In addition to farming and artisanship, Kirk Estate owners and life partners Jen O'Connor and Eric Krans write, record, and perform in their band The Parlor, which is named after a room in the farmhouse. The Parlor’s music is the sonic corollary to what the couple is bringing to their land, an artisanal re-imagining of an antique dream. The farmhouse is filled with jars of herbs + collected feathers, piles of broken guitars, bottles of oils, upright basses, a sampling synth, stacks of soap, braided onions, Casio + Zenith, antique mirrors. Ghosts.
The Parlor has performed at the Farm Aid festival alongside music icons Neil Young, Willie Nelson, and Dave Matthews. They have opened for Grammy Nominated artists the The Lumineers, and have shared the stage with Willy Mason, Deer Tick, Langhorne Slim, Man Man, Phantogram, Sharon VanEtten, Marian Hill and The Felice Brothers.
The Parlor’s music has been featured in:
Pitchfork | Consequence of Sound | The Wild Honey Pie | KEXP | Bandcamp Weekly
| PopMatters | AudioFemme | ThrdCoast | Turntable Kitchen | Smith-Wykes | NYDaily News |
Kid President | The Battery | Tex Montana Will Survive
Like many parlors of the 19th century, the parlor at The Kirk Estate was used for intimate family events. When former Altamont President James E. Kirk died in 1919, his body was displayed in the parlor so visitors of the Village could pay their respects. Margaret Kirk and Luther Warner were high school sweethearts who fell in love because of their correspondences during WWI where Luther was an ambulance driver. When they married on Armistice Day 1922, their reception was in the parlor. When guests visited the Estate from the early 19-teens through to the 1950s they were entertained by musical duets featuring Margaret on piano and her brother Richard on violin. Now Krans and O'Connor pay homage to the importance of this space with their own music. Several residents of the house have reported to hearing the piano play late at night. Perhaps it is the ghost of Aunt Margaret, back to participate in the music making.