Armagh Coffee House
 

The Armagh Coffee House is a member of the

BACHA

The Armagh Coffee House takes place from time to time in the lower level of Holy Family Church at 12 Monument Square, Concord, MA The coffee house is organized and coordinated by Ken Meltz, Director of Faith Formation at Holy Family Parish [RC] and a number of Holy Family parishioners who volunteer and help put it together. Featuring folk and other styles of music, the Armagh strives to provide a venue where musicians can find a supportive environment in which to share their skills and talents. At the same time, audiences can experience live music in a wholesome and family friendly environment. We are members of the Boston Area Coffee House Association – 47 coffee houses most of which are either sponsored by or hosted by churches. Future shows will be advertized here as well in local newspapers and radio stations.

Note: The coffee house is best entered by the rear entrance of the church where there is usually more than ample parking, even on a Saturday night.


June 6, 2014
Holy Family Parish in Concord, MA is happy to announce an evening of musical entertainment, which will take place on Friday, June 6, 7:30 PM at the Armagh Coffee House in the lower level of Holy Family Church, 12 Monument Square, Concord. Performing will be the nationally and internationally renowned Celtic musician Hanz Araki accompanied by special guests Colleen Raney and Sean Earnest.

Araki is known for his fresh an innovative approach to traditional Irish and Scottish music. The son of a Japanese shakuhachi Grand Master, Araki Kodo V, and a Scots-Irish mother, his musical sensibility is both inspired and disciplined and has made him a household name from the UK to Japan. In his 25 year career, Araki has earned the praise of the international music community including Fatea Magazine, who raves “(His) musicianship is superb …achingly beautiful; a real delight.” He has headlined the Maine Celtic celebration for 3 consecutive years and also frequently appears at Club Passim and The Burren. (www.hanzaraki.com)

Colleen Raney has been recognized as “among the best in her genre” by Irish Music Magazine and has recently released her 4th solo album to international acclaim. (www.colleenraney.com

Sean Earnest, an accomplished multi-instrumentalist, is a member of the New York based band The Yanks, and regularly tours with a number of well known luminaries in the traditional Irish music world. (www.seanearnest.com)
Coffee House admission is $15 and children under 12 $5. For more information, contact the parish at 978-369-7442.
April 4, 2014
Bob ArdenHoly Family Parish in Concord, MA is happy to announce an evening of musical entertainment, which will take place on Friday, April 4, 7:30 PM at the Armagh Coffee House in the lower level of Holy Family Church, 12 Monument Square, Concord. Performing will be folk artists Bob Ardern and Manitoba Hal in one of their only New England appearances.

Bob Ardern combines masterful finger-style guitar playing with melodies that conjure vivid images and pulls it all together into a captivating sound. The music delights and excites while it soothes and entertains. With influences from Celtic, Classical and Jazz, Bob's guitar stylings take the listener on a spectral journey of emotions.
With the release in 2012 of Wires Rosewood & Roots, Bob focuses on the finger-style guitar playing which is the underlying essence of his music. The album comprises 12 guitar instrumentals, some solo pieces and some with other instruments that bring out the best in the music and the guitar sounds.

Manitoba Hal is known for his exquisite ukulele work and riveting stage presence.

Coffee House admission is $15 and children under 12 $5. For more information, contact the parish at 978-369-7442.
March 29, 2014 (rescheduled from February 15)
Peter JansonHoly Family Parish in Concord, MA is happy to announce an evening of musical entertainment, which will take place on Saturday, February 15, 7:30 PM at the Armagh Coffee House in the lower level of Holy Family Church, 12 Monument Square, Concord. Performing will be guitarist Peter Janson.

Considered a "gifted acoustic finger-style guitar player’, Peter Janson's Celtic finger-style guitar music brings world-class solo guitar playing to records and the concert stage with fresh contemporary arrangements of traditional music from England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Brittany, and North America, as well as Celtic inspired originals.

Born in Cambridge Massachusetts, USA, Peter Janson began playing guitar at age 7 and started composing as a young teen. While attending the New England Conservatory of Music he was interested in early music for stringed instruments, jazz, Indian classical, and contemporary classical composition. He gained experience composing for and performing in a variety of ensembles in a myriad of styles while attaining his Master of Guitar Performance degree and this is when his passion for folk, world, and traditional music, especially Celtic, was formed. Since that time his performances have mostly been as a soloist playing finger-style guitar.

As an artist-faculty member of the Performing Arts Department at the University of Massachusetts Boston, Peter has been hailed as "the perfect combination of instrumentalist and composer, entertainer and educator" (WUMB Music Festival). Coffee House admission is $15 and children under 12 $5. For more information, contact the parish at 978-369-7442.
November 2, 2013 Bob Ardern
Holy Family Parish in Concord, MA is happy to announce an evening of musical entertainment, which will take place on Saturday, November 2, 7:30 PM at the Armagh Coffee House in the lower level of Holy Family Church, 12 Monument Square, Concord. Performing will be folk artist Bob Ardern.

Bob Ardern combines masterful finger-style guitar playing with melodies that conjure vivid images and pulls it all together into a captivating sound. The music delights and excites while it soothes and entertains. With influences from Celtic, Classical and Jazz, Bob's guitar stylings take the listener on a spectral journey of emotions.

With the release in 2012 of Wires Rosewood & Roots, Bob focuses on the finger-style guitar playing which is the underlying essence of his music. The album comprises 12 guitar instrumentals, some solo pieces and some with other instruments that bring out the best in the music and the guitar sounds. Bob’s complete discography comprises two earlier works: Released in 2010, Come From Away celebrates Bob’s move to Nova Scotia and the joy of living there. It also takes a look at history of the Maritimes and its association with the sea. 2006’s Returning Home explores the emotional turmoil of making major life changes, travelling the world looking for answers and eventually going back to your roots.

Coffee House admission is $15 and children under 12 $5. For more information, contact the parish at 978-369-7442.
October 5, 2013
Gail FinnieGail Finnie Saturday, October 5 at 7:30 PM. Note our new location in the lower level of Holy Family Church. Our inaugural show this year will feature long time New England folk musician, Gail Finnie. Gail performed as Gail Rundlett until a few years ago. Finnie is a singer-songwriter who has performed as a solo artist for the last 25 years. She plays Appalachian Dulcimer and guitar, and has released four solo recordings. Her latest, "Heart of a Believer", was released in 2012. Brian O'Donovan, host of A Celtic Sojourn on WGBH FM says that her new CD "sounds as fresh and innovative as any made in this genre in the last ten years." It features musicians such as Aoife O'Donovan, Robin Batteau, and Jake Armerding. Coffee house admission is $15.
November 2, 2013
Bob ArdenHoly Family Parish in Concord, MA is happy to announce an evening of musical entertainment, which will take place on Saturday, November 2, 7:30 PM at the Armagh Coffee House in the lower level of Holy Family Church, 12 Monument Square, Concord. Performing will be Canadian folk artist Bob Ardern.

Bob Ardern combines masterful finger-style guitar playing with melodies that conjure vivid images and pulls it all together into a captivating sound.. The music delights and excites while it soothes and entertains. With influences from Celtic, Classical and Jazz, Bob's guitar stylings take the listener on a spectral journey of emotions.
With the release in 2012 of Wires Rosewood & Roots, Bob focuses on the finger-style guitar playing which is the underlying essence of his music. The album comprises 12 guitar instrumentals, some solo pieces and some with other instruments that bring out the best in the music and the guitar sounds.

Bob’s complete discography comprises two earlier works: Released in 2010, Come From Away celebrates Bob’s move to Nova Scotia and the joy of living there. It also takes a look at history of the Maritimes and its association with the sea.  2006’s Returning Home explores the emotional turmoil of making major life changes, travelling the world looking for answers and eventually going back to your roots. In the last few years.
Coffee House admission is $15 and children under 12   $5. For more information, contact the parish at 978-369-7442.
February 15, 2014
Peter JansonHoly Family Parish in Concord, MA is happy to announce an evening of musical entertainment, which will take place on Saturday, February 15, 7:30 PM at the Armagh Coffee House in the lower level of Holy Family Church, 12 Monument Square, Concord. Performing will be guitarist Peter Janson.

Considered a "gifted acoustic finger-style guitar player’, Peter Janson's Celtic finger-style guitar music brings world-class solo guitar playing to records and the concert stage with fresh contemporary arrangements of traditional music from England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Brittany, and North America, as well as Celtic inspired originals.
Born in Cambridge Massachusetts, USA, Peter Janson began playing guitar at age 7 and started composing as a young teen. While attending the New England Conservatory of Music he was interested in early music for stringed instruments, jazz, Indian classical, and contemporary classical composition. He gained experience composing for and performing in a variety of ensembles in a myriad of styles while attaining his Master of Guitar Performance degree and this is when his passion for folk, world, and traditional music, especially Celtic, was formed. Since that time his performances have mostly been as a soloist playing finger-style guitar.

As an artist-faculty member of the Performing Arts Department at the University of Massachusetts Boston, Peter has been hailed as "the perfect combination of instrumentalist and composer, entertainer and educator" (WUMB Music Festival). Coffee House admission is $15 and children under 12   $5. For more information, contact the parish at 978-369-7442.

For more information, contact: 
Ken Meltz

Holy Family Parish
978-369-7442
dff55church@aol.com