WHERE: Holiday Inn Nashua NH 9 Northeastern Blvd. Exit 4 off Route 3
ENTERTAINMENT: Joe & Paul From The Island Castaways Band
NHPHC Members 25.00
Non-NHPHC Members 30.00
(This includes unlimited appetizers Hot & Cold for 2 hours and 1 Drink ticket)
Special Room Rate : 90.00 Call 603-888-1551 And mention NHPHC
For More Information Contact :
Heather Andrews at Secretary@nhphc.com OR
Rob Connell at President@nhphc.com
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PLEASE RSVP BY DECEMBER 1st
Several people have asked so who are The Island Castaways Band (TICB) and how come you are promoting a show with The Boat Drunks this September (FallPhling 2013)? Writing this is a little strange as the TICB music is about you and not the band. Warning this is going to be long so just ignore it if you don’t have the time or inclination to read it. First let me provide some overview about the TICB.
The Island Castaways Band started four years ago. My Mom passed away and I wanted to get into a band that focused on happy and fun music. Jimmy Buffett came to mind but I really didn’t have any idea of what that really meant. I was familiar with two of his songs Margaritaville and Changes in Latitude but didn’t know how to play either. I put an ad in Craig’s List “bass player looking to start a Jimmy Buffett type of band”. Paul Kane called me the next day because he and Ed Glod were trying to put together a similar band.
Paul Kane – Singer, Guitarist, Lyrics, and great friend. Paul is what I call the heart of The Island Castaways Band. I think Paul is closet romantic; the lyrics he writes are downright beautiful. I only wish I met Paul earlier, we would definitely be rock stars by now. Not many people know that Paul was in a very successful metal band called Rawhead Rex. They were very close to getting a contract with a Major label. Paul is also one of the best step-dads I know and I’m proud to call him my friend.
Ed Glod – The best keyboard player I have ever had the privilege to work with. Besides being great on the keys, Ed is the one who introduced Paul and me to the Parrot Head life style. Thanks Landshark, we will never be the same.
Joe Holewa – Bass Player, Manager, sound, production, promotion, etc. I Love putting smiles on faces through music. Although I kid people and say it’s all about the Bass, I am super critical about how The Band sounds after all we are a Band! I also try to be the conscience (soul) of the band and encourage TICB to help people and organizations out whenever we can. The band has done low cost or no cost shows for many organizations including Relay for Life, Autistic Children, Multiple Sclerosis, the Arts, and more. In addition, my wife Judy Holewa and I have personally sponsored shows for Haiti Earthquake Relief, Wounded Warriors, and now the Second Chance Animal Shelter
We decided to get together at Paul’s house for a basement jam. I think the first song we tried was Son of a Sailor which was sort of a test for me as there are some good bass parts in there. As we played the song, I could see Ed and Paul both smile and I knew what they were thinking was this guy can actually play bass. One thing leads to another and we decide to get a drummer. Another Craig’s list ad and Scott Ciprari shows up. Scott was kind of young 25, but he is a very schooled and a technical player as he has a college degree in music. Scott also owned one of the foremost custom drum manufacturing companies in the world, SJC drums so he was very familiar with the business. Scott is key with helping the band structure songs and practices.
We decide to commit to learning 30 songs pretty much all Jimmy Buffett. Our first gig was at Eighty Ates in Dudley, MA. The place holds about 125 people, 250 people show up! Wow! The Dudley Fire department decides to pop in the next day after someone reports too many people were there and makes the owner upgrade all sorts of safety related equipment.
We record our first single This Island (more on originals later) Time goes on and the band is getting more popular, eventually Ed tells us he loves the band but he wants to spend more time with his family. So another Craig’s list ad goes out and Neal Thomas shows up. Neal is a multi instrumental player with an unbelievable critical ear for music melody. We take Neal on and he ends up playing keyboard, guitar, harp, and saxophone. In the studio with Neal, we record Different Song. We begin integrating additional Tropical Rock music in our set list with more originals. Paul and I decide we want to have the band improvise more because we want to put our own expressions into the music. Neal ends up leaving as he prefers to play things exactly like the recording (later on he rejoins us)
That Island Magic – Immediately after recording Different Song, Long time TICB fan Deb Beauregard emailed me and said while she was on vacation (I think it was in Atlantic City) the lyrics for That Island Magic were created. Paul and I read the lyrics and say we need to make a song out of this soon. We do and the results were excellent thank you Deb!
Along comes Roy Holliday. The only way to describe Roy is he is the perfect mix of entertainer and music writer. Roy plays keyboards and loves his electronics! Many cool gigs with Roy followed by lots of recording and lots of fun times. I still remember when we played right before Jim Morris at the Parrot Head convention in Connecticut, and one of Roy’s fans held up a sign that said “We Love Roy”. Roy penned Tonga Juice after the band traveled about 5 hours to Stow Vermont to help Chris Lang out for his Beach House on the Mountain Gig. Tonga Juice is a semi-true story about Paul and that damn concoction! That weekend at Beach House we also meet Beth Hanggeli who we strike up a creative relationship for lyrics. More gigs and then Roy lets us know he will be moving down to Texas so we have to part ways. We still collaborate on new ideas over the web from time to time and miss Roy tremendously.
Another Craig’s List ad and Rick Labak shows up to play keyboards. Rick’s first instrument is actually bass but he also plays a mean keyboard. He loves country, jazz, classic rock, and blues and you can tell by listening to him. With that much experience, we turn to Rick for his opinion on music selection and set list orientation. He just wrote a killer song with us called Summer Time Boogie. We have played it live with a great response from everyone! Rick also sings and is much improved on adding harmonies to Paul’s vocals
Lifeteen@ St Joe’s in Charlton. So I was asked to play bass for this group on Sundays. I like to describe it as not your Father or Mother’s Catholic Music service. Led by vocalist guitarist Ken Graff, we play music from Chris Tomlin, Matt Mayer, Dave Crowder, and Hillsong. The original goal was to make the music appealing so that teens feel comfortable attending Mass and participating in a broad based of Church activities. The reason why I bring this up as this is where I met Heather Peck Ouellette and her daughter Cate Peck there. Most bands would die for just one of their voices. TICB is lucky enough to have both! I asked Heather to come down to try a few songs with us. Wow! Outstanding harmonies and lead vocals! She recommends giving Cate a try as well. We do and the results are truly magnificent. A word about Cate, I really believe she has the ability to become another Leanne Rimes type of singer. Not so much country blues, but Cate has a unique voice and once you hear her you will know what I mean.
After a while I get asked to play bass at vocalist Dave Tittle’s recording session. There, I meet John Guertin drummer and percussionist. We hit it off. John has a strong long term connection to the band Orleans. I asked John if he is interested in playing percussion for TICB for our larger gigs and he says yes. Actually the first gig John filled in was drums as Scott was out of state. John adds a lot to the band and he really enjoys the Trop Rock scene.
So there you have it. Paul Kane, Joe Holewa, Ed Glod, Scott Ciprari, Neal Thomas, Roy Holliday, Rick Labak, Heather Peck Ouellette, Cate Peck, and John Guertin all TICB Alma matter.
TICB Original Music
Our first CD is entitled “Lost n Loving It”. There are 9 songs on the CD. Paul sings on all on them. Heather sings with Paul on the title track along with former Coral Reefer Amy Lee on some smoking sax work. There are two cover songs Tonga Juice (Roy Holliday) and Pirate Looks at Forty (Jimmy Buffett). Some insight about us: Here is our rule when we record. Whoever contributes to the song is listed as a co-writer. This is rather unique in today’s artist centered world. Check our CD out; you will see multiple writers for each song. Why, because we are a Band damn it! Actually the entire band is run democratically there is no one single person in charge although it may appear so at times.
This CD has been critically acclaimed by Beachfront Radio – thanks DJ Jeff Allen a big supporter of TICB. Our goal when we created the CD was that each song should be able to stand on its own. There are no fill in songs on the CD and we feel they are fairly diverse. It is a true CD. We play at least 4-6 original songs at each live performance. I personally feel all the songs have some great lyrics. The CD can be ordered by going to www.cdbaby.com/cd/theislandcastawaysband
We will begin working on our second CD this year, but are still promoting Lost N Loving It. If you know anyone at Radio Margaritaville or other radio stations please share our music with them.
Here is the answer to a couple of common questions we are getting lately:
Do you have an Exclusive Agent for Booking? No, we book independently but work with any agent as long as they are reputable and have integrity. Not many people know this, but I formerly worked with a partner to book large acts such as Earth Wind and Fire, David Copperfield, Roy Orbison, America, Three Dog Night, Conway Twitty, Loretta Lynn and others in many large venues. Mentioning you book such and such is less important than your follow through. It’s what counts. Enough said.
Do you have a contract? Yes, we offer a standard Performance Agreement which is simple and to the point. We will not play, without a signed contract.
Do you have promotional material? Yes, basic photos for web and newspaper. We are also available for radio interviews as needed.
TICB will always be about the people who come to our shows. We are very approachable and always take the time to chat, listen to you, and have a good time. We play a mixture of Jimmy Buffett and other artists such as Zac Bown, Howard Livington, Kenny Chesney, Eagles, Grace Potter, Little Big Town, and of course TICB Originals. Some of our best performances in 2013 have been the New England Parrot Head conference in Mansfield, MA, M/S Washington gigs in Weirs Beach, and the Downtown Music Festival in Nashua, NH. Our Parrot Head fans in Massachusetts and New Hampshire are fantastic. This coming year we want to expand that relationship into Connecticut and Rhode Island and of course Key West!
Sept 27th FallPhling 2013
We are huge fans of The Boat Drunks and they are a great model for us. We also believe New England has some of the best tropical rock fans in the world. Lastly, The Second Chance Animal Shelter can use our support. They literally save thousands of dogs and cats each year and offer low costs spay and neuter programs to needy families. So it’s a win, win, win to have a concert with none other than The Boat Drunks. Many thanks to Todd and Vanessa to help making Boat Drunks gig happen.
The location Southbridge, MA. may not be as convenient for some of you. I wish I could hold this concert in your own backyard but logistics and finances guided us to The Cannery Music Hall. It’s a got a great sound system, lights and a truly caring staff that want to make your concert experience world class! So get in your car, turn the ignition on, and come. If I can borrow a lyric from one of our songs Every Day A Different Song – Live Life to the Fullest. So what are you waiting for?
This is our first FallPhling event. We want to expand this show in the future, come support it! In addition look for TICB to team with other national Tropical Rock artist at other events during 2014 .
Many people have stepped up to help us promote this and obtain raffle items. A few of them are Majke Ellis (The Cannery), Sunshine, Rob, LyndiLu, Angela, Deb, Linda and Greg, Tina Trotta and of course Judy Holewa
If you have any questions feel free to email me firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have a great day!
Ticket Info http://www.islandcastawaysband.com/archives/129
The Island Castaways Band will be performing along with The Boat Drunks at the Cannery 12 Crane Street Southbridge, MA Friday Sept 27th 7:30pm – 11:30pm. Tickets $25.00 are available to reserve in advance by Paypal to email@example.com. Tickets should be available at the door.
Each ticket will include a $5.00 chance to win the 50/50 cash raffle benefiting Second Chance Animal Shelter of East Brookfield, MA.
This will be The Boat Drunks first New England appearance in two years and they can’t wait to play! The Island Castaways band will be performing originals off their new CD Lost N Loving It as well as Tropical Rock covers you love.
This is a show everyone will be talking about! If you are traveling and need hotel accommodations, The Southbridge Hotel and Conference Center 508-765-8000 is located 1 mile away from the venue. Please mention FallPhling2013 for special pricing.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com for further information.
Thanks and we can’t wait to see you all!
We have partnered with the Beachfront Radio “Beachhut” to offer digital downloads of our new album Lost n Loving It. If you would like to hear samples, purchase singles, or the entire album go here http://www.beachfrontradio.com/islandcastawaysband.cfm