Artist Bios

Dana Newman
Dana Newman

Vocals / Harmonica Dana has been making up her own songs since before she could talk, and still entertains her entourage of brightly colored teddy bears with new material. They're tough critics. Photo Credit: Heidi Washburn

press to zoom
Bryan Newman
Bryan Newman

Guitar / Vocals Involved in music since childhood, Bryan began playing the guitar at age 13. Originally from New York, he is one of the original members of One Trip Garden, founded 1993. During that time, Bryan lived and studied at an ashram, nurturing his passion for guitar, and writing original music. Photo Credit: Brian Bystrek

press to zoom
Xavier Pietri
Xavier Pietri

Percussion Xavier is a Connecticut native and self-taught musician. He first experienced making music with fellow drum-circle percussionists. His instruments include congas, cajon, timbales, udu, darbukka, bata, ocean drum, dumbek, doundoun, tamora, cymbals, chimes, shakers and bells. He hopes his music allows others to join in his musical journeys. Photo Credit: Heidi Washburn

press to zoom
Jeff Carter
Jeff Carter

Guitar / Guitar Synths / Vocals CT native, former Berklee initiate, Jeff has been in the CT music scene since the early 90s. His passions for outlawed alien music technology and diverse genres led him to blend electric guitar with a host of synthesized instruments - inspiring musical adventures in funk, rhythm and blues, EDM, progressive rock and improvisational mandala rock. He may not be human. Photo Credit: Caitlin Pytlik

press to zoom
Robert Engengro
Robert Engengro

Drums Thought to be the product of a chocolate factory explosion, Robert Engengro, who is best known for his (fictitious) participation in the Salem Witch Trials, decided to play the drums, after mistaking Chicken Drumsticks for real drumsticks. Once the mistake was corrected, he dedicated countless hours to mastering the art of "Chicken Drumming". Photo credit: Sandra Baulieu

press to zoom
Aaron Stapleton
Aaron Stapleton

Bass A nerdy kid from the CT valley with a passion for legos and pizza, Aaron first started practicing bass around 2010 with some borrowed gear and a little instruction from his oldest brother. Those clunky music games with the plastic instruments were a big part of his inspiration to take on the role, along with the bass-focused bands of his upbringing. Believing a balanced life is healthiest, bands of opposing moods and methods are among his involvement. Photo Credit: Heidi Washburn

press to zoom
Parker Hutchinson
Parker Hutchinson

Live Sound Engineer/Live Recording Engineer/Archivist A lifelong fan and collector of music, Parker began his journey in live sound and recording at UNH. Parker's meticulous attention to live sound and recorded material keeps fans and musicians happy. Photo: Third Half

press to zoom