Old Springs Pike — with Tony Winner Gallagher, Jr. — Returns to Joe's Pub Jan. 2

News   Old Springs Pike — with Tony Winner Gallagher, Jr. — Returns to Joe's Pub Jan. 2 Old Springs Pike, the band featuring Spring Awakening Tony Award winner John Gallagher, Jr., returns to Joe's Pub Jan. 2.

Clockwise, from top: John Gallagher, Jr., Heather Robb, James Smith and James Cleare.
Clockwise, from top: John Gallagher, Jr., Heather Robb, James Smith and James Cleare. Photo by <br>

The group, which won the "Battle of the Broadway Bands" last spring, will play the intimate cabaret Jan. 2-4 at 7:30 PM and Jan. 6 at 7:30 and 9:30 PM. The band comprises Gallagher, Jr. (guitar, vocals), Heather Robb (keyboard, melodica, vocals), James Cleare (guitar, vocals) and James Smith (guitar, percussion, vocals).

"Using four-part harmony as a diving board," press notes state, "these early twenty-somethings find themselves in stylistic depths ranging from a fair-paced folk to a rarely restrained roots rock. With an energetic, spontaneous live act, Old Springs Pike proves that it's not just a concert, but an event."

"The band that I have today is comprised of friends of mine that I grew up with back in Delaware, where I'm from," Gallagher told Playbill.com in spring 2007. "I've always played in bands with them. But at the time I first did Spring Awakening I wasn't in any band.

"…It's very vocal-heavy in the band. It's all made up of four-part harmony. That's how we build it; that's the only thing we know is going to happen when we start building a song. I grew up with a lot of folk music. That was really integrated into my spirit at a young age because my parents are kind of old folkies, and they listen to a lot of John Prine and James Taylor and Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell and The Band. Then I reached a point where I fought against it and got really into rock music. But then I kept coming back to these old folk records. It always seemed the truest source of inspiration for me.

"A lot of those harmony-influenced bands, like the Band and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, are big influences, but Bob Dylan always remains one of the biggest and Elvis Costello is one of my heroes." Joe's Pub is located within the Public Theater at 425 Lafayette Street, between East 4th and Astor Place. For reservations call (212) 967-7555 or visit www.joespub.com. There is a $12 cover charge and a two-drink minimum.

Old Springs Pike's John Gallagher, Jr., James Smith, James Cleare and Heather Robb
Old Springs Pike's John Gallagher, Jr., James Smith, James Cleare and Heather Robb