Bloomsburg Mini Maker Faire

bloomsburg_mmf_logo_wordpressOn April 30 Pepperhead Studios presented entertainment by our family of artists for Bloomsburg’s Mini Maker Faire. Special thanks to Scott Canouse and Roxanne Zuber for taking pictures that day! Here’s some highlights.

Our featured drummer for the event was Urie Kline from Lyco Taiko. Urie has recorded on Mike Hickey’s album “55 and Sunny” and has been working on demos with the Ed Zuber Project and other Pepperhead artists.

Our percussionist was Safa Saracoglu, who also performs with jazz ensemble Negodniki and with the Susquehanna Valley Folk Dance Society.

For more about these Pepperhead Studios releases, visit the sites below:

“World Famous in Bloomsburg” by Paul Loomis
“55 and Sunny” by Mike Hickey

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Paul Loomis (photo by Jeremy dePrisco) and Michael Hickey (photo by Scott Canouse)

 

Fricknadorable (Photo by Justin dePrisco)
Fricknadorable (Photo by Justin dePrisco)

 

Ed Zuber Project (Photo by Roxanne Zuber)
Ed Zuber Project (Photo by Roxanne Zuber)

Michael Hickey

Michael Hickey (Photo by Scott Canouse)
Michael Hickey (Photo by Scott Canouse)

In late December 2014 and early January 2015, we began working in earnest on some recordings of songs written by Michael Hickey. Mike, who learned to play guitar by secretly watching his phenomenally talented brother Danny and cousin Timmy Hickey, has been playing music in front of anyone who will listen since the mid-1970s.

As a young guitarist in the Chicago metropolitan area, he performed in various pop, blues, country, and folk groups, and often played his own songs as a solo act at regional colleges and coffee houses.  Sheer blind luck put Mike on stage with many great musicians while he was still in his teens and early twenties, experiences from which he came to appreciate the difference between competent players and real professional musicians.  Since the mid-1980s, Mike has continued to write, play, and perform music in various idioms while pursuing a career outside the music industry.

Mike, along with Safa Saracoglu and John Huckans, have performed in a number of combinations in the Bloomsburg area, often as a jazz combo. These songs showcase Mike’s considerable guitar chops and songwriting wit. It’s hard to tell what is more fun – recording them, or playing them!