On Friday morning, May 12, the band Old Horse performed at the morning service in Belmont Chapel. Old Horse is the husband-and-wife acoustic folk duo of St. Mark's English teacher Jason Eslick and Sarah Eslick, Associate Director of the SM Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning.
Jason Eslick has been performing and recording as a solo artist for more than 25 years. The son of a traditional folksinger, he was exposed to a variety of music and began playing the guitar at the age of ten. In college, he began writing his own songs and quickly found himself playing local coffeehouses, clubs, and bars. In 1992, due to requests from fans, Jason released his first CD, When Everything Was New, a collection of his demos. In 1996 he followed up with Coming Home. He arrived at St. Mark's in 2002, and in 2009 he released his third CD, The Rooms We Never Use. He was Chair of the English Department for six years.
Sarah Eslick, who was one of the original organizers of the School's Center in 2012, first teamed up with her husband as a performer in 2015. They recorded their first single—the Jason Eslick original "Colorado Moon"—that same year (with then-SM staffer Ben Riva on the fiddle),. Old Horse made its radio debut in 2016 on Worcester Public Radio's FOLK REVIVAL program, hosted by SM alumnus Nick Noble '76.
The group continues to expand its repertoire and plans to record more in the near future.
The focus of their Chapel program on Friday was the power of song and the importance of music in our lives.