‘Americana/Folk Trio’ from Maine  at March 16 Andover Coffeehouse

By Larry Chase

Andover’s own Andrew Merzi was the featured performer at the February Andover Coffeehouse. Photo: Steve Colardeau

Another round of local talent–this time an award-winning “Americana/Folk trio” from just over the border in Maine–will be the next featured performers at the Andover Community Coffeehouse beginning at 7 PM on Friday, March 16, in the Highland Lake Grange Hall at 7 Chase Hill Road in East Andover.

Gary Cassidy was one of the “open mic” performers at the recent Andover Coffeehouse event. Photo: Steve Colardeau

The trio, known as Hilton Park, is made up of a father, son and neighbor who started playing music together for their own enjoyment less than two years ago, and within eight months found themselves recognized by the New England Music Awards as one of the best Roots acts in New England. Their appearance here follows the February performance of Andrew Merzi , who makes his home in Andover.

According to one reviewer: “Hilton Park is about as New England as clam chowder and flour biscuits… rootsy folk that imparts an old time feel in brand new songs. A listener would undoubtedly imagine themself [sic] comfortably on an old front porch, right next to this dynamic trio.”

For more information, and to sample their music, go to www.HiltonParkBand.com/

Also appearing onstage will be up to a dozen open-microphone performers, whose contributions in previous months have ranged from the spoken word to show-business, jazz, folk, bluegrass, and country-and-western tunes.

Sponsor for the March event is the Constant Quilter and Tack Room Consignment Tack of Andover.

Doors to the Grange Hall open at 6 PM for food purchases offered by the Andover Congregational Church, and for open-mic sign-ins on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Coming up

The April 20 “Third Friday” headliner will be Nashville-based Annalise Emerick, a “twenty-something, singer-songwriter who has been on the road virtually non-stop for six years,” to critical acclaim. Read (and hear) more at AnnaliseEMerick.com/ Sponsor is the Ragged Mountain Fish & Game Club.

A photographic record of past Coffeehouse performers, both headliners and open-mic participants, is shown on the Coffeehouse website at andovercoffeehouse.org, and on the Facebook page “Andover Community Coffeehouse.”

Video recordings of past programs are shown on a number of community-access channels across the state and are available for viewing anytime on Andover's town website at www.Andover.nh.us/ by clicking on “Town Information” and then “Video Archive.” The videos are produced by volunteers at Andover Community Cable.

The coffeehouse is located at the intersection of Route 11 and Chase Hill Road in East Andover. The Andover Community Coffeehouse operates under the umbrella of the Andover Community Association (ACA).