Fitch Bay QC – An Evening with My Father’s Son

My Father’s Son, an indie folk group with roots in London, ON and Montreal, QC, melds together intricate lyrics with the richness of simplified, acoustic sound.

Singer/songwriter Mark Kulmala is joined by Paul Meadows (Uisca Beatha, The Beauties) on the recording of their first full length album ‘Heart of Wood’. Having played in varying bands, in a variety of genres, over the years this endeavour sees a paired down amalgamation of lived experiences, both personal and musical, poetically creating emotionally complex but subdued, reflective songs.

An air of storytelling colours the music with sentimental and wholly relatable verses that immerse the audience in the beauty of shared experiences.

They are currently recording their sophomore album with Paul Pfisterer (The Beauties. RHYE) at Freckle Farm Studios in Mono, Ontario

This past year they toured extensively around Ontario opening for:

Ben Caplan and the Casual Smokers – Townehouse Tavern (presented by Northern Lights Festival Boreal) in Sudbury and at Loplops in Sault Ste. Marie
Dylan Menzie – Guelph, ON
Joey Landreth – Songwriter Series in Barrie, ON. Hosted by Chas Hay
Craig Cardiff – London, ON – London Music Club
NQ Arbuckle and Zachary Lucky – Gravenhurst, ON – Miranda Mullholland’s Sawdust City Music Festival
Leyla McCalla – London, ON – Aeolian Hall
Belle Star – Toronto, ON – The Dakota Tavern
SloCan Ramblers – London, ON – Aeolian Hall

Northborough MA – An Evening with Rhiannon Simpson

We will be hosting our first Stanstead House Concerts Network – SHCN event on Saturday evening, June 23, 2018.

$20 Adults. The music will start around 7:30pm. Come a bit earlier and meet the artist…enjoy some appetizers and dessert. If you can, bring a dish to share.

Lazenby Young Blues Guitarist of the Year, MBAS Blues Challenge Finalist and BCs Best ‘Songwriter of the Year’ Rhiannon Simpson has been flooring audiences with her brand of modern, guitar driven blues since 2013.

Her aggressive vocal style and virtuosic guitar work saw her play with some of Australia’s finest musicians including Geoff Achison, Joe Camilleri and Jimi Hocking.

After receiving an invite to live, study and play in Boston, MA, Simpson began touring the states in May of 2017; being invited to perform at venues such as Kingston Mines (Chicago), B.B Kings (New Orleans) SoulShine (Nashville) and The Haskell Opera House (Vermont).

Full of new riffs and determination, Simpson returned home to Australia to record her debut album with arguably the most talented group of young musicians in the country; The Triple Delta (B.J Humphrey, Griffin McGookin and Josh Woods). Set for release in early 2018, the full band album will precede a live, solo release featuring songs written during her time in the USA.

“(she doesn’t) just play the blues, but really feels it in her soul. Great player, I’m a Fan” – Geoff Achison

“[Rhiannon is] welcome on any stage with me” – Joe Camilleri

“Phenomenal, absolutely phenomenal” – Amadee Castenell (Elvis Costello, Elton John, Chocolate Milk)

Arundel QC – An Afternoon with Rachel Beck w/ Logan Richard

Doors open at 2 pm. Concert at 3 pm. $20 in advance/ $25 at the door. Reservations: / 819-425-0898

Apportez votre boisson de choix. BYOB. Desserts maison, cafe, the pour acheter. Homemade desserts, coffee, tea for purchase. Levee de fond pour Loisirs Arundel fundraiser.

Rachel Beck’s voice is as captivating as the cadence in an exotic language, and yet is as familiar as your mother’s humming. Her rich, clear vocals gracefully dance above distinctive piano to create a fresh and compelling folk/pop sound. And whether you see this Canadian singer-songwriter live, hear her on the radio, or press play on one of her songs, the experience is just as impactful: you are not only brought under her vocal spell, but are an instant fan.

New Bern NC – An Evening with Andrew Finn Magill

Young Finn has a beautiful sound and touch on the Irish fiddle. He has learned from and now plays with the best in the genre. On Branches you can hear a new musical voice emerging. I’m gonna keep listening for Finn Magill. – Tim O’Brien

The tunes Finn’s written are melodic and heartfelt, and the arrangements are gorgeous. Every note, chord, and beat captivates and delights. There’s a globe of influences whittled down here to one fiddler’s vision, and the result is a wonderful perfection of an album. – Liz Carroll

The African American Blues artist Willie Dixon remarked that “Blues is the roots and everything else is the fruits”. I believe that folk process is “the grand old tradition of perpetual transition”. Within the canopy of Branches, Finn Magill has embodied these ideas, with Irish music as the roots, into a beautiful bouquet of elegant and powerful compositions of multi-cultural celebration for the new millennium. – Joe Craven

It’s nice to see fresh, young musicians carrying on the traditions of Brazilian music. Finn Magill displays a love and authenticity that can fool you into thinking he is from Brazil. His style is playful and light, yet soulful and passionate. Congratulations! – – Airto Moreira, percussionist with Weather Report, Miles Davis, Chick Corea

Andrew Finn Magill grew up immersed in music, spending every summer at the Swannanoa Gathering Folk Arts Workshops learning fiddle from some of the finest folk musicians in the world. By age 16, he was a two-time finalist at the All-Ireland Championships and he is equally proficient in several American folk idioms such as old-time and bluegrass.

He has toured France with the popular Celtic music & dance revue, Celtic Dances, under the musical direction of Liz Knowles & Kieran O’Hare, and produced a Fulbright-MtvU- funded concept album, Mau a Malawi, with Malawian Afro-vibes artist Peter Mawanga, about those affected by AIDS. He currently resides in in Rio de Janeiro, where he is a sought-after violinist in Brazilian styles and leads O Finno, his own quartet of choro musicians.

Lyndon VT – Lousiana to Quebec – An Evening with Claude Methe, David Greely & Dana Whittle

Veteran fiddlers David Greely (Louisiana) and Claude Méthé (Québec) invite you to connect the dots between their two vibrant traditions. For a quarter of a century, these two award-winning “porteurs de tradition” have made their mark as players and cultural ambassadors on both sides of the border. Accompanied by guitarist-singer-foot-percussionist Dana Whittle, they offer up songs and music that illustrate the respective differences and similarities of their dual French/North American roots. Discover the magic of these living traditions in real-time.

Stanstead QC – An Evening with Rachel Beck w/ Logan Richard

UPDATE: Ticketing is now live at the following link:

Potluck vegetarian dinner at 6ish. Concert goes at 7.30 pm. $20 at the door. RSVPs absolutely required. Email – / T: 819-238-1470

Our next house concert is going to be pretty special… On Friday, June 1st, at our house here in Stanstead, 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 vegetarian 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.


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.*


​​*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.

0723 – Bringing the Blues to Town – An Evening with Soulstack

Bringing the Blues to Town – An Evening with Soulstack at the Brunelle-Newman House in Stanstead QC.

Veggie potluck dinner 6-ish. Concert begins 7.30ish.

$20 CAD.

E-ticketing info to be announced shortly.


Soulstack delivers a visceral experience; one of seasoned musicians playing the music of their roots with authentic realism. It’s the sound of Staples Singers-inspired southern harmony, tremolo-drenched baritone guitar, with a late-sixties New Orleans-style rhythm section and the gurgle of a Hammond organ driving it along with the unmistakable and distinctive voice of Jon Knight.

Soulstack has recently released a limited edition, live compilation album titled “LIVE CUTS” [January 2017] which features a variety of tracks superbly recorded live in a small club setting, and includes two live tracks from Moulin Blues. The formal release of the long-awaited ‘Live & Acoustic’ DVD/BluRay/CD , capturing the band in a broken down, intimate setting, with acoustic guitars, a grand piano, Hammond organ, hand drums/percussion, and recorded in front of a live audience, will also be released in 2017.

Currently, Soulstack is in pre-production for their fourth, full-length studio album, with the working title; “Sweaty Moments”. Releases available on iTunes, and select retailers.

Soulstack is: Jon Knight ( Vocal/Guitar), Mark Wessenger (Vocal/Piano/Organ), Chris Latta ( Guitar / Baritone), Darryl ‘Harpo’ Peterson (Bass) and Tom Bona (Drums), with guest member Matt Weidinger (Piano/Organ/Wurlitzer/Clavinet). Soulstack has been performing recently with a special guest musician, Michael Francis , a 5x Grammy Award Winning Sax Player from ‘Asleep at the Wheel’ fame.

Soulstack has been nominated for a total of 8 Maple Blues Awards , winning 3 of these as Drummer of the Year.
[Nominated as Electric Act, Vocalist 2x, Keyboard Player, and Drummer 4x]

It is an experience to experience Soulstack. |


0706 – An Evening with Les Poules a Colin – Ayer’s Cliff QC

The return of Les Poules a Colin !

Vegetarian potluck dinner at 6-ish. Concert begins at 7.30-ish.

$20 CAD online or on-site. Maximum of 50 places.

Address to be announced – A beautiful setting in the countryside. Ayer’s Cliff QC.

RSVP and E-ticketing information to be announced.

The new face of Québec folk-trad. Le nouveau visage de musique folk-trad québécoise.

Taking their name from a popular traditional song, Les Poules à Colin are a new take on a time-tested recipe –five childhood friends who still live on the same street, sharing a history of music-making and family ties. Les Poules are a dynamic and creative group that turn heads wherever they go. Exposed to Québécois and other folk music from the moment they were hatched, these offspring of trad musicians were immersed in music, they have grown up with and learned their craft firsthand from some of Québec’s finest, whether backstage at international festivals or at lively kitchen jams in Lanaudière, arguably Québec’s most musical region.

The five members of « the latest and youngest band out of the hot Québécois traditional music scene » (fRoots) are entrancing and sparkle with unpretentious, natural talent and respect for their repertoire – including beautifully arranged original and folk-trad songs and tunes. The group’s sound is a seamless blend of their strong folk upbringing and North American influences that range from old-time to jazz, with some provocative and moody effects. Their repertoire is a mix of original and traditional pieces, primarily in French but with some English compositions, and it reveals gorgeous vocal, instrumental and rhythmic prowess. Their adaptations of traditional songs speak eloquently to their generation while retaining the timeless beauty of their musical heritage. Fiddle, guitar, bouzouki, banjo, mandolin, piano, bass and foot percussion form a rich and varied backdrop for inventive arrangements.

Despite their youth they’ve already been together for more than six years, and have blossomed into intuitive performers. They’ve graced the stages at major venues in Canada and the US, such as The Winnipeg Folk Fest, Festival de la Chanson de Tadoussac, Chants-de-Vielles, Festival Mémoire et Racines, POP Montréal with their first album, recorded with a grant from the Lanaudière Youth Fund and the Québec Arts Council (2011).

Launched to rave reviews, their latest, Ste-Waves, has charted in Québec and has become a coup- du-coeur in stores there, with the first videoclip, Ti-Mé, already passing 15,000 hits to date. On top of that, their new release was nominated at l’ADISQ 2015 for Traditional Album of the Year. Ste-Waves has kept them busy touring North America and Europe and playing major festivals such as Vancouver Folk Festival, Vancouver Island Folk Festival, Festival du Voyageur, Celtic Connections, Northern Lights Festival Boreal and will perform in the upcoming edition of Festival International de Louisiane !

Formé en 2009, le groupe est composé de cinq jeunes musiciens de la relève en musique traditionnelle. Tous enfants de parents musiciens lanaudois très actifs dans le milieu, ils grandissent ensemble dans les festivals et les jams trad et développent une complicité pétillante qui se transmet inévitablement sur scène. Leur forte présence scénique démontre un plaisir contagieux dans une atmosphère familiale et festive.

C’est en 2010 qu’ils enregistrent leur premier album professionnel grâce à une bourse pour la relève lanaudoise, attribuée par le Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, le Forum Jeunesse et la CRÉ de Lanaudière. C’est donc avec » Hébertisme Nocturne » qu’ils foulent la scène dans de grandes villes au Canada, aux États-Unis et en France, en passant par des festivals tels que le Winnipeg Folk Festival, le Festival de la Chanson de Tadoussac, Sunfest, le Festival Mémoire et Racines, et plusieurs autres.

Ces jeunes artistes poursuivent leur travail de création et enregistrent en 2014 leur 2e et plus récent album, Ste-Waves, ce dernier a été mise en nomination à l’ADISQ 2015 pour Album Traditionnel de l’année. Diffusé sur les ondes au Québec, l’album et devenu un coup-de- coeur chez les disquaires et le vidéoclip officiel a dépassé 20 000 vues. Ste-Waves leur a permis de se tailler une place sur la scène folk trad nord-américain et européenne en jouant dans les festivals majeurs tels que le Vancouver Folk Festival, Celtic Connections, Vancouver Island Folk Festival, Festival du Voyageur, et bientôt le Festival International de Louisiane.

Avec Ste-Waves, Les Poules à Colin poussent plus loin l’exploration des alliages entre le trad québécois et le mélange des styles jazzy, pop, folk, bluegrass et contemporain. Ils nous plongent dans leur univers à travers des compositions originales, des arrangements, des progressions harmoniques, et réinventent les traditions. Artistiquement riches, les chansons du groupe assurent une expérience, en français comme en anglais. Il en résulte un son mûr, des pièces fort maîtrisées remplies d’émotions et d’une étonnante fraîcheur. Les Poules à Colin révèle une perspective unique et moderne sur la culture traditionnelle québécoise.

An Evening with Harrow Fair in Stanstead QC & Derby Line VT

Stanstead House Concerts presents… An Intimate Evening with Harrow Fair at The Haskell Free Library.

Concert begins at 7.30 pm.

$20 Adults | $10 Teens

Harrow Fair is Miranda Mulholland (Great Lake Swimmers, Belle Starr) & Andrew Penner (Sunparlour Players). One part stomping songs that echo early Country and Rock n Roll. The other gritty ballads that sound sweet and haunted. This duo’s evocative and rapidly expanding collection of songs are utterly foreign, oddly familiar and deeply gratifying. Their debut full-length album “Call to Arms” is out now.

The concert begins at 7.30 pm promptly.


The only entrance to the building is located on the American street side.

Visitors from Canada must park their cars on the Church Street side of the building and walk around the building to the main entrance.

Visitors from the United States may park in our parking lot, on Caswell Ave. or another Derby Line street.

It is expected that all visitors will return to their country of origin.