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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

1st Episode of Recorded "Live at the Farm" #HouseConcert Series w/ #RobEurope & @BryanGallo

This episode features three songs each from Piedmont style picker ROB EUROPE and Americana/Folk Singer-Songwriter BRYAN GALLO, recorded at The Farm on Saturday April 11, 2015.

Next house concert SAT JULY 18 features PANDAFAN and WHALEHEART, and takes place in the LI Pine Barrens. RSVP to mick_hargreaves at yahoo dot com to get directions and attend.

Monday, July 6, 2015

#YouTube Debut TUE 7/7: 1st Episode "Live At The Farm" #HouseConcert Series

COMING TUES JULY 7 2015 to YouTube:

Recorded live on April 11, 2011 at the Lantern Sound Recording Rig (LSRR) in the Long Island Pine Barrens, the first episode of the "Live at The Farm" house concert series will feature excerpts from performances by Piedmont-Style Blues Picker Rob Europe and
alternative country-rock/wistful pop songwriter Bryan Gallo.

This show gives a nice look into what happens at these unique events. It's part recording session, part house concert, part Norman Rockwell painting. Episodes will run under a half hour in length. An audio sneak-peak of the songs in the show, plus one bonus track for each artist, are already streaming at the LSRR Bandcamp Site.


ROB EUROPE:  Trouble in Mind; No Love Left; Ramblin'

BRYAN GALLO: Windy City Waltz; Tears Never Come; Karma

Presented by the Lantern Sound Recording Rig & JTiL Productions.
Engineering and Mixing: Mick Hargreaves
Video Production: Jody Gambino

Thursday, June 11, 2015

#Acoustic #SALT #ShelterIsland SAT 6/13 4-7pm FREE

Back at SALT (Shelter Island) this Saturday JUNE 13 4-7pm, performing on acoustic guitar and doing that singing thing I do, along with Mike Bifulco doing incredible things on electric stringed instruments.

We'll be outdoors in the Shipwreck Bar, 4-7pm. Right on the water. An oasis from the madness, we promise. FREE.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

FRI 6/19 8pm #HouseConcert Double Bill: @lindsayellyn (#nashville), plus Pete Mancini of @ButchersBlind (#NYC)

The Lantern Sound Recording Rig and JTiL Productions present the third monthly"Live on The Farm" House Concert.


"I was always one to lend a hand whenever I could, but it wasn't until about two-and-a-half years ago that I made a decision to devote a significant chunk of my life to service work," recalls Lindsay Ellyn, who works with shelters and charities. "I realized that, aside from music, that's what makes me most happy, and I personally believe it's our duty as people to serve each other." Lindsay's new EP, Out of Road, dropped May 2015. Produced by Dean Miller, the project features famed musicians including Chad Cromwell, Dan Dugmore, Steve Nathan and others. After 12 years in NYC, she now resides in Nashville, Tennessee.


"[Play for the Films] reminds me of my favorite parts of Wilco and the Jayhawks. I have it in the player in my car and just keep playing it." - Iain Matthews (Fairport Convention). Pete Mancini is the songwriter and frontman of Butchers Blind, "a band that plays American Music. Their sound hearkens back to a simpler time before Rock & Roll was divided into a million small sub-genres and songwriting was still the order of the day.  One may be able to hear the influences of Uncle Tupelo, Gram Parsons and The Band in their songs, but the real magic is how they blend these ingredients into a musical recipe all their own."

$15 Suggested Donation.

BYOB and, a dish to pass if you like.
Additional refreshments and snacks will be provided.

RSVP to receive location information and reserve a seat:
✉   mick_hargreaves at yahoo dot com;
☏  516-312-1618 

This is an indoor event, and will be audio/video recorded for later webcast.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Lantern Sound Recording Rig hosts stage @ Swallow East, Montauk Music Fest 2015

The Lantern Sound Recording Rig hosts the stage at Swallow East for the Montauk Music Festival 2015,  for three days from May 15-May 17. FREE ADMISSION at all times. Shows will happen RAIN OR SHINE. Facebook Event Page

8pm Butchers Blind (Bellerose, NY)

Americana / Alternative / Folk Rock
9pm Bryan Gallo (Mastic, NY)
Singer-Songwriter / Alt-Country / Power Pop
10pm Cody Joe Hodges (College Station, TX)
Country / Singer-Songwriter
11pm Jessica Lynn (Yorktown Heights, NY)
Country / Pop / Rock

8pm LiquidPhase (Montauk / NYC)
Surf / Skate / Rock
9pm Oldsquaw (East Hampton, NY)
10pm Mick Hargreaves & The King Guys (LI NY)
Americana / Rock-A-Blues / Power-Pop-Folk / Rock and Roll
11pm WhaleHeart (East Hampton, NY)
Beers / Beards / Bowie

8pm The Coteries (South Orange, NJ)

Americana / Folk / Acoustic
9pm Twister (Brooklyn, NY)
Reggae / Reggae / Reggae

Monday, April 20, 2015

Live on the Farm: #HouseConcert SAT 05/09/15 7p: RORIE KELLY, MARIANN MEGNA

The Lantern Sound Recording Rig
and JTiL Productions present:

"Live on The Farm" House Concert
SATURDAY MAY 9th 2015 - 7pm
From the upcoming "One Guitar" effort:


Rorie Kelly
Rorie Kelly is a small redheaded tornado of sound. Her aggressive acoustic guitar style complements raw, powerhouse vocals to pack a serious punch. First-time listeners often comment, "I can't believe that voice came out of that body." Rorie has been making music since her teenage years and was strongly influenced by the tell-all, stream-of-consciousness songwriting style of the 90s. "Growing up I was listening to Liz Phair, Alanis Morissette, and Ben Folds Five alongside Joni Mitchell and The Beatles," she says. "That's where my foundation comes from as a musician." Over the years, Rorie has been compared to Janis Joplin and Alanis Morissette for her high-powered vocals, and Joni Mitchell and Sarah Bareilles for her catchy-confessional brand of songwriting.

Mariann Megna
"I love a good melody, I'm a classic that way, and old enough now to sing the blues with intention", says Mariann Megna. Her 'Grey Matters' release, available on Itunes, CDbaby and, was preceded by her first two recorded efforts, 'Still' with Nancy Remkus, and 'Trails',  a solo compilation. Mariann is part of the house ensemble called "Country Roast" at the Monday-weekly "East End Opry" (Fresh in Bridgehampton), featuring Klyph Black, James Benard, Randolph Hudson and often a special guest or two.

$15 Suggested Donation.
BYOB and, a dish to pass if you like.
Additional refreshments and snacks will be provided.

RSVP to receive location information and reserve a seat:

✉  mick_hargreaves at yahoo dot com;

☏  516-312-1618

This is an indoor event, and will be audio/video recorded for later webcast.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

SAT 4/11 #houseconcert SUN 4/12 #liveradio #streaming MON 4/13 solo #liveshow

Saturday, April 11th, 7pm
House Concert w/ Bryan Gallo and Rob Europe
the Lantern Sound Recording Rig 

Please RSVP to mick_hargreaves at yahoo dot com to reserve a seat and get directions. $15 suggested donation. This is being recorded for later web streaming - A few seats are left!

Sunday April 12 10pm EASTERN
WRCN 103.9FM's Graveyard Blues radio program

I'll discuss the One Guitar double CD release with producer Don Bracken. We'll debut tracks from the record. Host Jerry Schaffer is also welcoming Black and Sparrow, so it should be quite a show. You never know what's gonna happen on a radio night like this. STREAM the show LIVE here.

Monday April 13 7pm
Freshamptons (Bridgehampton) East End Opry

Andy Aledort is the featured performer and I'll be doing an acoustic solo set. Leah Kay, Dan Koontz, Marigrace Dineen also perform. This weekly review is really taking off. Show starts 6:30-7:00PM with the house ensemble called "Country Roast" featuring Mariann Megna, Klyph Black, James Benard Randolph Hudson and often a special guest or two. Feature starts promptly at 7:30PM and runs for approximately an hour. (3) Three 30 minute mini-sets to follow. The house band closes the evening of music.

OK, the weather's nice... ready, set, go! mh

Friday, April 10, 2015

MH chats about #OneGuitar CD release on @WRIVfreelance radio program

April 9, 2015 broadcast on WRIV Radio 1390AM, Riverhead NY, with host Gianna Volpe.

Twenty-nine artists were recorded on the same day, performing with the same 1961 Gibson J46 Acoustic Guitar. The recording was done with the Lantern Sound Recording Rig, engineered and mixed by Mick Hargreaves, produced by Don Bracken.

The double CD-release show will happen Thursday May 21st at the Vail-Leavitt Theater at 7pm. The entire One Guitar effort benefits Maureen's Haven Homeless Shelter Outreach Program.

Purchase tickets here.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

#POSTER: #OneGuitar Release Show THU MAY 21 7pm - Vail Leavitt Music Hall #Riverhead NY

29 Artists recorded on the same day, playing the same 1961 Gibson J-45 acoustic guitar. Admission includes a copy of the double CD release. All proceeds benefit Mary's Haven Homeless Shelter Program. Produced by Don Bracken, recorded and mixed by Mick Hargreaves with the Lantern Sound Recording Rig.

Get tickets at

Monday, March 23, 2015

Outrageous #OpenMic returns to @theTalkhouse ☀ THU APR 02 8pm
 (Amagansett, NY)

Featuring backing band THE HOUSEWRECKERS:
Klyph Black, Mike Mazzaraco, Sean Rafferty, Mick Hargreaves.

Every Thursday...  Drums, Amplifiers, Keyboards provided. 

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Monster bass amp.

Last night, Joe Lauro and I combined gear and came up with this for the Hoodoo Loungers / Complete Unknowns show at Bay Street Theater, Sag Harbor NY. Bass Heaven!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Live at the Farm: Indoor House Concert 4/11/15 7p: BRYAN GALLO, ROB EUROPE

An intimate, indoor performance in the recording studio. RSVP IS A MUST.
Presented by The Lantern Sound Recording Rig and JTiL Productions.

SATURDAY APRIL 11th 2015 - 7pm.
From the upcoming "One Guitar" effort:

Bryan is a Long Island based singer-songwriter and former front man of the band Attic Space. His songs are inspired by late nights in bars, the backseats of cars, and the pressures and consequences of living life romantically. Intrigued by both the sounds of alternative country-rock and wistful pop music he embarked on a solo career and began to pen songs that would be deeply personal but still readily accessible. Steeped in reflective heartache, the lexicon of Gallo’s lyrics stands as a testament to his raw talent as a musician while weaving a flush and relatable narrative.

Rob is 22 years old, a current resident of Southold N.Y., Presently finishing up a Bachelors Degree in music business and performance at Five Towns College in Dix Hills NY. He began studying guitar and cello at age eight and has since earned a reputation as one of the youngest (and most talented) guitarists on the North Fork.

$15 Suggested Donation.
BYOB and, a dish to pass if you like.
Additional refreshments and snacks will be provided.

To attend, YOU *MUST* RSVP to receive location information and reserve a seat:
☏  516-312-1618.

This is an indoor event, and will be recorded for later webcast.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

☀ Unique Recording Studio Live-In Opportunity ☀

The Lantern Sound Recording Rig is now fully installed at our new location, and we're looking for working musicians or other creative-type housemates who want to live in one of two available bedrooms in this historical, and magical Long Island Pine Barrens three-story farmhouse, home to a full-blown recording studio. Housemates will be able to use the recording studio.

We sit right at the gateway to both the North and South Forks of Long Island.

Here are some distances:

Southampton  -  30 minutes
Long Island Wine Country  -  15 minutes
Long Island Expressway (Hampton Jitney Stop) - 1 mile
Ronkonkoma LIRR Station - 20 minutes
Queens Midtown Tunnel - 1 hour 15 minutes

For $600 per month, and an equal share of utilities, a housemate here at the farm would have their own second floor bedroom, access to the full recording facilities here, plus:

Office space on the first floor.
Second floor full bath, including tub.
Plenty of storage space.
Use of the third floor loft.
Two Requirements: References, and a $600 security deposit.

Scroll down... there's a lot of photos to check out.

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The House
The farmhouse is located on an old horse farm that's been fully refurbished, yet it has no horses. Hiking, ponds, hunting and all major services are nearby.

The Country Kitchen
There is a big country kitchen (gas stove/oven, dishwasher, plenty of cabinet space) with adjoining bathroom on the first floor, a front office with washer/dryer and slop sink, an open front porch, and a closed-in back porch that opens onto a deck. Heat is via municipal natural gas.

The Front Parlour
The farmhouse has plaster-and-lath walls, with original dark wood trim and vintage wall paper throughout. There is a winding stairwell leading up to the second and third floors.

Both available bedrooms have great views of open rural area.
The stairwell leads up to the second floor bedrooms, and...
The Third Floor Loft

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The Studio
Logic 8 • Intel Xeon Macintosh
Equator and KRK Monitors
12 channels of outboard mic preamps • Echo Audiofire 12 I/O
Full complement of microphones and instruments

The control room of the LSRR is located in what was originally designed as a first floor bedroom. The closet of this room has two different amplifier isolation chambers; guitars, bass, keyboards, and even vocals can be done in the control room if need be.

First Floor Control Room
The control room opens onto the main "live" room.
Adjacent to the main room, separated by French pocket doors, is a front parlor.

Amplifier Isolation Under the Stairs

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The Area

There is hiking, hunting, fishing, rivers, creeks, ponds, and much more - just walk out the door.
Shopping, golfing, paintball, farm stands and all major amenities are minutes away.

Just down the road...

Front porch at night
Backyard Sky
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    Vintage Gear

    Friday, February 27, 2015

    At The Diner With The Old-Timers and the Imperial Wing-Nut.

    The creeks started to flow, and the ponds began to exhibit water instead of only ice. The musician went into town to get plank wood to make additional speaker stands for the recording studio control room, a replacement for the Jeep gas cap that had been stolen, and wing-nut to fix one of his harp braces.

    First priority was breakfast at the local mom-and-pop luncheonette. He knew, before even leaving the house, that today was going to be a western omelette, home fries, and coffee; cream and sugar. As he sat at the counter (on a red-upholstered chrome metal spin-top stool, of course), marveling at the wizardry of an experienced short-order cook in action, an old-timer sat down next to him. They struck up a conversation.

    Joe had been a mess hall line cook in the Army Artillery; like the musician's father, he had been fortunate enough to have been drafted between the Korean and Vietnam wars. The lucky void. He had served mostly in-country: a place known as New Jersey.

    In no time at all, the topics of religion and politics were broached. The musician prepared for the worst.

    What came in rapid-fire succession was a surprise: Corporate money in politics was nauseating. How DARE any men tell women what to do with their bodies? Health care reform sure was weak, and probably corrupt, but heck, it was better than nothing, and, yes, insurance should be taken out of the equation. The Tea Party is just a different form of terrorism, albeit in minuteman's clothing. How can you take away food stamps from those who live in a ghetto of opportunity? Keeping the minimum wage stagnant was baloney. He was sick of the Ayn-Randian "screw you, I've got mine" mindset; the Bible says we are our brother's keepers. How convenient that so many of us have forgotten that part. Elizabeth Warren wants to throw out the money-changers - Why is no one listening to her?

    A phone call about a keyboard lured the musician outside. Upon returning, he came into a discussion that now involved several old-timers. It was a three-alarm fire, and the flames said that yeah, maybe Afghanistan was necessary, but we never should have gone into Iraq.

    The musician politely left when the topic turned to bombing the entirety of the Middle East, World War III, and a violent solution to the current Speaker of the House situation. He couldn't condone any of that, but at least he saw evidence of really old white guys who were not just spewing what the talking heads told them to. He felt good and left for the hardware store.

    The revelation there was that the German-made harmonica brace, to his surprise, was not metric in nature: It required an Imperial Wing-Nut.

    Weird Metaphor had been achieved.

    Friday, January 9, 2015

    RE: Dixie Bee-Liners "Through My Screen Door" release.

    The Lantern Sound Recording Rig (LSRR)

    Sometimes bands break up in an amicable fashion. Sometimes they do not.

    The Dixie Bee-Liners folded up the tent for good in 2012, at the end of a two week tour from the east coast to Colorado and back (that I was hired to play bass on), with an unfinished full length record they recorded with me pretty much ready to mix.

    I subsequently made duplicate backups of the entire session files and rough mixes, got the artist copies of all session files and rough mixes - if I've been fully paid, and I have been in this case, I like to include the artist in the file-backup scheme. I archived the project, hoping that one day something would happen with it. I figured it would be years, if not longer, before that record properly saw the light of day. I held out hope that somehow, someway... that would happen. I even mentally prepped myself for reluctantly having to take the role of go-between. Sometimes someone in this seat my butt is in... has to be a peace-keeper too.

    On New Year's Day 2015, a release titled "Through My Screen Door: The Final Sessions of The Dixie Bee-Liners" appeared on the CD Baby website. It is a nine-song digital release, four (or so) songs short of what was actually recorded. Even though I am listed as a co-producer, and I engineered all sessions, this was a total surprise to me. I was not consulted on, nor was I notified of, any impending release.

    More importantly, one of the other listed co-producers my friend of many years, Buddy Woodward, who also happens to be one of the songwriters, and one of two founding members of this band, was apparently also not consulted.

    But... I guess that's how these things go sometimes.

    - m.h. -
    January 5th, 2015

    Tuesday, November 18, 2014

    What Bryan Gallo Said

    Since October 1st 2014, the Lantern Sound Recording Rig has been in residence at a place we call "The Farm". Installation of the rig is complete, and we've already been hard at work.

    Prior to the current location, the LSRR did a lot of recording work at "The Groove Shack", a place that has a 20x40 room with a wood floor, and a single-pitch wood ceiling. We'll still go back there now and then to get certain sounds.

    Here, Bryan Gallo relates the story of how his record "The Party Guest", produced by Pete Mancini, and with Butchers Blind as the backing band, was made there.

    Produced by Pete Mancini with the Lantern Sound Recording Rig.

    I was looking for some like-minded people to help me put my debut album together, and I reached out to Mick knowing that he had recorded the last Butchers Blind album [basic tracks for Destination Blues] at The Groove Shack. That album came out sounding great, so when he offered to take on my project and said that the same space was available, I was all in."

    The Groove Shack.

    For starters there's just a great natural sound in there for drums and other acoustic instruments, so everything came out sounding very organic. Also, we were able to hole up and live together for a few weekends while recording, so the music actually sounds like it was made by real people playing together and not like an air-tight cut and paste job.

    Mick has a wide range of knowledge of microphones, compressors, and other studio tricks and is almost fanatical in figuring out the newest way to capture a new sound. Because of that, the recordings come out sounding great but more importantly he's not staring at a watch counting down studio time. He's truly dedicated to making sure he captures all he can to create a great sounding record.

    Mick has a few tricks up his sleeve, and as I mentioned before he really knew how to use the Groove Shack to his advantage. One thing that worked out very well was that he always used several mics while recording vocals and drums, so we had a wide range of colors to blend if need be.

    At first I was in disbelief knowing such great sounds could come from a compact unit and not from a fancy high-end fancy studio. That's testament to Mick knowing the ins and outs of his equipment and also how to treat a physical space as part of the character of the recording.

    Essentially with the LSRR, there's even less limitations than you'd have with a conventional studio and there's a refreshing "back to basics" style of recording.

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    This Thursday NOV 20, Butchers Blind celebrate their new seven-inch release "Thursday Girl", also recorded with Mick & The Lantern Sound Recording Rig, with a show at Cameo in Brooklyn.

    On New Year's Eve DEC 31 2014, Bryan, Pete, and Mick will do an acoustic singer-songwriter throw-down at Hoptron Brewtique in Patchogue NY to celebrate a great year of work and enjoyment.

    For a full Bryan Gallo show schedule, visit his official site at .


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