Hawke & Owl is made up of guitarist John Dyer, and banjoist Hilary Hawke. Like the artists they admire, both draw influences from oldtime and early country music, psychedelic rock and focused harmony singing in the songs they write and in their reinterpretations of traditional music.
Hilary Hawke grew up in upstate NY, and began playing banjo in 2003 after hearing recordings of Earl Scruggs and Bela Fleck while living in the Adirondack mountains of Potsdam, NY. She moved to Brooklyn, NY in 2004 where she followed the teachings and playing of Tony Trischka. Besides performing, Hilary has taught banjo at Jalopy Theatre/ since 2009 based on traditional Appalachian clawhammer and is in the middle of her Master of Arts at Columbia University. Her major influences now are the playing of Jim Mills, Riley Baugus, Tommy Jarrell, Mike Seeger, Dock Boggs, and Tony Trischka and also has her own band of upbeat country music called Hilary Hawke & the Flipsides, as well as playing bass and banjo with the Maybelles, and banjo in the M Shanghai Stringband.
John Dyer is a progressive vocalist, guitarist, and lyricist whose ventures include solo and ensemble performances as well as composing and performing for experimental theater & dance productions. A visual artist and self - taught musician, Dyer is a prolific writer and seasoned performer. Over the past twenty years, as an independent artist, he has crafted a substantial catalogue of songs, performed over six hundred shows, recorded twelve albums, and presented sixteen theatrical commissions. Founder of the popular Texas-based band Drama Tiki (1992-1998), the Virginia native, spent three years contributing to and being nurtured by the music scene in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, before moving to Brooklyn in 2002. In New York he has performed at the Knitting Factory, Tonic, Living Room, St. Ann's Warehouse, and the American Folk Art Museum.
Dyer is a contemporary Singer-Songwriter. He is a classic writer in that his songs are built on the foundation of movement & melody, yet his approach and delivery are unique. His formative years spent drawing, painting and creating in a theatrical context have led to a strong visual sensibility that is evident in all of his writing. His lyrics are poetic and the images are rich. Primary influences include the likes of Paul Simon, David Byrne, Tom Waits, Lou Reed, Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Lennon/ McCartney, John Coltrane, and Nick Drake. Dyer's eclectic sound infuses elements of Folk, Rock, Experimental, Jazz, Blues & Pop.
Dyer is the recipient of seven ASCAPlus Awards (2004-2011) and his CD "GoStayPlay" was named a Best Album Finalist (Folk/ Singer-Songwriter category) in the vIndependent Music Awards. His song "Hot Owl" received an Honorable Mention in the International Songwriting Competition - for Best Song/Performance.
Hawke & Owl (2008-present) is Dyer's most recent collaboration with singer-songwriter/ banjo player Hilary Hawke. They play original compositions alongside reinterpretations of traditional and contemporary roots music, performing mostly throughout New York City and surrounding areas.
Doors open at 7:00 and the concert is 8:00 to 10:00.
$10 suggested admission donation
BYOB and hors d'oeuvres are welcome!