Welcome to the Music section of the Stacy House website.
As you will see, the site has many diverse sections. Each section covers a different aspect of my life after 'retirement'! This section contains information and samples of my music experiences with both my piano performances and my harmonicas.
For more than 60 years, I had been trying to learn how to play the pianos. When I tried to join the glee club in high school,I had been told that I was tone deaf. In spite of believing that opinion, I still persisted in trying to learn.
When I picked up a harmonica in 1988 for the first time, I discovered that I had the natural ability to play along with other musicians' performances.
I have learned that I have the ability to listen to a song being performed, pick out a harmonica in a matching key, and play along with the other musicians.
To date, I have performed in over 100 venues. Since retiring, I have performed with many local bands.
Harmonica playing has been a wonderful hobby. It has also taught me that, if I was ever tone deaf, I am certainly not now.
Since January 2019, I have been playing the piano in the Newport Hospital's Hill Court [Wednesday afternoons 2 pm to 4 pm]. In January 2019, while I was staying at the Newport Marriott Hotel during the 'Gas Out' crisis in January, I asked to use their grand piano for practicing. I played for 3 of the 5 nights that I was staying there.
In July 2019, the hotel asked me to return to play in their foyer on Sundays from 10 am to 1 pm. Within a few weeks, I was asked to also perform on Fridays from 3 pm until 6 pm. When possible, I practice at the Edward King Senior Center.
I have over 150 songs in my primary repetoire. I have selected others that will be added. Click here to see the current list. I also have other collections in development for Irish Ballads, Slow Blues, and Christmas songs.
In early 2020, I started to focus on playing songs for which I had versions written in the key of Eb. I like the variety of these songs. Playing them with three flats required me to do some additional training. I made arrangement to return to the Edward King House for a Monday afternoon concentrated training session. Key of Eb list.pdf .
I am currently playing the my harmonicas with the Young Geezers on [Tuesday evenings 7 to 9] at the Channing Memorial Parish Hall. For the past year, we have volunteered to play a monthly gig at the Rhode Island Veterans Home in Bristol. We have also played at Newport's Broadway Street Fair [2017 - 2018].
I have also performed during the past few years with the many Irish groups including: the Tom Lanigan band, Pendragon, the Exiles, the Irish Ramblers, and Garda.
Click here for more information about my harmonica performances.