As of right now I am hitting the brakes for 2018. Playing guitar has been causing me great pain as of late. I am in the process of getting help from Doctors to get to the bottom of it. If anything changes I will follow up here.
So it's been forever since I put anything on here. It's been a weird period of change and trials and I've been hiding under the radar for a while. In march I left my job of 18 years and got a new one with a completely different schedule, affecting how many late night and long distance shows that I choose to do. I'm just not a spry young buck anymore and have decided to put more focus on my family as of late. In July I had a flood in my music room that put a hold on any practicing, recording, basically spending any time with a guitar alone. After a two month fight with insurance companies and condo boards I finally have it mostly up and running and am looking at something close to normal.
I'm still playing out but mostly just residencies and acoustic duos that run at earlier times. Mike Rau and I still have our duo at The Main Pub in Manchester every other Tuesday of the month indefinitely, and The Bus Drivers are still maintaining our Camridge House in Granby- first Saturday of every month thing.
Friday September 9th I'll be at Bridge Street Live in Collinsville with Jeff Przech for a special evening of music.
That's it for now.
There have been some interesting things happening recently which I would like to share. I've been doing an increased amount of work with Pat McGee recently. Last week I was at the Fairfield Theater with him and this past weekend I was with him for two more shows, one at The Vanilla Bean in Pomfrett Ct, the other at The Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton MA. Fun was had, rock was made, and friendships were cemented. I am looking forward to doing some more work with him in the near future!
It is the eve of my 42nd birthday and I am spending some time updating my site with updated pictures of gear. So this is what it means to get old.
Well Summer is almost over and there's nothing much new going on. Still doing the residencies with as much enthusiasm as I can muster. Unfortunately I am still feeling burned out.
Ironically, I have begun to play shows with Bipolar Jukebox again at The Crown and Hammer in Collinsville. More dates will be in the books soon. As of January 2016 rumor has it we will resume our residency at The Crown. If it sticks, that will be very exciting to do again. I really miss the challenge of trying to hang musically with Andre and Charlie, with me being the weakest link! I always feel palpable growth as a musician after each and every show with them, as well as a healthy dose of humility. It's one thing to have good ears, but it's another thing to keep them sharp.
Still in the decision making part of what gear to sell off. there's so much history with some pieces I have, and I don't want to regret anything either. The fact of the matter is I don't need as much stuff anymore. I like what I like, and I'm not much of a collecter so some things will have to be re homed. I know for certain my Breedlove Dreadnought has to go. It's a beautiful guitar but it's just too big for my small frame. I always have shoulder pain after playing it for any length of time. My Ovation is a good size for me, and plays and sounds wonderful. I'm also looking at smaller concert style bodies and 000 models which suit me better. I've been suffering from intense neck, shoulder and hand pain as of late, and need to reduce the strain.
I'll post again with items I will have up for sale soon.
Signing off for now...
This posting is to inform everyone of some changes. I have reached a critical point where I am just exhausted and frustrated with playing so much, with diminishing returns spiritually and financially. Maybe my age has caught up with me. I always promised myself that when It got to the point where it no longer seemed as fun to me, I should start to wind it down. The slower than usual summer has allowed me to be home with my family more than usual, and I feel a calling to be more present in my life at home.
This doesn't mean I am quitting music altogether. I could never be so short sighted. Things change and nobody can predict the future. I have three residencies at clubs that I will continue to do, for the time being anyway: The Cambridge House with The Bus Drivers, The Main Pub with Mike Rau (acoustic) and The Redstone Pub with The Homesteaders. What I will not be doing is taking more offers to back up solo artists and one off projects like CD release parties, and traveling great distances for little monetary gain just for the "experience". I have experienced an awful lot in my 20 plus years of live gigging and don't feel the need to continue to explore. I will continue to record music and add guitars to anyones project in the comfort of my own home.
I also will be thinning out my arsenal of gear as well to a manageable level of gear I actually need. Contact me for more details.
That's all for now.
Finally, the winter is over! We can finally begin to bloom into the beings we all know we are, and be less bound to our homes. Anchors away!
With that, I am excited to move into the busy season of playing music. I have started a new residency of sorts with John Mayock and The Homesteaders at The Redstone Pub in Simsbury, Ct. Every second Saturday of every month we will be performing and honing our set as well as bringing life to some new songs that need to grow on stage. We have resumed recording in hopes of completing a full album soon as well, coming off a very fruitful session at Telefunken Studios.
I also have completed a new guitar build, a hybrid of a strat and a telecaster consisting of a light weight Warmoth body routed for a Fender telecaster neck, tele bridge and neck pickups with a strat middle pickup. This has become my favorite guitar and will likely be the most visible of my guitars from now on. You can check it out on the gear page on my site.
I am also working on some studio recordings for Woodford Line and Jeff Belcher. On April 26th I was able to perform the material I recorded for Jeff Przech's CD "Sounds Like Fresh" at his CD release party at Bridge Street Live, which was a lot of fun. His CD is available at various online sources including Itunes and CD Baby as well as his website here.
Some of you may have noticed, I have closed my old website, changed the name to Dennis Fancher Music, and started from scratch. Whole new server and domain. I just found the lack of editing functions on the old one to be limiting, and Ive had that same site for nine years.
Time for a fresh start.
I will update this as my news section, with anything new pertaining to my musical endeavors. More pages will be added as time allows as well. Thanks for visiting!