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“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

About the Band

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Together since 1993, Hair Of The Dog is one of the world’s foremost Celtic bands. They’ve released 10 CDs including, “Release The Hounds”, “Gaelic Bark’, “Collection”, “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 that also 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 the Northeast’s top regional newspapers and magazines.

Based in Upstate New York, Hair Of The Dog is Rick Bedrosian (guitar and vocals), Larry Packer (fiddle), Dan Samson (bass and vocals) and Gene Garone (drums and vocals). The band members boast extensive resumes: Founder Rick Bedrosian has performed and/or recorded with Stevie Ray Vaughn, Marshall Crenshaw, Gene Clark of The Byrds, John Stewart of The Kingston Trio, Marshall Chapman, Blackhawk and the Outlaws. Rick’s also an accomplished music producer, food influencer, international tour guide and photographer. His photo of Paul McCartney landed on the cover of the Spring, 2010 issue of Classic Drummer magazine. In addition, Rick Bedrosian is the writer, director and host of a globally popular, multi-award winning Web Series called, “I Could Eat”. From 2012-2019, Rick was “George Harrison” in Hey Jude, a popular Beatlemania stage show.

Fiddler Larry Packer was lead guitarist of Sha Na Na (as seen in the concert documentary, “Festival Express”), had a top ten hit (Good Old Rock and Roll) 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”. Larry 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 with countless other major acts including The Band (“Islands” & “High on the Hog”), Hall and Oates (“Abandoned Luncheonette”), Lou Reed, Jeffrey Gaines, Phoebe Snow, Jerry Jeff Walker, Peter Rowan, Harry Belafonte, David Bromberg, Maria Muldaur and the New York Rock Ensemble. Larry was inducted into the New York State Blues Hall of Fame in 2016.

On bass and vocals is Dan Samson. Dan Samson studied at the Crane School of Music and has played bass in numerous bands throughout New York’s Capital Region for more than 40 years- most notably, performing with New York State Blues Hall of Fame inductee, Willie Pierce Blues Band and the Grammy nominated Joey Thomas Big Band. In addition, Dan has also recorded with Loni Richards, Willie Pierce and the Joey Thomas bands. He’s also performed with Phil Guy and toured with Big Bill Morganfield. Dan currently sings with the Mendelssohn Club of Albany, NY and is the Music Director for the Journey UCC Church.

Drummer/ vocalist Gene Garone has spent 52 years loving music, acquiring knowledge and playing with the energy of a 22 year old. Gene has been ubiquitous in the Northeast, beating a savage tattoo with dozens of bands including Doc Scanlon’s Rhythm Boys, Brass-O-Mania, Mother Goose Jazz Band, Joey Thomas Big Band, The Roasters, CD3, Cole Broderick Quartet, Hair Of The Dog (since 2017) and more, performing at many big venues such as Proctor’s Theater, Cohoes Music Hall and the Palace Theater. Geno has been involved in more than 30 CD recordings and documented more than 12,000 gigs in his career. When asked, his wife said she’s very proud of him as long as he remembers the garbage is put out THURSDAY night for FRIDAY morning pickup!

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