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The Church Ladies

THE CHURCH LADIES, a harmony-based, vocal trio, will delight you with polished performances of folk, country, gospel, and old-time pop/rock.

City:Manhattan, KS
Email:[email protected]


THE CHURCH LADIES, a harmony-based, vocal trio, will delight you with polished performances of folk, country, gospel, and old-time pop/rock. Playing accoustic instruments, Joan Nelson (guitar), Mary Louise Stahl ( mandolin, banjo, upright bass), Cindy Carlyon (melodica, upright bass), THE CHURCH LADIES are an energetic and humerous ensemble. CHURCH LADIES shows are tailored to individual communities and often add a tag-line to their name to indicate unique event qualities. We recently performed for THE NATIONAL DAY OF THE AMERICAN COWBOY as “THE CHURCH LADIES: UNBRIDLED” and “THE CHURCH LADIES: UNSUPERVISED” at a local street fair, hopefully indicating our unrestrained enthusiasm to try out new material! Performance selections include songs from many different genres. You will enjoy easy banter with family friendly jokes and often Q & A about writers and performers. An 8 year old fan created an art piece during one of our shows entitled “Girl Band Rocks”. We hope we can continue to inspire more young women and everyone to pursue their musicianship, wherever it leads. Hailing from 3 rural Kansas communities, our hearts are steeped in the prairie as we travel our home state.

Public Performance/Exhibition Information

“The Church Ladies” can provide a 60 – 90 minute vocal/instrumental acoustic concert, streamlined for your unique setting/event. This would feature selections from different musical genres, based on the needs and requests of the client. A Question and Answer time may be included during a performance to concentrate on topics that the audience may wish to understand more fully.

Program Fee

“The Church Ladies” fee is $600.00 plus mileage for a 60 – 90 minute concert. Overnight accommodations may be extra. We provide our own sound system.

Educational Activity Information

Community “Emerging Musician’s” Jam Session Jam sessions are a life-line for beginners as well as professional musicians. A jam session is an informal musical event where musicians play songs and chord progressions and begin to improvise. Players can interact without being concerned with an audience. It can be very flexible and can happen with ease in a school setting, community building, or even outdoors.

Suggested Program length is 60 – 90 minutes, adaptable based on need. Drawing on our 120 years of combined community musicianship, “The Church Ladies” look forward to working with clients to facilitate a jam session that will meet specific needs of students/community members.

Goals and outcomes gained from a jam:

  • 1. Strengthen basic Chord progressions and strumming
  • 2. Learn skills from other players
  • 3. Share songs
  • 4. Learn new songs and chords
  • 5. Ask questions in a supportive environment
  • 6. Make new friends – build a network of musicians
  • 7. Stress relief!
  • 8. Fun!

Necessary equipment to be provided by clients:

  • 1. Instruments
  • 2. Printed song sheets (we will help create a unique list with clients)
  • 3. Circle  of armless chairs – “picking chairs”

Additional Activity Fee


Community Activity Information

We have performed at Senior Living communities in our region, fund raisers for various causes, including Farm to Heart -benefiting families with children hospitalized with congenital heart defects. We have played for a Kansas day Celebration. We enjoy celebrating at numerous Folk Festivals, including Celebration of the Flinthills – fund raiser for the Native Stone Scenic Byways in Eskridge, Kansas and the Tulip Festival in Wamego, Kansas.

Music Sample

Music Sample

Mary Louise Strome Stahl