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Located in a 100 year old building on Main Street, The Mainstay is a cultural and artistic center for Rock Hall, a historic “waterman’s” town on the Upper Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay. The town’s healthy mix of of people with a deep heritage on the Eastern Shore and newcomers who have fallen in love with the area give it a vitality, a hometown feeling and a sense of community that is hard to beat.
The Mainstay is a warm friendly place with great sound and sight lines. With only 120 seats, there’s not a bad one in the house. It’s a listening room that’s almost as comfortable as your living room. Beer, wine, soft drinks and home-baked goodies are available at the bar in the Byrd Room.
Our audiences range from local Rock Hallers and Eastern Shore residents to those who find their way here from Philadelphia, Annapolis, Baltimore, Washington DC and beyond.
The Mainstay offers more than 40 concerts a year. You can hear great jazz, blues, classical, folk …almost any form you enjoy. Check out our list of memorable performances.
So, come and see us in Rock Hall… our town motto is “nice people live here” and you’ll find a whole group of those people right here at The Mainstay!
The Mainstay Calendar
Folksinger & Songmaker
Friday, March 14, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.
Peggy Seeger is a singer of traditional Anglo-American songs and activist songmaker. She plays six instruments: piano, guitar, 5-string banjo, Appalachian dulcimer, autoharp and English concertina and is probably best known for her feminist songs such as “Gonna Be an Engineer” and for “The Ballad of Springhill”, which is rapidly becoming regarded as a traditional song. Her concerts are informative, entertaining and skillful, full of sly humor. Audience participation in choruses is routine. She'll sing an unaccompanied traditional ballad, follow it with a tall tale, then launch into a topical song. She has recorded 23 solo albums and participated directly in more than a hundred others. Born in 1935 (she regards herself as "seasoned and in my prime") to Charles Seeger and Ruth Crawford Seeger, she is the half-sister of Pete Seeger and sister of Mike Seeger. She lived in England for 35 years with the singer/songmaker Ewan MacColl (who wrote “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” for her) and has three children and nine grandchildren. She moved back to the USA in 1994 but returned to England (Oxford) in 2010. She has published a songbook with 150 of her 200+ songs (“The Peggy Seeger Songbook, Forty Years of Songmaking” Oak Publications, 1998). Her latest CD, "Everything Changes" is due out in September 2014 (Signet Music).
Acoustic Steel String & Classical
Guitarist & Composer
Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.
From New York's Lincoln Center to the Cactus Cafe in Austin, from Milano to Bangkok, Michael Chapdelaine enchants, dazzles and surprises audiences and critics alike as he redefines the modern acoustic guitar with his technique, expressiveness, and versatility. He plays both steel string and classical guitar and his performances include styles from blues to Bach to country to rhythm n' blues. As a classical guitarist he studied under Segovia and is the only guitarist ever to win First Prize in the world's top competitions in both the Classical and Fingerstyle genres: the Guitar Foundation of America International Classical Guitar Competition and the National Fingerstyle Championships at the Walnut Valley Bluegrass Festival in Winfield , Kansas. As a performer, composer and arranger/producer he wins his audiences’ hearts with his breathtaking technique, his brilliant unexpected arrangements of familiar tunes and the poetic magic of his original compositions. This is a David Pike Memorial concert.
Scottish & Canadian Folk Singers, Songwriters and Instrumentalists
Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.
Archie Fisher is a legendary Scottish singer, songwriter and a master guitarist. Recognized for his contributions to Scottish folk music since the 60s, he has been inducted into the Scots Traditional Music Hall of Fame and awarded a Member of the British Empire, a prestigious honor nominated by his peers and bestowed by Queen Elizabeth. His songs seem to come from deep within the lives of others, whether it’s a “Bonny Border Lass’’ or a ruined Scottish fisherman and have been recorded by Fairport Convention, the Clancy Brothers, Sheena Wellington, Eva Cassidy, and John Renbourn. The songs are so timeless and authentic that many assume they are traditional. Garnet Rogers is a charismatic singer, songwriter and instrumentalist from Canada. His music, like the man himself, is literate,
passionate, highly sensitive, and deeply purposeful. Cinematic in detail, his songs are optimistic, extraordinary stories of less than obvious heroes and the small victories of the everyday. Garnet first came to prominence as a member of his brother, the legendary Stan Roger’s band. Since Stan’s passing in the 80s, he has carved a highly individual career for himself as a singer and songwriter. As memorable as his songs, his over-the-top humor and lightning-quick wit moves his audience from tears to laughter and back again. Archie and Garnet are great fans of each other’s work and enjoy collaborating on stage. They have toured together several times over the past 20 years to the delight of their fans but is is a rare pleasure. Don’t miss.