TONIGHT AT
THE FILENE CENTER

WATCHHOUSE

(formerly Mandolin Orange)
JUL 7 | 8 PM

During the last year, most of the world has been told the most helpful thing to do is stay home and out of the way, protecting others by doing as little as possible. For some, that rare respite has offered the chance to reflect on what is important and to reimagine what is possible. That has been the case for Andrew Marlin and Emily Frantz, the couple known for more than a decade now as Mandolin Orange. In 2020, they raised their toddler. They recorded their most audacious album yet. And they decided it was finally time to change their name—to Watchhouse, an identity that reflects their true intentions.

“Mandolin Orange was born out of my 21-year-old mind. The name isn’t what I strive for when I write, because it doesn’t match what I picture when I invite people into my songs, new or old,” admits Marlin. “We have long been burdened by the dichotomy between our band name and the music we strive to create—if you’ve heard the songs, you know they are personal. Now that we can see a future where music is a shared experience again, we’re defining the space we share.”

During Marlin’s difficult teenage years, family friends would take him on biannual trips to a tiny Chesapeake Bay hunting cabin, suspended by stilts above a tidal island and accessible only by boat. He would sit there, sans electricity and electronic devices, reveling in a mixture of silence and communion—thinking, looking, being. That was “The Watch House,” and that is the space Marlin, Frantz, and their sterling ensemble now aim to reflect in their music. The last year afforded Marlin and Frantz a chance to reset and restart. Watchhouse is their vital first step.

“We’re different people than when we started this band,” says Marlin. “We’re setting new intentions, taking control of this thing again.”

Watchhouse will release its new self-titled album in August 2021.


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THANK YOU TO

Dan and Gayle D’Aniello,
Wolf Trap 2021 Season Underwriters