New playlist covers 20 years of Harlow’s music

  • Adam and the Flood perform at Harlow's Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Ethan McBrien Party of the Sun performs at Harlow's at the Dead of Winter concert in 2018. Staff photo by Ben Conant

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 10/22/2020 2:01:24 PM

Do you have a few hours to spare to check out a new playlist? Actually, might want to make that the next four or so days.

If you’re a fan of the musical offerings of Harlow’s Pub, then it’s no secret that over the last two decades, owner Dave Szehi has brought together an eclectic mix of musicians to grace the Peterborough restaurant’s stage. Not counting all the jam nights and open mic sessions, Szehi said it’s safe to say that more than 2,000 shows have been held over the last 20 years.

But suddenly the music stopped in March. No longer could you walk by on a Friday or Saturday night and hear the rocking tunes pouring out the open side door. The people missed it – and so did Szehi.

A few months ago he started working on a project – for one to keep him busy and two, to take a little trip down memory lane.

“I don’t throw anything away, so I have a museum in the attic with every flyer, calendar and news article,” Szehi said. And that equates to “great people, great times, great music.”

So Szehi started putting together a playlist on Spotify of all the musicians he could find that had played at Harlow’s over the years. Anything he could find – mostly full albums – were added to the quickly growing list and initially he had about six hours of music. Then last week, he opened it up to the public and music lovers began adding their own, including local favorites Party of the Sun, Adam and the Flood and Charlie Chronopoulos in recent days.

As of Wednesday, Szehi said there was 114 hours of music, including 1,364 songs, which would take you almost five days of continuous listening to get through the whole thing. And the way things have been going with more musicians’s work being added, the number of songs and hours of listening will most certainly continue to grow.

“I pretty much added all the albums of any of the people that had anything to do with Harlow’s,” Szehi said.

The reason behind constructing the playlist?

“Just trying to figure out how to keep people entertained,” Szehis said. “I’m proud of the music that we’ve had over the years. And I’d like to help support the bands and not forget about them.”

Szehi knows a lot of musicians and understands the struggles they’ve been going through without any live music opportunities to speak of over the last seven months.

“And there’s probably not going to be a whole lot of music for a long time,” he said.

After reopening – once allowed for outdoor dining – Szehi said the duo of Kyle Webber and Seamus Caron played for diners from the porch, but that’s about it when it comes to live entertainment at the pub.

The calendar has been empty for months and the longing for those regular performers and others who have come only once is something that has grown stronger with each passing week.

“It’s a way to keep that feeling and the atmosphere,” Szehi said. “We all have to think outside the box and I’m trying to think of clever ways to do that.”

To find the playlist visit the Harlow’s Pub Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/harlowspub/.


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