Connecticut-based folk-rock singer-songwriter Andrea Paquin will headline the cast of performers on Friday evening, March 18, at the monthly Andover (NH) Community Coffeehouse concert offered in the Highland Lake Grange Hall on State Route 11 in East Andover. The event, which begins at 7 p.m., is open to the public at no charge; donations are gratefully accepted.

 

Paquin’s songs “tell vivid stories using clever, memorable melodies and harmonies along with captivating lyrics,” according to a reviewer. A self-taught musician and vocal artist, her work has been recorded on four albums, and much of her life, both on and offstage, has been devoted to working with and for individuals with developmental disabilities.  Find out more at andreapaquin.com.

Also appearing onstage will be up to a dozen open-microphone performers, whose contributions in previous months have ranged from the spoken word to show-business, jazz, folk, bluegrass, and country-and-western tunes.

 

Doors to the Grange Hall will open at 6 p.m. for food purchases offered by the Andover Congregational Church, and for open-mic sign-ins on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Sponsor for the evening is the Andover branch of the Lake Sunapee Bank, whose donation covers rental of the Grange Hall.

Coming up on Friday, April 15:  From Massachusetts, folk singer-songwriter Mary Maguire, whose work features “magnificent vocals propelled by sure-fingered picking and rock-solid rhythms that get folks off their seat and onto their feet — weaving American roots of swing, western swing, bluegrass, folk and country.”

Andover Coffeehouse events since January 2015 have drawn near-capacity audiences and a full complement of open-mic candidates on the third Friday of each month.  The venue was chosen by the editor of New Hampshire Magazine as “2015 Best of NH Open Mic Night.”  Information about future dates and scheduled performers, and a photographic record of past performers, both headliners and open-mic participants, are shown on the Coffeehouse website at andovercoffeehouse.org, or on the Facebook page “Andover Community Coffeehouse.”

 

Video recordings of past programs are shown on a number of community-access channels across the state and may be viewed at any time on Andover’s town website at www.andover.nh.us/ by clicking on “Town Information” and then “Video Archive.”  The video programs are produced by volunteers at Andover Community TV .

 

The coffeehouse venue, a former grange hall, is now the property of the Andover Congregational Church, which is located next door at the intersection of Route 11 and Chase Hill Road in East Andover.

 

Directions:  From Franklin, take State Route 11 West (Franklin Highway) toward Andover for about five miles.   Turn left onto Chase Hill Road, immediately after the Andover Congregational Church, also on the left.  The Grange Hall is across the parking lot from the church. From Andover village, take State Route 11 East  (Franklin Highway) toward Franklin for about five miles.  Turn right onto Chase Hill Road just before the church.

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