An evening with Country-Folk Trio – The Secrets – Stanstead QC

Country-folk trio The Secrets – comprised of Newfoundland natives Karla Pilgrim, Terri Lynn Eddy and Renée Batten, all three accomplished singers and solo musicians – met in college while studying performance and recording at College of the North Atlantic. They quickly discovered a natural blend to their voices and musical aspirations, traded jigs and reels for whiskey, mandolins and faded jeans, and haven’t looked back since.

The Secrets launched their trio in Newfoundland, opening for country music legend Alan Jackson’s Freight Line Tour in 2010, and since 2012 have been taking their music across the country with stops at a number of prestigious festivals and events including Saskatchewan’s Ness Creek Folk Festival, Winnipeg Folk Festival and the Stan Rogers International Folk Festival, among others. This experience enriched their outstanding vocal chops, helped hone arrangements of their original compositions and furthered their love of country music.

The Secrets headed to Nashville in spring 2014 to record with producer/co-writer, Peter Daniel Newman at the helm. This culminated in the (June 2014) release of The Secrets highly anticipated debut album, Break Even, followed by a summer tour which included main stage performances at the World Pride Festival in Toronto, the Acoustic Maritime Music Festival and Harmony Bazaar Festival of Women and Song in Nova Scotia, the Riverview Band Shell Series in New Brunswick, a coveted spot at the Cavendish Beach Music Festival (Atlantic Canada’s largest country festival) held in PEI, an opening set for Serena Ryder at Newfoundland’s infamous George Street Festival, and capped off with the ultimate dream gig – opening three sold out shows for country superstar Tim McGraw at Mile One Centre in St. John’s, NL.

Citing influences such as Dolly Parton, Tammy Wynette and Linda Ronstadt (aka The Trio), as well as Johnny Cash, Tricia Yearwood, Terri Clarke and Patty Loveless, to name just a few, The Secrets built their repertoire on a foundation of classic country hits infused with an impressive, and ever-growing catalogue of country-folk originals. With their gift of voice and seemingly effortless, natural harmony coupled with their individual talent and skill as musicians – Karla on guitar and bass, Terri Lynn on guitar, mandolin and harmonica, and Renée, an extraordinary musical talent on guitar, accordion, fiddle, mandolin, bass and more – The Secrets fresh delivery of their chosen work is authentic, exciting and thoroughly entertaining for all who see and hear them.

Seats can be reserved via RSVP at 819-704-0662 or Email: newman.hal@gmail.com

Adults $20, Teens $10 – and kids, as always, are free & welcome.

An evening with Country-Folk Trio – The Secrets – will be a dinner/concert on Friday, October 28th..at the Brunelle-Newman House – 18 ch de Fairfax in Stanstead QC.

Here’s the essential info:

This will be an intimate livingroom concert with a max capacity of 35 folks on chairs, sofas, benches – or sitting on the floor.

Dinner will be 6-ish and will be potluck vegetarian. Send Hal an email to let him know what you’re bringing for potluck. E: newman,hal@gmail.com

If you’re coming for the concert only, seating will be open at 19h.

We hope to see you there.

An evening with Singer-Songwriter – Mark Reeves – NDG (Montreal) QC

Like some kind of caffeinated single malt whiskey, Mark Reeves’ acoustic roots-rock goes down smooth and easy, but packs a powerful kick that can’t help but move you. Mark is one of those artists who’s been around, building steam, making records and touring in support of some of the world’s best-known roots artists.

The past two decades have seen Mark stream through a journey from busker to seasoned performer with masterful chops and the kind of mesmerizing stage presence that most artists never achieve in a lifetime. Turning heads because of youthful talent, he won a scholarship to Boston’s Berklee College of Music at 19, paid his dues in the blues clubs, made a record with Los Lobos producer Keith Keller’s at Keller’s mansion in New Orleans, won a sackful of awards, and warmed up stages for everyone from Robert Cray and Blue Rodeo to Colin James and Jesse Winchester.

Mark is a rare, blazingly talented artist who leaves unsuspecting audiences slack-jawed and eager for more. “Mark is not only at ease performing, he owns the stage,” says Pierre Guerin, former artistic director of the Winnipeg Folk Festival and past president of the North American Folk Alliance. “Even more impressive is the attention and care he pays to his craft as a songwriter.”

Seats can be reserved via RSVP at 819-704-0662 or Email: newman.hal@gmail.com

Adults $20, Teens $10 – and kids, as always, are free & welcome.

An evening with Singer-Songwriter – Mark Reeves will be a potluck dessert/concert on Wednesday, September 28th..at SHCN-NDG – 3820 Old Orchard Avenue in NDG (Montreal) QC.

Here’s the essential info:

This will be an intimate livingroom concert with a max capacity of 25 folks on chairs, sofas, benches – or sitting on the floor.

We will be doing potluck dessert during the break between sets – so bring something you’d like to share with friends – old and new. The concert will begin at 7.15 pm.

We hope to see you there.

Another Amazing Evening with John Jacob Magistery in Stanstead QC

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Another amazing evening with alt-folk-indie band John Jacob Magistery here at our home – at 18 ch de Fairfax in Stanstead QC.

Entry by RSVP ONLY – E: newman.hal@gmail.com | T: 819-704-0662

Here’s the essential info:

This will be an intimate livingroom concert with a max capacity of 35 folks on chairs, sofas, benches – or sitting on the floor.

Dinner will be 6-ish and will be potluck vegetarian. If you’re coming for dinner, get creative and make something you’d like to share.

If you’re coming for the concert only, seating will be open at 19h.

Adults $20, Teens $10 – and kids, as always, are free & welcome.

We hope to see you here.

Allergy warning – If you’ve got an allergy to cats or dogs, a house concert in our livingroom will be a tremendous challenge. Even if the animals are not in the room, they will be roaming elsewhere in the house.

Watch the video… JJM explains why they loved performing in our livingroom last March…


“Since its relatively recent inception, Montreal-based band John Jacob Magistery has certainly been enjoying a steady impulse. A debut EP, “Narcissism Unto Loneliness” was released in 2014, collecting rave reviews and prompted a grand exposure from rock radio CHOM 97.7 and an Osheaga performance last summer.

This year at the Montreal Jazz Festival, John Jacob Magistery were to show off what they are made of in the intimate rendez-vous that is the Metropolis’ Savoy, for a series of two consecutive concerts. The first night brought in a good number of devotees, half-of them sitting on the floor in order the get the best in the venue.

As the music begins, we can only acknowledge that it would be hard not to share the enthusiasm that the band generates. On stage, the delivery is vigorous, the chemistry between musicians is palpable and the music is of the soft-and-loud contrast, roaring and soaring. Lead by Johnny Griffin, a rock-star aura singer and guitarist, the spirited quintet are going for an energetic folk-pop forgoing orchestral arrangements for a straightforward style. The violin make an rare apparitions on a few titles, the rest of the time, the layered guitars are softened is softened by keys and vocal harmonies.

More than anything The band has a capacity to effortlessly hook you up and carry you along. Songs from album Phantom i/Are you too sensitive? seems to have been written to make you us sing along made to sing with authenticity. For a band that has been getting a lot of attention, it is absolutely justified and also, heartwarming.

John Jacob Mystery were performing at Metropolis at the Savoy during the Montreal Jazz Festival.”

– Christelle Saint-Julien, Reverb.com

July 3 2016

An afternoon with break-out Aussie folk band The Mae Trio – Stanstead QC

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Anita Hillman – cello, acoustic bass, vocals Elsie Rigby – violin, ukulele, vocals Maggie Rigby – banjo, guitar, ukulele, marimba, vocals

It has been a triumphant 18 months for The Mae Trio. Renowned for their stellar three-part harmonies, sophisticated instrumentation and songwriting, The Mae Trio has toured the UK three times, including appearances at Celtic Connections (Glasgow) and Cambridge Folk Festival; performed at Nashville’s prestigious Americana Festival and was the break-out act of Folk Alliance International in Kansas City.

The Melbourne-based contemporary folk trio has also shared stages with Ruth Moody and the Milk Carton Kids and toured Australia from Woodford Folk Festival to Port Fairy Folk Festival, winning the Maton Class Act Award and the National Film and Sound Archive Award for Folk Recording of the Year.

Their latest release – September – follows their critically acclaimed debut Housewarming and is their first release in two years as the tour trails consumed their focus. September is a musical photograph capturing a particular moment in the lives of The Mae Trio, specifically the month of September 2015. Featuring three songs written by fellow artists, spanning the ocean of the band’s influences from their own deep roots in the extended family of folk music to their first toe-dipping into contemporary pop, September also features two originals, both homages to the deep love between a girl and her banjo.

Recorded in a living room over two days: just the three Maes, their instruments and an occasional Tassie whiskey journeying into the wee hours in the sweet air of Maggie and Elsie’s hometown of Castlemaine in Central Victoria, September is a reverie.

An afternoon with The Mae Trio – will be a brunch/concert on Sunday, August 28th.. at the Brunelle-Newman Home –18 ch de Fairfax, Stanstead QC.

Here’s the essential info:

$20 for adults.. $10 for teens.. Kids, as always, are free & welcome.

This will be an intimate livingroom concert with a max capacity of 35 folks on chairs, sofas, benches – or sitting on the floor.

Brunch will be 13h and will be vegetarian potluck.

RSVP: 819-704-0662

If you’re coming for the concert only, seating will be open at 14h.

We hope to see you here!

Stanstead House Concerts #37 #38 #39 – Amanda McCoy featuring Pandel Collaros

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“Wow! From rocking out to Amanda McCoy & Pandel Collaros channeling their inner Jimmy Page/Robert Plant for an incredible blow-out-the-jams spine-tingling acoustic cover of Led Zep’s Whole Lotta Love to getting to hang out and share the experience with childhood friends.. The music… wow! Incredible performance by a tight duo of guitarslinger blues/folk singer-songwriters – original tunes mixed with a few covers – and a near-classic version of John The Revelator.. and a searing Deep South revisiting of The Night They Drove Ol’ Dixie Down…” – #37 Montreal QC July 29 2016

“Wow! Amanda McCoy & Pandel Collaros treated us to another beautiful evening of music in our livingroom… with a couple of Neil Young covers added to the mix capping off a great night !” – #38 Stanstead QC July 30 2016

“Amanda McCoy and Pandel Collaros performed tonight in the Cabaret Room at the Catamount Arts Center and blew us all away!” – #39 St Johnsbury VT July 31 2016

 

An evening with Amanda McCoy – Stanstead QC

An intimate house concert with the wickedly talented bassist/guitar-slinger/songwriter Amanda McCoy – all the way from Nashville TN.

Bassist, guitarist, songwriter, vocalist, pianist, educator, and artist – these are only a few words that describe Amanda McCoy. Amanda is one of the most in demand musicians working in the Nashville music scene. If Amanda isn’t touring with one of many bands or artists, you will find her performing original material in Nashville, recording in the studio, or getting messy with charcoal and paint.

Since stepping onto the scene in late 2009, Amanda has delivered a power packed punch to Nashville. Since then, she has shared the stage with Tristen Smith, Black Shag, Pavlov’s Dog, Kevin Skinner, George Jones, Clint Black, Jo Dee Messina, Tim McGraw, Marty Stuart, the Charlie Daniels Band, Cowboy Troy, Little Big Town, Daisy Mallory, Neil McCoy, the Eli Young Band, Eden’s Edge, Lorrie Morgan, Rascal Flatts, Brad Paisley, and Molly Hatchet.

Amanda has also had the privilege of studying extensively with some of the best musicians in the world. They include Pandel Collaros, Victor Wooten, Regi Wooten, Kenny Aronoff, Frank Gambale, Steve Bailey, Howard Levy, and Molly Pauken.

Seats can be reserved via RSVP at 819-704-0662 or Email: newman.hal@gmail.com

Adults $20, Teens $10 – and kids, as always, are free & welcome.

An evening with Amanda McCoy will be a dinner/concert on Saturday, July 30th..at the Brunelle-Newman House – 18 ch de Fairfax in Stanstead QC.

Here’s the essential info:

This will be an intimate livingroom concert with a max capacity of 35 folks on chairs, sofas, benches – or sitting on the floor.

Dinner will be 6-ish and will be potluck vegetarian. Send Hal an email to let him know what you’re bringing for potluck. E: newman,hal@gmail.com

If you’re coming for the concert only, seating will be open at 19h.

We hope to see you there.

An evening with John Jacob Magistry

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Last summer they played Osheaga – and on March 11th, John Jacob Magistry (JJM) will be performing in our livingroom.

JJM is a post indie / folk band from Montreal, Quebec who released their unsigned debut EP ‘Narcissism Unto Loneliness’ in the Spring of 2014.

Podcast station Radio Cannon described ‘Narcissism Unto Loneliness’ as “amazing”.. “such a great voice”.. “really big lush sounds, It’s about time (this) gets some big attention.”

CHOM 97.7 picked up their first single ‘Greatest Story Ever’ and gave it a solid run in heavy rotation since. To kick off 2015, they were voted one of CHOM’s ‘Best Music Discoveries of 2014’ by both Terry DiMonte and Jason Rockman. CHOM listeners voted ‘Greatest Story Ever’ as one of the top 30 tracks of 2014.

Lead by singer/songwriter Johnny Griffin, John Jacob Magistery is a band well grounded in raw talent and authenticity. JJM has core group of singer-songwriters who include Anthony Lombardi (drums), Mackenzie Myatt (violin / vocals), Antoine Ferron (bass), and Francois Jalbert (guitar).

An evening with John Jacob Magistry – will be a dinner/concert on Friday, March 11th..at our home – 18 ch de Fairfax in Stanstead QC.

Here’s the essential info:

This will be an intimate livingroom concert with a max capacity of 35 folks on chairs, sofas, benches – or sitting on the floor.
Dinner will be 6-ish and will be potluck vegetarian – which means if you’re coming for dinner you need to let us know ahead of time.. so we can take note of what you’re planning to bring. Send Hal an email to let him know what you’re bringing for potluck.
If you’re coming for the concert only, seating will be open at 19h.
Adults $20, Teens $10 – and kids, as always, are free & welcome.

We hope to see you here.

Terms & Conditions

If you’ve got an allergy to cats or dogs, a house concert in our livingroom will be a tremendous challenge. Even if the animals are not in the room, they will be roaming elsewhere in the house.