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January 16, 2014

Old Forge welcomes singer and songwriter Tony Halchak

“I’ve played the wide gamut of shows that stick with you and ones you can’t forget soon enough. Lately, I typically enjoy the ones where both the crowd, and me as a musician, are just having a good time. ”

A good time will be on tap tonight when Washingtonville music man Tony Halchak gets the good times started with music for the common man at the Old Forge Brewing Company in Danville.

To kick the music into a higher level, Halchak will be joined by noted musician Bret Alexander.

“Bret and I tend to do our own laid back renditions of popular tunes and a lot of original music we’ve both written over the years,” Halchak said. “Honest, blue-collar lyrics, craft-brewed acoustic tunes to accompany finely-crafted libations.”

Since 2004, Halchak has earned a legion of fans that range from the college crowd to middle age and beyond at his gigs that average about four a month, in addition to co-hosting Vinyl Night every Wednesday at the Turkey Hill Brewing Company in Bloomsburg.

Music has become such an important aspect of his life, the 30-year-old talent also produces music for other regional players, a fitting task for someone with Halchak’s skills and knowledge of the musical world.

“I’ve been playing music for about 14 years. It all started when I found an old dusty guitar lying under my father’s bed. I taught myself how to play it and now, many years later, I still feel like a rookie constantly trying to learn how to make myself better.”

In addition to the guitar, Halchak also brings the vibrant sound of a mandolins to the music, to create more depth and feeling.

When paired with Alexander’s impressive skills as a guitarist, the pair make for a multi-faceted sound that can be heard at numerous venues across Central Pennsylvania.

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