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:
September 15, 2017
Dave Sherman sings about real life experiences - family, faith, work, winning the Publisher's Clearing House and Duct Tape! Dave walks his audiences through a lifetime of creative writing. He escorts his audiences from Mayberry to see Andy and Barney, to Alaska to witness the Gold Rush and to a hospital corridor to hear a baby girl being born.
Dave's songs include hard-driving blues and laid-back folk tunes. His songs are wrapped around a voice that is as much a part of the Mississippi Delta as cotton fields and paddle wheels. He has shared the stage with such acts as with The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Blood Sweat & Tears, Livingston Taylor … and Preston.
Halcyon Poetry Guild
October 20, 2017
Zak Trojano is a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, a finger-style guitar player, a fly-fisherman, and a beer drinker. He watches more than he talks, the guy at the end of the bar nursing a drink while the afternoon light angles in, letting the conversation pile up around him like snowfall. He grew up in New Hampshire, outside of town in a cabin built by his parents. His father was a drummer who held down a regular country gig, and nights after work he would loosen his tie and show his son the finer points of Ginger Baker and Elvin Jones. In New Hampshire they drove around in trucks, and Prine and Dylan cassettes showed up in most of those trucks. Zak made Eagle Scout, got his knots down. Then it was college and out, wandering the country from the desert Southwest to Great Plains until he ran out of money, washing windows to work up the bus fare home. After a while it seemed like he ought to write some songs, and he did: heavy songs with a light touch; an AM radio throwback voice and an intricate finger-style technique framed by a drummer’s rhythm and sharpened by years of immersion in the work of players as various as John Fahey, Merle Travis, and Chet Atkins. In over a decade writing, recording, and performing music professionally - sharing studios and stages with his band Rusty Belle, or supporting touring acts like Chris Smither, Kris Delmhorst, Jeffrey Foucault, and Peter Mulvey - Zak Trojano has evolved his own thing: a warm baritone paired with an old Martin guitar, floating above spare lines of cello and lap steel, horns and brushes, with a deceptively simple lyricism that on repeated listening shows that the fellow at the end of the bar doesn’t say much, but he’s worth hearing.
Hummingbird Studios of Andover
November 17, 2017
Rupert Wates was born in London and studied at Oxford University. He has been a full time songwriter since the late 1990s, when he signed a publishing contract with Eaton Music Limited. His contract required him to write material in all kinds of styles and genres, for all kinds of artists. He worked extensively with Jazz vocalist Liz Fletcher, and wrote the album 'Blue Afternoons' (Mainstem, 2002) specially for her voice. Moving in 2001 to Paris, Wates formed his own quartet and began playing live regularly. In fall 2006 he came to the US. He is now based in New York City and Colorado.
Since coming to the US, Wates has won more than 30 songwriting awards.
His music is an eclectic mix of acoustic, melodic art/folk, with flavors of jazz, vaudeville and cabaret. He has released seven solo CDs. They have been very well reviewed in the online press and tracks from them have been played on radio all over the world. Wates' songs have been recorded by other artists in the UK, Canada and the US. In 2015, Nashville-based performer Roxie Rogers released Crazy Puzzle, an album of songs from Wates' back catalog
Despite Wates' British background, and underpinning the universality of his music's appeal, Folk and Acoustic Music Exchange has called him "a prime figure in American music'' and goes on: "This is one gifted sonofabitch... If you're not hip to this guy yet you're missing out."
Audiences everywhere respond to Wates' brand of melodic art/folk—haunting songs that ring true.
December 15, 2017
Wendy Keith and her Alleged Band
Folk troubadour and songwriter, Keith has performed in the New England music scene since the '70s and has played on stages from Harvard Square to the Folkway to the Colonial Theatre in Keene. She has opened for Mark Erelli, Jesse Colin Young, and the band America.
After years of playing with the local acoustic band Decatur Creek, Keith has combined her talents with musicians Doug Farrell, Jack Carlton and Walden Whitham of Tattoo and Folksoul. Her sound is an eclectic mixture of instrumentation including guitars, strong harmonious vocals, lap-steel guitar, dobro, bass, sax, clarinet, and penny whistle.” — Monadnack Ledger-Transcript, 8/31/2016
January 19, 2017
At first glance, Heather Pierson appears to be the girl next door - youthful, friendly, a little bit shy. At the seat of a piano or brandishing an acoustic guitar, however, she transforms into a world-class performer, baring her soul in a manner that leaves her listeners breathless and aching for more.
Heather Pierson is an award-winning pianist, multi-genre singer/songwriter, multi- instrumentalist, arranger, bandleader, and performer. From New Orleans-style jazz and blues to rousing Americana and poignant folk narratives, Heather's memorable, intimate, and cathartic live performances, both solo and with her acoustic trio (Davy Sturtevant on strings/cornet and Shawn Nadeau on bass), feature her virtuosity on piano, her bell-tone vocals, and her commanding yet playful stage presence while wielding a tenor banjo, melodica, ukulele, or acoustic guitar. Her music moves seamlessly and effortlessly from one style to the next, and a growing catalog of wildly divergent CD releases reflects her boundless creativity.
Throughout her colorful career, her eclectic skill set continues to propel her onto concert hall stages and into barrooms, coffeehouses, resort hotels, living rooms, and churches. Her nearly non-stop performance schedule (with over 200 shows a year) speaks of her tireless work ethic and endless devotion to her crafts. Defying genre and classification and yet fully embracing all musical styles, Heather is an artist who speaks the language of music in as many dialects as her abilities will allow. Her life's work, she says, is to share her love of music and of life with others – one song, one heart, one mind at a time.
"Heather Pierson is an amazing talent. Her gorgeous, rich vocals are filled with
soul. She can mesmerize you on the piano, the guitar - even the melodica. She's as
comfortable and adept with bluegrass as she is with jazz. With Heather, there is
absolutely nothing not to like. Don't you dare miss an opportunity to hear her live
or to purchase her recordings."
-Al Kniola | 88.1 WVPE Public Radio
February 16, 2017
Genuine songwriting, a unique voice and bruising guitar chops are blended together in Merzi's high-energy performance style. After years spent honing his craft in Nashville, Merzi is back performing his original music across New England along with cover songs by popular artists like John Hiatt, Paul Simon and Bob Dylan. After this winter's performance to a sold out crowd at The Flying Goose Brew Pub where he shared calendar space with well known artists such as Tom Rush, Catie Curtis and Patty Larkin, Merzi also performed infront of hundreds at a notable June 2017 performance at Gillette Stadium! Look for his new self produced singles like "Can't Get Enough'' and "World In Motion" from The Merzi Project, where Merzi releases new original music every month. Check out his music page to hear tracks from Merzi's albums "Country Sun" and "Second Hand Tires." Merzi is available to perform in all types of settings, from quiet dining establishments, to corporate settings, or at more upbeat venues with crowds who are looking for a high energy type of performance. Merzi captivates crowds with his clever lyrics and exceptional guitar playing and was clearly born to entertain.
March 16, 2017
Sarah Beth Go
Sara Beth loves to write songs. It’s pretty simple. Sometimes, when the bills are stacking up needing to get done and the to-do lists aren't to-do'ing themselves, she finds herself writing songs instead. It just feels easy, it just makes sense. The guitar she bought 10 years ago in Baton Rouge while she was recovering from heartbreak in New Orleans with her family has given most of these songs life. It's not flashy, but it sounds good. She grew up playing piano but when Sara Beth tunes the guitar to Open D and navigates her way around with the little white capo, something magical happens.
A significant turning point happened in her therapists office last year. Sara Beth was having a hard time releasing music and had just talked about a Dropbox folder entitled "Emily listen to this." The plan was to send 5-10 people this Dropbox folder filled with 31 songs, starting with her friend Emily, then poll the favorites from each friend. Ultimately, basing her selections on everyone else's opinions, she'd decide which songs to put on her EP. When Sara Beth told her therapist the plan, she sat for a moment, then said "Do you have favorite songs on your Dropbox? Why are you asking other people to decide who you are as an artist?" Sara Beth did have favorite songs, was quiet, and thought a lot about this. It was a question that touched her deeper than deciding songs for a forthcoming EP. It was no longer "Emily listen to this," it became "Sara Beth listen to this."
And she did. Sara Beth picked her favorite songs from her Dropbox and produced an EP with the help of her friend in his home studio last winter. The EP is called Strange Creatures, named after the beings which are the subjects of her songs (and that also remind Sara Beth a little of herself). It's a gathering of stories and feelings that touch on romance, family, insecurity, and heartbreak. The almost-self-titled EP will be released this winter.
Sara Beth is excited to be writing even more creatively and bravely now, and hopes to release more albums or EPs soon. Thanks for believing in her work or simply just listening to it. Either way, she'll still love writing songs.
April 20, 2017
Annalise Emerick, a self-starting, twenty-something, singer-songwriter has been on the road virtually non-stop for six years. Choosing to leave behind any semblance of a normal life for the day-to-day of a traveling independent musician was always a no-brainer for the Nashville spitfire. In 2011, Emerick released her first project, Starry-Eyed, to heavy critical acclaim after it debuted at #9 on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter chart. Three years after the release of her first EP, Emerick returned with Field Notes, a folk-inspired, markedly more mature turn for the singer that demonstrated just how much her endless days on the road and years of hard work fostered her growth as an artist and performer. With Field Notes, Emerick has situated herself among fans of Brandi Carlile, Patty Griffin, and Eva Cassidy alike.
Emerick has toured extensively all over the US, playing 150+ shows every year. In 2015, Emerick won the Wildflower Festival singer/songwriter contest in Richardson, Texas, opened for Gregory Alan Isakov at a sold out show at the Ogden Theatre in Denver, Colorado and completed a European tour. A native of Austin, Texas, Emerick was thrilled to be selected as a 2016 Kerrville New Folk Finalist.
Emerick will be on tour throughout the US and Europe in 2017 and will be releasing, The Right Heart EP, a collection of love songs, on May 5th, 2017.
When she's not on the road, you can find Annalise catching up on her book club reading, hanging out with her husband, and writing new songs at their home in Nashville.
May 18, 2017
Alex Smith grew up in Long Lake, in the heart of New York's Adirondack Park, and his music strives first and foremost to echo the people of that area. He builds songs from a blend of traditional folk harmony and strikingly modern lyrics, confronting today's most pressing issues with grace while paying homage to the masters who came before him.
"Alex is a wonderful poetic writer who captures words full of meaning, matching them with creative music that creeps quietly into the past at the same time as dancing with the present, and sneaking a peek at the future." - Bob Everhart: Country Music News International
June 15, 2017
A British-American ensemble formed in Oxford (UK), roots revival band Floyds Row explores early, folk, and classical idioms on an array of modern and period instruments. Fusing a variety of styles, Floyds Row repertoire includes both original material and pieces pulled from the early British folk tradition and English Renaissance.
"A mix of Purcell and Bob Dylan played on various instruments, including an accordion and a viola da gamba. Kinda crazy, but it works." David Rabin, WPFW Radio
"No two shows are alike, but the performances guarantee an eclectic mix of traditional pieces from composers of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, covers from modern folk singers such as Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, and the Grateful Dead, as well as original compositions that pull from the meld of the traditional and the classical." Dominique Agnew, North Potomac Times
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