(photo by Meredith Coe)
Simply put, ‘The Falco Brothers’ is the exploration of three Long Island brothers who love to make music together. Although Tom (guitars, vocals), Andy (guitars, mandolin, vocals), and Patrick (upright and electric bass) have been performing together for over fifteen years in various configurations bringing their take of American roots music to audiences around the Northeast, they finally have taken a break from other side projects to focus on developing this distinct, Long Island bred family band. Longtime friend and drummer Fred Golik rounds out the quartet.
Brother Andy, as a member of the critically acclaimed jam-grass outfit The Infamous Stringdusters, has received multiple IBMA awards and nominations, as well as a Grammy nomination for best country instrumental. Andy has also toured and/or recorded with artists like Joss Stone, Levon Helm and The Travelin’ McCourys (featuring all members of the great Del McCoury band).
Brother Patrick is a busy bass player on the New York scene, performing everything from Jazz to Rock to Bluegrass, and has played with artists like Tony Trishka, songwriter Robert Poe and many more.
Brother Tom performs regularly with his band Easy Chief, a Long Island favorite and is a member of the Northport bagpipe band. He also was a member of Long Island bluegrass guru Buddy Merriam’s band.
Fred Golik has been playing with the brothers way back since the early Water Street Blues Band days, and has almost always been the drummer in any configuration since. Fred has played with many others around Long Island, including singer/songwriter Jack Licitra. He also enjoys taking the dogs he trains out on long walks along the North Shore coastline.
(photo by Harrison Buck)
It is when they perform as The Falco Brothers however that they tie all of their musical experiences and influences together in to their own Bluesy Folk-Rock sound. The Falco Brothers strive to focus on good, memorable songs while not being afraid to stretch out and explore improvisational journeys. As Long Island natives they often participate in events that benefit the Long Island lifestyle to help ensure future generations can enjoy the wonderful waterways and trails that the brothers themselves take advantage of. While Patrick can be found surfing the coast year round (yes, the water is freezing in the winter!), Tom will usually be out on his boat in the Great South Bay fishing for Striped Bass, and Andy will be mountain biking one of the many trails Long Island has to offer. Their individual busy schedules don’t allow them to play together on a full time basis, but when they do you can be sure they’ll be smiling big, playing their hearts out and you’ll feel like you are part of the family. Come on in and have a seat at the table, they have been expecting you!