“My wife and I want to thank you for the amazing vacation (Ireland, 2016) and the opportunity to listen to some great music (Hair Of The Dog) while making new friends.” – Steve W. Troy, NY
“I wanted to write and personally thank you and the band for the amazing job you did at our wedding. My wife and her friends have been loyal fans of yours for quite some time and we were thrilled to have you there.” – Dan K. Saratoga Springs, NY
“… (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)
“Epic show (Irish 2000 Music & Arts Festival, 2016). Left ’em screaming for more.” Jerry H. Colonie, NY
“Liam Left The Lights On Again isn’t good, it’s great!” Cahal Dunne Cork, Ireland/Pittsburgh, PA
“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.
“Loved the Irish Festival. As usual, Hair Of The Dog ROCKED!!!!!” Brenda G. Esperance, NY
“Saw you guys at Irish 2000 Festival and you were fantastic!” Bob L. Rotterdam, NY
“Rick, thank you again so much. Amazing show (October, 2016 wedding celebration) as always. Can’t wait to see you guys again. You are the best.” Zach R. Gloversville, NY
“You guys put the “Great” in the Great American Irish Festival. It wouldn’t be the same without you…” Deirdre R. Oneida, NY
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: Rick Bedrosian lived in Nashville, Tennessee in the 1980’s where he performed and recorded with Stevie Ray Vaughn, Marshall Crenshaw, Gene Clark of The Byrds, Marshall Chapman, Eddie Angel and John Stewart of The Kingston Trio. Rick’s band, Jeannie & The Hurricanes, was signed by CBS Records Nashville in 1987. Bedrosian’s an accomplished film critic, on-camera personality and fine art photographer. 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 actors Susie Essman (HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm”) and James McCaffrey (“The Truth About Cats and Dogs” and “Rescue Me”). Rick also portrays lead guitarist George Harrison in Hey Jude, a popular Beatlemania band, writes for and stars in, “I Could Eat”, a Food/Music/Travel TV Series, hosts New York City Food Tours, brings guests to places like Liverpool and London, England (Beatles Magical Mystery Tours) and LA/Hollywood, while still finding time to perform a solo act more than 100 times per year.
Fiddler Larry Packer began his career as a teenager in the mid-1960’s. During a performance at Greenwich Village’s Bitter End, he was approached about replacing two members of a band based in NYC called Cat Mother and The All-Night Newsboys. The band relocated to Woodstock where they were heard by Jimi Hendrix’s manager. This led to going on the road with Hendrix for a 1968-1969 world tour and recording an album with Jimi Hendrix producing- “Good Old Rock n’ Roll” was a top-20 hit in 1969. Larry left Cat Mother and became lead guitarist with Sha-Na-Na (1970-71), including appearances in the concert film “Festival Express”, WNET-TV’s, “Live at the Fillmore East” and Flip Wilson’s 1970 Christmas Eve Special.
After leaving Sha-Na-Na, Larry hit the road with a wide variety of artists including Harry Belafonte, David Bromberg, Steve Goodman, Jerry Jeff Walker, Peter Rowan, Billy Vera, Johnny Maestro, Bill Keith & Jim Rooney, Lou Reed, Kate & Anna McGarrigle, Maria Muldaur, Garland Jeffries, and Happy & Artie Traum. Larry Packer also played alongside the horn section in The Band’s 1976, “The Last Waltz”, soundtrack and film. Larry has performed and recorded with many other artists over the years including Phoebe Snow, Jonathan Edwards, John Herald, Tim Hardin, Levon Helm, Rick Danko and Garth Hudson. Other album appearances include The Band’s “Islands” and “High on The Hog” and Hall & Oates, “Abandoned Luncheonette”.
Larry can be seen on the 3rd episode of the first “Saturday Night Live” season (October 25th, 1975) playing a square dance with Dan Ackroyd as caller and John Belushi hurling himself around the stage. Years later he played SNL behind Johnny Cash! In 2016, Larry Packer was inducted into the New York State Blues Hall of Fame along with Rory Block and John Platania. Larry has performed and toured with Hair Of The Dog since 1997 while simultaneously releasing a solo CD, “Eye Of The Sun”, in 2002 on Woodstock Records. Guests on “Eye” include friends Garth Hudson, Tom “Bones” Malone, guitarists Ed Diehl and Steve Burgh, and bassist “Big Mike” Dunn.
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 became a member of HOTD in 1999 and since that time he’s arranged many of the band’s songs as well as all of their vocal harmonies. Eric’s strong voice, potent electric guitar, sinewy mandolin and pitch-perfect violin are an integral part of the “Hair Of The Dog sound”.
Guitarist/singer Brian Gibney fronted and performed in many Irish groups before becoming a member of Hair Of The Dog in 2013. Brian’s an accomplished guitarist (he has dozens of students) and a clever songwriter.
Gene Garone has been a full time, professional drummer for 5 decades. Gene’s love of all forms of music and his ability to play them has taken him on numerous musical journeys including stints with Doc Scanlon’s Rhythm Boys, Brass-O-Mania, Joey Thomas Big Band, Mixed Co., Mother Goose Jazz Band, The Roasters and shows at Cohoes Music Hall including Patsy Cline, Godspell, MDQ, and most recently, Avenue Q. Gene has been performing with Hair Of The Dog since 2017.
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
Rockaway Beach Irish Festival Queens, NY
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