BARRY & HOLLY TASHIAN

Barry and I have known each other since attending high school
together in Westport, CT. I remember going over to Barry’s house and
listening to Bo Diddley and Fats Domino on the record player. And
Barry often came to my house to hear Johnny Dodds and Kid Ory from my
father’s collection of 78rpm jazz records. We shared a love of all
kinds of music.

Although it’s a long reach from James P. Johnson’s stride piano
style to Bill Monroe’s high lonesome sound, these musicians have all
had profound influences on us. Our traditional style of duet singing
combines many diverse elements of American music. We draw from a rich
culture; jazz, country, blues, swing, rock ‘n roll, bluegrass, string
band, and Appalachian folk songs. We love the music of Django
Reinhardt, Emmylou Harris, Bill Monroe, The Stanley Brothers, Bo
Diddley, The Everly Brother, and Ray Charles to name just a few. They
are all part of our heritage.

We’ve taken these influences and combined them to form our own
style of American music.

Holly Tashian

Hailed by many as U.S. Country Music’s Greatest Secret and Treasure, Barry and Holly have delighted audiences around the world with their acoustic rockabilly-tinged country music.

Barry grew up in Westport, CT where he began playing music at age 10. By age 12, he had formed his first band. He made his TV debut in 1958 on “American Bandstand”.

While attending Boston University, he formed The Remains (AKA Barry and The Remains), a hard-driving rock group, with keyboardist, William Briggs, bassist, Vern Miller and drummer, Chip Damiani. Their first album, “The Remains”, was released on Epic Records in 1966 and the group had several Boston-area hit singles.

When they relocated to New York City, they appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show and Hullaballoo. In August that year, the band was chosen to open for the Beatles’ 14-city tour of North America. The Remains worked on 19 shows with them, in stadiums and ampitheaters, from coast-to-coast. To mark the 30th anniversary of The Remains’ tour with the Beatles, Dowling Press published Barry’s book, "Ticket To Ride: The Extraordinary Diary Of The Beatles Last Tour" in 1996.

In the late 60’s and early 70’s, Barry worked with Country-Rock pioneer Gram Parsons. In 1973, he appeared on Gram’s “GP” album. He also worked with The Flying Burrito Brothers and the J. Geils Band.

From 1972 to 1980 Barry and Holly played throughout New England and New York with their country band The Outskirts with Vern Miller on bass, Bruce Kirshner fiddle, Gordon Titcomb on pedal steel and Pico Rankin on drums.

In 1980, Barry joined Emmylou Harris’ Hot Band, as guitarist. He remained with the band until 1989, appearing on Emmylou’s Evangeline (1981), Cimarron (1981), Last Date (1982), The Ballad Of Sally Rose (1985), Thirteen (1986), Bluebird (1988) and Brand New Dance (1990). In addition, Barry appeared on Emmylou’s 1984 Australia/New Zealand release, Profiles II and in the movie, "Baja, California," in a music scene.

Holly was raised in Tarrytown, New York on a small sheep farm. In 1953 the family moved to Westport, Connecticut. She began studying piano at age 5, violin at 7 and voice at 11. In 1963, she sang with the Westport Madrigal Singers and the following year, she was a member of the a cappella choir, Orphenians, at Staples High School. During 1963 and 1964, she was a cheerleader at that school. In 1969, she graduated Cum Laude from the University of Hartford with a BA degree in Psychology. During 1969 and 1970, Holly studied dance at Mills College, Oakland, California.

She began playing guitar in 1970, singing harmony with Barry. Two years later, they married and performed together in The Outskirts for eight years. She and Barry moved to Thousand Oaks, California with their two children in 1980 where Holly played in various local bar bands. In 1982, she appeared on Delia Bell’s eponymous album for Warner Brothers produced by Emmylou Harris.

During 1982 and 1983, she taught music classes in the Montessori School. Moving to Nashville in 1983, Holly worked as the Director of Religious Education for the Unitarian Universalist Church of Nashville from 1985 to 1987. Besides music, Holly has a Feng Shui Consulting business; Nashvillle Essential Feng Shui.

Barry and Holly released their first album,
Trust In Me, for Northeastern Records in 1988. The album won the Boston Music Award for Best Country album and contained their marvelous reworking of Buddy Knox’s "Party Doll". The album was released that year on Line/Sawdust in Germany and the following year in the U.K. on the Conifer/Request label.

During 1990, the Tashians appeared on “American Music Shop” on TNN. The duo started building a solid fan base in Europe and in 1991, Strictly Country released Live In Holland. The album was recorded at The Colonial Country Club in Lichtenvoorde, Holland.

That same year, Epic re-released Barry’s debut album as “Barry & The Remains” in their Legacy series. During 1992, Barry and Holly both appeared on Nanci Griffith’s “Other Voices/Other Rooms” album. Barry and Holly signed with Rounder Records that year and released Ready For Love in 1993.

On May 21, they made their debut on the “Grand Ole Opry”. The following year, Holly sang on Nanci Griffith’s “Voices” album and Barry was on Iris DeMent’s recording of Big City on “Tulare Dust: A Songwriters’ Tribute To Merle Haggard”.

Barry and Holly released their second album, Straw Into Gold, for Rounder. The album was the winner of the NAIRD Award for "Country Album Of The Year" in 1994 and reached the Top 15 on Gavin's Americana charts.

In 1995, the duo traveled to Australia for a highly successful tour. The following year, Barry and Holly appeared on Charlie Louvin’s “The Longest Train” and once again The Remain’s album A Session With The Remains, was released on Sundazed Records.

As well as being at home on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry, American Music Shop and A Prairie Home Companion, Barry and Holly are also at home writing songs that have been covered by other artists. In 1990, Irish star, Daniel ODonnell recorded their songs, "Heaven With You", "Ring Of Gold" and "Look Both Ways" on his Allen Reynolds’-produced album, “The Last Waltz”.

In 1995, Roland White recorded "Wall Around My Heart" and "Lucky Break" and Special Consensus cut "Is My Home Still Up There". Ty England selected their "Two Ways To Fall" as the title track of his sophomore album. Other artists to record Tashian songs are the Nashville Bluegrass Band and Kate Brislin & Jody Stecher, who both cut Holly's song "Home". Another of her songs, "Poor Woman’s Epithaph", was recorded by Czech artist, Hannah Horeka.

In 1997, Barry and Holly released Harmony, which was nominated for a Nashville Music Award in 1998.

Their most recent album, At Home, on Copper Creek Records, was recorded in 2002 at a studio outside Nashville with bassist Ross Sermons. Ross also produced an album of gospel songs on which the Tashians have 4 cuts recorded live in North Carolina. That album, titled “We’ve Got Work To Do”, will be released later in 2005.

In 2003 Barry and The Remains reunited to record a new album "Movin' On" on Rock-a-Lot Records.

The Tashians continue to tour, write, record and produce albums, as well as run two small music publishing companies; Poodle Paw Music and Barry Boy Songs. Their writers include Dale Keys, Mike Morgan, Jeff Elliott, Roberta and Gary Gordon, Tom Travis, Faye Pierce and Candace Corrigan.

Barry and Holly also teach song writing and harmony singing at Ashokan Fiddle and Dance Camp every summer, and often give workshops and church services on harmony singing. For more information on song writing, please read Holly's article "Tricking Your Muse" at folklink.com.

Their son Daniel Tashian is a recording artist and touring musician living in Nashville. Dan’s brother Carl Tashian is a senior engineer for Zip Car in Boston, MA

Barry and Holly Tashian have performed at the Merle Watson Festival, Strawberry Music Festival, Swiss Alps Country Music Festival, Lincoln Center, Wintergrass, Bethlehem Musik Festival, and numerous European and Australian festivals. They have appeared on The Grand Ole Opry Live TV, American Music Shop, A Prairie Home Companion, World Café and E-Town Radio.
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FINBAR FUREY

Music has always helped through every stage of my life - it is there day and night, sometimes very obvious and prominent; other times subtly in the background, but always within reach.
 
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Finbar was born in Dublin's inner city, the Furey family were travelling people who settled in Claddagh Road, Ballyfermot, Dublin. Life was happy but beset with hardship. It left its mark: "I like people who had a tough growing up," he says. "They know about life."
 
"Our parents started us off in music when we were very young," he says.  "My father played the fiddle and the pipes; my mother played melodeon and five-string banjo. She was a wonderful singer as well... I can remember when we moved into our new house in Ballyfermot. My father singing in the empty rooms. We lived and breathed music."

"Strangely enough, I can't remember ever learning to play an instrument... As far back as I can remember, I could play music. There were always instruments in the house. When we were kids, we had no TV, so we had to make our own entertainment. We'd just pick up the instruments and start to play and sing." Finbar readily admits to not having had much of a formal education, although he went to school in Ballyfermot, to the De La Salle Brothers. "I went there for an hour. We only went to school when we were caught."

It wasn't long before music totally dominated his life. In the early 60's, he started appearing with his brother Eddie, and his father, Ted, in O'Donoghue's bar alongside Ronnie Drew who later went on to form The Dubliners. "It was the place bands went to play," he says. "Ronnie would sing a few songs, my father would play the fiddle, I'd play the pipes and Eddie would play the guitar." Eventually these informal sessions ensure that O'Donoghue's bar became part of Irish musical folklore.

For the next few years Finbar and Eddie Furey toured the Folk Clubs, Colleges and Universities throughout Britain and Europe, building up a large following for their haunting music. They became folk legends across the continent and introduced a whole new generation to the wonders of Irish music. Without realising it at the time, they also pioneered a pathway for many new wave Irish traditional and contemporary bands that were to follow.

From playing to audiences of a mere 200 people, The Fureys soon found themselves headlining concerts and playing to thousands of people on major european tours, particularly in Germany. Indeed, Finbar and Eddie were instrumental in establishing Germany's very first "Irish Folk Festival Tour." As their reputation spread wider, they consolidated their success in Canada and the USA, and took Sweden, Denmark, Holland, Belgium, France and Switzerland in their stride.  

Before long, they were established as a household name throughout Australia and New Zealand. When the younger brothers Paul and George joined the fold, several years later, success and appeal remained as strong as it ever was.

With the success of their live concert appearances, it was inevitable The Fureys would soon reap their own reward and enjoy a string of best selling records all over the world. It happened with such gems as WHEN YOU WERE SWEET SIXTEEN, I WILL LOVE YOU EVERY TIME WHEN WE ARE ONE, LEAVING NANCY, TARA HILL, GREEN FIELDS OF FRANCE, RED ROSE CAFE and THE LONESOME BOATMAN, which have gone on to become their own trademark, alongside such albums as Sweet Sixteen, Golden Days, The End Of The Day, Claddagh Road and Winds Of Change. In Britain they become one of a mere handful of Irish folk groups to make it on to TOP OF THE POPS.

In 1993, with The Fureys at the height of their international popularity and after nearly thirty years as the group's front man, lead singer and driving force... Finbar decided the time was right to take a break, for the time being at least. It was the ideal climate in which to step aside and go out on his own to pursue his solo career, to present his definitive one-man show and to explore new pastures as a singer, producer and writer.

"I enjoy writing," he says. "I really know where the inspiration comes from... Either write a song in ten minutes or don't write it." "The words and the melody come together!"

Since making his decision to step aside, Finbar's reputation has increased with every performance. He has toured extensively in Britain, Australia, elsewhere, bringing his rare talents to a world-wide stage and treating audiences to evenings of pure Irish magic, great music, good humour, and the charm and sparkling wit associated with one of Ireland's great raconteurs. "My life has been gifted," he says. "My brothers and myself travelling the road doing what we love best, and a wonderful supportive family at home. What more could I want..?"
www.finbarfurey.com

JULIE GOLD

My favorite musical influences have been and will always be:

-The Beatles
-Laura Nyro
-Carole King
-Jimmy Webb
-Burt Bacharach and Hal David
-Show Tunes, especially My Fair Lady.

Music is my balm, my religion, my refuge, my sanity, my escape, my heaven.

If I were forced to flee from New York and needed to grab no more than 3 favorite Cds, I'd grab:

-Any Beatles Record
-Jimmy Webb's 10 Easy Pieces
-Any form of any singer singing the songs of Burt Bacharach and Hal David.

Music has always been my escort through every stage of my life.  Good times and bad times there's a song or songs to orchestrate my emotions.

I believe music is the ultimate peace maker.  The universal healer.

I consider being a musician the greatest gift of all and I take songwriting very seriously knowing the power that a song can have.

Julie Gold is a New York City Songwriter best known for Bette Midler’s version of her song From A Distance, which won the Grammy Award for Song of the Year in 1991. She has also written songs for Patti LaBelle, Patti LuPone (who used gold’s song Heaven as her grand finale in her one woman show on Broadway), Kathy Mattea, The Byrds, Judy Collins, James Galway, Lea Salonga, Cliff Richard, Frances Black and many others. Nanci Griffith (the first to record From A Distance) has also recorded Gold’s songs Heaven, Southbound Train, and Good Night, New York that Griffith performed on the first anniversary of September 11th on the David Letterman Show. Gold’s song, Mountain of Sorrow, is featured on Griffith’s latest release, Hearts in Mind. Julie appeared with Nanci on Austin City Limits and TNN’s American Music Shop. Other TV credits include NBC’s Emmy-nominated image spot, We’re 4 New York, and two award-winning HBO Holiday Spots, Try Love and One Voice, One Heart. The motion picture Andre featured Gold’s song Thanks To You. The motion picture Unfaithful, starring Richard Gere, featured Gold’s song Dream Loud, which has been adopted by several divisions of the Girl Scouts of America. Gold is on the Board of Governors for NARAS and regularly gives motivational speeches around the country. She has also taught songwriting at Baruch College and The New School.
 
 From the time Julie Gold wrote her first song in the third grade she knew what she was born to do. In 1978, after graduating from Temple University that dream led her to New York City. Leaving friends, fans and family behind, she left Philadelphia and began the journey that would take her from odd job to odd job, adventure to adventure, hope to despair and defeat to ultimate victory. All along she wrote songs, performed them and pitched them to other artists. In 1986, Nanci Griffith fell in love with Julie’s song From A Distance. She recorded it and played it all around the world to loving fans (Julie was a secretary at the time). The song quickly became an anthem in Ireland and a favorite for Griffith fans worldwide. In 1990, Bette Midler recorded From A Distance, which went on to become a megahit, winning Julie a Grammy for Song of the Year. Since then scores of other artists have recorded and performed it and it has become forever ensconced in the public psyche. Winning the Grammy for Song of the Year quickly propelled Julie into the public eye drawing attention to her performing and songwriting skills. Critics have compared her writing to the likes of John Lennon, Irving Berlin, Rodgers & Hammerstein, and Bob Dylan. As a performer, Julie has been winning audiences over with her gracious wit and generous spirit. Regardless of the size of the venue, when Julie Gold performs her audience is made to feel as if they are being given a private concert in Julie’s own living room.
www.juliegold.com

MONICA QUEEN

* Your musical inspirations?

LIFE,HUMAN FAILINGS/TRIUMPHS,GOOD/EVIL THE BATTLE,ART.

* Favorite CD's, songs, or musicians?

NEIL YOUNG,EMMYLOU HARRIS,MORRIOCONE,DANIEL LANOIS,GILLIAN WELCH,GORECKI.

* Has music helped you thru a difficult time in your life?

YES MUSIC HAS A HEALING POWER.

Monica Queen is really 2 people.Monica and Johnny Smillie,founder members of the seminal THRUM.The respect they gained through THRUM earned them the plaudits of sounding like Janis Joplin fronting Teenage Fanclub and Tammy Wynette with a hard on.Grant Lee Buffalo,The Jayhawks and Shane McGowan were all impressed enough to have Monica join them onstage.Mark and Lard came on board as fans after seeing them on The Word and invited them on to their show several times.Thrum had been dormant for a few years when Stuart form Belle and Sebastian asked Monica to salvage a song that he felt needed some extra special.The result was "Lazy Line Painter Jane" which went on to be the fan's favourite and band's closing number.It was after seeing the reaction to Monica while singing with the Belle's at the Royal Albert Hall, Glastonbury, Benicassim and The Barrowland's among others that Johnny realised that Monica needed a new vehicle for her voice.This resulted in the wonderfully reviewed "Ten Sorrowful Mysteries"and showed a whole new depth to Monica's vocals accompanied by Johnny's trademark guitar and inventive electronica.It was widely acknowledged that this was a coming of age for Monica's talents and she is regarded as one of Scotland's greatest vocalist's while retaining her hard earned credibility.This earned some new fans too - James Grant asked her to sing the opening track on his album "I Shot the Albatross"as well as providing harmonies on other tracks and then again on his new album "Holy Love" and has become an integral part of James live shows.Chris Coco of Radio 1's Blue Room invited Monica to collaborate on his album Next Wave along with Nick Cave and Peter Green.Jim White also was impressed enough to ask Monica and Johnny to work on a track with him and has contributed to a track on the new Monica album "Return of the Sacred Heart"This new work sees Johnny take Monica's voice to another level again and the sparse production gives it room to be heard in all it's glory.

The Return of the Sacred Heart is due for release on 14th March 2005.
www.monicaqueen.co.uk

NINA HYNES

Your musical inspirations?

Emotion, confusion, loss, love ,fims, sex, fun,despair,escape, connection,my environment, espresso, fear, eyes, words,sounds... and on and on.

Any CD's or songs which are meaningful to you?

Too many to mention but here are a few...
The Magnetic Fields " 69 Love songs"
Stereolab "Emperor Tomato Ketchup"
Radiohead "Hail to the thief"
..and lots of cds by Tom Waits, Sonic Youth, My Bloody Valentine,Minnie Riperton,Edith Piaf, early Francoise Hardy, Nick Cave,The Carpenters, Beck, Pj Harvey, Jeff Buckley, Vincent Gallo, Nina Simone, Billie Holiday, Nancy Sinatra, The Frames, Bell X 1, Iggy Pop,Boards of Canada, Aphex Twin,Deasy Mooneye,The Fear,Blur,Jimi Tenor, Komeda..and this could go on for days. My and The Husbands (my band) own new music is particularly meaningful to me at the moment as I am trying to figure out a way to fund it.

How has music inspired you?

It has kept me alive.

Has music helped you thru a difficult time in your life?

All of the time, it is my therapy and my connection to the world.It is my blessing and my curse.

Dubliner NINA HYNES swapped her studies in Trinity College for a more reclusive existence in a weather-torn corner of Donegal in Northern Ireland. It was there where she learned to play guitar and developed her voice. She then moved to France where she tested out her new-found talents by busking on the streets of Paris.  Upon moving back to Dublin and playing on the popular singer/songwriter circuit, Nina decided to get a band together.  After gaining a sizeable fan base and crafting some of the songs that would eventually end up on her debut release, she was picked up by Reverb, who immediately put NINA and her band into the studio to help finish recording her debut-in-progress 'CREATION'.  

Once released, CREATION garnered amazing reviews from all corners. Nina ventured out on several U.S. tours in 2000/2001 to support the album. The tours successfully spanned the length/breadth of the USA's alternative scene with Nina's solo electro-alternative sound in tow. Amazon.com voted it No. 44 in their TOP 100 RELEASES OF THE YEAR. HITS Magazine called it "The last amazing find of 2000." Ireland's Hot Press tipped NINA as "One of the country's most exciting new artists." The Discovery Channel and Channel 4 featured Nina as an artist for broadcasts of The Lonely Planet stopover in Ireland.

Back in Dublin, NINA regularly gets asked to support acts as far ranging as Stereolab, Cat Power, David Gray, Terry Callier, Roxy Music and The Frames.  She has collaborated with several other interesting acts. Two of her songs were included on an album by German Cellist Wolfram Hushcke released on BMG Classics (the album also features Marianne Faithful and Mimi Goese). She also collaborated on a yet to be released album with French avant-garde producer Hector Zazou, performing alongside Laurie Anderson and writing a song performed by Jane Birkin (Je T'aime).

She toured Europe singing and playing with the composer and former 4AD artist Harold Budd. She was also fortunate enough to be invited on stage to sing with the late Jeff Buckley during his very last visit to Belfast.  Most recently she collaborated with several electronic artists for b-sides for her first single OEMono Prix' and for the Irish compilation OECollaborations.

Nina's album STAROS has been received extremely well by critics and audiences nationwide.  The album was recorded in Studio Black Box in France and Produced by Nina and ex-Frames member David Odlum with many of her favorite musicians including The Frames helping out. The first single from the album, OEMono Prix, was re-mixed for radio by the legendary Steve Osborne (Perfecto), whose recent work includes New Orders' latest album "Get Ready" and tracks by Doves, U2, Placebo, and PJ Harvey among others. The brilliant accompanying video was produced by animation company D.A.D.D.Y.
www.ninahynes.com

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