Line-Up Shake-Up for Hair of the Dog

Mike DeAngelis

Mike DeAngelis

After more than two decades, guitarist-vocalist Mike DeAngelis is parting ways with Hair of the Dog. The guitarist-vocalist announced his departure from the popular Celtic folk-rock band yesterday (Sunday, November 3) on his Facebook page:

“It is with great sadness that I write this posting a bit sooner than I had anticipated. As of today, I will no longer be a member of Hair of the Dog. It’s time for me to move in a different direction. I wish nothing but continued success for the ‘gentlemen’ on stage. They’ve been like family to me for a long, long time.”

DeAngelis will continue to perform with his jazz band, the Standard Clams, including their upcoming performance at Daisy Baker’s in Troy at 6:30pm on Friday (November 8). Meanwhile, next up for Hair of the Dog is a Full Moon Party at the Hofbrau at Warners Lake in Berne at 5pm on Saturday, November 16.

Here’s DeAngelis’ complete Facebook posting:

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“It is with great sadness that I write this posting a bit sooner than I had anticipated. As of today, I will no longer be a member of Hair of the Dog. It’s time for me to move in a different direction. I wish nothing but continued success for the ‘gentlemen’ on stage. They’ve been like family to me for a long, long time.

“It was truly a blessing to be able to help folks during difficult times, “Run of the Mill” weekends and joyous celebrations. But, while I am forever grateful for my time with this group, this entire situation has been unnecessary and avoidable.

“Please, keep an eye out for Get Up Jack, The Standard Clams and my solo/duo performances. I’m sincerely hoping to see you, at some point, down the road.

“Hair of the Dog has been a huge part of my life over the past 20+ years. We’ve always tried to make sure everyone in the audience felt like they were an important part of each and every show. From its inception at The Blackthorn in East Durham in 1993 to Eamonn’s and The Parting Glass, HOTD has built a reputation of always giving the audience a great performance. This band has also enabled me to make personal connections with people I would have, otherwise, never had the good fortune to meet. Once again, thanks for being instrumental in helping to make my life amazingly special. I will miss you with all of my heart and trust our paths will cross again.

“Oh, all the comrades that e’er I had
They’re sorry for my going away
And all the sweethearts that e’er I had
They’d wish me one more day to stay
But since it falls unto my lot
That I should rise and you should not
I’ll gently rise and softly call
Good night and joy be with you all
– The Parting Glass”

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