Open stage featuring local instrumentalist Backes

Instrumentalist Richard Backes will be the featured performer at the Parish Hall Open Stage on Friday.

Richard Backes’ original style can best be described as a mixture of Irish, old time, and New England folk music performed on accordian, mandolin, fiddle and guitar. Besides teaching music lessons at the Peterborough Music Company, Backes is also a craftsman whose specialty is making violins.

The Parish Hall Open Stage is a listening room that is open to the public each month at the Unitarian Universalist Church. In its fifth season, the Open Stage is a regular performance site listed by the Peterborough Chamber of Commerce’s monthly First Friday celebrations.

All musicians and poets wishing to sign up and perform at the stage can do so between 6:30-7:30 p.m., or by contacting the show host, Jack Kid at The first three artists are guaranteed slots. All others must sign up in person.

The open mic begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 at the door.

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