Richard Steen - Lead Vocals, Guitar, Flute, Clarinet, and Piano
Mike Miragliuolo - Guitar and Mandolin
Keith Longval - Bass and Synth
John Krieger - Drums and Back-up Vocals
Michael Miragliuolo (guitar, mandolin, harmonica, lead vocal on one song) and Keith Longval (bass), were in the Marines together. Rick Steen (vocals, guitar, keyboards, clarinet, flute) and Miragliuolo went to high school together in Missouri. Miragliuolo stayed in North Carolina after he got out of the Marines and Steen moved from Missouri and stayed with him. They started a two piece group and started playing coffee houses. Longval moved back to New Hampshire after the Marines and then talked Steen and Miragliuolo into moving there to start a band. They moved to New Hampshire in Dec. 1996 and started writing songs right away. They went through a couple of drummers until they ended up with John Krieger who was Longval’s father-in-law. Shortly after Krieger joined the band they went into the studio to record their first album “Of All Great Things”. They started gigging around southern NH and people seemed to like them but they didn’t do any cover tunes so that made it hard to get gigs at first.
MP3.com just came out and Krieger got “Of All Great Things” on there. The Mp3 format had just come out so so they had to send them a cd so they could convert it for them. At the time it was free to be on the site and it was free to download the music. The Old World got money every time someone downloaded a song so the first year they made about $7000. Then MP3.com became a pay site and the amounts dropped rapidly. They used the money to record their second album “Eastern Walk” and buy some equipment. An A&R rep from Warner Brothers found them on MP3.com and showed some interest. He wanted to hear what else they had and they just finished recording Eastern Walk, so they sent it to him. He said he really liked it but he didn’t feel it was marketable at the time.
The Old World continued gigging everywhere they could, mostly NH, but they did hit Mass and Maine every once and a while. Like most bands everyone wanted to do different things musically. They were supposed to go to New York to play for the Warner Brothers guy and landed a few gigs at some important places but Miragliuolo decided to quit the band. He said he had a lot of fun, but everyone wanted to do different things and it just didn’t seem the same. The other three members tried to stay a group that just recorded so they went into the studio to make a third album “The Old World”. They asked Miragliuolo to come and record his guitar parts and he agreed. They did three new songs without Miragliuolo; Run Lady Run, Finding Frenzy, & Merry’s Lament. The band was done shortly after. They had a reunion show in 2004 and that’s the last time they played together. Miragliuolo moved to New Mexico about 4 1/2 years ago but the rest of the members are still in New Hampshire.
Edited by Alystair on 10 Feb 2011, 20:06
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Personal emails exchanged with Michael Miragliuolo
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