The Shirley Meeting House

2022 Upcoming Events

Long & Away –So Trinken Wir Alle

Friday, June 10th at 7:30 p.m.

The Shirley Meeting House welcomes Boston based Long & Away, a professional consort of viols founded in 2005. They will presents  brand new program for voices and viols celebrating the many delights of spring! This tour of 16th-c. Europe features works by Lassus, Senfl, Marenzio and others that explore age old themes of love, nature, dancing, and drinking. You’ll hear morning birdsong, nighttime meditations, rarefied musings on love, and rustic songs in praise of wine. Sparkling French and Italian dance tunes round out the evening.

This program is supported by the Gian Lyman Silbiger grant from the Viola da Gamba Society – New England.

Elise Groves, Sophie Michaux, Corey Dalton Hart, Stephan Griffin, voices
Karen Burciaga, Jane Hershey, Anne Legêne, Carol Lewis, James Perretta, viols

Admission: $20. Masks required. 

Music on the Meeting House Porch

Our summer concert series is back again this year!  From June through September come enjoy music on the common in front of the Meeting House. Bring a chair, a picnic lunch and relax with friends and family. Rain or shine. We will move into the Meeting House if it rains. Masks are required in the Meeting House.

Ellsworth and Hicks

Sunday, June 12th, 2:00 pm.

Ellsworth & Hick’s original songs have been featured on radio, internet and film. “The Moon is a Faithless Lover” was in the movie Ghetto Dawg with Drena DeNiro and Gianna Palminteri. “The Things I Gotta Do to Stay Alive – Are Killing Me” was in The Clinic, an independent film which won Best Screenplay in the NYII Film Festival. In 2000, their debut CD, “Ask Around” was a finalist in the Crossroads Music Awards for Contemporary Folk.
Their relaxed onstage banter and tight arrangements have won them praises among critics & fans alike.

Somewhere between the myth of high and low art, skirting the fine line of fact and fiction, with their heads held high and their critics laid low, stand E & H with their sweet blend of guitar, clarinet & vocal harmonies – and a whole batch of original songs.

Cooper & Keannelly and Karen & Tag 

Sunday, July 17th, 2:00 p.m.

Cooper & Kenneally pump out an assortment of folk rock, country and blues and their original folk-pop can range from poignant to humorous to rockin’. Wonderfully talented musicians who understand what entertaining a crowd is all about, C&K offer up seriously wicked cool infectious camaraderie and good humor.They have opened for Ernie and The Automatics, Ronnie Earl, and David Buskin & Robin Batteau.

Karen & Tag Vennard have been supporters of the local open mic scene for more than a decade. Their heart-made original songs are featured on their CD “Heading Out”. Karen and Tag want to make the world a better place by singing their happy songs for you.

Ukelele J – Stories through Song

Sunday, August 14th 2:00 p.m.

As the daughter of a camp director Jodie Rachman, aka Ukelele J, sang her way through her childhood years. Now, many years later, having learned to play the ukulele, she has made it her mission to encourage joy and healing through music. She started her Elder Music Sing-A-Long program in January of 2016. Beginning in January of 2019, she launched a fun and interactive pre-school music program called “Song Time Fun”, designed for pre-k children. In January of 2022 she published her children’s song and activity book “Song Time Fun.” 

Another passion of hers, and what she is bringing to her Meetinghouse Porch Show, is the combination of stories and songs. With a variety of originals and covers spanning the decades, even centuries she will weave a tale through song and verse.

The Kelly Girls

Sunday, September 18th, 2:00 p.m.

The Kelly Girls have quickly gained recognition as one of the most entertaining Celtic Bands in New England. Rousing renditions of songs and tunes rooted in the Celtic traditions of Ireland, Scotland, Canada and America along with captivating harmonies and instrumentation lend to their signature sound.

The Band has played many prestigious venues and festivals, and continues to garner media attention for both their traditional and original music. For The Kelly Girls, Celtic music is about storytelling, complete with varying degrees of instrumentation and lyrics. “We respect the historical compositions that we carry forward, we recognize that we are also part of a new generation of storytellers. We feel connected to our common humanity, and the thread of hope and dreams that weave us together, continue to connect us to each other.”

Meeting House programs are sponsored in part by a grant from the Shirley Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.