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:
March 16, 2018
Hilton Park is an Americana/Folk trio made up of a father, son and neighbor from a small town in Southern Maine who started playing music together for their own enjoyment, and within 8 months found themselves being recognized by the New England Music Awards as one of the best Roots acts in New England. How did this father/son bonding experiment become the award winning group that the Boston Examiner says has “reinvented acoustic”?
“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 comfortably on an old front porch, right next to this dynamic trio”. —
The Third Half (Feb 5, 2016)
Bruce Hilton played guitar and sang as a front man in bands from his high school days up through his 40's, including in a band called The Digbees from 2004 to 2012. The Digbees landed licensing deals, placing some songs in prime time TV and movies, as well as a Red Sox anthem played at Boston’s Fenway Park and on cable TV's New England Sports Network.
When the Digbees needed a keyboard player, Bruce was introduced to neighbor Gregg Pannier, who would become his close musical partner. Gregg, originally from the Chicago area, was a classically trained organist and piano virtuoso. Ironically, Bruce and Gregg met at a Cub Scout pack meeting their sons were attending.
Bruce's youngest son, Conor, was one of those 9 year old cub scouts. With music around him his whole life, he displayed an affinity for drums and guitar at an early age. In high school he was accepted into Chamber Choir and Vocal Excel, and fell in love with vocal harmony.
“They are the folks next door who just happen to be virtuoso musicians, styling traditional folk/country instruments with fresh and original tunes. But the biggest treat may be the vocal harmonies. Our audience was enthralled. Edge of our seats, truly”. —
Ken G., House Concert Host
In the spring of 2013, Bruce found himself at 49 gravitating toward a quieter acoustic style of songwriting, adding pedal steel guitar and lap steel to his list of instruments. After writing a song on his newly acquired square neck dobro, he imagined a strong 2 part vocal harmony in the chorus. He asked Conor to come upstairs to the home studio and sing the harmony with him on a demo. The ethereal sound their voices made when played back stunned them both; the core of Hilton Park's “blood harmony” was born.
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April 20, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
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