The Peacham Library's annual “Coffee House” live music series, with performances each month from January through April, will move online this year.
The Coffee House series brings community together around live music and camaraderie during cold winter evenings. Performances will be hosted virtually, giving viewers the option to tune in via Zoom or Facebook livestream.
Coffee House dates will be the following Saturdays in 2021, all at 7 p.m.: Jan. 9, Feb. 6, March 6, and April 3. The final performance lineup will be announced soon, and will include local acts Fifth Business, Deb n’ Dean, Jonathan “Doc” Kaplan & Carol Hausner, and more. The community is invited to join in during a virtual open mic, performing from their homes via Zoom, following each show. More details to participate in the open mic will be announced soon.
All performances take place on Zoom (prior registration required - link to come on the library’s webpage www.peachamlibrary.org) or on Facebook livestream, viewable at the Peacham Library profile page www.facebook.com/peachamlibrary.
All performances are free, although a suggested donation of $5 (links to be provided during the performance) is encouraged to support the performers.
Fifth Business is a crowd favorite, rejoining the folks of Peacham for (at least) their 6th year in a row to fight the chill of winter by huddling around the metaphorical fires of song and mirth. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, they are calling themselves “Fifths of Business” for this special performance, with performers calling in from multiple households. Expect creative takes on their usual pub songs and art tunes, leavened by the occasional sincere ballad. Nicolas Anzalone’s fiddle contributes ethereal flights and wry commentary.
Stuart Corso keeps everyone alert with his accordions; Hannah Davie adds sparkle with mandolin; and Steve Davie leads the herd with guitar and octave mandolin. Heather Alger and Kate Davie provide random percussion, and everyone sings in a repertoire that is Not (entirely) Safe For Work.
Jonathan “Doc” Kaplan & Carol Hausner capture the essence of the traditional, roots, and original music they perform. Strong and enduring vocals and harmonies combined with great musicianship blend together to create their unique sound. Carol Hausner's passions are traditional and contemporary bluegrass and roots music. An expressive and award-winning songwriter, her vocals, harmonies, rhythm guitar and mandolin playing are both strong and heartfelt, completing the group's intricate sound. "Doc" Kaplan, though classically trained, loves the Blues and the Grateful Dead and has been playing both for many years. His joyful keyboard playing and resonant vocals provide a solid base upon which the group builds their savory sound.
Deb 'n Dean, otherwise known as Debbie Gray and Dean Bornstein, are an acoustic/electric duo who perform an energetic variety of pop, country, and blues music. Combining acoustic and electric guitar and bass for a more eclectic sound, they have played solo gigs and with bands across Vermont and New Hampshire. Their collaboration creates a unique sound as they explore their varied musical interests from country classics like Merle Haggard and Mary Chapin Carpenter, singer/songwriter legends like Joni Mitchell and Jackson Browne, and pop music of The Beatles, Bob Dylan, and Wilco creating a versatile songbook that is always evolving.