Band: Gallimaufry

Members: Don Newcomer (bass), Eldon Glatfelter (vocals, drums) De Nazelrod (vocals), Charlie Baker (drums, vocals), Ivan Flanscha (lead guitar), Ken Swartz (rhythm guitar)

Who we talked to: Newcomer

Where'd the bizarre name come from? We were looking for an obscure word that meant an assortment of mismatched or dissimilar items. Kind of a hodgepodge, and that was the most obscure one we found.

Three of you are firefighters in the York City Fire Department. Do you guys rock out in the firehouse when you're sitting around waiting for the next call? Yes, on night work, when there are no assigned tasks to do after a certain time. Occasionally, we'll bring our stuff in and later on in the evening, we'll go over stuff and practice stuff and sometimes some of the others will stop by.

Describe your sound/style: Eclectic. We try not to get too full of ourselves in terms of what we can do. We're a cover band, and if we think we can do a song that people will have fun with, we'll do it. You'll get anything from The Monkees to Lynyrd Skynyrd to Bow Wow Wow to Natasha Bedingfield. If we think it's fun, and people will enjoy it, we'll try it.

Last three albums you listened to? Earth, Wind & Fire's "The Eternal Dance," "The Very Best of Tower of Power" and Grover Washington Jr.'s "(Prime Cuts:) The Greatest Hits." As you can tell, I'm mainly the guy from the rhythm and blues background. I would've told you about Beethoven, but you don't need to put that in the paper.

Who is your biggest musical guilty pleasure? Parliament-Funkadelic. It's fun music from, I hate to say it, back in my high school days.

What songs do you like to cover? One of my favorites, just based on the instruments, is Bachman-Turner Overdrive's "Takin' Care of Business." Just a lot of great bass runs that, if you don't really pay attention to the song, you miss it.

Plug one other local band: I like when we get to see Kodiak. When we see their full band show, you can tell they're concentrating on entertaining the audience. Some bands that I go and see, they seem oblivious as to whether anyone's watching them or not.

Shoutouts: I'd just like to thank everybody else in the band that kind of pulled me back into this. In my early 20s, I was involved in an accident that left my hand pretty much broken up. When I recovered and started playing again, I didn't have the dexterity to do anything that would remotely pay off. There's still times I have to stop practice. But the guys I play with now, they were like, "Just come out, come out." And it got to a point consistently now that I can hang on.


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