Win Tickets ($60): Watchhouse (formerly Mandolin Orange) @ Revolution Hall | Folk Rock, Americana, w/ Tré Burt
We are giving away a pair of tickets to Watchhouse Night 2 on February 23. To win, comment below on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed February 21.
From our sponsors:
(formerly Mandolin Orange)
February 22-23, 2022
Doors 7PM, Show 8PM | $30
21+, Minors OK in Balcony
More info: etix.com
1300 SE Stark St., Portland, OR
By the time 2019 came to its fitful end, Andrew Marlin knew he was tired of touring. He was grateful, of course, for the ascendancy of Mandolin Orange, the duo he’d cofounded in North Carolina with fiddler Emily Frantz exactly a decade earlier. With time, they had become new flagbearers of the contemporary folk world, sweetly singing soft songs about the hardest parts of our lives, both as people and as a people. Their rise—particularly crowds that grew first to fill small dives, then the Ryman, then amphitheaters the size of Red Rocks—humbled Emily and Andrew, who became parents to Ruby late in 2018. They’d made a life of this.
Still, every night, Andrew especially was paid to relive a lifetime of grievances and griefs onstage. After 2019’s Tides of a Teardrop, a tender accounting of his mother’s early death, the process became evermore arduous, even exhausting. What’s more, those tunes—and the band’s entire catalogue, really—conflicted with the name Mandolin Orange, an early-20s holdover that never quite comported with the music they made. Nightly soundchecks, at least, provided temporary relief, as the band worked through a batch of guarded but hopeful songs written just after Ruby’s birth. They offered a new way to think about an established act.
Those tunes are now Watchhouse, which would have been Mandolin Orange’s sixth album but is instead their first also under the name Watchhouse, a moniker inspired by Marlin’s place of childhood solace. The name, like the new record itself, represents their reinvention as a band at the regenerative edges of subtly experimental folk-rock. Challenging as they are charming, and an inspired search for personal and political goodness, these nine songs offer welcome lessons about what any of us might become when the night begins to break.
“We’re different people than when we started this band,” Marlin says, reflecting on all these shifts. “We’re setting new intentions, taking control of this thing again.”
They changed there name. Never heard of them but would like to see them.
Take that heart of gold and please give me the tickets!
Mandolin Orange is my favorite campfire chill music with everything so crazy love to see them live.
I LOVE THEM! I have heard every song of their a hundred times. They are so amazing live ❤️
I so curious to hear what they’ve been up to. Mandolin Orange has been a favorite of mine.
Really interested in going to this concert, I’d love it if you picked me.
Love this band. The delicate songwriting and harmonizing is what makes them so special. Never seen them live and would love to!
Loved them when they were Mandolin Orange and I still love them now as Watchhouse. Would so love to see them in person.
I’ve not seen them for many years!! Please
One of my favorite bands. Would love to see them live
Loved them as Mandolin Orange, excited to hear/see them as Watchhouse!
oh my… saw them at a festival and would love to see them again. I would gift this to my husband who would also appreciate seeing them again together!!!!!!!!!!!
These people are extremely talented! I’ve been following them for a long time. A great date night?!
Love me some foot stompin’ bluegrass. So excited!
Wow… I feel lucky!
Want to hear my partner sing along in the crowd with his arms around me! Would love to win!