First Parish Coffee House is set for this Friday Evening, March 8, at 7:30 p.m. (music starts at 8:00). Music will be performed by some of First Parish’s best musical talent and a visiting band from the Ashby UU Church. Enjoy the coffee house atmosphere with tables for two, four, or more. A cash wine bar and a variety of hors d’oeuvre and desserts will be served. Proceeds from this event will support the First Parish Music Fund and the performance of the Missa Gaia Earth Mass in April. Admission is $15.
Coffee House performers will include:
- Haley Watson will be singing “Listen to Your Heart” by DHT accompanied by Shawn McCann on keyboard, and Taylor Swift’s “Back to December” accompanied by Zymurgy. Haley sings with the FPCOG youth choir and is currently a student of voice at Indian Hill School of Music.
- Karuzin (Mark Karuzis, Nancy Rines, Chris Norman) – Fun acoustic folk music, featuring guitar and ukulele.
- Lauren Tellier plays acoustic guitar and sings popular folk music from a repertoire including selections from the Indigo Girls, Stevie Nicks, Janice Ian and others.
- The Lizards in the Hayloft are based in New Ipswich, NH, and Ashby , MA . The band features a variety of acoustic instruments, including fiddles, banjos, guitar, bass, mandolin, mandola, and ukuleles. Their repertoire includes a wide variety of historic and ethnic music, as well as modern tunes. Band members include (from New Ipswich): Christine Anderson, fiddle; John Rosenfelder, bass and fiddle; Sarah Rosenfelder, guitar, fiddle, uke, and vocals. (From Ashby): Stephan Arsenault, bass and vocals; Mark Haines, banjo and vocals; Cedwyn Morgan, mandolin, mandola, banjo, uke, and vocals. Stephan is a Berklee-trained musician and the music director of First Parish UU Church in Ashby.
- The Powder House Gang (Judy Anderson, Michelle Stiller, tenor; John Jackson, lead; Dave Hill, baritone; Kurt Staven, Jim Oehler, bass) is an a cappella barbershop group singing four-part harmony and entertaining audiences since 2010. The Powder House Gang has sung at Grotonfest, Around Town with Jane Bouvier, Worcester Barbershop Harmony Night, A-List Show, Main Street Cafe, First Parish Church of Groton, Groton Community School Home Tour, and the Groton New Year’s Gala.
- Zymurgy (Steve Burne, bass; Andrew Watson, guitar; Shawn McCann, keyboards; with special guest Paul Funch, flute) plays an eclectic mix of folk, rock, and pop music from the 1950s to today, including many album tracks that were rarely heard on the radio.