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Barry & Holly Tashian
Barry & Holly Tashian are duet singers, songwriters and touring musicians who have known each other since high school in Westport, CT. They have performed and recorded together since 1972 and continue to perform together as a duo, a trio (with bass) or a foursome (with mandolin/fiddle).
The Tashians have recorded 7 albums with producer Jim Rooney since 1989. In 1994 the National Association of Independent Record Distributors (NAIRD) awarded their album "Straw into Gold" Country Album of the Year. In 1998 their album, "Harmony" was nominated for Bluegrass Album of the Year by the Nashville Music Awards. They have performed together on numerous TV and radio shows and festivals worldwide (see list on left).
As songwriters, Barry and Holly have written for Kenny Rogers, Solomon Burke, Ty England, Daniel O'Donnell, The Nashville Bluegrass Band, Roland White, Kate Brislin and Jody Stecher, Niall Toner and many others. They also offer workshops on song writing and harmony singing wherever they perform.
Barry first won national attention with his legendary rock group, Barry & The Remains, recording an album on Epic Records at age 19 and the band appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show and Hullabaloo.
The Remains toured with the Beatles, as the opening act on The Beatles' North American tour in 1966. Barry wrote a book about the tour, Ticket to Ride: The Extraordinary Diary of The Beatles Last Tour, which was published by Dowling Press, Inc. in 1997.
From 1980-1989, Barry was a member of Emmylou Harris' Hot Band, appearing on countless television and radio shows as vocalist and guitarist. He recorded 10 albums with Emmylou Harris during this period. Before that , he recorded with country rock innovator Gram Parsons on Gram's debut album "GP".
Barry and Holly have recorded with Tom Paxton, Charlie Louvin, Nanci Griffith, Iris DeMent, Suzy Bogguss, and Delia Bell.
Gerry Ryan & Charlie Ortolani
It's not that far from a three-decker in a central New England city to a seaport town bordering on the Atlantic Ocean.
But when one follows the call of the music, the miles can pile up faster than an odometer on a cross-country freight train.
For most of his adult life, Gerry Ryan has been chasing the musical muse, learning and writing songs in a wide range of styles ... folk, country blues, western swing, rock, ballads, songs that explore topics snatched from the ledger of life. He has performed songs wherever lovers of acoustic music gather -- coffeehouses, clubs and camps, festivals -- anyplace good songs are welcome.
"I remember years ago seeing Pete Seeger on his TV show talking about the might quest a person embarks upon when they decide to play a musical instrument," Ryan explains. "The places you travel to, the interesting people you meet, the times you enjoy, the lessons you learn, but most importantly, the songs you share. Like a lot of things Pete said over the years, this journey has certainly turned out to be true for me."
Ryan performs a solo act, but he is most frequently found in the folk duo Ryan & Ortolani, touring the Northeast, performing his original music as well as compelling cover material.
He's traveled down the well-worn paths others have traveled, past the trials and tribulations of everyday life, except like most musicians he is prone to veer off the path whenever he hears good music playing.
"Dreaming the impossible is what made us singer-songwriters in the first place," Ryan continues. "As a songwriter, you want people to like your music. That's always a goal. Still as I look back and think where the search for true music has taken me, the venues, the good people, the great performers, the friendships, the good times and the fine music I've encountered over the decades, I guess I'd have to say I've been paid back pretty handsomely."