The Dawdlers

Back Left to Right: Tom Fleming - Lead Guitar & Vocals; Vlad Malinovsky -
Keyboards & Vocals 
Front Left to Right: Jim - Lead Vocals & Acoustic Rhythm & Bass Guitars; Jeff Campitelli - Drums & Percussion (& hats)
(Photo by Gina Ramirez)

Back Left to Right: Tom Fleming - Lead Guitar & Vocals; Vlad Malinovsky - Keyboards & Vocals Front Left to Right: Jim - Lead Vocals & Acoustic Rhythm & Bass Guitars; Jeff Campitelli - Drums & Percussion (& hats) (Photo by Gina Ramirez)

Inspired by the avalanche of great pop music that's come from Britain and its Commonwealth since The Beatles started that train down the tracks, and much American pop since which was in turn inspired by that, The Dawdlers play a mixture of cover and original music, including songs by British artists Squeeze, Crowded House, Elvis Costello, The Police & Sting, Keane, Coldplay, Peter Gabriel, Paul Rodgers, and those of their British invader forebears Gerry & The Pacemakers, The Dave Clark Five, and, of course, The Beatles themselves, as well as many complementary songs by American artists like Cheap Trick, Marshall Crenshaw, Kacey Musgraves, Los Lobos, The Stray Cats, The Pretenders, & Shawn Colvin. 



 

Dawdlers' Video

Dawdlers' Original Songs

Song Notes

Some original songs Tom & Jim produced, arranged, and recorded together at Tom's studio, with him also doing the engineer's heavy lifting. More will be added here if and as completed. 
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The Road (Funk) - An old song of mine which was badly sung, poorly recorded and weakly arranged back in the day when the songs heard elsewhere on this site were done, this seemed like a good chance to remedy that and rescue a nice tune (& finish with a Harriet Wheeler flourish).

Lead Vocal - Jim
Electric Guitars, Glockenspiel & Bongos - Tom
Acoustic & Bass Guitars - Jim
Drums - Mark Fletcher
Backing Vocals & Handclaps - Tom & Jim


The Last Laugh (Fleming/Hixon) - Another old tune, this one by Tom and his longtime songwriting partner and lyricist, Tim Hixon (I helped a little too), it's a great Fleming melody (a common occurrence) with a lyric about Tom and Tim closing up shop on
their bachelorhoods and an old house they once shared in the halcyon oat-sowing days before I really even knew them. Tom and Hix have many other great tunes likely to appear under the Dawdlers banner, but this is the first.

Lead Vocal - Jim
Wood Blocks, Electric and Lap Steel Guitars - Tom
Acoustic & Bass Guitars - Jim
Organs, Piano, & Samples (laughing, calliope...) - John Seppala
Drums - Donn Spindt
Backing Vocals - Tom (& a little Jim)


Pennsylvania Street (Fleming/Hixon) - Tim's lyric about a woman in trouble, an actual person from his past, who left her life behind after getting in the family way, and set to Tom's quasi-Colonial backdrop. The trivia about this one is that we recorded a different version of it several years back (with alternate lyrics) for submission to the Mel Gibson movie, "The Patriot." That trivia would be much more compelling, of course, if it had been used in the movie. We used some samples again here, with the intro - which appears again later with company - being lifted from an album by Barry Phillipps called, "The World Turned Upside Down," which is full of Colonial era music played on the instruments of that time. Also nicked is a snippet of a fife and drum recording by the Boston area's Sudbury Ancient Fyfe and Drum Companie on their album "Tunes from A Wayside Inn."

Lead Vocal - Jim
Lead Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitars, Mandolin flourishes - Tom
Rhythm Acoustic & Bass Guitars - Jim
Keys (Various & Sundry) - John Seppala
Trap Drums - Derek Ritchie
Recorder - Tommy Dunbar
Harmony Vocal - Tom
Backing Vocals - Jim


How Long (Fleming/Funk) - Though we've known and played with each other for many years, and are both writers, this is the first song Tom and I have written together. Tom had this one mostly done when I got it, and I just did some tidying up, my contribution being mostly a lyric rework and touch of melody.

Lead Vocal - Jim
Electric Guitar - Tom
Acoustic & Bass Guitars - Jim
Organ, Electric Piano & Backwards Cymbal - John Seppala
Drums - Mark Fletcher
Backing Vocals & Percussion - Tom & Jim



 

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