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Music in Chapel: Faculty Folk Duo Performs at Morning Service
Music in Chapel: Faculty Folk Duo Performs at Morning Service

On Tuesday, September 24, a faculty folk duo was the main event for the regular morning Chapel service. Jason and Sarah Eslick, who perform and record as the folk duo Old Horse, brought acoustic guitars and classic folk harmonies to Belmont Chapel.

After an opening sentence from Associate Chaplain Katie Solter, the bulk of the service was entirely music. Among the songs played by the Old Horse duo of Mr. and Mrs. Eslick were covers of Mandolin Orange's "Hey Stranger" and Gillian Welch's "HardTimes."

Chaplain Barbara Talcott followed the faculty performance with guided prayer, meditation, and reflection, featuring memorials to recently deceased alumni. The School Prayer concluded the morning Chapel.

Mr. Eslick, a 17-year veteran of the St. Mark's English Department, has been playing and performing as a solo artist for more than a quarter-century. He has a trio of CDs to his credit: When Everything Was New (1992), Coming Home (1996), and The Rooms We Never Use (2009). A faculty member since 2012, Mrs. Eslick is the Associate Director of the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning, specializing in academic support. In 2016 she joined her husband forming the folk/Americana duo Old Horse, and that year they recorded Jason's original song, "Colorado Moon."

Old Horse has performed around New England and made radio appearances. On October 3 they will be among the featured guests on THE FOLK REVIVAL (WICN – Worcester Public Radio) hosted by St. Mark's alumnus and staffer Nick Noble '76.

Click on the titles below to see and listen to Old Horse performing in Belmont Chapel.

"Hey Stranger"

"Hard Times"

Music is a regular part of St. Mark's Chapel services, and from time to time the St. Mark's website will feature musical highlights from Belmont Chapel.