Causeway is a male/female duo made up of Zach Hurd and Barbara Pecirep. They started working as a duo at Wheaton College (near Boston, MA ) and have been playing together professionally for the past three years. Their tight harmonies and catchy original songs have a style that likens them to that of great 60’s/70’s songwriters while maintaining their own unique, contemporary approach. They've had comparisons to artists such as: Fleetwood Mac, James Taylor, Everything but the Girl, Jack Johnson and Eva Cassidy. Causeway tours both as an acoustic act and as a full band.
They have self-produced two albums, "Parallel Lines" and "Endless Summer." Radio play, NACA showcases, college shows, and regular New York City, Boston and Philly gigs have helped them acquire an ever-increasing fan base. They have shared the stage with such artists as Gavin DeGraw, Amos Lee, and Tyler Hilton.
Colleges & Universities:
Connecticut College, New London, CT
University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
University of West Florida, Pensacola, FL
Berry College, Mt. Berry, GA
St. Ambrose University, Davenport, IA
Augustana College, Rock Island, IL
Bradley University, Peoria, IL
Elmhurst College, Elmhurst, IL
Quincy University, Quincy, IL
University of Louisiana, Shreveport, LA
Babson College, Babson Park, MA
Wheaton College, Norton, MA
UMASS Dartmouth, North Dartmouth, MA
Seina Heights University, Adrian, MI
Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, MI
New England College, Henniker, NH
Dickinson State University, Dickinson, ND
Monmouth University, West Long Branch, NJ
Elmira College, Elmira, NY
Wittenberg University, Springfield, OH
Gannon University, Erie, PA
Marist College, Poughkeepsie, PA
University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC
St. Michaels College, Winooski, VT
Conferences & Festivals:
Elm City Song Circle, Hamden, CT
2004 NACA Northeast Conference, Marlborough, MA
2005 NACA National Conference, Minneapolis, MN
2005 New Haven Folk Festival, New Haven, CT
New York Singer/Songwriter Circle, New York, NY
2006 NACA Mid Atlantic Festival, Gettysburg, PA
2006 NACA Mid-Atlantic Conference, Lancaster, PA
2006 Miss South Dakota Teen USA, Watertown, SD
2006 Miss South Dakota USA, Watertown, SD
2006 OS National Band Search Finals, New York, NY
2006 NACA Central Conference, Little Rock, AR
2006 NACA West Conference, Reno, NV
2006 Dewey Beach Conference, Dewey Beach, DE
2007 NACA National Conference, Nashville, TN
Clubs & Coffeehouses:
The Dubliner Pub, Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, CT
Sono Caffeine, South Norwalk, CT
Great Scott's, Allston, MA
All Asia Bar, Cambridge, MA
Sweetwater Cafe, Cambridge, MA
The Ironhorse, Northampton, MA
Seadogs Pub & Restaurant, Topsham, ME
The Hyde School, Bath, ME
Acoustic Coffee, Portland, ME
Indigo Coffeehouse, Aberdeen, NJ
The Goldhawk, Hoboken, NJ
Espresso Joes, Keyport, NJ
Cafe Arabica, Morristown, NJ
Triumph Brewery, Princeton, NJ
Small World Coffee, Princeton, NJ
Echo, Red Bank, NJ
Arlenes Grocery, New York, NY
The Knitting Factory, New York, NY
The Living Room, New York, NY
The Bitter End, New York, NY
Crash Mansion, New York, NY
The Rockwood Music Hall, New York, NY
Fergies Pub, Philadelphia, PA
The Fire, Philadelphia, PA
The Towne Crier Cafe, Pawling, NY
Millers Pub, Charlottesville, VA
TV & Radio:
Evolving Artists Internet TV, Southbridge, MA
WSHU 91.1 FM, Fairfield, CT
WPKN 89.5 FM, Bridgeport, CT
WCLZ 98.9 FM, Portland, ME
WMPG 90.9 & 104.1 FM, Portland, ME
WBOR 91.1 FM, Brunswick, ME
Blowup Internet Radio, NJ
WEOS 88.1 FM, Geneva, NY
(Hobart & William Smith Colleges)
WFUV 90.7 FM, New York, NY
WQRI 88.3 FM, Bristol, RI
(Roger Williams University)
On The Web:
The College Agency
All Other Inquiries:
Barbara Pecirep- vocals
Zach Hurd- guitar and vocals
Gary Scannelli- bass
Lew Rosengrant- drums
"Parallel Lines," released 2003, a full length acoustic album.
"Endless Summer," released 2006, a full length, self produced album.
Causeway is getting radio play on college campuses, various New England radio stations, and numerous internet podcasts.
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Causeway Finds A Home
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Sometimes bands in New Jersey focus too much on the local scene. They wind up playing the same clubs...Sometimes bands in New Jersey focus too much on the local scene. They wind up playing the same clubs week after week and seem almost obsessed with the idea of being a big fish in a small pond; so much so, that they forget that the world's largest pond is just under an hour away. Not only do bands in New Jersey have music scenes to play in areas like New Brunswick and Asbury Park and Hoboken, but New York City and Philadelphia are on that list as well. Sometimes it takes a band from somewhere else to make you realize how special this area really is and today that band for me is Causeway.
Barbara Pecirep and Zach Hurd started Causeway while attending Wheaton College in Massachusetts. For a couple of years Causeway was just a duo, but lately it's starting to become a full band with the addition of long-time Jersey Shore musicians Gary Scannelli on bass and Lew Rosengrant on drums. The pair has formerly played together in bands such as The Ayes and the Mimi Cross Band and adds a different dimension to Causeway's music.
I met up with Barbara and Zach at Drummer's Alley, a music shop in Red Bank owned by Gary Scannelli. It was rather appropriate to meet there as it was Gary who really brought Causeway into the Red Bank music scene by booking them at Echo. Causeway (who is based in Middletown) really hadn't been part of the local scene before that. In fact, they've been searching for a local scene to belong to ever since graduating from college. After graduation, they both returned back home (Zach to Maine and Barbara to Connecticut) but continued on with Causeway.
"We were looking to make a move because we were doing the music as a duo from two different states," explained Barbara. "We'd have a gig and just meet somewhere. It was getting to a point where we had to make a decision... we needed to move some where and take the initiative if we were going to really go for this thing in an every day kind of way."
At the time, they had been playing a lot of shows in New York City (clubs like the Living Room, Bitter End, Crash Mansion) and when Barbara's aunt's apartment became available they decided to give it a try.
"It's only 45 minutes from the city and not that far from Philly," she said. "It was central and there was an apartment and it worked. It was something we could do and be local to a place. And it's been awesome since we moved here. We met Gary and Lew and did a lot of open mics. That's pretty much how we started meeting people and learning where you go and how you do it and just checking out the scene."
If Causeway's name doesn't instantly register with you, it's probably because they spend as much time playing in the city and at colleges throughout the country as they do in New Jersey. They've been hooked up with The College Agency for several years and have played colleges from Pennsylvania to Utah. The agency lines up the gigs and handles the price negotiations. All Causeway has to do is find a way to the show. Sometimes even that is paid for!
February will be another busy month for the band with shows in Red Bank, Basking Ridge and Princeton before the big stuff happens. On February 15th they head over to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania for the Millennium Music Conference. After that show they'll drive to Nashville where they'll take part in the NACA National Conference Showcase. That's where colleges check out the bands they can hire throughout the year. They were at the conference in Minnesota a few years back. Back in November they took part in the NACA West Conference Showcase which was for the western colleges. Looks like that conference is already paying dividends as they've got shows at Eastern Washington University and Seattle University (both in Washington state) coming up in May. In October, they were part of the NACA Central Showcase that was held in Little Rock, Arkansas.
The pair themselves have only been out of school for a few years, so playing on campus is still rather fun for them. Not to mention that college gigs pay very well.
"The great thing about the college show is that you never know what you're going to get," said Zach. "You go to a place and you could have two kids there one night and it could be a packed room of kids excited to hear the music the next."
It's easy to see why Causeway is blending well with the college crowd and the coffeehouse circuit. Zach's got a kind of quirky guitar sound, which reminds me a bit of Jack Johnson and Barbara has a beautifully soothing vocal style. Their songs are a nice blend of acoustic rock and roll and jazz and with the addition of Gary and Lew, the sound just gets bigger and sounds more complete. Causeway mixes pop, rock, folk, r&b and a little hip-hop all and somehow finds a way to blend all of those styles into one cohesive sound.
They said they always planned on having Causeway become a full band but hadn't met the right musicians until now. While the college shows will still feature Causeway as a duo, more and more of the New Jersey shows are becoming band shows and the entire band will make the trip to the Millennium Music Conference.
-by Gary Wein
CH3 Network Draws Its Biggest Audience To Date
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"Closing out the show was the latest surprise to the CH3 Showcase. The name - CAUSEWAY… and you nee..."Closing out the show was the latest surprise to the CH3 Showcase. The name - CAUSEWAY… and you need to see them to fully appreciate the experience! Barb & Zach - the musical team which makes up Causeway truly captured the audience. Soothing harmonies, wonderful guitar riffs and phrasing - this team is on their way to bigger and better things each show they do. Scott Williams - “luck is a crazy thing - I was fortunate to stumble into the Cafe Arabica in Morristown several months ago. Rob Matarazzo who runs a very successful open mic show there had this wonderful duo up on stage. As my friends and I sat there… I can honestly say - in my generation of new musical styles, sounds and performers, I have not heard anything like them and I cannot spread the word quick enough. Once you see them for yourself - you’ll get what I’m talking about”. To check out what’s going on with Causeway.."
Causeway - iDownload's Band of The Month (Jan '07)
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We have scouted hundreds of bands this month in hopes to find the iDownload Music of the Month . ...We have scouted hundreds of bands this month in hopes to find the iDownload Music of the Month .
Our team decided we like CAUSEWAY. If you've ever wished you had theme music on those summer days when you're carelessly in love, or simply strolling along in your car, download Causeway. Gentle vocals etched with personal lyrics. Light, tight chori, and melting harmonies, Causeway completes the acoustic sit-in the-grass rock vibe.
Typical show: 60 to 120 minutes
Originals: More Than You Seem, One Track Mind, Endless Summer, Get By, Healing Touch, California, Pinwheel, On the Other Side, You Got It, Promise, American Girl, Gems and Jewelry, This Mess, My Love, Lucid Dreams, Drifting Man, Flying Away, Low-Budget, Travel Song, Somewhere....
Covers: Dance Tonight (Lucy Pearl), Crazy (Gnarls Barkley), Traffic Jam (James Taylor), To Be With You (Mr. Big), Signed, Sealed, Delivered, (Stevie Wonder), Silver Springs (Fleetwood Mac), Rodeo Clowns (Jack Johnson), Feelin' Alright (Joe Cocker), Dancin in the Moonlight (King Harvest), Ridin in My Car (NRBQ), Lost Cause (Beck), Burning Photographs (Ryan Adams)....
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