John Condron is a Philadelphia born singer-songwriter, musician, & producer who currently makes his home in the Chicago-land area. The former front man for the power quartet “the benefit” has been spending much of his time lately focusing on solo performances as well as performances w/ his new full band project “The Old Gang Orchestra”. The most recent shows highlight songs from his new disc “…If Any or at All” , released on the Flipside Works label in addition to material from his four previous studio albums. John shares his time these days between performing & producing works for other artists, including, a full length studio recording for multi platinum Irish singer songwriter Mickey Harte as well as a writing & production collaboration with legendary songwriter Paul Brady. John is proudly endorsed by the Chicago based Hanson Guitar Co.(Lakland basses). He tours & performs regularly with a number of acts as a support musician & has written & arranged music for dance performance companies(TIDC)& performance poets(EM-press; Sourcebooks) as well as independent T.V. & film projects.Over the years John has shared the bill w/ many major label & independent acts from varying walks of life including Grammy nominated songwriter, poet & artist Joseph Arthur, guitar legend Adrian Belew, bluesman Kenny Wayne Shepherd, singer songwriter Duncan Sheik, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees The Lovin’ Spoonful, & Irish legends Finbar Furey & Francie Conway to name a few, in addition, he is one of only three American artists to have performed a set as part of Francie Conway’s “Troubador Club”. John has continued to perform in support of his material over the last few years across the U.S. & Europe, highlighted by performances at venues from the National Concert Hall in Dublin to the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago. “The Old Gang Orchestra” made it’s debut in 2013 to impressive reviews & will continue to play a major role in the 2016 schedule!
****The Old Gang Orchestra is a musical collective brought together initially to re-imagine the songs off of John Condron’s latest release on the Flipside Works label, ”…If Any or at. All”. The band made it’s debut to fantastic reviews & has continued to perform in a growing capacity w/ John throughout the last year. The O.G.O. consists of a number of Chicago area music ”staples”, banging various styles & influences into one very unique & effective musical family. Anchored by John’s working class songwriting sensibilities, the group is made up of legendary bluegrass picker Pat Otto on mandolin/mandola & backing vocals, revered jazz & rock veteran Tom Maslowski on upright bass/bass guitar, & rhythm & soul “shaman”, Doneco Nudi on drums & percussion. The lineup has succeeded in breathing new life into the material they tackle & will play a formidable part in John’s touring schedule as the months unfold! What began as a ”live” vehicle for a specific set of songs has now grown into a full on project, digging deeper back into John’s solo catalog as well as creating new material uniquely their own. Look for the O.G.O. to tour nationally this year & to release a Live album this summer to showcase the “event” that one of their performances has become. [+]