The Andover Community
Coffeehouse & Open Mic.

A folk and acoustic music venue in the Town of Andover, NH.



Join us for our monthly concerts at the Highland Lake Grange Hall
(on the corner of Rte 11 & Chase Hill Road, East Andover, NH.)
Click here for a Map & Directions.

  • Admission is free.
  • Doors open at 6:00PM for for light dinner and refreshments
  • Sign-ups for open mic also begin at 6:00PM
  • The show starts at 7:00PM & ends 9:30PM.
  • Open Mic musicians play 2 songs or ten minutes - whichever is shorter.
  • Join us on the 3rd Friday of the month, September through June.

Our Upcoming Shows:

February 15, 2019

Dana & Susan Robinson

"From Cabot, Vermont – Americana-roots and folk duo, Dana and Susan Robinson combine vivid, songwriting and storytelling, with fiddle tunes, clawhammer banjo, elegant melodies, and rich harmony singing."

Drawing upon experiences of more than twenty years of touring, Dana and Susan craft a performance that conveys the mystery and wonders of their journey. Their unique blend of original songwriting and traditional Appalachian music, bring to their performances a deep understanding of America's musical heritage, and how it relates to our contemporary lives.

 

"Exquisite music - physical and spiritual, contemporary and ancient, up to its eyeballs in mud and transcendence. Musicians like Dana Robinson don't grow on trees!" — Music Upstream
“Rural America explored with elegant simplicity. Their music and cleanly poetic songwriting bring to mind the great folksingers of our times.” — Asheville Citizen-Times

Tonight's Sponsor:

Andover Energy Group

Curently encouraging weatherization of local homes

March 15, 2019

Rob Lutes

Since the release of his first album Gravity in 2000, Rob Lutes has steadily built a collection of exquisite songs that inhabit the intersection of blues, folk, Americana, and the contemporary singer-songwriter genre. As skilled delivering a Piedmont blues classic as he is performing his own acclaimed original songs, Lutes's masterful fingerstyle guitar work and soulful voice bring an unmistakable intensity to his live performances.

A double Maple Blues Award nominee as Acoustic Act and Songwriter of the Year in 2017, on his seventh album, Walk in the Dark, he does what he has done for years: kicks up a little dust, wades into some deep waters and tackles the realities of the world with depth, humour and a unique musical style.

 

"Rob Lutes will soon be counted amongst the ranks of the best in the industry. Insightful and meaty… gutty and gritty… A rare talent that keeps getting better with each project released, one listen will prove he is more than a passing fancy; this guy is here to stay." — Matt Large, Montreal Folk Festival

Tonight's Sponsor:

The Andover Elementary/Middle School

April 19, 2019

The Promise is Hope

"A match made in heaven" may be fanciful, but the blended musicality of Ashley and Eric L'Esperance comes close to validating this old saying. The pair first felt the electricity of their undeniable chemistry at an impromptu song swap. A year and a half later they were married and released their debut album: "Where We've Been & Where We're Going."

Their music marries two distinctly talented songwriters whose sound is shaped by tastes of folk, acoustic and pop. Ashley performs subtle yet stunning melodies with a classically-trained, but often folksy voice. Her poetic lyrics explore the deep mysteries within nature and human relationship. Eric's obvious reverence for the beloved songwriters of the 60's and 70's shines through his sweetly deep voice. His prose-like lyrics unravel the joys and struggles of life's journeys, and take what appears to be freeform and make it flow beautifully into well-crafted pieces. Together, the two artists complement each other in every respect.

May 17, 2019

Andrew Finn Magill

Raised in an Irish musical household in Asheville, North Carolina Andrew "Finn the Fiddler" Magill grew up studying with many of the world's best traditional American and Irish fiddlers at The Swannanoa Gathering music workshops. At age 18, his debut album Drive & Lift was featured multiple times on NPR and his 2016 two-disc project Roots and Branches debuted at #46 on the Folk DJ charts. Says grammy-winner Americana artist Tim O'Brien: "He has learned from and now plays with the best in the genre. On Branches you can hear a new musical voice emerging. I'm gonna keep listening for Finn Magill."

Finn has built his career on Irish music having performed with John Doyle, Liz Carroll, the Paul McKenna Band, and Martin Hayes among many other Irish luminaries.

In 2014 Finn moved to Rio de Janeiro and plunged head on into Brazilian choro music, studying with some of the most accomplished in the genre including Luís Barcelos, Nicolas Krassik and Pedro Paes. Since then, he has spearheaded several Brazilian projects including choro quartet O Finno, Violino no Choro, and Brazilian Strings Trio a trio with fellow American violinist Ted Falcon and Brazilian guitarist Nando Duarte. In April 2018 the trio released their debut album followed by a sold-out two-week tour along the West coast.

In 2018 Finn also released Canta, Violino! on Ropeadope Records, the product of years of study and performance with Rio's diverse musicians. Writes Brazilian percussion legend Airto Moreira of Chick Corea and Miles Davis:

"Its nice to see fresh, young musicians carrying on the traditions of Brazilian music. Finn Magill displays a love and authenticity that can fool you into thinking he is from Brazil. His style is playful and light, yet soulful and passionate. Congratulations!"

Magill merges his folk background and more than fifteen years of jazz study with the Brazilian musical language he has spent the last three years studying, all on an instrument seldom associated with Brazilian music: the violin. The result is uncharted territory for both the violin and Brazilian music.

June 21, 2019

Lara Herscovitch

Lara Herscovitch is a modern American songwriter-poet-performer gem, creating masterful contemporary folk with blues, pop and jazz influences. Former Connecticut State Troubadour, she writes, sings and leads with authenticity, integrity, humor and heart, delivering performances that inspire, inform, uplift and entertain. Sound Waves Magazine described her music as "expertly written prose… songwriting at its best… good for your ears AND your soul." Delivered with a voice Performer Magazine called "clear and smooth like expensive liquor," Acoustic Live in New York City added, "She possesses not only a huge reservoir of musical talent and a voice with a bell-like clarity, but a keen sense of global concern and a fierce intellect... It might seem too good to be true, but true it is."

September 20, 2019

Oliver The Crow

"Within a week of meeting each other, we began mapping musical ideas and plans to record an EP," cellist Kaitlyn Raitz says of her first encounter with fiddler Ben Plotnick, before they even lived in the same city.

The term mapping is spot on. Each of the ten original songs on Kaitlyn and Ben's first full-length offering unlocks a different musical world. Oliver the Crow navigates effortlessly between the gravitas of chamber composition, the longing of folk music, the near dreamlike quality of atmospheric sound art, and above all, pop music's candy-sweet escape. It's no wonder NPR Music has named their duo "an inspired collaboration."

Kaitlyn and Ben's chameleon-like ability to skip between genres stems from their roots as classically-trained performers (Kaitlyn has a masters degree in classical cello from McGill University and Ben has performed as a soloist with the Calgary Philharmonic) but also from their love of bluegrass, gypsy jazz, everything from Hank Williams to Prince. Raitz is a founding member of folk duo Bride & Groom, tours with The Bombadils and has performed everywhere from Carnegie Hall to the Station Inn. Ben is a primary member of the JUNO award-winning folk string quartet, The Fretless, and has contributed to hundreds of recordings as one of North America's elite fiddle players.

One thing is certain: Oliver the Crow cannot be defined by genre, and yet is timeless, indelible. Kaitlyn and Ben have mastered the art of anchoring a folk song in epic pop sensibility, and it is so fun to hear them smash all the rules.

October 18, 2019

Steven Chagnon

Steven Chagnon is a singer/songwriter, producer, audio engineer, and multi-instrumentalist based out of southern New Hampshire

November 15, 2019

Nick & Luke

Nicholas Horner and Lucas Chohany have a musical kinship unlike any other. With a love for traditional music and honest songwriting presented with the spontaneity of jazz and the reckless abandon of rock music, Nick and Luke have cultivated a musical language all their own. While playing a combination of americana-rooted original music, jazz standards and the bluegrass/old-time liturgy, their performances ebb and flow to create a playful blend of the visceral and the virtuosic.

Nick and Luke have toured the country top to bottom, playing venues ranging from desert hostels to sold-out clubs, yoga ashrams, performing arts centers and everything in between, including recent appearances at Musikfest in Bethlehem, PA and the Philadelphia Folk Festival, as well as performances on bills with acts including The Honey Dewdrops, Cris Jacobs, Caleb Stein, Valerie June, and many more.

December 20, 2019

Steve Schuch

Classically trained on violin, Steve is also an accomplished singer/songwriter, guitarist, author and storyteller. Honors include composer awards, Artist Fellowship Awards, and five fiddling championships. His recordings with The Night Heron Consort are national best-sellers. Beyond his solo work, he also appears with various guest musicians, symphony orchestras, and fellow storyteller, Odds Bodkin.

Steve and his music have embraced both the classical and folk realms. Haunting violin and whale calls... music and tales of Ireland... a pizzicato interpretation of a Picasso painting... these are just part of Steve's wide-ranging repertoire. Many of his pieces have been featured on National Public Radio and PBS.

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Would you like to sponsor a night?

$50 puts your logo and link here, and it helps to defray our costs for the evening!

CONTACT LARRY CHASE AT 735-5135 OR LBCHASE@AOL.COM

At Highland Lake Grange Hall on the corner of Rte 11 & Chase Hill Road, East Andover, NH. Click here for a Map & Directions.

Doors open at 6:00PM for for light dinner and refreshments provided by the Andover Congregational Church. Sign-ups for open mic also begin at 6:00PM and then the show starts at 7:00PM.

Join us on the 3rd Friday of every month.

The show runs from 7:00PM until 9:30PM. Open Mic musicians play 2 songs or ten minutes - whichever is shorter.

Admission is free.

Come to play or come to listen. We are a listening room environment. Most of all we are here for the community, so come and be welcome.


We are the New Hampshire Magazine Editor's Pick as the "2015 Best Open Mic Night" in the Granite State.


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FOR MORE INFO CONTACT LARRY CHASE AT 735-5135 OR LBCHASE@AOL.COM

 

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