Siblings Lena and Zak Kendall, leaders of folk band GoldenOak, perform during the band’s show at the Jesup Memorial Library on Jan. 7. ISLANDER PHOTO BY SAMUEL SHEPHERD

GoldenOak rocks MDI



BAR HARBOR — Portland-based folk band GoldenOak performed two shows on Mount Desert Island over the weekend, one at Coda in Southwest Harbor on Friday and another at the Jesup Memorial Library on Sunday afternoon.

Siblings Lena and Zak Kendall, originally from New Sharon, have been making music as GoldenOak since 2014. The band has strong MDI ties, as Zak Kendall, guitarist, and pianist Max Eddington both graduated from College of the Atlantic.

Zak Kendall said the band always enjoys their performances on Mount Desert Island because the venues are warm and inviting.

“We call Portland our home, but the island is our second home,” he said.

In Bar Harbor, the attentive audience greeted them with warm applause between songs and a standing ovation at the end of the show. The band played 11 songs from its catalogue, including cuts from its award-winning EP, “Foxgloves.”

The concert was the first of a winter series planned for the library.

“Modern libraries like the Jesup are places for people to come together for fun, knowledge and for community,” library Program Director Melinda Rice said. “Everything we offer is available to everyone on an equal basis,” she said.

In 2016, the band released its first album, “Pleasant St.,” named after a street in Bar Harbor. The album was recorded by Zach Soares in Bar Harbor.

Following that release, GoldenOak released “Foxgloves,” a six-song EP, to critical acclaim. “Foxgloves,” also recorded by Soares, was voted EP of the Year at the Portland Music Awards. The band promoted the EP at a series of shows that concluded around Thanksgiving.

“I really appreciate their musicianship and the way they change their tempos,” Rose Wingo of Steuben said after the Jesup performance. “I like the drama of their songs.”

In 2016, the band posted a series of several outdoor live performances to its YouTube channel called “Acadia Sessions.”

The band has performed with Lady Lamb, The Mallett Brothers Band and The Ghost of Paul Revere, who will perform at The Criterion Theatre on Jan. 19.

GoldenOak’s next performance is in Bangor at the Bangor Arts Exchange Ballroom on Feb. 10.

Samuel Shepherd

Samuel Shepherd

Samuel Shepherd is a University of Maine graduate and a former Bar Harbor reporter for the Mount Desert Islander.
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