Newland & Miller + Tony Denikos
Series: Hard Luck Cafe
Tickets for this event are available at the Cinema Arts Center on the day of the performance. Prices are $8 for FMSH and Cinema Arts Centre Members / $12 for Non Members. There are no advance tickets for this event.
Fred Newland and Cliff Miller are two Long Island-based singer-songwriters and instrumentalists who have been playing music together since their junior high school days in Seaford. During the late 1970s and early 1980s, they were a fixture on the local music scene, and also worked with worked with Michael Lang (of Woodstock fame) and Charlie Colello, a musical arranger for Barbra Streisand and the Four Seasons, among others.
When marriages, families and careers took them away from live performing, Fred and Cliff still managed to stay in touch with their music. They continued to write and record, doing some work in commercials and television, and also recording a project with Doug Stegmeyer of Billy Joel’s band.
Newland & Miller have resumed a limited live performing schedule over the past few years. They are pleased to make this return engagement for the Hard Luck Café. A new Newland & Miller CD is expected to be released shortly and will feature their tight harmonies, compelling lyrics, and fine instrumental skills.
Maryland native Tony Denikos is one of the Mid-Atlantic region’s songwriting treasures. A familiar face at local clubs, festivals and coffeehouses showcasing his foot-stomping backbeats, engaging melodies and “tastier than Texas BBQ” guitar work, he’s won the hearts of those who appreciate fine songwriting delivered with an honest and authentic voice. Tony also impressed folks during his Long Island debut at this summer’s Huntington Folk Festival.
A contemporary singer-songwriter who describes his music as modern Americana with deep roots, Denikos has independently released four albums and appeared on two compilations. His 2012 release, Under the Church, reached #5 on radio’s EuroAmericana Chart and #21 on the Freeform Americana Roots (FAR) Chart. It also features “Tip of My Tongue,” the grand-prize-winner in the 2012 Mid-Atlantic Song Contest sponsored by the Songwriters’ Association of Washington.
“I often write story lines in my songs to make a listener feel a certain way that my own loosely related experiences had made me feel,” Tony told AcousticMusicScene.com. “”It’s the sharing of those feelings, I think, that makes our humanity precious. This [“Tip of My Tongue”] was one of those songs.” He notes that his latest album goes to places both darker and more light-hearted than his previous releases and enables him to reclaim his working-class roots, reveal his small-town disposition, and provide commentary on our current political climate.
Tony’s critically acclaimed previous release, 2009’s Already Gone, also garnered extensive radio airplay here and abroad, and rose to #2 on the EuroAmericana Chart and #8 on the FAR Chart in 2010. Melding true-grit Americana with intimate guitar/vocal, singer-songwriter performances, the album includes his composition “Home for Christmas” – a winner in the Great American Song Contest.
Location: Cinema Arts Centre - Sky Room
The Hard Luck Café concerts are held on the third Thursday of the month in the Sky Room at Huntington’s Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Avenue Huntington, NY 11743. Click here to launch google maps and get directions to the venue.