Mandolin Orange

Today, Andrew Marlin and Emily Frantz of Watchhouse – the critically acclaimed roots music duo who until recently were known as Mandolin Orange – announce their new self-titled album Watchhouse, out August 13 on Tiptoe Tiger Music / Thirty Tigers. With the change of name comes an artistic rebirth: While still firmly rooted in poetic Appalachian folk, there’s a sonic adventurousness informed by American primitivism and ambient soundscapes that gives Marlin and Frantz’s songs a new, unknowable allure.

On Wednesday, critically acclaimed folk duo Mandolin Orange made up of Andrew Marlin and Emily Frantz who went from performing in coffee shops to headlining music festivals shared some huge news that they are now called Watchhouse. While Anais Mitchell loved it, Milk Carton Kids' Joey Ryan's reaction was even more notable: "Damn, can we do this too??"

Andrew Marlin — who’s risen to prominence with his acclaimed folk duo Mandolin Orange releases Fable & Fire, an album that reflects on the storm of the last year with an introspective grandeur and epic soundscapes. Recorded at Asheville, NC’s Echo Mountain Studio, this is an album that, despite being instrumental, finds Marlin in as vulnerable a headspace as ever as he ponders loved ones since past, childhood innocence and the collective trauma of the past year.

The Grey Eagle and Worthwhile Sounds continue their drive-in endeavors with a special performance from celebrated folk duo Mandolin Orange on Friday, October 2.

Music is the lifeblood of the Triangle, and for fifty years, Carrboro’s live music venue Cat’s Cradle has been the heart that keeps it pumping. But like many independent music venues across the country, Cat’s Cradle is in trouble. With its concert calendar canceled and the building shuttered due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the club is struggling to cover rent and basic overhead costs. With the prospect of drastically reduced revenue even after shows return, there is a growing need to help it survive until things normalize.

Shooter Jennings and Watkins Family Hour join The Milk Carton Kids and Sam Lewis for the Saturday, March 28 PBS TV Taping of Bluegrass Underground. Tickets available now!

This event is a rare opportunity to see brother sister duo, Sean and Sara Watkins, as Watkins Family Hour, a project they started in 2002 in Los Angeles to try out some original songs and a few covers that wouldn’t work in Nickel Creek.

The 43rd Ann Arbor Folk Festival took place at Hill Auditorium last Friday and Saturday night. The two-day event was a benefit for legendary local music venue The Ark and featured national and local artists from Iron & Wine + Calexico to Molly Tuttle, Cold Tone Harvest, Bettye Lavette, and Nathaniel Rateliff. Willie Porter emceed the festival. A recap from Saturday:

Nathaniel Rateliff

Earlier this month, Pickathon, the four-day music festival, took place at Pendarvis Farm, near Portland, Oregon. The event, which began in 1998 as a bluegrass festival, has since expanded to include folk, jam band, metal and indie artists.

Breckenridge Brewery is ready for another great Hootenanny on Saturday, October 5th. The annual celebration includes an amazing lineup from The Disco Biscuits and Mandolin Orange, to local bands like The Jauntee. This year’s event celebrates the brewery’s 29th anniversary since its humble beginnings in the mountain town for which it’s named. The party is from 12:30 – 7:00 pm, rain or shine with tickets going on sale Tuesday, August 27th at 10:00 am MT. 

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