Larry Schmid and Great Caesar's Ghost
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Larry Schmid and Great Caesar's Ghost

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"Great Caesar's Ghost with GE Smith"

".....Judging by the crowds reaction at The Stephen Talkhouse on Friday, the group's well rounded sound went over well.........With the groups two expert percussionists providing a solid backbeat to the back and fourth exchanges of four guitars punctuated by a Hammond B-3 organ, one could have easily mistaken the music as part of a performance from one of the groups' (that they cover) national tours. People danced madly..........Great Caesar's Ghost came out strong and opened the second set with The Rolling Stones "Can't You Hear Me Knocking?" The highlight was clearly the playing of G.E. Smith, who wowed the crowd with a smoking solo and finger picking that was sheer joy to hear."

- Pat Rogers, The Southampton Press

"Great Caesar's Ghost with GE Smith"

".....For an ensemble that plays a couple of original tunes, Great Caesar's Ghost is stacked with accomplished musicians......this bands chops were cut long ago, a reason their authenticity rings through, and Great Caesar's Ghost does not sound like your average band.......

- Kathryn Georgette, The East Hampton Independent

"The Stephen Talkhouse, Amagansett, NY"

"The Stephen Talkhouse is an established music venue that books top national acts. Great Caesar's Ghost with GE Smith is a unique and talented band that has consistently filled The Stephen Talkhouse. They do a great deal of their own advertising and have built up a considerable following in the short time that they have been playing together. We have yet to have a slow night with Great Caesar's Ghost with GE Smith. We always look forward to having them back".

- Peter Honerkamp, owner/manager


Great Caesar's Ghost with G.E. Smith: Live at Berkner Hall.



Larry Hunter
Larry Hunter is a veteran singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist.Having performed with Merl Saunders, Floyd Dixon, and Kingfish, he also performed and recorded with Moby Grape, Steve Marriott, and The Jerry Miller Band.

All this experience, teamed with his writing style, culminated in the formation of his own band, HEROES. Over the last six years most of his time has been spent in the studio producing and playing guitar and bass on two albums, while playing bass on four others. One of those efforts is his own album, "CABIN FEVER".

Shawn Murray
Veteran drummer Shawn Murray has years of experience, playing small clubs to outdoor arenas. Shawn has toured extensively throughout Europe, Canada, as well as the U.S. He was a member of the Mink Deville Band from 1984- 1999 as well as Willy Deville, recording a total number of seven albums. Shawn has performed with Ben E. King, Jon Bon Jovi, John Hammond, Mick Taylor, Jeff Pevar, Little Buster, Russell Smith, Tiny Tim and Lonnie Youngblood. He has also worked with local Long Island bands; Cadillac Moon, Inity , R&B singer Melanie Henderson and Full House. Shawn is endorsed by GMS Drums, Paiste Cymbals, Vic Firth Sticks and Evans Heads.

Ray Penney
"Ray Penney's faultless guitar playing will transport you." (Val Leonhart Smalkin, Syndicated Music Columnist). "A sound so crisp and resonant, you can almost feel his fingers sliding across the strings." (New York Newsday). "Through so many stylings, encompassing so much territory, Ray Penney was born to play guitar." (Southampton Press) This is a sampling of reviews received by award-winning guitarist Ray Penney. He has toured with various outfits and done extensive studio work. While working primarily as a rhythm and blues guitarist, he recorded and performed with a large variety of artists including fellow guitarist Brian Setzer and the late Roy Buchanan. He has shared the stage with such greats as B.B. King, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker and Albert Collins. As a solo artist he has released multi-award winning children's instrumental recordings as well as being recorded on various solo guitar collections distributed by Mel Bay Publications.

Ed DiCapua
Journeyman Ed Dicapua is one of two drummers for Great Caesar's Ghost. Ed also plays congas and various percussion instuments in addition to his drumming duties. Ed has studied percussion since 1978 which culminated with his receiving his Master of Science in Music from C.W. Post as well as Doctoral study at New York University. Ed has maintained his private teaching practice since 1979, where he teaches drum, percussion and music theory. Ed has worked extensively with Richard Gilks at EMI Studio Recordings. He was also a member of the Chris Duarte Band where he recorded and toured extensively. Ed has also performed with: Julio Fernandez, Richie Cannata, G. E. Smith, Benny Goldstein, Jerry Jermott, Mary Wells, Dan Delaney, Jim Cameron, Doug McClean, Makoto Takenaka, Chicago Blues Club, Hiromatsu Suzuki, The Platters, Lee Genesis, Louisiana Red, Brook Benton, Shannon Early, Tom De Petris, Toby Walker, Rob Ames, Tracie Robbins, Twin Gold and has shared the stage with Rick Derringer, Edgar Winter, Canned Heat, B.B. King, Greg Allman, Dickey Betts, Rebbeca Paris, Tiger Bakau, Commander Cody, Heavy Metal Horns, and Sly Stone. Ed is endorsed by GMS Drum Co., Vic Firth, and Instanbul Mehmet Cymbals

Larry Schmid
Singer and guitarist Larry Schmid played in a number of bands before dedicated his time to his recording studio in the early nineties. Larry ran Applewild Studio for almost ten years, working with a variety of local and big name talent. Larry also recorded two of his own albums with fellow band mate Bosco Michne. Both albums were produced by G.E. Smith. After closing the studio, Larry began spending more time with his Les Pauls, which had become neglected during his tenure as engineer, producer, and studio manager. It was at this time that Great Caesar's Ghost came together. Larry has played with G.E. Smith of Saturday Night Live fame, Simon Kirke of Bad Company and Free, and Paul Ossola of the Saturday Night Live Band. He has recorded Steve Holly of Paul McCartney and Wings, T-Bone Wolk of Hall and Oates and the Billy Joel Band, Jazz pianist Eliani Elias, GE Smith and Taylor Barton, among many others.

Peter "Bosco" Michne
Peter Michne is a devoted guitarist who continues to study and explore his instrument. He is a versatile musician with the ability to interpret and incorporate any style of music. Peter earned a degree from Five Towns College in contemporary music with a concentration in guitar performance. After college he toured as a professional guitarist in the United States and Europe performing in California, Switzerland and London. Now settled on the east end of Long Island, he continues to write, perform, teach and record music all over Long Island, New York City