Advocate article...Ray and Janet, plus Me!!

http://www.valleyadvocate.com/article.cfm?aid=16604

Sunderland-to-Sunderland Collaboration

Just sent off video for Sky TV UK about my collaboration with British Bluesman Trevor Sewell!   Last fall, while in the digital waiting room for our respective interviews on Les Young's Wall to Wall Blues radio show in Sheffield (though he, too, lives in Sunderland!), Trevor and I started chatting, and hit it off really well.  And when I heard his award-winning song "Hate Me For A Reason", I was blown away....texted him immediately, said I wanted my band to learn song.  Well, about a month ago, he suggested that I remake it with my band, and have him add tracks. which I did.  Lo and behold, Trev says Sky TV will be doing a feature segment, amused (I think) by the Sunderland-toSunderland aspect.  Karen Nugent (Boston Blues Society, Blues Audience, Worc. Telegram) may also do an article here!

International recording !!

Exciting News!!

Tomorrow (3/27) we start recording....our remake of English pal Trevor Sewell's award winning song "Hate Me For A Reason"...we'll have Jopey and Matt, plus special guest Emily Duff of the Raft, and maybe some Harp Girl vocals....Trevor will add his touch digitally later!  And video of session may pop up on UK music program...I'm chuffed (Trevor taught me to say that)

ALSO....Will soon have video of NYC TV show to share

 

Less happy news, believe Friday's gig in Ct. is cancelled!!

New British Review!!

> Wildcat O’Halloran Band – Cougar Bait Blues 
> Dove’s Nest 7500

> “I’m too big to cry so I might as well laugh” sings Wildcat as he lists his woes on the nicely rocking opening blues, and that seems to define his approach. New York born Wildcat has fun throughout, as he remembers that a prime function of the blues is to entertain and he certainly does that on this lively album. He has a muscular guitar style, a sense of what works – listen to him tackle Magic Sam (a lovely tough cover of ‘All Your Fault’), Sam & Dave, James Hunter and Robert Johnson, none of them slavishly so – and the talent to back it up. He writes good songs (try ‘Redneck Woman’ or the title track, which will raise a smile at the very least), has an ace band with him and isn’t afraid to admit he’s old – “the old horse knows the way” – so that it is a little surprising that he is not better known outside his immediate area. Maybe this release will give him the wider exposure he certainly deserves on the evidence of this CD – he’d certainl
> y be an asset to any blues festival, I guess. 

Special guests!!!

Holy Special Guests, Batman! Lightning Boy on Sat at A.C., Ray and Janet Sun. at Bowling Jam....and next Thurs in Westerly....Roomful of Blues drummer Ephraim Lowell joins us for Knickerbocker show!!

First Nite...plus cool review

Two  Rockin' shows on New Year's Eve in Northampton!! Basement was rockin' like never before!  And amazed that my "flame" shirt didn't actually ignite while playing Blues on the altar at St. John's Church!!! ...  also...check out this new review from http://www.livemusicnewsandreview.com/Wildcat" 

 

New England’s Blues Cat takes it to the people!

 

Wildcat O'Halloran Band Shutesbury Athletic Club

Friday December 21, 2012 

Review Submitted by Reader:  Karen Traub

 

 

I was lucky enough to catch the Wildcat O’halloran band just up the road at the Shutesbury Athletic Club pn  Friday 12/21/12.   (Check out some video of Wildcat in the attached video section, from an appearance at Snowzees in MA with special guest Ted Wirt.)

 

The band was smokin' hot and not just because they were playing  next to the woodstove. Wildcat is a seasoned professional with charismatic stage presence and insightful songwriting peppered by a wicked sense of humor. If you've lived in the Pioneer Valley long enough then you remember seeing the Wildcat at Sheehan's in Northampton or perhaps he served you breakfast in Sunderland at the Dove's Nest restaurant which he owned for 20 years.   Wildcat is a local legend whose playing is, was and always will be top notch. He has opened for just about every major blues artist to visit the area including Gregg Allman, John Lee Hooker, and Bo Diddley and the list goes on and on.  As a band leader he has a talent for bringing out the best in other musicians, sometimes surprisingly pulling them from the audience and occasionally even handing over his 1965 Fender Esquire guitar.

Wildcat chose the iconic Slumberland Stomp from his album Drinkin' with the Harp Girls to get people dancing from the first song and the crowd that was more Kennedy than Dead Kennedy generation continued through an amazing set including Bottled Bravery, Cross-eyed Cat, That's my Life, Every Night and Every Day, Born in Chicago, Ain't Superstitious, Crosscut  Saw, Come in My Kitchen and Suzy Q-in the first set. The collective mood in the room elevated with the cathartic blues melodies and deeply touching lyrics. 

Wildcat promised not to repeat any songs from his recent show at Wendell's Deja Brew and he delivered a generous cornucopia of originals and covers that would make old dead blues guys wish they had been born later so they could have added influences like Hendrix to their music.  

Complementing Wildcat's mastery on guitar is Devin Griffiths' who exudes a saintly joy that has earned him the nickname Brother Teresa, hardworking, far-driving Jim Campbell on drums is the band's heartbeat and Belchertown's Gene LaVoie is versatile and funky on bass.  Smooth and crisp from the first note, under Wildcat's direction the band plays like they’ve been together for years.  Guest musicians on Friday included Myron Becker, Emid LaClaire, John Mackenzie, John Lyman and Doug Smith.

 Wildcat proved his genius for musical alchemy when he hosted the recent fundraiser jam for Art Steele at the Harp in Amherst and he offers a very cool blues Jam on Sundays in Northampton at the City Sports Grille that attracts big name local musicians as well as rising stars. There is also a rumored tour of England in the Spring. It's no wonder the Wildcat O'Halloran Band was chosen as the 2012 Valley Advocate Band S

Holiday Excitement

After this Sun (23rd) Blues jam in Noho (with recovering legend art Steele), the Wildcat Band heads north to Stratton Mt. for an apres-ski party 3=6 on 12/26...then east to legendary Blues venue Greendales in Worcester on 28th...and then ...2 gigs on New Years!!   First Nite Northampton has the Cat at St. John's episcopal 8-8:45, then we race to the Basement (across from Iron Horse Noho) and do our double bill with Trailer Park (we play 9-10:45)...hope we can work out equipment, changeover was a mob scene last year!!   Deepest Holiday thanks for all the support this year from our friends....could absolutely not have made it through without ya!!!

Round Music Magazine article

Round Music Magazine has an online article about us, with a cool link to video...just came up at:  http://roundmagazine.net/music/round-indie-music/303-wildcat-ohalloran

 

 

Wildcat O'Halloran

On our latest CD "Cougar Bait Blues", we have a song called Bottled Bravery and Canned Courage, which I actually wrote a long time before I cut out (most) of my drinking, which I finally realized was a crutch that was actually holding me back (the part of "Drinking with the Harp Girls" --title of my previous CD-- that I really can't do without....wasn't the drinking). Anyhow, I had been jamming with the horn players from a Northampton band called Primate Fiasco for about a year (they run a jam on Tues nites, where I meet the young players, including the luscious, sax-playing Emily Duff of The Raft), and I wanted to feature them on my next album....so....I rewrote the song as a New Orleans second line groove, and assigned them the Professor Longhair-like riff, which I wrote on a bar napkin, and the luscious Emily, who's actually a music PHD candidate, wrote out for them later in parts (helped by their alto and trumpet players Steve Yarbro and Nick Borges). This also allowed me to have their Tuba player (J. Witbeck) double the bass line.

At the end, when I waver on sobriety, we pretend it's Emily's birthday (we didn't actually drink Irish car bombs, that's a Harp Girl specialty....but I believe there was some Jameson product consumed). Oh, and the other references are the Shutesbury A.C. girls (fans who want us to play at their home club, shouting "We want to get you in the SAC"), and my former waitresses from the Dove's Nest restaurant, who put up a big chunk of the recording money for this track!

I love to quote famous blues motifs (for example, in our version of Fluffy Hunter's Walk Right In, we quote Muddy Waters' "Walkin through the Park"...or in our Daisy Dukes song, the horns insert the bridge from james brown's "Hot Pants") and I really love to set up interlocking musical parts (Bruce Iglauer of Alligator Records says he loves the rawness of my guitar playing contrasted with the smooth horns)...sometimes we'll do the same thing with my gruff voice and a silky female voice. Now I have a lot of fun that I CAN recall!

MySpace

This little Theological number was written after meeting the lovely, Guiness-bearing angels known as the Harp Girls....and our video was shot at an annual musician party called Jopeypalooza....we had raced back just in time from Fenway park (Sox won).

If God Can Make That

Packed Harp hosts Art Steele Benefit

Fabulous Night at Harp Girl Mission Control for Art Steele Benefit Concert!!  Who's Who of area stars...major thanks to WMUA, corporate sponsors, the Harp, my band for hosting, and...here goes (please don't let me forget anyone):  Donna Hebert, Dawn and Jeff, Eva Capelli and band, Tommy Filiault, Roger Salloom, Jeff Hinrichs, Matt Ingellis, Wally Greaney, Mark Nomad, Dan Thomas, Brian Cavanaugh, John Coelho, Janet Ryan, Ray Chaput, Steve Toutant, Dave Boatwright, John Sheldon, Johnny Marino, James Ti, Brian DiMartino, Nate Martel, Tom Shack, Mark Snow,Guy Devito, Dave Robinson...also Dave from my Noho Bowling Jam(don't believe i have a last name, played awesome, though)....also an appearance by Art himself, played much better than he claimed he would!....and special thanks to guys who gave up their spots, esp. Myron Becker (who'll join me Fri in Wendell!) and Joe Dulude.  If the Harp Girls can get all these stars to play this good together, we need to get them to Fenway Park right away!  Hope to see some of you on Sun. in Northampton, where the incendiary Shanta Paloma guests this week  (Dave B. next week...then maybe Art!)

Famous in Greece?

Check out this interview on Greek Blues site:

http://blues.gr/profiles/blogs/new-yorker-wildcat-o-halloran-talks-about-bo-diddley-albert

2019 coolest video

https://youtu.be/jvm7og39uj4

Advocate Sessions

http://valleyadvocate.com/2018/03/09/wildcat-ohalloran-band-valley-advocate-sessions/

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Springfield MA
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Feb 15, 2020
'Luthier's Co-op
Easthampton Ma
Feb 22, 2020
Fort Hill Brewery
Easthampton
Feb 29, 2020
Millenium Music Conference
Enola PA
Mar 13, 2020
Theodore's
Springfield MA
Mar 21, 2020
Beaver Brook Country Club
Haydenville Massachusetts

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God's in Charge video

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