Skip Friel

Skip Friel

BandAmericanaSinger/Songwriter

With award-winning, finely-crafted songs Skip's lively instrumentals and vocals continue to receive airplay. “Friel is a very talented vocalist with a big and unique voice,” writes Toronto Exclusive Magazine. As both performer and songwriter, Skip Friel has created a heartfelt, insightful collection of songs.

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Biography

Skip Friel began playing guitar and writing songs at an early age. By 17 he had formed the Virginia Beach-based Folk Rock band, 'Fresh Produce,' with brother Randy. In his twenties, Skip regularly performed his original music with the band 'String Fever.' Friel took a break from performing in his thirties to focus on a career in engineering. Eventually entering into impromptu sessions with musician friends, those experiences gradually became more frequent and by 2003, his current band, ‘The Resonators’ had begun to form. The Resonators have since become Southeast Virginia mainstays.

Soon after releasing his 2007 debut album, 'Twilight Red Sky,' Friel was named Winner-2007 Toronto Exclusive Magazine Awards for Best International Folk Male Artist. His songs have received regional radio airplay on various stations for the past several years. In addition, Friel has received various music awards including the 2008 and 2009 Port Folio Weekly Magazine Music Awards as well as the Veer Magazine Music Awards in 2012 and 2013.

Skip again teamed with brother Randy in 2008 to release 'Evergreen Christmas.' The 16-track collection features six originals penned by the two and some new twists on a few Holiday folk classics. Skip's track, 'Evergreens,' received Winner-Best International Folk Song-2008 Toronto Exclusive Magazine Awards.

In May 2012, Skip released the Americana Rock album, 'Passage,' which continues to receive airplay on several Southeast Virginia radio stations. Skip Friel and The Resonators' spirited performances capture the art and joy of music. Performing solo or with the band, Skip Friel is at home in large, festival venues as well as on intimate, acoustic-friendly stages.

Music Awards:

WINNER: Best International Folk Song, 2008 Toronto Exclusive Magazine Awards

WINNER: Best International Folk Male Artist, 2007 Toronto Exclusive Magazine Awards

RUNNER UP: Best Acoustic Artist, 2008 Port Folio Magazine Music Awards

FINALIST: Best Folk Song, 2008 Indie Singer-Songwriter Song Contest

NOMINATED: Song of the Year, 2009 Port Folio Magazine Music Awards

FINALIST: Best Americana Artist, 2009 Meona Outdoor Music Awards

NOMINATED: Most Inspirational Artist, 2009 Port Folio Magazine Music Awards

NOMINATED: Best Americana Band, 2009 Meona Outdoor Music Awards

NOMINATED: Best Album, 2008 Port Folio Magazine Music Awards

FINALIST: Best International Folk Album, 2007 Toronto Exclusive Magazine Awards

NOMINATED: Best Acoustic Folk, 2012 and 2013 Veer Magazine Music Awards

NOMINATED: Song of the Year, 2013 Veer Magazine Music Awards

HONORABLE MENTION: Best Song, 2009 Unisong International Songwriting Contest

HONORABLE MENTION: Best Song, 2007 We Are Listening Singer/Songwriter Awards

Press:

Virginia Beach singer-songwriter Skip Friel knows that music isn't a footrace. While he's been performing on and off for decades, "Passage" is just his second solo album. His first was 2007's "Twilight Red Sky." Polished and thoughtfully constructed, "Passage" benefits from Friel's patient attention to detail. His good-natured songs fit comfortably into the modern singer-songwriter format. Hammond organ swells and bursts of fiddle lend support to sturdy melodies. Acoustic guitars ring pleasantly atop a firm rhythmic foundation. Friel's deep, textured voice reminds me of a mellow Robert Earl Keen or a countrified Graham Parker.
...... Sam McDonald, The Daily Press, July 22, 2012

"Friel's guitar work is exceptional. His voice recalls the tone and phrasing of Randy Newman, Leonard Cohen and, at times, Van Morrison. The mix of guitars, bass, drums, keyboards, pedal steel and violin is nearly perfect .... "Twilight Red Sky" would be a natural for heavy play list rotation."
--- Jeff Maisey, Virginian-Pilot, Jan. 19th, 2007

“Local fans should especially appreciate one of Friel’s original tracks, ‘Virginia Beach Blues.’
--- Phyllis Speidell, The Beacon, The Compass, The Clipper, The Currents, June 10th, 2007

"Things are looking up for singer/songwriter Skip Friel."
--- Bill Bass, Port Folio Weekly, July 10th, 2007

"Acoustic-pop artist Skip Friel is no stranger to local radio".
--- Jeff Maisey, Virginian-Pilot, March 16th, 2007

Featured Artist of the Month
--- Lifestyles Magazine Online, September 2007

“Friel’s smoky vocals complement the band’s eclectic sound”
--- DeAnne Bradley, Link Magazine, July 9th, 2008

More:

Sam McDonald, The Daily Press, July 22 2012 - "Polished and thoughtfully constructed, "Passage" benefits from Friel's patient attention to detail. His good-natured songs fit comfortably into the modern singer-songwriter format."

Paul Shugrue, WHRV FM 89.5, May 3 2012 - "Passage is a great new album by Skip Friel. A Hampton Roads artist who needs to be discovered."

Brian Roughton, WFOS FM, May 15, 2012 - "I love the new CD (Passage)."

Hunter Hughes, WPYA FM 99.3, May 14, 2012 - "It's a really nice CD (Passage)."

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Lyrics

Six Degrees

Written By: Skip Friel

You were on the freeway
The sun was in my blinds
You drove across the bay
I opened up my eyes
You called from the beltway
I was on with tech support
You tried again from Edison
My battery ran short

Your laptop ran hot
You called to make it right
Routed to a guy
In New Delhi working nights
He said clean the drive
Turn it off and turn it on
Looking in your outlook
All your friends were gone

The world’s gotten small
We’re connected to it all
That six degrees of separation
Is just evaporating

You tried email
The routing failed
A message came back
Undelivered mail
You dialed up a friend
To see how he had been
A recorded voice said
Hi from Kevin

Oh, lets make some plans
Yeah, we’ll get some face time in

The invited friends
Were up for the night
They were cyber meeting
On the network site
Looking like our social life
Was hanging on a string
Finally face to face when
The phone began to ring

Everybody is jumping in
Love has come back in again

Dose Of Hope

Written By: Skip Friel

EARLY IN THE MORNING
SOMEWHERE IN THE DISTANCE
YOU LAY STILL TO HEAR IT
SOMETHING SOUNDING DIFFERENT
SHINING BLACK AND YELLOW
COMING UP YOUR ROAD
KIDS ARE OUT THERE LAUGHING
YOU GOT A DOSE OF HOPE

YOU LET YOUR GUARD DOWN
IT WAS GETTIN HEAVY
YOU HAD A HIT OF SOMETHING
YOU’RE TIRED OF STAYING STEADY
YOU GOT USED TO IT
THERE OUTSIDE YOURSELF
YOU DIDN’T NOTICE WHEN
YOU WENT SOMEWHERE ELSE

FOR A LONG RUN
YOU WERE GONE FROM
YOUR OLD PIECE OF MIND
YOU LET GO AND THE WORLD
DID NOT UNWHIND

LIVING IN THE FUTURE
A SCHEDULE ON YOUR HEAD
INSTEAD OF FALLIN BACK
YOU ALWAYS SPRING AHEAD
YOU FORGOT THE SEASON
WINTER’S JUST LIKE SUMMER
YOU’RE LOOKIN COOL AND
YOUR HEART IS GETTING WARMER

YOUR MIND WAS ALWAYS SPINNING
NOW YOU ARE COMMING BACK IN

YOU LIKE YOUR FLOWERS
YOU KEEP THEM LOOKING AT YOU
THEY TELL YOU SOMETHING
I THINK I’VE HEARD IT TOO
ALL THE FRUIT WILL FALL
TO THE GROUND ONE DAY
IT’LL GROW AGAIN
WITHOUT US ANYWAY

YOU WE’RE THINKING
WE’DE BE LEAVING
TOO MANY THINGS IN A BIND
YOU LET LOOSE AND YOU
LOOKED IN YOUR MIND
YOU LET GO AND THE
WORLD DID NOT UNWHIND

Another Island

Written By: Skip Friel

HE LEFT AT A FORK IN THE ROAD
OUTSIDE DONEGAL IN 1844
SHE FELT THE TEAR ON HER FACE
THEY WAVED GOODBYE THE CARRAGE PULLED AWAY

HE GOT TO NEW YORK HARBOR
HE WROTE HER A NOTE TO COME IN OCTOBER
SHE’D TAKE OCEAN PASSAGE
IT WOULDN’T BE LONG THEY COULD BE HAPPY

HE DROVE A TEAM OF HORSES
UP FROM THE DOCK AT MANAHATTEN CARGO
ONE DAY HE READ HER LETTER
SHE MET SOMEONE AND DUE IN DECEMBER

HE FOUND ANOTHER ISLAND
WHERE IRISH EYES WERE SMILING
THE SUN WAS ON HIS FACE
HE DID NOT HESITATE
SO QUICK TO SAY GOODBYE
SHE NEVER SAW HIM CRY
HE LOVES HIS ISLAND STILL
HE KNOWS HE ALWAYS WILL

HE STILL LIVES IN
HIS OLD ISLAND
ITS THERE INSIDE OF HIM

HE’D COME A LONG WAY FROM HIS FATHER’S PLOW
DIGGIN UP ROCKS WATCHING THE DARK CLOWDS
LATER DAYS HE WAS HIKING UP TOWN
GOING TO MASS AND GETTIN AROUND

Peace at a Time

Written By: Skip Friel

You take on your end
I’ll hold up mine
Maybe some will notice
And stand up in line
We can’t do it all
We can start with the small
We’re just trying to make some
Peace in our time

Everybody’s searching
For that big reason
It’s kept this world spinning
Around all the while
It’s so hard to know it
The fear is still showing
We’re trying to break through
One piece at a time
You take on your end
I’ll hold up mine
Maybe some will notice
And stand up in line
We can’t do it all
We can start with the small
We’re just trying to make some
Peace in our time

Everybody’s searching
For that big reason
It’s kept this world spinning
Around all the while
It’s so hard to know it
The fear is still showing
We’re trying to break through
One piece at a time

I’ll help you with yours
Won’t you help me with mine
Together we’ll make some
Peace in our time

Sometimes we’re thinking it would be so easy
Maybe we could just go and hide
It’s not like we’re going to see eye to eye
But together we can break through one piece at a time

We all know compassion
Just look at our children
It can’t be so hard
To see all with those eyes
It’s ok to stumble
Avoid a little trouble
We just have to search out
Some peace in our time

Together we can break through one piece at a time
Yeah, together we’ll make some peace in our time

Making it Real

Written By: Skip Friel

You heard about our friend
Suddenly he is gone
How could his light go out?
It was burning strong

He worked there on the stage
I caught them when he played
Out there in the light
You could hear him say

Play how you feel
Keep making it real
Just give us a song
This moment is almost gone

I won’t ask how you feel
I know it must be hard
When a friend is lost
Who can know your heart

He always made them see
They were shooting stars
We liked to hear him say
Play just what you are

Discography

Album, ‘Twilight Red Sky,' was released January 2007.

Album, ‘Evergreen Christmas,' a calaboration with brother Randy Friel was released December 2008.

Skip's second solo album 'Passage' was released May 5, 2012.

Samples of Radio Air Play:
- WPYA FM 93.7 Norfolk, show “Sunrise On Sunday” with host Hunter Hughes.

- WHRV FM 89.5 Norfolk, show “Off the Shelf” with host Paul Shugrue.

- WHRV FM 89.5 Norfolk, show “Acoustic Highway” with host Barry Graham.

- WRRW FM 100.9 Williamsburg with host Ed Langhals.

- WFOS FM 88.7 Chesapeake, show “Afternoon Traffic Jam” with host Marti Craver.

- WNIS AM 790 Norfolk, “Macrini’s Morning Show” with host Tony Macrini.

- Live TV and Radio sessions have aired on:
- WRRW 100.9 FM on February 17, 2007
- WPYA 93.7 FM on March 18, 2007
- WHRV 89.5 FM on June 17, 2007
- WHRV 89.5 FM on Sept 22, 2007
- WHRV 89.5 FM on Dec 22, 2007
- WRRW 100.9 FM on Dec 29, 2007
- WPYA 93.7 FM on Jan 20, 2008
- WAVY TV on May 15, 2010
- WHRV 89.5 FM in Nov, 2009
- WHRV 89.5 FM in Dec, 2009
- WHRV 89.5 FM in Sept, 2010
- WHRV 89.5 FM in Dec, 2010
- WHRV 89.5 FM in Dec, 2011
- WAVY TV on Dec 9, 2011
- WFOS FM on June 11, 2012
- WHRV 89.5 FM in May, 2012
- WHRV 89.5 FM in Oct, 2012
- WFOS FM on May, 2013
- WHRV 89.5 FM in Oct, 2013
- WAVY TV on Oct 11, 2013

(An Updated Schedule of Shows is at www.skipfriel.com )

Set List

Set 1 – (50 minutes) All songs by Skip Friel

Walk Home
Twilight Red Sky
The Universe Changed
Its Still Me
Virginia Beach Blues
Jump In Nathaniel
Two Step Too
Your Fun
Resonate
Island Reel
Makin It Real

Set 2 (50 minutes) All songs by Skip Friel

Dose of Hope
Six Degrees
Another Island
Moment
Peace At A Time
Harvest Of Love
Transcending
Made In Town
Sherry’s Other Song
True Santa
Evergreens