Meet the Band:
Neal Larson -"Mandy Nougat" – Guitar and Vocals
This Oregon native has been playing guitar and singing in
twenty years, and has a knack for improvisation with his
unique style of playing. He plays rock & roll blues with a hint of
ambient jazz; and his style is self described as somewhere between
Garcia, Hendrix, and JJ Cale. A talented songwriter with
lyrically driven songs that speak to your depths and sooth your
listening experience. When not on tour with The Goliards, Neal
is an aspiring winemaker working as a cellar rat for a local winery and
also sells and distributes wine. Neal lives with his long time girlie Shannon,
dog "Jubal", and princess "Emma".
Service - "Stix Nougat" Drums and Oddities
Since hearing Bonzo's thundering heartbeat, Matt Service has known the drums were his instrument. He relishes laying down the backbone for the goliards as part of the "World's Tallest" rhythm section . Stix has been the Goliard most looked to for frequent muttering and raving, shocking facial contortions, as well as dropping the plunger "in the pocket". Matt is a Portland native who lives with his two dogs in the Hawthorne district of SE Portland. A self described imbiber of libations, Stix is often found with a nipple atop his beer bottle. Influences include: John Bonham, Kieth Moon, Mitch Mitchel, Elvin Jones, Stuart Copeland, Clyde Stubblefield, and Mel Brown.
"Bam bam, bam bam, bam bam!" - Stix
Tyler Duval - "T. Goliard" Guitar and Vocals
Heavily influenced by a lot of things, Tyler’s musical background and style ranges far and wide. Working with a band as open-minded as The Goliards has allowed this diversity to shine through in both songwriting and guitar playing. To him, there’s nothing better than finding a slot within the music, and just rolling with the band. His guitar heroes include (in no particular order): Peter Buck, Bill Frisell, Steven Malkmus, Neil Young, and Bob Weir. Yes, you did read that right. Bob Weir.
"The song’s the thing, and we’ve all got a part to play in it." -Tyler
Kieran Connolly "World's Tallest Bass"
Kieran hails originally from New York. He’s
been playing the bass for 12 years. He picked up the bass in high school
because, frankly, someone had to. He’s a bassist from day one, and has
never been a frustrated guitarist and never played with a pick. It's all
about keeping it tight and in the pocket, and with a drummer like Stix how
can you go wrong. His primary influences include John Paul Jones, Bootsy
"Music is all about allowing the
sound to flow from within you and not forcing notes out of your
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