Mini Make Faire 2017

Join us for a wonderful day of activities for all ages at the Bloomsburg Mini Maker Faire!

On Sat April 22th, Pepperhead Studios will present area artists performing original, homegrown music, including Mike Hickey, Duane Dulk, Fricknadorable and The Ed Zuber Project. Urie Kline from Lyco Taiko will also give a drum demonstration.

Admission this year is FREE! pepper_maker_ALL2017

10:00 – 11:00      Lyco Taiko

11:00 – 11:30      Duane Dulk (solo acoustic)

11:30 – 12:00      Fricknadorable – Americana

12:00 – 1:00       Electro gadget demo / break

1:00 – 2:00        Mike Hickey – Blues-Rock

2:00 – 3:00        Ed Zuber Project – Rock

3:00 – 4:00        TBD

Directions, parking info and more can be found on the maker site, or their Facebook page.

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Event location is Bloomsburg Children’s Museum

Laments for Henry Davis

In March 2017, Pepperhead Studios was taken over by the Henry Davis team to produce Laments for Henry Davis. Barry J Davis, lyricist and singer came to me with a self-described concept album that sounded perfect for my live recording approach, and interest in sonic experimentation.

What’s the subject matter? Without revealing too much, if you take experience from working as a blackjack dealer and toss it in a blender with the story of the Molly Maguires, add to taste some honeybees, reflections on family, and what’s important in life… then you might be close to a recipe for this alt-rock project.

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Barry’s cousin, John Henry (guitar) came up from Florida in early March to put down basic tracks. Barry needed a bass player, but rather than split my attention between producing/engineering and performing, I suggested we get Kurt Smith.

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Kurt had already been playing with Dave Eisenhower (drums) in his group Shades of Charon, so it wasn’t long before we had a rhythm section that was locked in to Barry’s vision. Dave is a top, in-demand drummer in our area, so I was excited to learn he was on board. We worked together on my last solo project, Chaos Rise Up.

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Supporting players (so far) include multi-instrumentalist Terry Wright, who did some work with our studio on the one-off track Wolves & Women in 2015. Terry has been a fixture of the Susquehanna Valley music scene for decades, known for his long association with the popular variety band Covert Action.

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After basic tracks, we worked throughout March and early April to create rough mixes, add overdubs, and refine our approach. Barry has some big plans for this project, including a full stage show (with costumes) that will tour the NE and Central PA later this year. Tentative release timeline is Fall 2017.

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(Photos by Scott Canouse)

Negodniki Jazz Ensemble

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Mike Hickey (guitar) and John Huckans (keys) work out an arrangement during rehearsal with the Negodniki jazz ensemble. (Photo by Jeremy)
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Usually comprised of Safa Saracoglu (percussion) and Jeremy dePrisco (bass), Negodniki is happy to add Urie Kline on drums for a special benefit performance at the Greenwood Friends School auction at The Silver Moon Banquet Hall in Lewisburg on Saturday April 8 – 6:00pm to 10:00pm. Photo by (Scott Canouse)

Becky Blue Demo

Becky Blue (Rebekah Taffera) recorded a two-song demo with us in September 2016. “You and Me” is a blues, while “B Side” is a rock number. Both songs are original compositions, recorded live.

Musicians:

Becky Blue: Vocals
Jason Taffera: Guitar
Tim Breon: Lead Guitar
Chalie Holmes: Bass
Urie Kline: Drums

Becky recently formed a solo project and will be booking gigs in the Williamsport area in Spring 2017.

Real News by Real Kids

My wife Audra, who teaches at Greenwood Friends school, has been working with her students on a podcast series. The students come up with the topics, select people to interview, and do all of the recording on site at the school.

For now they are using a recorder that only saves to MP3, but even so, the end results – with some adjustment here at the studio, are pretty good.

Check out their first episode!

Michael Hickey

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Michael Hickey (Photo by Scott Canouse)

In late December 2014 and early January 2015, we began working in earnest on some recordings of songs written by Michael Hickey. Mike, who learned to play guitar by secretly watching his phenomenally talented brother Danny and cousin Timmy Hickey, has been playing music in front of anyone who will listen since the mid-1970s.

As a young guitarist in the Chicago metropolitan area, he performed in various pop, blues, country, and folk groups, and often played his own songs as a solo act at regional colleges and coffee houses.  Sheer blind luck put Mike on stage with many great musicians while he was still in his teens and early twenties, experiences from which he came to appreciate the difference between competent players and real professional musicians.  Since the mid-1980s, Mike has continued to write, play, and perform music in various idioms while pursuing a career outside the music industry.

Mike, along with Safa Saracoglu and John Huckans, have performed in a number of combinations in the Bloomsburg area, often as a jazz combo. These songs showcase Mike’s considerable guitar chops and songwriting wit. It’s hard to tell what is more fun – recording them, or playing them!