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Many Thanks

We'd like to thank our fans for the fabulous turn-out last night at our annual concert at the River Grove Gazebo. Some traveled many miles to make this show. This was our 8th year opening River Grove’s Wednesday Night Concert Series in our home town. We had a special guest in our audience last night from Chicago’s rock royalty, Bruce Gordon, who was the bass player for The Shadows of Knight. Bruce also played bass for another famous Chicago band that topped the charts, The New Colony Six. We thank him for his support and Kurt Michaels who fronts an up and coming original band called Continuum of which Bruce Gordon is a member. And of course we thank the members of our band, Mario Novelli, Jorie Gracen, “The Tony” Giangreco, Michael Gillespie, Eddie Parasi, Joe McMichael and our sound man Brian Lannon.

The PondHawks Across The Pond

Happy New Year from The PondHawks!

Hope your holidays were spectacular!

Jorie and Mario were interviewed this week on Mersey Radio in Liverpool, England by host Bob Jackson on his show "Sunday Night Live with Bob and Fi". Here are some highlights from the show:

Bob and Mario hit it off when Mario told a few of his favorite jokes that Bob said he was going to 'nick' for his own. Jorie guessed Bob's very difficult Star Trek trivia question correctly about "Scotty" (James Doohan). The origins of the name "Riverpool" (The PondHawks' recording studio and label) were divulged by Mario and more info was revealed about The PondHawks' upcoming album. Songs featured on the show were "Fire Eyes" and "Midnight Howl" from "The PondHawks Have Landed," album. Mario talked about how he and Jorie recorded the howling coyote at the end of "Midnight Howl."

All in all it was a terrific interview and many fans from around the world let us know that they enjoyed the show.

HOW TO MAKE MUSIC, MAGIC!

Whether you are a singer, songwriter, musician or music lover, music is your passion and an outlet for personal expression.

Why does a song move us? We can't explain it, but we can describe the process.

Many people have asked Mario Novelli and myself, "How do you write your music and where does your music come from?" For us that remains a mystery.

The process is different for everybody. Music is a journey that takes us inside our own imaginations.

There are times when one wakes up with a chord progression or a riff in their head and from there a song is born.

Songs can go through significant revisions from the moment those first notes are played. Many times lyrics are written before the music. In either case, the development of a story line or message is key to orchestrating the song.

Writing lyrics to match music is challenging. One must think of cadence, rhyming, phrasing and how the right words will give meaning to the song. Words can be descriptive, poetic, mysterious or nonsense. There are no rules because it's your song!

Musical expression plays a major part in conveying the mood factor or atmosphere of the song. For us a song needs to draw the listener into the musical core or zone of the song. The power of the singer's vocals executed with the right choice of instrumentation --carefully wrapped inside musical accents -- is where the 'ear candy' resides. If successfully done, the song will require many repeat plays to hear those hidden nuances.

In music there may be rules, but rules are meant to be broken. Creativity and imagination make great music. How you get there is the magic.

-- Jorie Gracen "aka" Lady PondHawk

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New album in the works and new remixes

The PondHawks are busy working on their 3rd album which will be released in the spring of 2015. They have posted remixes of two popular songs from their current album "Dreaming Over Ireland." The mixes are Karoake versions, but one of the songs got picked up by radio stations that play club mixes. The "Dreaming Over Ireland" (club mix) is making the rounds on EuroDance club radio stations in the US and Europe. You can check out the remix at this link: http://www.reverbnation.com/play_now/song_18641950

Hear The PondHawks on these radio stations

TRIPLE A & AMERICANA FM RADIO STATIONS - USA KBAC Santa Fe, NM - KBLA Los Angeles, CA - KEAO Lahaina, HI - KVMR Sacramento, CA - KGLT Bozeman, MT - KRVM Eugene, OR - KMSU Mankato, MN - KPCW Park City, UT - KZMU Moab, UT - KBLA Los Angeles, CA - KBUT Crested Butte, CO - KDNK Carbondale, CO - KDHX St Louis, MO - KKCR Princeville, HI - KMSU Mankato, MN - KPCW Park City, UT - KPFT Houston, TX - KPOV Bend, OR - KUNM Albuquerque, NM - KVMR Sacramento/Nevada City, CA - KVNF Paonia, CO - KXCI Tucson, AZ - WAMD Aberdeen, MD - WBSD Burlington, WI - WHFC Bel Air, MD - WERH Hamilton, AL - WERU Bangor, ME - WJHS Ft. Wayne/Columbia City, IN - WKHZ Easton, MD - WMNF Tampa, FL - WXYB Tampa, FL - WNCW Spindale, NC - WMKY Morehead, KY - WOCM Ocean City, MD - WQRZ Bay Saint Louis/Kiln, MS - WRRW Williamsburg, VA - WRUR Rochester, NY - WYRE Annapolis/Baltimore, MD - WNTI Hackettstown, NJ - WTIP Grand Marais, MN - WMSV Mississippi State, MS - WOOL Bellows Falls, VT- WAWL Chattanooga, TN

INTERNATIONAL FM RADIO STATIONS Radio Hot (92.5 FM) San Luis, Argentina CFBO (90.7 FM) Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada KNYSNA Radio (97.0 FM) Knysna, South Africa Forest Radio (92.3 FM) Dorset, England Kinglake Ranges Radio (94.5 FM) Victoria Australia Bay FM (99.9 FM) Byron Bay, NSW, Australia Radio Liberte - (96.1 FM) Riberac, France OPF Radio 107.7 FM (UK)

INTERNATIONAL INTERNET RADIO STATIONS Music World Radio (Europe & UK) Radio Universal Dortmund (Germany) Independent Music Show (N.Ireland) Splash Radio (N.Ireland) TRM Radio Manchester (England) Radio Basingstoke (England) Radio-International (Lincolnshire, England) Boro Sound Radio (Middlesbrough, England) EStream Radio (Manchester, England) Moosic Radio (Australia) Mix It Up Radio (Australia) World FM (New Zealand) Jaycee Sound (Corfu, Greece) Sheek Radio (Kenya) College Underground Radio International (Sydney, Australia, Toronto, Canada, Anadalucia, Spain)

USA INTERNET RADIO STATIONS WMET The Met - Hamilton Radio 1 & 2 - Q Star Radio - TRM Radio - iHeart Radio - Radioio - Pandora Radio - Spotify - Rdio - Radio Free Americana - Scrub Radio - Fab 4 Radio - Fluxedo Junction (Long Island, NY) - Indie Music Channel - Back Street Radio - Space Coast iRadio - Pro Productions - NFOTUSA Blog Talk Radio - Long Island Radio - College Underground Radio - New Artists Radio - Neon Productions Radio - WROM Radio - Nex Radio - Sound Machine Radio - ChiliTech FM - K-Rocks Radio - Shoutcast Radio - Live365 - Pirate Radio of the Treasure Coast - Beach Radio - Nokia Radio Network- Loud City Radio - Twirl Radio

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WOOL-FM features The PondHawks

A BIG thank you to the extraordinary radio host of the "Lost Marbles" show, Julio Razquin who played 9 PondHawks songs in a row this on 100.1 - FM WOOL/Black Sheep Radio (Bellow Falls, VT)

1. Fire Eyes 2. Your Mind Is Hard To Find 3. Dr... agonfly 4. When Autumn Comes To Town 5. Shattered Dreams/Broken Wings 6. Dreaming Over Ireland 7. The Raven Flies Away 8. Eerie Street 9. Drive http://www.reverbnation.com/thepondhawks/song/6788973

Dreaming Over Ireland gets worldwide airplay

Our new EP "Dreaming Over Ireland" continues to get extensive airplay all over the world. "Drive," "Eerie Street" and the title track "Dreaming Over Ireland" have charted in the top 40 on Triple A radio station playlists in the US. Here is the list of radio stations playing our music.

TRIPLE A & AMERICANA FM RADIO STATIONS - USA KBAC Santa Fe, NM - KBLA Los Angeles, CA - KEAO Lahaina, HI - KVMR Sacramento, CA - KGLT Bozeman, MT - KRVM Eugene, OR - KMSU Mankato, MN - KPCW Park City, UT - KZMU Moab, UT - KBLA Los Angeles, CA - KBUT Crested Butte, CO - KDNK Carbondale, CO - KDHX St Louis, MO - KKCR Princeville, HI - KMSU Mankato, MN - KPCW Park City, UT - KPFT Houston, TX - KPOV Bend, OR - KUNM Albuquerque, NM - KVMR Sacramento/Nevada City, CA - KVNF Paonia, CO - KXCI Tucson, AZ - WAMD Aberdeen, MD - WBSD Burlington, WI - WHFC Bel Air, MD - WERH Hamilton, AL - WERU Bangor, ME - WJHS Ft. Wayne/Columbia City, IN - WKHZ Easton, MD - WMNF Tampa, FL - WXYB Tampa, FL - WNCW Spindale, NC - WMKY Morehead, KY - WOCM Ocean City, MD - WQRZ Bay Saint Louis/Kiln, MS - WRRW Williamsburg, VA - WRUR Rochester, NY - WYRE Annapolis/Baltimore, MD - WNTI Hackettstown, NJ - WTIP Grand Marais, MN - WMSV Mississippi State, MS - WOOL Bellows Falls, VT- WAWL Chattanooga, TN

INTERNATIONAL FM RADIO STATIONS CFBO (90.7 FM) Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada KNYSNA Radio (97.0 FM) Knysna, South Africa Forest Radio (92.3 FM) Dorset, England Kinglake Ranges Radio (94.5 FM) Victoria Australia Bay FM (99.9 FM) Byron Bay, NSW, Australia Radio Liberte - (96.1 FM) Riberac, France OPF Radio 107.7 FM (UK)

INTERNATIONAL INTERNET RADIO STATIONS Independent Music Show (N.Ireland) Splash Radio (N.Ireland) Radio Basingstoke (England) Radio-International (Lincolnshire, England) Boro Sound Radio (Middlesbrough, England) EStream Radio (Manchester, England) Moosic Radio (Australia) Mix It Up Radio (Australia) World FM (New Zealand) Jaycee Sound (Corfu, Greece) Sheek Radio (Kenya) College Underground Radio International (Sydney, Australia, Toronto, Canada, Anadalucia, Spain)

USA INTERNET RADIO STATIONS iHeart Radio - Pandora Radio - Spotify - Radio Free Americana - Scrub Radio - Fab 4 Radio - Fluxedo Junction (Long Island, NY) - Hamilton Radio - Indie Music Channel - Back Street Radio - Space Coast iRadio - Q Star Radio - Pro Productions - NFOTUSA Blog Talk Radio - Long Island Radio - College Underground Radio - New Artists Radio - Neon Productions Radio - WROM Radio - Nex Radio - Sound Machine Radio ChiliTech FM Radio - K-Rocks Radio - RadioIO - Shoutcast Radio - Live365

Our Tribute To Davy Jones

On March 30th the PondHawks paid tribute to Davy Jones by performing a concert of all Monkees hits. This very 'special' tribute came about when the owners of the Arcada Theatre, Ron and Rich Onesti asked us if we could put together a selection of songs for a Davy Jones tribute. Jones had performed many times at that historic venue and we had the pleasure of opening for him twice. Earlier in the day we were live on CBS News Chicago (Channel 2) performing a preview of our upcoming concert. Fans turned out in the wee hours of the morning to dance to the music and share stories of meeting the Manchester Cowboy. Later that evening we performed our Monkees set in honor of Davy to a packed house filled with Monkees fans, PondHawks fans and fans of Bill Medley who was performing after the tribute. During "Daydream Believer" there wasn't a dry eye in the audience. The crowd stood and sang along. It was a touching moment. And at the concert's end we received a standing ovation. It was a moment we will never forget. Davy touched so many lives including ours. After we opened for him the second time, he insisted on having a photo with the band. Later he came into our dressing room to chat. Davy said how much he loved our harmonies and especially liked our song "Dragonfly" which reminded him of the sixties. He had our album in hand and on the way out he said he was going back to his hotel to listen to it. He said he couldn't wait to hear it. We will miss him.