“… (Irish Music’s) biggest sellers include albums by Seven Nations, The Saw Doctors, The Prodigals, Hair Of The Dog, Blackthorn, The Pogues and Black 47.” (Billboard Magazine: July 21, 2001)
“On behalf of the Schaghticoke Fair, I would like to thank all the talented musicians from Hair Of The Dog for another fine performance at this year’s (2016) fair. Your professionalism and audience appeal was noted by many, especially the fairgoers. I’ll be looking forward to working with you and Hey Jude in the future.” Jim S. South Bethlehem, NY
“You guys put the “Great” in the Great American Irish Festival. It wouldn’t be the same without you…” Deirdre R. Oneida, NY
HOTD’s song, “One Sunday Morning” was featured on the 2003 Colleen Records international CD release, “Songs of Irish Freedom Vol. 3”.
“Awesome band. Great show at the Buffalo Irish Festival.” Deborah O. M. Plattsburgh, NY
“It was a HUGE honor to host Hair Of The Dog at Powers (2016 Anniversary Party) last night. We’ve been fans for over 15 years and they just keep getting better!” Charlie G C Clifton Park, NY
“I can’t thank you all enough for being so friendly and so much fun. Loved your music and the nice folks on the (Ireland, 2016) tour.” – Bob F. Saratoga Springs, NY
“Great set at Irish 2000 yesterday.” Douglas W. West Coxsackie, NY
Featured as part of Project Children’s 2005 compilation CD, “One Child At A Time.” Other artists include U2, James Taylor, The Chieftains, The Corrs, Mary Black and Carly Simon.
“Few groups can match this quintet’s instrumental prowess or their vocal harmonies. And no one, but no one, can touch their incessant, insane, ribald humor. A good time is guaranteed for all.” Albany Times Union, January, 2009.
About the Band
Originally formed as an acoustic trio in 1993 by Rick Bedrosian, 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”.
Guitarist/singer Brian Gibney fronted several Irish groups before becoming a member of The McKrells and eventually Hair Of The Dog. Brian’s an accomplished 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 performs at festivals, fairs, theaters, municipal events, private events and in large clubs across American and Ireland, throughout the year. Some notable past shows and venues:
Alive @ 5 Albany, NY
Beamus Bay Pops Jamestown, NY
Bennington Irish Festival Bennington, VT
Buffalo Irish Festival Buffalo, NY
Capital District Scottish Games Altamont, NY
Chevrolet Celtic Classic Bethlehem, PA
City Center Saratoga Springs, NY
Coleman’s Syracuse, NY
Colony Cafe Woodstock, NY
Coney Island Great Irish Fair Brooklyn, NY
Coyne Park Irish Fest Yonkers, NY
Danny Mann Inn Killarney, Ireland
Don Weeks Show w/Rachael Ray Schenectady, NY
Eamonn’s Loudonville, NY
East Durham Irish Festival East Durham, NY
Fairfield County Irish Festival Fairfield, CT
Gaelic Park Irish Festival Chicago, IL
Glove Theatre Gloversville, NY
Great American Irish Festival Herkimer, NY
Hannigan’s Killarney, Ireland
Hudson River Music Hall Hudson Falls, NY
Hunter Mt. Irish Festival Hunter, NY
Irish 2000 Music & Arts Festival Ballston Spa, NY
Knickerbocker Arena Albany, NY
Madison Theater Albany, NY
Milford Irish Festival Milford, CT
Palace Theater Albany, NY
Parting Glass Saratoga Springs, NY
Proctors Theatre Schenectady, NY
The Quays Galway, Ireland
Scruffy’s Killarney, Ireland
Shannon Pub Buffalo, NY
Sou’wester Chatham, MA
Spyglass Ridge Celtic Fest Sunbury, PA
Stanley Theater Utica, NY
Stonehill College Irish Festival Boston, MA
Sugar Loaf Performing Arts Center Sugar Loaf, NY
Summer Fest Cleveland, OH
Tommy Makem’s New York, NY
Tradition Town Square Port St Lucie, FL