The Olde Church Acoustic Series helped usher in a much-needed new year by recording an inspiring set of music by “Among the Acres”. The band celebrated its lauded new CD, “Dreamcatcher” and there were several heartwarming Mike Wilcox stories as well. (Hang in ’til the finish for a fun a cappella encore!)
We hope you will listen and enjoy as much as our crew did, and ask that you support this great band, and all the featured artists from our series, as we patiently wait for the return to live audiences at the Olde Church. Please also support our sponsors and we especially thank Meriden Parks and Recreation for allowing us into the historic Augusta Curtis Cultural Center. Our team has other exciting ideas ahead, so stay tuned!
As always, the spirit of Mike Wilcox is ever in our hearts!
We were back outside for some new music from the Olde Church Acoustic Series. The weather was chilly, but the music was hot!
OCAS continued to adjust to the pandemic by mixing in a variety of venues, this time for a small but enthusiastic audience outdoors at the Augusta Curtis Cultural Center in Meriden on October 8, 2020.
David Taylor Coffey kicked things off in rollicking fashion, followed by a nice set from The Moon Shells. The Podunk Throwbacks closed the day with some solid jams.
If you are able, please support our artists by contributing to their online pay accounts noted during the video. Please keep an eye on our social media pages for updates on future shows! We thank everyone for their ongoing support!
Our fearless leader and the Founder of the Old Church Series, Mike Wilcox, passed away on Saturday. His love for family and music was unmatched. As you can imagine, the tributes have been rolling across social media, here is just a taste:
“He was so dedicated to the musicians and the music. I will miss his spirit and enthusiasm and his love of music.”
“He was one of the nicest guys and such a pillar of the music scene in CT, a true light.”
“A champion of the local music scene. Kind, genuine, bonafide nice guy. Good guy. This hurts”
“Mike was such a force of nature and he will be deeply missed. His earth journey is over and he is home. No more pain, no more stress.”
“Every time I was with Mike Wilcox, we sang songs, told stories, and had a few laughs with a small group of brothers and sisters. I will always be grateful for that”
“When you weren’t organizing, promoting, and hosting, you were in the crowd”
“Mike was one of the most selfless people I will ever know. His constant generosity will forever be unmatched”
“Thank you Mike for all the support and love you’ve given to myself and so many artists. Your legacy lives on forever.”
Join us Thursday Oct 8 in Meriden
We will be planning a proper full-tilt musical tribute to Mike’s life when the pandemic allows, so please stay tuned for that. Before learning of Mike’s passing, the Olde Church Acoustic Series team had planned an outdoor “on-the-road” event for Thursday Oct 8, 4pm, at the Rosa Ponselle Memorial Garden at the Augusta Curtis Memorial Cultural Center, 175 East Main Street Meriden CT. Join us if you can for a nice evening of music featuring:
– The Podunk Throwbacks – The Moon Shells – David Taylor Coffey
All Phase 3 Protocols will be observed. Be physically distant and wear masks! Donations are welcome but not required.
Returning to the church’s cozy outdoor venue with perfect August weather, two amazing artists shared three of their uniquely original songs. Connecticut’s own Pat Dalton and Kierstin Sieser offered a nice respite from these strange days in this latest session from the Olde Church Acoustic Series.
Pat Dalton is a leader in the Connecticut music scene while also a member of the band The Proud Flesh. As he sings three originals here, one can sense the influences of his inspirations Leonard Cohen,Tom Waits and Paul Simon.
As the leader of the band Tiny Ocean, Sieser (that’s pronounced “Caesar”!) is celebrating the recent release of her solo LP called “Shark Tooth Moon” and is generously donating all proceeds to the New Haven Creative Sector Relief Fund benefitting artists affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Listeners will hear the unplanned whistle of the CTRail train roll through during her third song, so Kierstin played a “bonus track”, technically making this the first “Seven Songs for Sunday” event!
If you are able, please support our artists by contributing to their Venmo accounts noted during the second song of each performance. We thank everyone for their ongoing support!
The Olde Church Acoustic series was honored to host Mark Mirando and Stefanie Clark Harris this week.
Because of the oppressive heat and a stormy forecast, we recorded across the street at Gallery 53, the home of CT’s oldest arts and crafts association and a beautiful venue for the best local artists. We are fortunate to have such great neighbors. So, please take a listen, and if you can, please support our songwriters through Venmo contributions (accounts are noted in the video) and follow these artists on the various social media platforms!
We’re still trying to find the right balance of re-opening up the music series; we want the performers and the attendees to all be comfortable and safe. We recently stage an outdoor “soft” debut, with a few of our crew and spouses in attendance to get a feel for how we might do this again – even better.
We were very honored to have Jason Ingriselli and Ashley Hamel each play a few of their original songs in the cool little outdoor nook behind First Church of Meriden. You can enjoy their fine performances right here and, if you are able, please support their music platforms (details below).
Special thanks to Meriden Police Chaplain Clarence Hayes for taking the initiative to prep our venue and thanks of course to First Church of Meriden for hosting. Thank you all for your continued support and see you soon.
Stay tuned for announcements soon on our plans to bring you more great music!
These have certainly been trying times for everyone. Thankfully, there has been great music all around us to help manage the ups and downs. Your Olde Church Acoustic team would like to give you these six songs recorded at First Church of Meriden for your listening pleasure.
Our good friend Denise Jones of Inner Groove leads off with three of her original tunes that are both fitting and therapeutic for these times. New Haven’s S.G. Carlson closes with three of his songs that will get your toes tappin’.
We would like to dedicate this event to Denise and all the medical workers who have been on the front lines during these stressful 60 days.
Please, everyone, be safe and be smart so we can open the Series for live shows again soon!
As you can imagine, the Olde Church Acoustic Series music schedule is on hold because of the COVID-19 situation. We look forward to the day when we’ll be back in action, but until then please do whatever you can to support your local CT singer/songwriters, artists, restaurants and local communities.
For Connecticut’s musicians and small businesses, here is a link to a recent Community Economic Development Foundation (CEDF) presentation that walks through potential SBA funding that might provide you support during this downturn:
On Friday, March 6th, the Olde Church Acoustic Series show returned to its familiar “Old Church” format with three great performances and an overwhelming turnout. The night was extra special as it included the debut of the church’s Steinway piano!
Wallingford’s Brooke Dougan kicked off the evening and wowed the crowd with her creativity and acoustic stylings; we were also honored to have hosted her first-ever performance on the piano.
Hartford’s Bandshes serenaded with their sweet harmonies accompanied by the piano.
Supergroup “The Bargain” (Frank Critelli, Shandy Lawson and Mike Rivers) closed the evening with a set of fun new songs; Shandy shined on the mandolin while Mike did the same on guitar while Frank told stories in song.
The food – especially the Irish white bean stew – received rave reviews too!
We look forward to seeing everyone on Friday, Apr 3 when three more talented CT singer songwriters take the stage — Bill Ludwig with MARMO, Andrew Biagirelli, and Daphne Lee Martin. Dinner at 6; music at 7!