08.25.2019 – Stanstead QC – An Evening with Tracy McNeil & Dan Parsons

SHCN is proud to present Aussie-Canadian singer/songwriter Tracy McNeil & Aussie singer/songwriter Dan Parsons in concert in Stanstead QC. Ticketing info will be posted shortly.

“A Technicolor West Coast Dreamscape: the sound of sunrise over cedars and noonday Joshua Trees and high desert dusk” (RollingStone)

About this Event

Melbourne-based singer-songwriter Tracy McNeil was born and raised in Canada by musician parents and she echoes the best of their likely influencers: CSN&Y, Mamas & Papas, Linda Ronstadt. All the elements are there. Catchy and original tunes, seamless vocal and instrumental harmonies, lyrics perfectly matched to the rhythms. While McNeil has been heralded a notable talent in her home country for awhile,her latest single ‘Stars’ picks up at full speed from where they left off with their award-winning album ‘Thieves’ (Best Country Album, The Age Music Victoria Awards 2016), continuing to draw from classic rock, pop and alt country influences, whilst simultaneously broadening her sonic palette.

She is coming our way with bandmate Dan Parsons. In August 2018 he released his new album ‘Sunday Morning Cinema’ and launched across the country on a national tour. The track ‘Dream On Lover’ landed on multiple Spotify-curated playlists around the world (Fresh Folk, New Music Friday), and the first single ‘Here Goes Nothing’ held the #1 spot on the AMRAP/AirIt regional charts for two weeks as well as receiving national rotation on ABC radio. He has released three other critically acclaimed solo albums – ‘Firestarter’ (2010) , ‘Dan Parsons’ (2013) and ‘Valleywood’ (2015) which was nominated for ‘Best Folk-Roots Album’ in The Age Music Victoria Awards and saw him perform in Nashville at the Bluebird Cafe.

08.24.2019 – Derby Line VT – An Evening with Wallis Bird

Stanstead House Concerts Network – SHCN in cahoots with Borderline Entertainment and Catamount Film and Arts is pretty darned excited to announce we will be presenting the incredible Wallis Bird on August 24th 2019 in beautiful Derby Line, Vermont. We’ll provide details on the venue and ticketing information soon. We promise.

07.12.2019 – Ayer’s Cliff QC – An Evening with RedFox

Save this date: Friday, July 12th at the Van Zuiden House in Ayer’s Cliff QC.

6 pm – Potluck dinner
7.30 pm – Concert
BYO Be Responsible
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RedFox is a five piece indie-folk band based in Montreal, Quebec. Their sound is primarily comprised of acoustic-based music with hints of indie rock. Played by a 5-piece ensemble which includes bass, guitar, violin, banjo and percussion. Their dynamic and energetic sound is influenced by bands such as Punch Brothers, Mumford & Sons and Paramore.

Members:
Daphnée Vandal – Vox/Violin
Jono Townsend – Guitar
Tim Loten -Banjo
Samuel Neumann – Drums
Sam Robinson – Bass

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Ayer’s Cliff QC – An Evening with Gabrielle Shonk

Potluck dinner at 6 pm. Bring something you’d like to share.
Concert begins at 7.30 pm.
BYO Be Responsible.
Tickets must be purchased online:
https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/ayers-cliff-qc-an-evening-with-gabrielle-shonk-tickets-62289005091

For the millions of people who have already been introduced to Gabrielle Shonk via ‘Habit’ – her instantly arresting first single – the immediate impression is of a new voice arriving so fully formed, so polished and powerful, one can only ask ‘where has she come from?’

Raised in Quebec City, Gabrielle Shonk is the natural product of a creative household, with a blues-musician father and artist mother. Shonk has been singing since anyone can remember and started writing her own songs as a teenager, Aretha Franklin and Marvin Gaye providing soulful guidance, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, and Tracy Chapman teaching subject matter, and The Beatles impressing melody. The craft took hold and she went on to studying Jazz and earning a degree in music.

Singing in both English and French, Shonk aims from the heart straight to the heart. She insists that music informs all aspects of her life and she is above all a music fan. Asked to name some of her current musical preoccupations, she cites Kurt Vile, Mac DeMarco, Amy Winehouse, Adele, and Feist.

Ayer’s Cliff QC – An Evening with Hannah Miller, Kyshona & Mary Bragg

Potluck dinner at 6 pm. Concert at 7.30 pm.

Featuring three extraordinary women whose amazing voices are equal parts soothing and inspiring.

Hannah Miller writes dark and soothing music that in the words of one perceptive listener “gives you half a feeling of happiness and half of loneliness”. Her dark, ambient style has been heard on shows such as This Is Us (seasons one and two), Sons of Anarchy, The Following and Pretty Little Liars as well as in several indie films (Little Women, Trash Fire, June Adrift, The Staying Kind, Other Versions of You) and in national advertising campaigns for companies like Pitney Bowes and DSW. She recently finished a couple of tours as support for the folk duo The Secret Sisters and released her 3rd full length record March 6, 2018 on boutique label Sorted Noise. She currently continues to write and release music regularly. Video: https://youtu.be/WXccbMSr8Ok

Kyshona Armstrong – If you’re out in the clubs in Nashville, you have a good chance of discovering the powerful, lyrical voice of Kyshona. The South Carolina native came to Nashville after a long stint in Athens, Ga.’s singer-songwriter circles. She soon found her place in the city as part of both the soul and rock scenes and has released two independent albums since then: 2014’s Go and 2016’s Ride. Kyshona is also a music therapist who has worked in correctional institutions in Georgia and Tennessee, and with mentally ill and elderly patients. The insights she’s gained as a therapist have fed her songwriting, helping to make her one of the most compassionate and uplifting young voices in Nashville today. Video: https://youtu.be/8vB1ioUaOlU

Mary Bragg – For seasoned Americana artist Mary Bragg, her rawest, most personal album to date—Lucky Strike—appeared when she hadn’t even been planning to record a new album. After finding success writing for and with other artists (her co-written song “Easier Than Leaving” appeared on Michaela Anne’s recent release and was featured in Rolling Stone), Bragg had begun to consider devoting herself solely to songwriting. Then, Lucky Strike co-producer Jim Reilley (of indie stalwarts The New Dylans) heard a few of Bragg’s songs and insisted that they be recorded. She agreed—but only if she could skip the fancy studios (and budgets). “Lucky Strike was recorded in a backyard barn studio, where the microphones are old, not expensive-vintage-old, just old. Where the pop filters have holes in them. Where the vocal booth is unfinished because real walls never got built. It’s where ‘recorded live’ is for real recorded live, and everything is exposed.” The result is a stunning collection of songs that speaks to our common humanity with uncommon honesty. Video: https://youtu.be/A8gV1Xw6QCM

https://youtu.be/1MbTQa9fbPs

Lyndon VT – An Evening with Hannah Miller, Kyshona & Mary Bragg

Featuring three extraordinary women whose amazing voices are equal parts soothing and inspiring.

Hannah Miller writes dark and soothing music that in the words of one perceptive listener “gives you half a feeling of happiness and half of loneliness”. Her dark, ambient style has been heard on shows such as This Is Us (seasons one and two), Sons of Anarchy, The Following and Pretty Little Liars as well as in several indie films (Little Women, Trash Fire, June Adrift, The Staying Kind, Other Versions of You) and in national advertising campaigns for companies like Pitney Bowes and DSW. She recently finished a couple of tours as support for the folk duo The Secret Sisters and released her 3rd full length record March 6, 2018 on boutique label Sorted Noise. She currently continues to write and release music regularly. Video: https://youtu.be/WXccbMSr8Ok

Kyshona Armstrong – If you’re out in the clubs in Nashville, you have a good chance of discovering the powerful, lyrical voice of Kyshona. The South Carolina native came to Nashville after a long stint in Athens, Ga.’s singer-songwriter circles. She soon found her place in the city as part of both the soul and rock scenes and has released two independent albums since then: 2014’s Go and 2016’s Ride. Kyshona is also a music therapist who has worked in correctional institutions in Georgia and Tennessee, and with mentally ill and elderly patients. The insights she’s gained as a therapist have fed her songwriting, helping to make her one of the most compassionate and uplifting young voices in Nashville today. Video: https://youtu.be/8vB1ioUaOlU

Mary Bragg – For seasoned Americana artist Mary Bragg, her rawest, most personal album to date—Lucky Strike—appeared when she hadn’t even been planning to record a new album. After finding success writing for and with other artists (her co-written song “Easier Than Leaving” appeared on Michaela Anne’s recent release and was featured in Rolling Stone), Bragg had begun to consider devoting herself solely to songwriting. Then, Lucky Strike co-producer Jim Reilley (of indie stalwarts The New Dylans) heard a few of Bragg’s songs and insisted that they be recorded. She agreed—but only if she could skip the fancy studios (and budgets). “Lucky Strike was recorded in a backyard barn studio, where the microphones are old, not expensive-vintage-old, just old. Where the pop filters have holes in them. Where the vocal booth is unfinished because real walls never got built. It’s where ‘recorded live’ is for real recorded live, and everything is exposed.” The result is a stunning collection of songs that speaks to our common humanity with uncommon honesty. Video: https://youtu.be/A8gV1Xw6QCM

https://youtu.be/1MbTQa9fbPs

Stanstead QC – An Evening with We Are Monroe – SOLD-OUT !

The last concert at our home – Saturday evening, December 1st is SOLD-OUT !

Potluck vegetarian dinner at 6-ish.
A very special concert event begins at 7-30 on the dot.
$20 at the door.

You’ve heard them (a lot) on CHOM-FM, and now you’re going to be part of a very special performance by Montreal post-punk revival artists WE ARE MONROE in our livingroom in Stanstead QC.

Schedule:
6:00 pm Vegetarian Pot Luck (bring something to share!)
7:30 pm WE ARE MONROE performance

Ticket price : $20 (at the door)

Make plans to join us for an amazing wrap to the Stanstead House Concerts Network – SHCN adventure at the Brunelle-Newman House.

Montreal (NDG) QC – An Evening with Rachel Beck w/ Logan Richard

Tickets are available for purchase online:
https://www.picatic.com/RachelBeckConcertNDG

There are only 35 seats available for this event.

Our next house concert is going to be pretty special… On Saturday, June 2nd, at our house here in NDG, we’ll be hosting Rachel Beck coming in with a powerhouse folk-roots quartet..with breakout guitarslinger Logan Richard opening. Rachel has already had a CBC Radio 2 Top 20 #1 single this year with the beautiful song ‘Reckless Heart’ … For those of you who have never been to one of our concerts.. we start with a potluck dinner at 6-ish and then we all gather in the livingroom for the concert at 7.30 pm. It’s a unique and special experience where you get to meet everyone – including the artists in an intimate environment. We charge $20 for adults, $10 for teens – and kids, as always, are free and welcome.


Potluck vegetarian dinner at 6 pm. Bring something you’d like to share.

Street parking is available. Public transit – including a metro stop – are within walking distance.

Lyndon VT – An Evening with Fireside Collective

Winners of the 2016 Merlefest Band Competition, finalists in the legendary Telluride Bluegrass Band competition, and now featuring the Rockygrass Banjo Champion, Fireside Collective from Asheville, NC is quickly blazing a name for themselves as a must-see progressive acoustic ensemble.

Formed in 2014, Fireside Collective is a group of acoustic music enthusiasts who blend elements of traditional bluegrass and American roots music with modern acoustic arrangements. With an energetic and engaging live show, the band presents finely crafted original music infused with impeccable solos and tight harmonies.

Captivating listeners with songs centered around change, relationships, and being on the road,Fireside Collective transitions smoothly between danceable bluegrass numbers and passionate folk ballads.

With mandolin, Dobro, and acoustic guitar layered eloquently on top of rock solid stand up bass, Fireside Collective delights in tastefully exploring the boundaries of roots music.

 

Salons

A few years ago in Montreal, I attended a workshop on presenting modern circus. I love circus. The mix of music, drama, acrobatics, magic – it is simultaneously immersive and captivating.

I must have felt emboldened by the energy in the room. I found myself standing up to ask a question of the world-class panel.

And so, in a darkened conference room filled with a hundred or more participants I formulated my question about scalability. En francais – in French.

I explained that we present events in intimate surroundings in mostly rural settings and wondered aloud if circus could be scaled to be performed in a ‘salon’ (livingroom).

The panel members were very animated in their response – talking about how circus could be presented in any ‘salon’ (theatre) – no matter where – if the technical requirements could be met.

I remained standing and politely requested a follow-up question. I explained I was talking about the much smaller version of ‘salon’ – one where the audience sat on sofas, kitchen chairs and on the floor.

There was some nervous laughter and several participants turned to see who was asking the question. I had, inadvertently, captured the attention and imagination of the room.

We had a chat right there about what it means for audiences out in the countryside to be able to connect with performing artists – with musicians – in a way that just can’t be replicated in a big city venue.

How by sharing that experience with children their imaginations are sparked and they have dreams and understand the power of live performance… so they reach for the stars because an artist took the time to visit their small town.

How by going out to where rural audiences live and work and play, artists (and the brands which sponsor them) are showing real respect for the folks who may – one day – make a pilgrimage to see those artists perform in a much bigger venue.

To their credit, the presenters not only assured me it was possible but established lasting relationships with our organization to ensure that we could make it happen. I love that story. I also love that I was invited to visit the Cirque de Soleil’s own salon (theatre) and wander around backstage. And dream a few dreams of my own.  Sweetness.

Be well. Practice big medicine.*

Hal

​​*Big Medicine = the right people working together at the right time will be Big Medicine. I’ve been saying ‘Be well. Practice big medicine’ for as long as I can remember. It is my own very personal version of ‘Sawu Bona’, the Zulu greeting which means ‘I see you’… I see all of you, I see your good works, I see the difference you are making in the world.