BAR HARBOR — GoldenOak will kick off the Jesup Memorial Library’s 2018 Sundays at the Jesup Winter Concert Series on Sunday, Jan. 7, at 2 p.m.
GoldenOak features sibling duo Zak and Lena Kendall, who play New England folk music. Their sound is influenced by Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Simon and Garfunkel, The Band, Mason Jennings, Ray LaMontagne and Fleet Foxes.
GoldenOak began writing music and performing in 2014. Their early songs led to their first official release, “Pleasant St.,” in 2016. “The full-length album painted the landscape of the duo’s childhood and their experiences growing up and leaving home,” said a press release. “They recorded it with accompaniments on electric guitar, cello and trumpet from hometown friends.”
Following “Pleasant St.,” the Kendalls produced the Acadia Sessions, a series of live video sessions to highlight the album. The success of “Pleasant St.” and the following tour gained GoldenOak a nomination as “one of Portland’s most important upcoming bands” by “Dispatch.”
In October 2017, GoldenOak released “Foxgloves,” a six-track EP that builds on the duo’s folk roots with an orchestral approach. “On the EP, they expand their earthy sound and songwriting with percussion, piano, trumpet, cello and violin,” said the press release. “Foxgloves” was nominated as Best EP of the Year by the “Portland Phoenix.” Visit goldenoakband.com.
The concert is free and open to everyone, though donations are gratefully accepted. The Jesup’s 2018 Winter Concert Series features concerts once a month on Sunday from January through April. The jazz group Mes Amis will play on Sunday, Feb. 4, at 2 p.m. The ShowStoppers and Swallowtail Fiddlers, students from Conners Emerson and Mount Desert Elementary School, will play on Sunday, March 18, at 2 p.m. Finally on Sunday, April 8, at 2 p.m., pianist Edison Liu will play the last concert in the series.
Contact the Jesup at 288-4245 or [email protected].