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TONY HALCHAK – A TALE OF ARCADIE

 
Review by Mike McKenna
PA Music Scene.com
January 2011

Tony Halchak is a multi-talented artist who is the former multi-instrumentalist and co-writer from bands such as Barefoot, Rippletree Effect, and Evernight. He has recorded with multi-Grammy winning artist Matt Odmark from the band Jars of Clay, played hundreds of shows from Maine to Nashville. Several tracks he’s written and co-written currently spin on radio stations including a few from his solo record “Love Will Keep You On Your Feet” released under nom de plume of Anthony Narrow. Tony credits his influences to include Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Bret Alexander, Chris Martin, Glen Hansard and Gregory Alan Isakov.

His latest effort “A Tale of Arcadie” has its basis in a Henry Wadsworth Longfellow poem that he has masterfully put to music. With sounds that range from Christian-Folk to New Age, they can be compared to such artists as Jim Brickman to Enya with some Jean Michel Jarre.

“Graces Theme” is a nice New Age type keyboard instrumental that soothes the soul of the listener. “Evangeline” has a nice folksy feeling and with the right amount of instrumentation that is not overbearing and yet still has a full sound. “Sister of Mercy” has those simple, but heartfelt lyrics that would do well in Christian-formatted radio.

“Gabriel’s Promise” is a tune in the mold of a Jars of Clay with clean, crisp vocals and a real story in the lyrics. This is my favorite on this CD. “Final and Forever Reunion” has a serenity to it that is relaxing. This is a great example of the molding of New Age and Electronica.

This CD should do well in the Christian-Folk circles with its masterful composition and the story lines behind the lyrics. You can catch Tony in the Wilkes-Barre and Scranton area in local establishments and on the road.