August 17, 2006

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Flavors of kiwi
New Zealand-made band rocks Milly’s
By Erica Febre efebre@hippopress.com

If it sounds good unplugged in the open and exotic environment of New Zealand, then it’s got to sound good in Manchester.

The band Delhill, based in Massachusetts, came together after a voyage undertaken by two of the group’s current members to New Zealand.

Andrew Delcid (acoustic guitar and vocals), and James Rockpointe, (guitar and vocals), went to New Zealand and found themselves playing tunes for the locals. Deciding that they could win over crowds back home in America, they invited other musicians into the band.

Adding three more members — Tony Maiella on vocals and guitar, Freddy George, known as Freddy G, on bass and Daryl Romkey on drums and percussion — Delcid and Rockpointe created Delhill, a soulful acoustic rock band. The band released their first all -original EP in 2005. At their live performances, they mostly play original pieces but do play the occasional cover.

“What we’re trying to do with the music is write interesting songs so that the music people will be like, ‘yeah, check out that groove, check out that riff’ and at the same time the general crowd will like it and it’ll be something they’ll listen to on their way to work,” Delcid said.

Although the members of Delhill call Massachusetts their home, they like playing in Manchester and say that they like the way the city supports arts.

“There is always something new and exciting to take from a place. If Manchester is the type of place that works with the idea of creating and supporting the music culture, then we definitely want to be a part of that,” Delcid said.

The homemade beer at Milly’s, where the band will be playing on Friday, Aug. 25, also keeps Dehill coming back.

“Yum,” Delcid said.

Dehill will be joined at Milly’s on Aug. 25 by performers Soul Movement, Evening Groove and Ryan McCalmon.

“We love to have guest musicians play along with us. We are really into the music and try to focus on the positive side, which is people meeting people with music as the catalyst,” Delcid said.


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Meet Delhill
Delhill will play Milly’s Tavern, 500 N. Commercial St., Manchester, 625-4444, on Friday, Aug. 25, and at InTown Manchester’s Buskers on the Bricks series on Thursday, August 31, at noon in the Hampshire Plaza near 1000 Elm Street. Hear them online at delhillmusic.com