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Acoustic Contradiction (Mick D) / Bio

Mick Dooley is not new to the Syracuse music scene. Having lived in the area a few years ago, he played regular gigs at the former Lucky Moon Café (now the Strong Hearts Café). He was playing in bands at 18 (and actually well before in HS) in the Carthage area with some High school friends and new acquaintances and went through various incarnations with several bands/musicians. This morphed into the band Tightly Knit (from Carthage) which was well known in the area and included several talented musicians such as Kevin Burns, David Scanlin, Gary Galasso and John Ross. One of the most memorable moments Mick remembers with this band was playing as the opener for Foreigner in Potsdam in 1975. After this band ended, Mick took up playing acoustic gigs with a High School Friend. That friend was Dick Atkinson of the now well known Atkinson Family Band. In the late 70’s, Mick and Dick started performing in café type venues. This relationship with Dick grew into a band named Crosscut, an acoustic traditional bluegrass band which played in many venues from Potsdam to Syracuse. Crosscut included a New Orleans native, Mark Pentone, with whom Mick developed a separate musicial relationship, playing songs from Dan Hicks and various other artists. Crosscut went through some changes and eventually merged with a few Watertown musicians, backing up the country singer Mike White. This was a busy time and Mick played many, many gigs throughout the North Country at various venues, field days and resorts. After Mick left the Mike White experience he joined forces with Pat Fitzsimmons in Quartermoon, which could be described as an ”uptown” band playing Joni Mitchell/Linda Rondstadt/Karla Boniff type material in resorts in Alex Bay regularly. He then started a family in Carthage and worked in the orchestra of the Carthage Little Theater in the productions of Jesus Christ Superstar and Little House of Horrors. Shortly after this experience, Mick went back to school and eventually received a license to practice Pharmacy. Further down the road from this, for a brief time, he was part of the New Road Band which again included Dick Atkinson in an electric band featuring the songs of Steve Earl. This was the last band that Mick was a part of and he didn’t play much music for a while after this, as he was working as a Pharmacist. Mick then took a try at the recording business, running Studio Earth in Carthage, recording several local bands and acts, including Lake Effect Mud, over a 10 year period. Then, through a certain set of job related circumstances, Mick found himself living in Syracuse, a city that has a very vibrant music scene. This presented Mick with a chance to play the acoustic music that had always been a part of his musical life. He applied for and was awarded a chance to play a weekly gig at the Lucky Moon Café, a job that lasted about 2 ½ years, where Mick developed a large and varied repertoire that he continues to play today. This included songs written in the 30’s through the folk era, rock era and up to “modern times”. While in Syracuse he recorded and did backing tracks for a CD by Mark Zane in a one bedroom apartment in Eastwood. After about 4 years there, he returned to the North Country where he again revisited his musical relationship with Dick Atkinson in the Atkinson Family Band, playing bass and traveling with them in the summer of 2007. Through all of this, songwriting was, and continues to be, a huge part of Micks musical life. While in the NC he took care of his elderly father and recorded another CD for a friend as a “side project”. After this period, he moved to the Catskills, working again as a pharmacist for about 2 years, and while there, learned the ukulele which has become a favorite instrument. Of course songwriting remained a constant and the Uke became a very handy tool in that respect. Mick plays bass, guitar, keys, harmonica, mandolin and the Uke!!! And of course he sings too! After meeting a wonderful girl in the Catskills (who is also a pharmacist), the couple made the decision to move to Syracuse were she (now his wife) will work as a pharmacist and Mick will pursue every aspect of music he can. With acoustic music being a major interest, he will continue to write and record his own stuff (and possibly record other artists) and pursue every kind of gig that’s available in Syracuse! Whew!

General Info

Band Members
Mick Dooley: Vocals, Guitar, Ukulele, Bass, Mandolin, Keyboard, Percussion
Artist Name
Acoustic Contradiction (Mick D)
Home Page
Active Since
Folk / Rock / Pop / Other / Eclectic

Contact Info

Harrisville, NY
Michelle Arlind

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