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The Podunk Throwbacks take you back to a time when honesty, raw emotion and free thought prevailed. Their songs capture the human condition in a down-to-earth, gritty and honest way, and don’t just describe an emotion, but make you feel it - be it the soulful reflections of one's "deepest regrets," a country-style rally to farmers to "hold your ground," a jazz-inspired rock retort to one's "jealousy of hope," a traditional folk description of a humble "wrong side of life" or a lyrical declaration of a love's "single intention." The symbiotic relationship between the driving percussion of the guitar and the classical sophistication of the violin, combined with the depth and creativity of the rhythm section, compliment these visions with a unique sound and no costumes, "gimmicks" or formulation. They have been performing only their original songs all over CT, MA, NY and RI since 2012, including the Goshen Stampede (Goshen, CT), the Vintage Bazaar (Salisbury, MA), the National Arts Project (Capital College, Hartford, CT), and the Rhode Island Songwriters Association (Providence, RI).
Contact & Booking info:
Amy - (860) 324-9934
Songwriter, guitarist & front-man, Todd Skilton, a Berklee alumnus, was a member of the band, Shade, and has opened up for bands including, Til Tuesday, The Outlaws, The Fools, Robin Lane and the Chartbusters and Extreme. His song, "Life Inside Here," was the #1 song on Boston's WAAF for 16 consecutive weeks. He is currently on the guitar faculty of The Warner Theatre Center for Arts Education, Torrington, CT.
Violinist, Amy Jones, is a graduate of the Hartt School of Music with a Bachelor's in Applied Viola and Music Theory, and a Master's in Music Theory. She is a regular member of The Eastern CT Symphony, Waterbury Symphony, New Britain Symphony and Wallingford Symphony, and freelances extensively throughout Connecticut. She teaches privately at The Community Music School in Essex and The Warner Theatre in Torrington, as well as in her Unionville studio, and is the upper-strings assistant at the Waterbury Arts Magnet School and the upper strings teacher for BRAVO Waterbury at the Brass City Charter School.
Bassist, Geoff Kooris, plays both the 5 string fretless bass guitar and the 5 string electric upright bass. Geoff has worked in music for over 35 years, playing all kinds of music including - but not limited to – American Roots music, Celtic, and contemporary alternative music. He performs with the Podunk Throwbacks as well as the Bedlam Brothers String Band. Geoff has had extensive vocal training as well as a back up bass singer and as a voice over actor.
Drummer & percussionist, George Mastrogiannis, a native of Connecticut began playing the drums at 12 years old. His mother Florence saw a need for an expressive outlet that would direct all of his boundless energy. George started playing in garage bands with his friends throughout high school. After high school George made his way to Los Angeles to study at Musicians Institute where he studied with many of the best musicians in Southern California. He returned from LA with a plan to practice and take any gig that came his way. Playing in numerous bands and clubs in New Haven for two years he decided that he wanted to study jazz and in 1998 entered the Hartt School of Music were he immediately began playing with his professors on a weekly basis. George graduated from Hartt in 2002. Since that time he has performed with many different musicians and performers. Some of these include: Bob Mintzer, Bob Berg, Nat Reeves, Steve Davis, Warren Bryd & Saskia Laroo, Noah Baerman, Chris Morrison, Jimmy Green, Abraham Burton, Phil Bowler, Mike Palin’s The Other Orchestra, Nobuki Takamen and others. His musical philosophy is that music can enrich our lives at any level of ability. You must first have a love of music, and a love of learning. George currently has two of his own groups, G Tree and The Rusty Nails, as well as playing in the Podunk Throwbacks and the Dan O’Brian Quartet.
Drummer & percussionist, Dennis Marolda, has worked as a professional musician for over forty years, with experience playing everything from rock and jazz to symphonic music. He is a former all-state musician and a graduate of the Armed Forces School of Music. As a military musician Dennis toured extensively in Europe as well as Asia and the US and recently retired from the CT National Guard Band with 38 years of service. He has a BA in Music from Western Connecticut State University and BS, MS and post-masters from CCSU. Mr. Marolda is an educator in Simsbury and has also taught at CCSU and UCONN. He performs regularly with Simply Swing (a ten piece swing orchestra), Lost Together (classic rock), Solid Oak Big Band, Mixed Bag, Indian Summer Trio, as well as other free-lance engagements.
Contact & Booking info:
Amy - (860) 324-9934