“I had THE BEST TIME (Greenwich Village Tour). Rick is awesome. He kept me laughing all day. His restaurant choices were fantastic.” – Nancy P. Glens Falls, NY
“That (private, overnight, group of six) tour of New York City was the trip of a lifetime. An experience I’ll never forget. Thanks.” Pat H. Delmar, NY
“…note-for-note with all of the classic, instantly recognizable riffs in place.” – Nippertown
“You guys put the “Great” in the Great American Irish Festival. It wouldn’t be the same without you…” Deirdre R. Oneida, NY
“I would like to thank you for such a fantastic performance at this year’s Great Schaghticoke Fair on September 4th. We had numerous compliments on not only the shows but the level of professionalism displayed by the group dealing with sound, lighting, etc.” Jim S. South Bethlehem, NY
“I just wanted to add my personal note about how much I enjoyed our recent trip with your group (Ireland, 2016) and to thank you for all your hard work planning an amazing holiday for us. Scotland next March sounds fantastic and we will be contacting some friends we think might like to join us.” – Jane W. Troy, NY
Voted Best Band by the readers of the Albany Times Union – 2006, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.
“Had a wonderful time (Ireland, 2016). I’m glad my first international trip was with the group we had! Looking forward to information on next year’s tour.” – Rachel J. Albany, NY
“I attended your concert in Sharon Springs. I could have listened to you all night long. Thanks for the good time.” Laurie Y. Cherry Valley, NY
“Hi Rick. Thank you so much for your awesome Lower Manhattan Tour. We enjoyed it immensely and would go again in a heartbeat.” – Janie B. Utica, NY
About the Band
Hair Of The Dog will be on hiatus for a while. We needed to take some time off to regroup and refresh the band. We’ll let you know when we’re ready to start back up again. Since 1993, HOTD has appeared on stage in about a dozen different configurations (including five fiddlers and four drummers). In 1993-1994 we were a trio that didn’t have a drummer OR a fiddler! Throughout that time Hair Of The Dog has changed and grown but we feel like we’ve always put on a great show and this will continue. Thanks again for your years of support and friendship. We look forward to seeing you down the road.
Hair Of The Dog founder and leader, Rick Bedrosian, has been busier than ever lately, performing a thoroughly enjoyable solo show several times a week, filming a television series called, “I Could Eat” (YouTube.com/ICouldEat) and bringing dozens of guests from New York’s Capital District to New York City for 5 different Food, History and Music Tours. How did it all begin?
Rick began playing guitar after seeing the Beatles perform on “The Ed Sullivan Show” in 1964. He played bass in numerous rock bands during his years as a junior and senior high school student and throughout his studies at The Junior College Of Albany and The State University Of New York at Albany where he earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and also studied theater. Rick’s SUNY Theater Department class included Terri Vandenbosch, an actress who was eventually cast as Frannie Hughes on “As The World Turns”. Rick has been a full time professional musician since his eighteenth birthday.
In 1975, Rick and long time friend Jim Fish formed the legendary country-rock band Silver Chicken. Fish had just returned to New York after a stint in Florida with Sienna, a group that eventually became Arista recording act, The Outlaws. Silver Chicken established a large fan base, first playing clubs in Upstate New York and eventually opening for big name acts and headlining at larger clubs and colleges throughout the Northeast. In 1977, Silver Chicken caught the attention of Boston’s Don Law Agency.
The Don Law Agency began grooming their best two unknown bands for success; Silver Chicken and a Boston based outfit called The Cars. Meanwhile, Silver Chicken recorded a demo of catchy original songs at Rick’s October Eve Studio. With their high profile gigs, Boston connection and a quality demo tape, a major label recording contract seemed within Silver Chicken’s reach. But late in 1977, Henry Paul, a singer/songwriter with whom Jim Fish founded Sienna, left The Outlaws, formed The Henry Paul Band and recruited Fish as second lead guitarist.
Silver Chicken called it quits in 1984 but had a brief reunion in 2013 to celebrate the release of their CD, “Storm Ride”. Learn More about Silver Chicken: https://www.wmht.org/thescene By then, Rick’s bass playing and vocals were heavily in demand and he kept himself busy performing with the most popular Albany, NY based groups including The Fabulous Newports, a doo-wop band that featured Kevin McKrell and Bert Sommer (a singer/songwriter whose credits included a slot in the fabled 1969 Woodstock Music and Arts Festival), Johnny Rabb’s rockabilly Rockin’ Shadows, art-rockers Squareone, Celtic-folksters Donnybrook Fair and roots-rockers Jeannie Smith and The Hurricanes.
In 1986, Rick moved to Nashville, Tennessee with Jeannie Smith and The Hurricanes. After a year of playing clubs, concert venues and private showcases, The Hurricanes (who were re-christened Breathless by their Bug Music manager) signed a recording contract with CBS Records. While in Nashville, Rick also played with many other talented musicians the likes of Stevie Ray Vaughan, Marshall Crenshaw, John Stewart (The Kingston Trio), Gene Clark (The Byrds), Carla Olson (The Textones), Floyd Domino (Asleep At The Wheel), Hank DeVito (Emmylou Harris’ Hot Band and The Everly Brothers), Marshall Chapman (Jimmy Buffett), and Eddie Angel (Los Straitjackets) — before returning to New York to help put together The McKrells (with whom he played at Carnegie Hall and The Winterhawk Bluegrass Festival). Rick founded and began managing the popular Irish act Hair of the Dog in 1993.
Hair Of The Dog grew to be of America’s foremost Irish Rock bands and a potent international force as well. As the leader and bassist/vocalist of the group and producer of their CDs, Rick helped guide Hair Of The Dog from its humble beginnings as a three member folk group, into the one of the 21st century’s most sought after world music acts. His independent October Eve Music record label issued many successful CDs including, “Release The Hounds” (1997), “at The Parting Glass” (2001), “Let It Flow” (2003), “Donegal” (2007) and “Liam Left The Lights On Again” (2012).
Hair Of The Dog concerts became happenings for the band’s legion of fans. As the leader and spokesman of Hair Of The Dog, Rick infused humor at performances with off-beat jokes and commentary. His occasional shout-outs to random audience members has even inspired an addition to pop-lexicon. “Ricknowledged” was recently added to the Urban Dictionary. Rick Bedrosian’s well-regarded solo CD, “Inside My Car” was re-mastered and re-released in 2009 to much critical praise.
Rick Bedrosian is also an accomplished fine-art photographer and film critic. His photographs hang in numerous homes and businesses throughout the United States. Rick’s concert photo of Paul McCartney landed on the cover of the Spring, 2010 issue of Classic Drummer magazine, an international publication. His weekly iTunes movie review and interview podcast “Rick’s Picks” won the 2008 Communicator Award for Entertainment, the 2008 MarCom Award for Broadcast Excellence and the 2011 Nori Award for Interactive Media. Susie Essman (HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm”) and James McCaffrey (FX’s “Rescue Me”) were guests on Rick’s Picks.
Since 2013, Rick Bedrosian has portrayed George Harrison (lead guitar and vocals) in Hey Jude, an authentic Beatles tribute band. Hey Jude has received an incredible amount of popular acclaim, with hundreds of Beatles fans standing and cheering at the conclusion of virtually every show. You never know what Rick Bedrosian will do next so stay tuned…
Hair Of The Dog has performed 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