Meeting House Presents

Meeting House Presents

at the Unitarian Society of Hartford

50 Bloomfield Avenue  Hartford, CT  06105

Celtic Melody in concert on Saint Patrick’s Day.

Friday, March 17, 2023 at 7:00   $15 suggested donation

We promise not to serve green beer . . .

         . . . but maybe green tea and Janice Newton’s famous chocolate mousse.

Click the Saint Patrick’s Day image to see the full-sized poster.

Celtic Melody is a Connecticut-based group playing traditional Irish dance music and song. At a Celtic Melody show you can expect to hear jigs, reels, hornpipes, slides, slip-jigs, hop-jigs, polkas and more. Interspersed with these tunes you will also get plenty of songs, from the familiar Irish standards to some rare gems picked up in the backs of pubs in the wee hours of morning… Celtic Melody is (L to R in the photo above) Tom Morgan, Liz Farley Raymond, Janet Morgan, Aaron Bittle, Brent Morgan, and Eileen Burke Grabowsk. Meet the band…

Aaron is a lifelong musician with no Irish ancestry to speak of, who wandered into Irish traditional music as part of a research project in grad school. The research ended, but nearly twenty years later he’s still playing thetunes. He also plays Québécois, American old-time, and Chinese music, and has at various times played in a Balkan brass band, a Bulgarian wedding music band, and a Middle Eastern orchestra.
Eileen Burke

Eileen is the daughter of Galway native fiddle and box player Eddie Burke. She played fiddle growing up, but took a break from music while raising her kids. Now that the kids are a little older Eileen is once again following in her father’s footsteps.

Tom and Janet Morgan (singer/guitar and concertina/tin whistle) spent a year living in Dublin in 2002 where they became fascinated with the traditional session music at the local pubs. Janet picked up the tin whistle, and Tom set to work memorizing verse after verse of song lyrics. After their return to the states their son Brent joined them on some tunes, and soon began playing the Irish Tenor Banjo to round out their little trio.

Liz Raymond
Liz grew up in MA and ME, shearing sheep and playing french horn. Years later she wandered into Irish Set Dancing, discovered her love for Traditional Irish music and was lucky enough to study with the late PV O’Donnell. Through family and friends, Quebecois music was added to her repertoire. Join Liz in the delight of Irish culture where everyday could be St. Patrick’s Day!


St. Patrick’s Day Extra!

Musical intermission with Jerry Jacques and Nancy Fightlin.

Friday, April 28, 2023 at 7:00   

Meetinghouse is a folk/rock/bluegrass/r&b musical group that serendipitously happens to be made up of Unitarian Universalists.

Friday, May 19, 2023 at 7:00   

Horizon Blue Band Home-Grown Acoustic Americana

Horizon Blue’s music is best described as Contemporary Americana – a blend of folk, bluegrass, country, blues and rock. We play a variety of instruments including guitar, mandolin, ukulele, electric and upright bass, dobro, strum stick, bongos, and flute.

Our performances are family friendly, conversational, and inviting. The original and well-known songs we perform have a storytelling aspect and are well received by audiences of all ages.



Meeting House Presents at the Unitarian Society of Hartford

50 Bloomfield Avenue  Hartford, CT  06105


Archive 2017-18  Meeting House Presents Shows

  • May 2017                Jack Williams
  • Oct. 27, 2017          Sam Moffett Quartet
  • Nov. 24, 2017        David Massengill
  • Jan. 19, 2018          Jacques Lamarre
  • Jan. 26, 2018         New World Trio
  • Feb. 23, 2018         Dennis McCorkle with Idalberto Perdomo, Edilio Bermudex, Desiree Negron-Carrero and Adèle Paxton.
  • March 23, 2018     JP Cormier
  • March 30, 2018    Susie Burke and David Surette
  • Apr. 27, 2018        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

Closed from April 2020 through May 2021 due to Covid-19 precautions.

Archive 2021-22  Meeting House Presents Shows

  • Friday, Sept. 17, 2021              Abbie Gardner
  • Friday, October 15, 2021        Scott Cook
  • Friday, November 19, 2021   Vance Gilbert
  • Friday, December 17, 2021    Reggie Harris and Pat Wictor
  • Friday, Apr. 22, 2022             Mad Agnes
  • Friday, May 13 , 2022            Seán Heely and Beth Patterson

Special Saturday Show

  • Saturday, April 30, 2022      Susan Werner

Archive 2022-23  Meeting House Presents Shows

  • Thursday. October 20, 2022     Calan, co-sponsored by the Welsh Society of New England
  • Friday, November 18, 2022      Van Manakas on Jazz Guitar with Rave Tesar on Piano
  • Friday, November 18, 2022      Cosmic Legends, featuring Sylvie Degiez and Wayne Lopes
  • Friday, December 2, 2022        Oldies Rock & Roll Show with Rod Muck

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  • Phone Laura and Paul Cipriano at (959)223-0590
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