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January 16, 2014

Old Forge welcomes singer and songwriter Tony Halchak

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In addition to Alexander, the hectic musician also performs with the soulful blues and folk artist Ed Randazzo, Scranton rock legend Jeremy Burke, and the wonderfully talented fiddle player Christine.

Since Halchak is also a graphic designer and web consultant, finding time for his musical endeavors is a challenge. However, it’s a challenge he loves.

“I’ve spent my entire life as a musician who tries to make the best records possible by surrounding myself with all of the right talent. Years were spent trying to figure out what is the right way to get people interested in my music. There used to be a road map that artists  could follow if they wanted to give it a legitimate shot. Today, there is no more roadmap,” he said. “I’ve spent the last several years coming to grips with that. On one hand, it’s a sobering realization but on the other, it’s empowering. I’m no longer trying to package myself up in a box that can be easily sold. I don’t worry about saying all of the right things. I just make music.”

His original tunes are miles away from the cookie-cutter type lyrics found in many mainstream songs because he follows his own rules. By doing so, his work stands separate from musicians who try and be something the public wants to hear and not who they are.

“I try to write tunes that are thoughtfully worded and deeply felt. I’m not typically interested in what people think my music says about me. I just hope I write some tunes that people enjoy and wouldn’t mind adding to their mix-tapes,” Halchak said. “I used to care a ton about making some kind of statement. As I’m getting older, though, I realize I’m just going to keep writing and performing songs until I drop dead. Maybe one of my tunes will present a way of looking at something that someone hasn’t thought about before. That would be a compliment and the best one I could get. “

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