Nominee – 1996 6th Annual LA Music Awards
Originally formed as an acoustic trio in 1993, Hair Of The Dog has become one of the world’s foremost Celtic rock bands. They’ve released ten wildly popular CDs including “at The Parting Glass”, “Let It Flow”, “Donegal” and “Liam Left The Lights On Again”. In May, 2012, The Irish Echo stated, “Liam Left the Lights On Again…in it’s entirety is simply a delight to listen to” and in January, 2008, the Kingston, New York Freeman Times declared, “Hair Of The Dog plays with a cohesive oneness that most bands never get. They are a regional music treasure.” The Dog was also mentioned in Billboard Magazine as one of Irish Music’s biggest sellers. Their song “One Sunday Morning” was featured on the 2003 Colleen Records compilation CD “Songs of Irish Freedom Vol. 3″. In 2005 they appeared on “One Child At Time”, a charity compilation. Other artists included U2, James Taylor, The Chieftains and Carly Simon. Hair Of The Dog has repeatedly been named “Best Band” since the late 1990’s, by Upstate New York’s top regional newspapers and magazines.
The band members boast impressive resumes. Larry Packer was a member of Sha Na Na, had a top ten hit with a Jimi Hendrix produced band called Cat Mother and the All Night News Boys and appeared with The Band in Martin Scorsese’s “The Last Waltz”. He also guested on NBC’s Saturday Night Live’s third episode which originally aired October 25th, 1975. Packer’s name appears on albums and playbills from many major acts including Hall and Oates, Lou Reed, The Band, Phoebe Snow and the New York Rock Ensemble.
Rick Bedrosian lived in Nashville in the 1980’s where he performed and recorded with Stevie Ray Vaughn, Marshall Crenshaw, Gene Clark of The Byrds and John Stewart of The Kingston Trio. Bedrosian’s an accomplished film critic and fine art photographer too. His photo of Paul McCartney landed on the cover of the Spring, 2010 issue of Classic Drummer magazine. From 2009 through 2012, Rick Bedrosian was the head writer and host of “Rick’s Picks”, a humorous, multi-award winning movie review and interview podcast on iTunes. Rick’s guests included Susie Essman from HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm”. Rick is also a founding member of the legendary Celtic bluegrass group The McKrells, was a member of Donnybrook Fair and currently portrays lead guitarist George Harrison in Hey Jude, a popular Beatles tribute band.
Eric Finn is a graduate of Boston’s famed Berklee School of Music and he’s a renowned musical arranger as well as an extremely gifted multi-instrumentalist. Finn arranges many of the band’s songs as well as all of their vocal harmonies. Eric’s voice, electric guitar, mandolin and violin are an integral part of the “Hair Of The Dog sound”.
Acoustic guitarist/singer Brian Gibney fronted several Irish groups before becoming a member of The McKrells and eventually Hair Of The Dog. Brian’s also an accomplished electric guitarist (he has dozens of students) and a clever songwriter.
On drums is Joe Morizio. Joe majored in classical guitar at college but percussion has always been his passion. Joe is tremendously versatile and he brings a wealth of world-beat knowledge and experience to HOTD.
Hair Of The Dog has performed in clubs and concert venues in many American cities including Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Port St. Lucie, Danbury, Hartford, New York and Buffalo. They regularly headline or co-headline at Celtic Festivals such as The Irish 2000 Music and Arts Festival, The Great American Irish Festival, The East Durham Irish Festival, The Fairfield County Irish Festival, The Chicago Gaelic Park Irish Festival, The Coney Island Irish Festival, The Cleveland Summer Fest, The Milford CT Irish Festival and The Capital District Scottish Games. They also tour Ireland frequently.
Hair Of The Dog 1223 Wilshire Blvd #804 Santa Monica 90403 310-581-9909 Hard Rock