Hares on the Mountain is a six piece band from Denton, Tx. that combines traditional Irish, English and Scottish folk music with original songs that explore different traditions of storytelling. The band creates a sound that is both ancient and new. Hares’ music runs the gamut from heartbreaking ballads to fist-pumping sing-a-longs.
HOTM began as the duo of George Neal and Ryan Becker in the summer of 2010 as a way of exploring the potential of traditional folk music in an experimental setting. The duo quickly expanded to a trio, then a quintet, and finally stabilized as a six-piece outfit that includes guitars, bass, drums, fiddle and mandolin.
HOTM currently are enjoying local success as the in house band at Dan’s Silverleaf in Denton, Tx where they play to capacity crowds weekly.
Hares on the Mountain released one album as the original duo in February of 2011 and have recently recorded an album as their current line-up, which will be released in late 2011 or early 2012.
Ryan Becker - guitar, bass, piano, vocals
Cory Coleman - mandolin, vocals
Justin Collins - drums, percussion, vocals
Tony Ferraro - bass guitar, guitar, vocals
Petra Kelly - fiddle, vocals
George Neal - guitar, vocals
Hares on the Mountain, a good example of how the Denton music scene is incestuous in all the right ways, gave an amazing performance as well. Hares features George Neal, formerly of Little Grizzly, Ryan Thomas Becker of RTB2, Justin Collins of the Burnt Sienna Trio and Petra Kelly (whose birthday landed at midnight) of Spooky Folk. They are the complete package, with wire-tight songwriting and a highly entertaining live performance.
Dallas Observer - February 18th, 2012
As long as we're on Denton supergroups: Hares On The Mountain is made up of Ryan Thomas Becker, George Neal, and a revolving cast of very talented back-up musicians. The music is equal parts folk and punk, with an emphasis on somewhat dark songwriting.
Dallas Observer - June 5th, 2011
All of this leads me to believe George Neal is gifted or afflicted with an ancient soul. Neal is older than I thought, but older still when he sings. He might be carrying around all of antiquity in his guts and that might be what frightens audiences when they look directly into his eyes and catch something of every age there. Neal’s agelessness and temerity are perhaps more accurately captured by the work of Hares on the Mountain than ever before. On it, we find Neal in a state of hallowed wildness, where his feverish enthusiasm finds traction in the dirt of history.
Dick Sullivan - Front Row/D Magazine - March 4th, 2011.
George Neal - 940 206 4744
409 Kingfisher Ln
Denton, Tx 76209