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Sandhill Stage presents Acoustic Eidolon

  • Prairie Creek Lodge 7204 County Road 234 Gainesville, FL, 32641 United States (map)

For advance reservations: email
or call Freddie at CBI (352) 317-7307

$20 suggested donation (cash or check at the door) to benefit nonprofits Prairie Creek Conservation Cemetery and Alachua Conservation Trust.

You are invited to a community potluck before the show starting around 6:15 PM.
Bring your favorite dish and we'll supply the beverages.

Colorado based duo Acoustic Eidolon features Joe Scott on double neck guitjo and Hannah Alkire on cello. They have graced stages throughout the US, Europe, Australia and Canada. With eleven CDs and a DVD to their credit, these masterful artists continue to captivate audiences throughout the world with their signature “new acoustic” sound and boundless possibilities in blending Celtic, Americana, World & Flamenco musical influences, something that Dirty Linen Magazine praises as “a sumptuous musical feast.” A concert by Acoustic Eidolon is described by the Swallow Hill Music Association as “an evening of brilliant instrumentality,” and Georgia’s Good Life Magazine enthuses, “Acoustic Eidolon offers concert-goers a chance to absorb some of the most powerful and intriguing music on the scene today.”

Their original sound is created by the mixing of their diverse musical backgrounds and their unusual instrumentation including the one-of-a-kind double neck guitjo, an instrument of Joe’s own design praised by USA Today as a “beautiful harp-like sounding instrument … like nothing we’ve ever heard before.” The double-neck guitjo has 14 strings and Joe has developed his own style and technique, playing both necks simultaneously. Classically-trained cellist Hannah Alkire studied with G. Magyar of the Hungarian String Quartet and is recognized internationally for her stunning tone and emotional, impeccable playing and for taking the cello places it’s never been before.

What started as a musical journey between kindred spirits blossomed into their marriage in 2001. The result is a coupling of intricate and passionate music with genuine and engaging stories. They are each virtuoso players but their stories and connection to the audience add the backdrop of transparency from their lives, from the struggles to the triumphs.

Gainesville's own ELAINE MAHON, accompanied by her son, SAM MAHON on acoustic guitar and harmony vocals, will open the show and share some songs from her 2017 international radio release, REACH FOR THE STARS. The album has remained on the ROOTS CONTEMPORARY FOLK CHARTS throughout 2017.

"Mahon has fulfilled all my expectations for yet another artistically masterful collection of original songwriting. With every track on Reach for the Stars, jazzy, folky, hauntingly beautiful vocal melodies and harmonies nurture the soul. Reach for the Stars is, at the least, worth multiple listens and is deservedly, at best, on the forever playlist. ." [READ FULL REVIEW HERE] – Victoria Parks, Host of Folkin’ Around with Victrola, WGRN Columbus