By JOCELYN VAN SAUN, Contributing Writer
With temperatures in the mid-60s and the sun showing some of its first springtime rays, heads started to sway and smiles spread across the faces of a sea of students as the band Cahill started to play its guitars and hum to the tune of “Here Comes The Sun.”
On the afternoon of April 15, the singer-songwriter duo Cahill, played for UNH students in the Memorial Union Building’s Union Court as the final “What’s On Wednesday” event of the spring semester.
“What’s On Wednesday” is one of the many commuter services offered by the university. The program invites an array of novelties and musical performances to entertain the Union Court lunch crowd every Wednesday. The main idea behind this is to give commuter students the opportunity to enjoy some campus events with his or her peers.
The duo, made up of Scott O’Brien and Robert Antonelli, visited the University of New Hampshire for the second time after being asked back by popular demand.
“They’re from Boston, so it’s close. They’re well-known. They do a lot of touring on the college circuit, so it’s a nice fit,” said Curt Kenoyer, the commuter student services coordinator.
O’Brien and Antonelli are the perfect example of childhood neighbors turned life-long friends. They have known each other for about 25 years and have been strumming guitars and singing together for 10 of those years.
In order to keep their audiences engaged when visiting college campuses, Cahill prefers to perform a mixture of its own, original tracks while mixing in covers of some of the duo’s favorite artists and bands.
Many of Cahill’s own hits are styled after the work of Dave Matthews Band, Guster, Gin Blossoms, and Third Eye Blind.
“We’re stuck in the 90s, really,” laughed Antonelli.
Much like their first visit, Cahill was a hit with students. Passersby picked up their card and free CDs displayed on a table next to the stage. Students studying and socializing at tables closest to the band removed their headphones and quieted down for the duration of the performance.
“I like the sound of the two harmonies together, it’s interesting,” said freshman Erin Kelley.
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