Still Hill Holds Acoustic Performance

Courant Community

The Still Hill Brewery, in Rocky Hill, held an acoustic performance on Oct. 8, featuring music from Eastford resident Kyle Tacy.

The brewery was open during its regular business hours, but on this day, people who came in got to hear Tacy sing while playing guitar.

Tacy is a 32-year-old part time cover-singing guitarist. He has his own record label, and has written more than 50 songs of his own. He said he became involved with music at the age of four, but he didn't start out playing the guitar.

"I would play on my parents' piano in the basement of our house for hours and hours," said Tacy. "As I grew older, I would hear songs on the radio or from my parents' old cassette tapes. I had a strong desire to learn how to play them on the piano."

Tacy said his first performance ever was when he was in middle school.

"My friends and I started a little 3-piece band, and we played a show for his sister's birthday party. I was on keys, my friends were on drums and guitar," said Tacy.

Tacey had a list of songs from different decades printed out for people to circle which ones they wanted him to cover. A majority of the crowd sang along to songs he performed by the band Sublime. He also sang an original song of his own, called All Night Long. Tacy said his favorite artists are Billy Joel, Elton John, John Mayer, Jack Johnson, The Beatles, and Queen.

Wethersfield resident Bob O'Donnell is a regular customer at the brewery and said he liked that Tacy was able to play different song styles.

"It's refreshing to hear someone play so many diverse, different songs from so many genres. It's really enjoyable," said O'Donnell. "I'm a regular, so I've seen a lot of music here, and he's very good."

Maryanne Lauria is a resident of Rocky Hill, and she attended the show with her husband. They come to the brewery frequently, and they're in a band.

"We like to see and hear live music whenever we can, when we're not playing ourselves," said Lauria. "I think his caliber of playing is very good – excellent."

Tacy said he has competed on America's Got Talent and The Voice a few years ago, and said aspiring artists should work hard on their craft everyday.

"You improve by doing it over and over again, versus just thinking and dreaming about it," said Tacy.

The Still Hill Brewery allows for anyone to perform, as long as it has been approved by the owners - Scott Barbanel and his wife, Sue - and all performers receive payment.

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