SHIRLEY -- A full house was treated to two hours of song and performance at the Shirley Meeting House last Friday night.
The concert was directed and performed by singer Emilie Faucher to benefit the Meeting House exterior restoration project. The performance featured musicians from Shirley and the surrounding areas along with Faucher family members from as far away as Seattle, Washington.
The eclectic concert began with the haunting sounds of solo throat singer Matt Ritchie, and the recital of short passage from "To Kill a Mockingbird" by actor Mark Jeffery.
Emilie took center stage with an ensemble of musicians, singing a series of tunes ranging from "Summertime" from "Porgy and Bess" to the 1970s Van Morrison classic "Moon Dance."
The Faucher family was well represented musically by several generations including a set by singer-songwriter and brother, Carl Faucher, performing several original tunes including one about infamous Boston Marathon runner Rosie Ruiz.
Other sets included Shirley trombonist Mark Hamilton performing with "J-Bob and Lefty" from Groton and "The Responses," from Carlisle.
Throughout the evening, Emilie sang with each of the many sessions.
The concert ended with an additional recital from the balcony by Mark Jeffery to a standing ovation.
Emilie currently performs with "The Reponses," and most recently, with Rob and Joe Compadna, of Shirley, as "The Summertime Trio."
Following the concert, a reception with gourmet treats by Jody Rachman was hosted at Center Town Hall.
Last year, Emilie produced a similar evening of song at the Meeting House beginning what is hoped to become an annual event. All proceeds from each of the concerts have benefited the Meeting House and its current capital campaign for the exterior restoration of the building.
The Shirley Meeting House is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to preserve Shirley's oldest public building and provide a venue for performances of all kinds.