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:

June 19, 2020

Virtual Coffeehouse Featuring XXXX

Our Coffeehouse will be held
online on Zoom

We'll start promptly at 7 p.m. and we hope you'll join us from the comfort of your own living room.

If you'd like to be part of the audience, please let us know by sending an email to theandoverhub@gmail.com. We'll then send you a link to the Zoom gathering on Friday, along with a few instructions for those who haven't used Zoom before — it's pretty easy! You may also send an email if you'd like to be considered for an open mic slot.

Hope you'll plan to join us for some good music!

Skip Gorman

Through his music, Skip Gorman brings back to life the workaday world of the cowboys of the American West. His music is not the music of the Hollywood cowboy, but rather the simple, yet beautifully poignant music that was performed around campfires by cowboys and westward settlers in the 19th century. Gorman brings to the music a scholar's knowledge of the cowboy's Celtic, Spanish and Afro-American roots as well as the personal experience gained by working as a cowboy on a ranch in Wyoming, along with an exquisite touch as a singer, guitarist, fiddler and mandolinist.

Whether solo or with his old time cowboy band, The Waddie Pals, Skip takes the music from one of the most romanticized periods of American history-the days of the cattle drives and westward expansion-strips away the Hollywood glitz and Nashville affectations, and shows us the beauty of the music as it was sung and played along emigrant trails and in cow camps over a hundred years ago in the American West.

Skip is also an acclaimed Bill Monroe-style mandolinist and a fine oldtimey American and Celtic-style Fiddler.

Gorman has performed on Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion, at bluegrass festivals, cowboy gatherings and at folk venues and Celtic music festivals throughout the US and Europe. He also frequently presents programs and concerts at schools and museums, educating and entertaining while playing period instruments. Documentary filmmaker, Ken Burns, has featured Skip's music in LEWIS AND CLARK, BASEBALL, DUST BOWL DAYS and NATIONAL PARKS. Skip Gorman has released sixteen recordings on the Old West, Rounder and Folk Legacy labels. He is featured on many others.

“Skip Gorman has mastered the rare sound which can only be created by those who have grown up listening to traditional American folk music.” Hal Cannon, Founder Western Folklife Center & Cowboy Poetry Gathering Elko, Nevada
“The lonesome ache that is in the core of Skip Gorman's voice and fiddling fits close to the bones of the slope country, the rough breaks, the bunchgrass high plains. These traditional cowboy songs, unadorned, openly sad, sometimes lively or gritty, carry the distance and solitude of the West in them.”E. Annie Proulx, Author Centennial, Wyoming

June 19, 2020

Virtual Coffeehouse Featuring Old Horse

Our Coffeehouse will be held
online on Zoom

We'll start promptly at 7 p.m. and we hope you'll join us from the comfort of your own living room.

If you'd like to be part of the audience, please let us know by sending an email to theandoverhub@gmail.com. We'll then send you a link to the Zoom gathering on Friday, along with a few instructions for those who haven't used Zoom before — it's pretty easy! You may also send an email if you'd like to be considered for an open mic slot.

Hope you'll plan to join us for some good music!

Old Horse

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 travis picker on the guitar. Following in his dad's footsteps, Jason also teaches English and writes music and performs with his family band. 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 Lindsey Schust & the Ragged Mt Band. The single and other music by Jason can be heard on YouTube, Amazon Music, Spotify and other music steaming services.

Jason's band "Old Horse" is an acoustic folk duo based out of Massachusetts, comprised of Jason and his wife Sarah Eslick.

July — August

Summer Break

See you in September

September 18, 2020

Eleanor Kleiner
The Whispering Tree

The moniker The Whispering Tree is rife with imagery and symbolism. One interpretation is the subtle call of natural forces, as if listening to the noises trees make as wind passes through them may mystically reveal answers or profound truths. It's a “call of the wild” ideal, but for the Franco-American folk-rock duo the concept of The Whispering Tree spoke to them during a period of aimlessness.

At the time, after heaps of critical acclaim, and well-received international tours, the pair found itself in a creative and spiritual lull. However, listening to the music from within enabled the duo to find direction out from the forest of depression and listlessness. Now, The Whispering Tree returns with a milestone album, Invisible Forces, out August, 2018, its second album in 11 years, and first release in 5 years. “There was this slow realization that creating and performing gives our lives meaning and purpose. Without it we were drifting,” reveals Eleanor. “So, our whole head space was a little different while planning and creating this album because we had very consciously decided that we wanted to continue making music, and, from that space, we had very little to prove.”

The Franco-American duo, which includes singer/songwriter Eleanor Kleiner and multi-instrumentalist Elie Brangbour, craft richly immersive folk-rock brimming with evocative lyrics, nature imagery, perspectives from travel, and a panoramic musicality that encompasses traditional folk, indie rock, classic rock, and 1960s pop and rock n' roll. The twosome has garnered favorable comparisons to Cowboy Junkies, Over the Rhine and Aimee Mann.

October 16, 2020

The Rough & Tumble

The Rough & Tumble are as easy to detect as a stray dog on your doorstep-- and as difficult to send home. The dumpster-folk, thriftstore-Americana duo, consisting of Mallory Graham & Scott Tyler, have been hobbling around the country in their 16' camper since 2015, when their Nashville landlord left them without heat during an ice storm for 12 days. Then she tried to hike the rent. Enough was enough, and The Rough & Tumble gave their 30 days notice at their jobs and their lease, sold most of what they owned, and hopped into their shoddily built camper, in spite of the lot salesman's advice. They picked up a couple of actual strays along the way-- two 100lb dogs, Puddle & Magpie Mae-- and have been making themselves at home in living rooms, bars, theaters, and festivals across the country. They've been recognized as a Feature Showcase Artist at 2018 SERFA, and a 2018 honorable mention for the Listening Room Network.

Even at their start in 2011, The Rough & Tumble are collectors. Trinkets, instruments, stories shoved in cupholders, and scraps of paper sticking out of old books they never planned to read, the duo couldn't resist filling their pockets with tiny things that may be useful down the road. Until they hit the road. Limited in space, The Rough & Tumble are a new kind of collector: songwriting with illustration, and arranging each song with a menagerie of instruments, ranging from acoustic guitars to mailbox snares to a banjulele. "Their Americana music is restorative, their performance highly entertaining, their orchestra of unusual instruments intriguing, and… jokes and stories are worthy of an HBO special." (Linda Bolton, Cozy Cabin House Concerts).

The stray folkies are as industrious as they are scrappy, releasing five EPs and two albums in their 8 years. The Rough & Tumble's 2018 release We Made Ourselves a Home When We Didn't Know, brought the listener to the road and the road to their home, an album “as cozy, comfortable and inviting as a well-worn couch.” (Bill Kopp, Mountain Xpress). This is in addition to their weekly livecast, a monthly blog, a Cook & Color Book, a food blog, 2018 SERFA Official Showcase Artist, and playing upwards of 150 shows a year.

November 20, 2020

Mark Mandeville and Raianne Richards

"Mark Mandeville and Raianne Richards are clearly inheritors of a timeless legacy, creating music that is both original and evocative of a rich tradition and their songs have been well-received by audiences around the eastern United States since 2010. Transcending the genre of folk Americana, their music echoes inspiration from traditional folk duos and singer/songwriters like Ian & Sylvia, Kate Wolf and Neil Young – combining beautiful harmonies and a lyrical intensity, while establishing a unique sound of their own..."

“Both artists are products of central Massachusetts mill and factory towns, and for all their national exposure, they are passionately dedicated to the region and what it has to offer. Each summer since 2010 they have organized the Massachusetts Walking Tour where they hike the roads and trails of the Commonwealth, more than 100 miles in less than two weeks, in support of the arts in local communities along the way. Each evening they stop over in yet another Massachusetts town, putting on a free concert there, along with local performers and fellow artists who accompany them on their journey.”

Testimonials: Time and time again, Mark and Raianne have proven themselves to audiences across the US and Canada...

“Mark and Raianne gave an outstanding performance tonight to a sold-out house at the Listening Room where they were able to accomplish something few musicians can do – they totally captivated their audience with two sets of flawless original songs and presented their music with strength and sensitivity.” – Mary Sue Scott, The Listening Room (Wytheville VA)

“It was a privilege hearing these two. Not only was their musicianship flawless and exquisite, the lyrics were clever, full of humanity, kindness and fun.” – Lisa Shell, audience member

“The best part of their performance is the undeniable chemistry Mark and Raianne have together; they play with a comfort-ability and trust that can only come with years of partnership. They allow enough space in their musical bond to for us to settle in and witness some serious songwriting and playing.”– Fred Knittel, WXPN (Philadelphia)

Stay Tuned

December 17, 2020

Corey Laitman

WBUR Tiny Desk finalist and 2018 Passim Iguana Fund recipient Corey Laitman has released Seafoam, their lush and lyrical sophomore album, ushered into the world with a sold-out show at The Parlor Room in Northampton, MA. Produced by Mark Miller (J Mascis, The Pixies) and Grammy-nominated multi-instrumentalist Anand Nayak (Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem, Pamela Means, Alastair Moock), Seafoam boasts 13 expertly crafted alternative folk-pop ballads with hushed, spiritual undertones.

Laitman's music is set apart by its layered, poetically conceived narratives that surprise and disarm. The complexity of the songs on Seafoam inspire repeated listening: They are protective of their vital mystery, present in their comfort.

Nayak colors the album with electric guitar, banjo and mandolin arrangements as generous and soaring as the songs themselves.

Like the work of Deb Talan or Anais Mitchell, Laitman's characters are stark, compelling, and deeply human. Worlds of people are woven and realized; the beings inhabiting these worlds of song are imbued with searing imagery, and undeniable integrity.

In a testimonial, Laitman's work was praised by American poet Gordon Massman as being among “those few singer-songwriters who, through undeniable talent, climb over the competitive frenzy into the public sphere. Corey Laitman is of that caliber, and I entreat you to listen.”

January 15, 2021

Audrey Budington

Winner of fiddle contests and 2018 graduate of Berklee College of Music under their Presidential Scholarship (full tuition, room and board for all four years), Audrey Budington has played violin since she was four. Classically trained, her true loves are Traditional, New England, Celtic and Fusion, Pop, Rock, and she is also known for her creative compositions. Raised on contra dances and old tunes from the British Isles, Audrey has a fiddle style that is both reminiscent and refreshing. Her performances maintain the integrity and raw emotion of beloved traditional tunes, while her original compositions sparkle with wanderlust and anemoia.

Audrey has played in numerous film scoring and album sessions and was selected by Grammy award-winning arranger and record producer Rob Lewis to play in a house band for the new TV show pilot presentation “Legendary.” She has opened for Black Violin and was a guest artist for Darlingside. She has performed at Ossipee Valley Music Festival in ME, Boston Celtic Music Fest (BCMFest), on the amphitheater stage at Common Ground Country Fair in ME and at many additional venues. Audrey has played for scores of contra dances throughout New England, the Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, Midwest and Quebec. She has provided original live music for ballets, performed for two NH Governors, played for the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, represented the State of NH at The Big E in West Springfield, MA, and entertained on The Gundalow in Portsmouth, NH. Audrey has also studied closely with great artists such as Darol Anger, Eugene Friesen, David Surette, and Maeve Gilchrist.

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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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