The Hopefuls

Father and daughter duo Paul Kelly and Jill Koren of The Hopefuls will perform at Red Roaster Coffee from 6-8 p.m. on Friday.

Father and daughter duo Paul Kelly and Jill Koren are both Madison natives, born and raised, and they’ve always been involved in music on various levels. But they didn’t really start playing together in public until 2004. “That’s the year I moved back to Madison, and I found dad and Tony Schroeder were hanging out and playing their songs.” explains Jill.

“I just kind of fell in with them, started singing harmony on their songs and learning guitar. Next thing I know we formed a band called The Chestnuts and started playing some gigs. It was a very rewarding and fun 15 years or so.”