and guitars, then add banjo, dobro, mandolin and harmonicas. Let sit for a set or two and let please your ears.

www.facebook.com/pages/Deep-Hole-Road/140509434130?v=info
February 2015
 
Kathy Nikitas
 
Kathy started playing guitar and singing as a kid, and dropped music almost completely in her late 20's and 30's.  Four years ago, she picked it back up with renewed passion, gusto, zeal ... playing open mics in NH, ME, and MA, and getting her first solo shows at a little cafe in Lawrence MA. She's the Kat of the band The JiveKats based out of Nashua, and has been having a blast bringing people out onto dance floors since the band was formed in 2012. 
   
Come out to hear this cover girl deliver songs from the 1930's to present day -- an eclectic mix of rock, blues, pop... many tunes you'd never expect to hear done with an acoustic guitar!

www.ReverbNation.com/KathyNikitas,   www.ReverbNation.com/TheJiveKats,  www.facebook.com/TheJiveKats

January 2015
  
Pine Hill Boys

 
The 
Pine H
ill Boys are infamous for their absence on the acoustic music scene. Peter Cram, a member of the Concord Chorale, plays bass when he’s “slumming” with the group between Chorale gigs. Lead guitarist Bob Pope sings lead for “Monadnock,” a Bluegrass band that tours New England—for money. George Kelly sings lead, plays hot licks and harmonizes with the likes of Neil Young, Dolly Parton, and Ricky Skaggs - in his basement.
December 2014  -  Christmas Open Mic
November 2014
  
Country Crow & the Possum Buddies

Local singer / songwriter Gregory Gage is joined by Carl Beverly, Elizabeth Kantz, Dave Wilkinson and Kristine Roberts. The five member band honors the country blues, folk and Americana traditions featuring vocals with guitar, harmonica, mandolin, banjo and fiddle.
http://www.reverbnation.com/greggage
October 2014
  
Zak Trojano

  
New Hampshire native Zak Trojano has been performing, recording and writing music professionally for the past ten years. Formally trained, Trojano describes himself as a country boy-academic whose passion is writing songs. Audiences are drawn to his voice, his emotionally complex songs and intricate finger style technique. Trojano also plays with the band Rusty Belle, based in Amherst, MA. His CD “Two Lines” was released in 2011 and “Yesterday’s Sun” will be released this winter.
Zak Trojano's website is www.zaktrojano.com.

September 2014
     
Beverly Rush
 
One of New England's premier folk singer/songwriters, Beverly delights audiences with her well-crafted songs of humor and heart. She has been called a "song poet" singer and storyteller that recalls the spirit of Emily Dickenson. Beverly is also a Certified Music Practitioner whose radiant voice nourishes clients in health care settings as well as folk audiences.
http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/rush
  
August 2014
     
Sylvan Roots
The acoustic trio, known throughout New England for their musicianship, boasts performers who are members of the New England Foundation for the Arts and have opened for well-known artists including: Leo Kottke, Jonathan Edwards, David Olney, the Beach Boys and the Lettermen. Preserving and presenting authentic American Roots music, Sylvan Roots enhances their performance with original instrumentals and vocals along with artistically arranged interpretations of American standards and contemporary folk songs.
 
Comprised of Bob Moore - finger style rhythm guitar, and vocals; Dick Kruppa- rhythm guitar, 5-string banjo, baritone ukulele, percussion and vocals; and Neal Zweig- lead guitar,  all have extensive performance experience throughout New England including the coffeehouse and gallery scene. 
July 2014
     
Sferes & White
 

Jimmy Sferes and Jennifer White have discovered an uncommon synergy, blending clear and luscious harmonies with complex and imaginative guitar playing. Their performances feature an eclectic and soulful combination of blues, roots and rock. Their song “Small Stuff” won an Honor Award in the Great American Song Contest, and their CD "The View From Here" received enthusiastic reviews.
www.sferesandwhite.com/songs

Photo by Tim Van Schmidt
June 2014
     
Carl Beverly

  
Singer/songwriter and guitarist Carl Beverly  has written his own material since the ‘70s and has been perfecting his finger picking style for the past ten years. He and his wife, Carolyn, host the monthly Brook House Songwriters’ Circle in Warner.
Whether he’s singing a catchy tune about never growing up or a moving song of a forgotten soldier, Carl’s songs reflect his distinctive style. Carolyn lends backup vocals, and together they produce a sweet sound that wraps around the audience, carrying you wherever they want to take you. A mechanical engineer by profession, Carl is a frequent performer at area coffee houses, open mics and assisted living homes. His first recording, “Going Home,” is in production and will be available later this year.       
http://www.reverbnation.com/carlbeverly/songs

May 2014
     
Doug Danforth
 
Guitarist Doug Danforth from Exeter is Spireside’s featured performer this month. Old English folk songs and ballads are his specialty. His acoustic guitar and vocal stylings have been influenced by traditional folk music as well as his classical guitar background. Danforth’s singing reflects his participation in Amare Cantare, a small auditioned chamber chorus that strives for musical excellence and often performs a cappella.  Among other places, he has performed at RiverWoods in Exeter.
April 2014
     
Bible Hill Boys
 
The Bible Hill Boys, Chris O’Connor and Mike Bradley, are a folksinger/songwriter duo from Hillsborough, NH. They write and perform humorous songs, political songs, love songs and songs about just about anything else that enters their minds! Their lyrics, camaraderie and easy style make them a favorite with area audiences. http://www.reverbnation.com/thebiblehillboys
March 2014
     
Bradford Bog People
 
The Bradford Bog People (Beth Eldridge and Woody Pringle of Bradford, NH) present lively foot stomping traditional music of the Appalachian Mountains on banjo, fiddle and guitar. Their most recent CD "Fully Peated" is aired on many radio stations and described by the Oldtime Herald Magazine as "Beautiful Music."
 
http://www.bradfordbogpeople.com/

http://www.reverbnation.com/bradfordbogpeople

February 2014
     
Cindi Meehan
     
Cindi Meehan, a talented, self taught musician, has been performing in New England, sharing her extraordinary vocal range and spirit-felt lyrics as well as her unique guitar and piano skills with audiences for several years.
   
Cindi has recorded two CDs and has performed at a wide variety of venues, receiving rave reviews.   Her reputation as a seasoned musician has earned her the term of endearment, "Song Bird," and her audience often describes her voice as "Angelic."

January 2014
Neptune's Car
Neptune’s Car, an acoustic duo from Massachusetts and New Hampshire who play original, contemporary folk music.Holly Hanson and Steve Hayes have become known for their intimate performance style, carefully crafted lyrics, generous harmony singing, and exceptional guitar picking. The duo has recorded two CDs which can be previewed at www.neptunescar.com
December 2013
Naughty & Nice

Their original music speaks to all aspects of everyday life, from whimsical to poignant, serious to silly. Accompanied by stand-up bass, guitar and pennywhistle, their exquisite harmonies are the highlight of their performance. Sometimes irreverent, but never rude, they're sure to appeal to all audiences! 
Band members Peg Chaffee and Cheryl Sager have been performing music for many years in various genres and bands. They're repertoire is eclectic, from touching and sentimental (nice) to saucy and suggestive (naughty). Audiences praise Naughty & Nice as "very talented and entertaining" and "great songwriters" with "wonderful harmonies".
November 2013
Bob Pope

 Bob Pope, a guitarist and singer from Nashua, has been influenced by Puerta Rican, Spanish, classical, flamenco and the folk music of the 60s. Later, Bob added bluegrass to his repertoire and now plays with the bands Monadnock Bluegrass and Folk River Run. His daughter, vocalist Curran Pope, joined him in this performance.

http://www.reverbnation.com/bobpope
October 2013
Jon Godfrey

Jon performs and sings a wide variety of audience favorites and other lesser-known gems on acoustic guitar from the 1960's and 70's, as well as songs from other eras.  He's very interested in the origins of the music, and often relates little-known facts about the composer, what the song is about, and why it was written.

September 2013
Doc Rogers

 “Doc” is a fine guitar picker and singer from the old school American folk/blues tradition. With a gentle sense of melody and an insistent thumb laying down a steady beat, his husky and comfortable vocals deliver the story of the song with a disarming directness. His performances have easy-chair charm, and dry Yankee wit. His repertoire includes music from the 30's through the 80’s and many styles of music including blues, country, folk and even some rock tunes – always adding his subtle but confident twists to the tunes he has adopted as his own. 
Pat Kenneally of 'Kenneally and Cooper' joined him in the later part of his set. 

August 2013
Bob Moore
Bob has been writing poetry and songs for the past 25 years. During this time, he’s released a collection of songs in 1991 entitled “On a Mission”, self-published a collection of poems in 1997, “A Bridge with a View”, Little Rabbit Press, and in December of 2009, he released a second collection of poems entitled “Unexpected Colors”, Beech River Books. He’s working on a couple of recording projects, one involving the reading of poems interwoven with guitar instrumentals, and the other is a song project of originals and covers, for a possible release in 2014. Moore is host of The First Friday Coffeehouse held monthly every first Friday of the month at the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Exeter.  For a sample of Moore’s guitar instrumentals and songs, you can visit: www.reverbnation.com/bobmooreguitarist

July 2013
Olaibo
Olaibo is a group of professional women from New Hampshire who celebrate the songs and rhythms of Africa. After studying under many African drum masters, Olaibo bridges cultures by looking to the past where much of today’s music originated. As they drum and sing African rhythms, the group strives to help audiences get in touch with the primal pulse common to all with the goal of healing. Their Spireside performance will begin at 8:30 PM, and a hat will be passed for their benefit. Their cd "Olaibo" will be available and clips can be heard on www.cdbaby.com/cd/olaibo. The group has a Facebook page.
June 2013

Pat O'Brien
The daughter of Irish immigrants to Boston, Pat performs a blend of Irish traditional music and American folk music on guitar, banjo and tin whistle. Currently Rochester's poet laureate, her performance includes original songs, poetry, and stories that reflect her life adventures, her travels through Ireland and her indelible sense of humor. Her CD Stones and Branches is a tribute to her father and her Irish heritage. It includes the haunting and memorable song “Stones from Ireland.” In addition to solo performances, Pat performs with the Irish band Bradigan and leads a monthly writers' and poets' group. Visit Pat’s website for more information.
May 2013

Rick Cooper and Pat Kenneally grew up less than a mile apart in the
Boston suburbs in the 50's and 60's but only met in 2006 after each had developed a distinctive style.  Together they deliver an entertaining mix of folk-rock, country and blues. The strains of early rock and roll along with some folk-pop in their performances cause fans to say they are wonderfully talented musicians who understand what entertaining a crowd is all about. Cooper and Kenneally have opened for Ernie and The Automatics, Ronnie Earl, and David Buskin & Robin Batteau, among others. Check out their webpage at http://www.myspace.com/cooperandkenneally for a sneak preview of their music.
April 2013

Steve Redic, poet and lyricist from Candia.

Redic delights audiences around the state with the easy, conversational delivery of his poems. He has been a regular participant at Manchester’s Slam Free or Die, a performance poetry venue and is a member of the Hyla Brook Poets, sponsored by the Frost Farm Foundation. His poetry based on art earned him a place at the Currier Art Gallery’s “Inspired Words” series. Redic’s published poetry collection is entitled Out of the Rain-conversations with spaces between leaves. He and musician Don Watson have collaborated on a CD, “Welcome Home New Hampshire.”

March 2013

Decatur Creek
Doug Farrell, Steve Dionne and Jack Carlton are accomplished song writers and performers who have discovered another musical dimension performing  as a group. Their diverse styles complement one another as Decatur Creek’s original sound continues to evolve. Both guitar and bass rhythms blend to create acoustic folk-rock that aims to save your soul or at least get your foot tapping.
Check out Farrell’s “My Last life” at
http://www.reverbnation.com/dougfarrell for a sneak preview of their upcoming demo CD.

February 2013
  
Zak Trojano


Trojano, from Contoocook, is a multi-instrumentalist. He both solos and plays with the band Rusty Belle, based in Amherst, MA. His formal music education finds expression in the Americana-roots-folk tradition.    Trojano has a recent CD release.

 Zak
Trojano’s website is http://www.zaktrojano.com
  January 2013
 
  HardTacks
 
Marek Bennett (Big Paws), Woody Pringle (Bradford Bog People) and friends presented a selection of American Civil War music that previews their full program ‘Rally Round the Flag.’ Audience sing-along was encouraged in an energizing session of camp songs, patriotic songs, hymns, battlefield rallying cries, and fiddle tunes.
The duo’s website is http://civilwarfolkmusic.com

December 2012
  
Cindi Meehan
a talented, self taught musician, has been performing in New England, sharing her extraordinary vocal range and spirit-felt lyrics as well as her unique guitar and piano skills with audiences for several years.
   
Cindi has recorded two CDs and has performed at a wide variety of venues, receiving rave reviews.   Her reputation as a seasoned musician has earned her the term of endearment, "Song Bird," and her audience often describes her voice as "Angelic."
November 2012

Phil Levesque
Levesque is a Goffstown, New Hampshire singer/songwriter. He performs uplifting music including light jazz standards and some original compositions. Brazilian sounds often find their way into Phil’s exceptional guitar-playing.
Jack KidOctober 2012

Jack Kid

Kid is a Hancock, New Hampshire singer / songwriter. He prefers creating his original blend of acoustic music to “spark the imagination and heal the heart.” His original blend of music is a brew-ha-ha of edgy urban folk, blues and fingerstyle guitar.
    Jack Kid has been a guest on folk radio programs and his songs have been played over 50 stations in 30 states. His original songs have been finalists in international song contests.

September 2012

Bill Kasper is a singer-songwriter guitarist with poetic taste and style. Kasper’s original music cannot be pigeon holed, ranging from ballads to blues to love songs. Whether his lyrics tell a story or capture a mood, Kasper’s mellow voice weaves a musical web.
August 2012

Deep Hole Road String Band
www.facebook.com/pages/Deep-Hole-Road/140509434130?v=info
June 2012

Big Paws
May 2012

Kathy Lowe
http://www.woodshades.com/KathyLowe.html


March 2012
Jon Godfrey




February 2012
Steve Z
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