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For Meetinghouse Presents! concerts, presented in cooperation with The Sounding Board, click here

Presented by The Sounding Board

This event will take place at Fiske Hall
The Universalist Church of West Hartford, 433 Fern Street, West Hartford, CT

ALASTAIR MOOCK
Saturday, February 15, 7:30 p.m.

Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Alastair Moock has made a name for himself on the folk and Americana circuit, touring throughout the U.S. and Europe and playing renowned events like the Newport Folk Festival. When Moock’s twins were born in 2006, he turned his focus to children’s music, releasing four award-winning albums for kids and families. In 2017, he returned to his singer-songwriter roots with his first “grownup” album release in ten years.

 

Moock's new self-titled album was produced by Mark Erelli (Lori McKenna, Josh Ritter Trio) and features drummer Marco Giovino (Robert Plant, Buddy Miller) and bassist Marty Ballou (Peter Wolf, John Hammond Jr.). The end result was eleven shimmering new tracks that evoke a wide breadth of American musical textures – early Nashville, country blues, Western swing, a tinge of gospel – but, most of all, the kind of intimate storyteller’s approach at which Moock excels. On the album’s release, Rich Warren of the nationally syndicated Midnight Special proclaimed, “Moock reemerges as the best new, old singer-songwriter on the scene.”

 

Like the folk and blues heroes to whom he often pays tribute in his shows – Woody Guthrie, Leadbelly, Mississippi John Hurt, Pete Seeger – Moock makes little distinction between his audiences: “Music is music, people are people. I just want to tell stories.”

 

$20 General
$16 Sounding Board Members
$10 Full Time College/High School Students
$8 Children 12 and under with parent/adult

"One of the town’s best and most adventurous songwriters”.

— Boston Globe

 "Make It Great" – Alastair Moock

 "This What It s Be Alive"  – Alastair Moock

A Sounding Board Too event presented by The Sounding Board

This event will take place in The Program Center (upstairs)
The Universalist Church of West Hartford, 433 Fern Street, West Hartford, CT

THE EARLY RISERS
Sunday, February 23, 3:00 p.m.

The Early Risers are a folk duo made up of Ashley Storrow and Putnam Smith. Both rootsy and lyrical, their original songs feature close vocal harmonies and arrangements on a wide array of instruments: banjo, guitar, mandolin, piano, and shruti box.  After pursuing separate solo singer/songwriter careers, they joined forces in 2015 and have since toured across the country, from Maine to Texas to California to Vancouver, BC. They have played notable venues such as Club Passim, Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, and the High Plains Public Radio concert series.

 

Ashley and Putnam put on a unique and remarkable show that lingers in the heart, mind, and imagination, long after the last round of applause. They currently live in Vermont, and released their first duo album in October 2019. Click the video links below to listen to  two tracks from their first duo album

 

$20 General
$16 Sounding Board Members
$10 Full Time College/High School Students
$8 Children 12 and under with parent/adult

"Their music is comfort food."

— Gordon Nash, Wise Madness

 "Making Life Sweet" – The Early Risers

 "Walking" – The Early Risers

Presented by The Sounding Board

This event will take place at Fiske Hall
The Universalist Church of West Hartford, 433 Fern Street, West Hartford, CT

THE VOX HUNTERS
Saturday, February 29, 7:30 p.m.

Hailing from the great state of Rhode Island, The Vox Hunters are Armand Aromin and Benedict Gagliardi, seekers and singers of old songs, cultivators of local music, and chronic multi-instrumentalists. They are touted as strong tradition-bearers in their generation, and their genuine affinity for the music is evident in the emotion they draw from it. With a pair of oft-harmonizing voices tastefully garnished with fiddle, free-reeds, and tenor guitar, The Vox Hunters offer an all-natural connection to the living tradition of folk music.  Their three mantras are: Sing Local, Sing Often, and Roger Williams for President.

 

If you're a fan of performers like John Roberts & Tony Barrand, come to this show and see how the next generation is carrying on the tradition.

 

$20 General
$16 Sounding Board Members
$10 Full Time College/High School Students
$8 Children 12 and under with parent/adult

"They bring to life old songs
and tunes... a lot of people were impressed by their enthusiasm and talent as multi-instrumentalists and tight harmony and unison singers."

— Mike Wild, stirrings.co.uk

 "Before I Met You" – The Vox Hunters

 "What We Do If We Have No Money?" – The Vox Hunters

Upcoming Meeting House Presents! concerts at the Unitarian Society of Hartford
(Events produced in cooperation with The Sounding Board)

A Meeting House Presents! concert in cooperation with The Sounding Board

This concert will take place at The Unitarian Society of Hartford,
50 Bloomfield Ave., Hartford CT.  Click here for directions.

BELLE OF THE FALL
Friday, February 28, 7:30 p.m.

"Acoustic folk duo, Belle Of The Fall, has proven that musical soul mates do in fact exist.” -Vents Magazine

 

Belle of the Fall is Tracy Walton and Julia Autumn Ford, an indie folk rock pop alternative Americana duo from Torrington,Connecticut.

 

The duo 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 April 2016, Belle of the Fall released their debut album; “Earthbound." and began a musical odyssey that took them to 27 states, Canada and 250 gigs. Their album, Rise Up, reached #4 on the Roots Music Report, #25 on the Folk DJ Charts and was nominated for Best Album in the New England Music Awards. Their newest album, The Bending of Light, was released last October.

 

Reservations are not available for this event.

$20 General
$14 Full Time College/High School Students
Children 12 and under FREE
with a paying parent/adult

 "Two (Live at Meeting House Presents) – Belle of the Fall

Coming soon to The Sounding Board...

3rd Annual St. Patrick's Prelude
   with Poor Man's Gambit (March 7, 2020)

Matthew Byrne (Sunday, March 15, 2020,
   3 p.m. in the Program Center at
   The Universalist Church of West Hartford)

Dan Weber (March 21, 2020)

The Hot Flashes (April 4, 2020)

Aaron Nathans & Michael Ronstadt
   (April 18, 2020)

Katie Dahl (Sunday, April 19, 2020, 3 p.m.
   in the Program Center at The Universalist
   Church of West Hartford)

Piper & Carson (Sunday, April 26, 2020,
   3 p.m. in the Program Center at
   The Universalist Church of West Hartford)

The Cadleys (May 2, 2020 – Rescheduled from Jan 18)

Heather Pierson Acoustic Trio (May 9, 2020)

Portable Folk Festival (May 16, 2020)

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Please make reservations using the online form or by email. You can also make a reservation by sending a text to 860-770-3001.

If you really feel the need to make your reservation by a traditional phone call, dial 860-770-3001 and leave a voice mail with your name, the concert you wish to attend, and the number of people in your party. The Sounding Board does not confirm reservations made by phone or text.

Reservations must be made before 3:30 p.m. on the day of the concert. Reservations must be claimed at the admissions table by 7:15 on the night of the performance.

Please do not call the church for reservations or Sounding Board information. The Sounding Board is not affiliated with The Universalist Church and only rents the hall where we hold our concerts.

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!

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