Randall had started a couple of volunteer concert music series over the years, one in Leavenworth, Washington and years later in Sunapee, New Hampshire as the Sunapee Community CoffeeHouse. The concept turned out to be quite popular and are still going active, with the basic formula of:
A) Listening room for musicians to be heard, This attracts great musos. Conversations happen between set breaks where the community can catch up over a cuppa. Outdoor events are obviously less "listening room" style because of the picnic style, but indoor events, we'll have a more audience arrangement, with set breaks for chatting.
B) Pass the hat for the musos or cause, and a portion usually goes to the venue rental
C) Volunteers who help host, set-up and even provide and serve
D) Open mic A portion of the event, or a dedicated event is for open-mic to foster new talent in a supportive and listening room environment.
"I started The Community Coffeehouse, because I wanted a safe and supportive environment to perform my songs. I had been a back-up, and background pianist, but wanted to expand to guitar and singing. A venue to build community is also important, especially in these times."
Our sound test for the Inaugural Community Coffeehouse, Randall singing a new creation "Voices" with Olivia on Flute: Hear it here
Image/Video Credit: Garrick Cameron
Our First Coffeehouse
Inaugural Community Coffeehouse was on Sunday 7th Nov. 10:30, at Camphill Coffee hosted by the wonderful Leanne Harling at 546 Camphill Road, Hawea Flat, 10 min from Wanaka,
Songs to inspire and warm the heart with local musos, Sure to be a good time.
Expect to see the Community Coffeehouse in various locales here in the Upper Clutha, such as the Tarras Church, the Community Hub in Wanaka and here at Mountain Spirit and the community centres in Lake Hawea and Hawea Flat.