Meeting House Presents

Meeting House Presents

at the Unitarian Society of Hartford

50 Bloomfield Avenue  Hartford, CT  06105

2023-24 is our sixth season. Sign up for our email list for monthly updates of concert announcements, updates, and info about folk music events in the area. Subscribe to Meeting House Presents Email  send a message to Put “subscribe” in the subject line. We send one or two emails each month.

Postponed – Will Reschedule

Friday, September 15, 2023 at 7 PM

Bluebyrd Concert



Friday, October 15, 2023 at 7 PM Gunsmoke Concert 

Videos available  on the band website

Suggested Donation $10.

Gunsmoke was founded in 1982 and has ever since been playing Classic Country, Western Swing, and Rockabilly throughout the Northeast.  Most notably, Gunsmoke performed on the legendary Ernest Tubb Midnight Jamboree in 2007 and The Shotgun Red Variety Show in 2013.  Additionally they have performed on two occasions for both President George Bush Sr. and Jr. during their election campaigns in Connecticut.  Gunsmoke has released more than 5 albums in the band’s lifespan.  Most recently, the band re-released Road to Nashville in 2014 through the record label, Tate Music Group.

Introducing: Gunsmoke – YouTube


Friday, November 17, 2023 at 7 PM Guitarists without Borders!

Van Manakas with Wayne Lopes, and Ellen Iovino,with Lynn Tracey

Van & Wayne

Friday, December 15, 2023 at 7 PM Nina Romanenko Band

HOLIDAY SHOW WITH NINA ROMANENKO – Nina is a CT singer, songwriter & guitarist who performs originals and some old timey jazz, country blues and folk.  She’s a former Therapeutic Recreation Director who loves working with and performing for people of all ages.

She’ll be putting on a fun Holiday Show along with friends – multi-instrumentalist, Kevin Gallagher;  percussionist/singer, Cece Borjeson; and Bassist, Charlie Newcomb.

We welcome you to join us for an evening of heartwarming community – listening and singing to fun, heartfelt and meaningful Holiday favorites along with some lovely more obscure treasures.

Further info & videos at:  

Bluebyrd Concert – to be rescheduled

Bluebyrd was created as a duo when now husband and wife team Steve and Bette Haskell first met at an open mic, playing in support of an art show opening in 2006. Steve, originally from Avon, CT, moved to San Francisco in 1971, drawn to the sounds of the San Francisco bands. He played in the Bay Area until 2006 when he returned to CT and met Bette. Bette, an Enfield, CT native, loved to sing and taught herself to play guitar as an accompaniment. She played extensively in recreational therapy and joined various duos and bands. Bette and Steve began collaborating on songs they mutually enjoyed from their era, creating their own arrangements with guitars and vocal harmonies. Over the years they have been joined by other musicians augmenting their sound. With them tonight are multi-instrumentalist Kevin Gallagher, Keith Toohey on bass and vocals, Jill Toohey on percussion and vocals and Mike Fortunato on drums. Suggested Donation $15.



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
  • Friday, March 17, 2023             Celtic Melody
  • Friday, March 17, 2023            Jerry Jacques and Nancy Fightlin (intermission set)
  • Friday, April 28, 2023              Meetinghouse
  • Friday, May 19, 2023                Horizon Blue

Contact information:

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  • Phone the Unitarian Meeting House at (860) 233-9897, Office Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 10:00-3:00
  • Phone Laura and Paul Cipriano at (959)223-0590
  • Check this web page or subscribe to our email list for notification if shows are sold out or rescheduled

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