With one public “virtual concert” under its belt, the Andover Community Coffeehouse will offer a second live event on Friday, June 19, beginning at 7 PM in your home, on your computer screen. Featured performers are the folk/Americana guitar-and-banjo duo Old Horse.
Powered by Zoom, the event can be viewed live by up to 100 virtual attendees. To register in advance (which is suggested), and for more information, contact TheAndoverHub@nullgmail.com.
Performing from their home in the Boston area will be Sarah and Jason Eslick — aka Old Horse — an acoustic folk/Americana folk duo with deep roots in the Andover area. According to local friend and fellow musician Lindsay Schust, “Jason Eslick grew up in Andover, in a musical family. His parents, Susan and Tom, both taught at Proctor Academy. His dad Tom was a published writer, English teacher, singer-songwriter, and master picker on the guitar.
“Following in his father’s footsteps, Jason also teaches English, writes music , and now performs with Old Horse. He has published several albums of his own songs, which are available online.
“Most recently he put out a single called ‘Colorado Moon,’ which is a local favorite in Andover, covered by the Ragged Mountain Band. The single and other music by Jason and Sarah, self-accompanied by banjo and guitar, can be heard on YouTube, Amazon Music, Spotify and other music streaming services.“
The June concert will also include up to a half-dozen local performers taking turns before the cameras built into their computers while performing live from their own homes . Those wishing to request a ten-minute (or two-song) time slot on a first-come first-served basis should contact TheAndoverHub@nullgmail.com as soon as possible for more information.
The concert will be free of charge, although viewers will be able to make a contribution electronically to the featured performer. The sponsor of the concert is Tim Gallagher’s Windswept Farm in Andover.
Following the June concert, the Coffeehouse will take a two-month break, returning on Friday, September 18.
At its first virtual public concert, in May, the Coffeehouse drew an audience of about 50, many of whom offered rave reviews for the featured performer, Kala Farnham, who participated from her rural Connecticut home, and for the half-dozen open-mic musicians.
By September, Coffeehouse organizers are hoping for the return to performances before live audiences in the Highland Lake Grange Hall in East Andover. Stay tuned for more details.
The Andover Community Coffeehouse operates under the umbrella of The Andover Community Hub, a non-profit community-centric organization located in Andover’s old town hall at 157 Main Street in Andover Village. For more information, visit AndoverHub.org.