"Put that guitar down, before you poke somebody's eye out!"
Something about Jan Cleary
Jan was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1952 on a cold day in February. She grew up on Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry and the Beatles. Jan considers Richie Havens as her biggest music influence. In 1960, her family moved to Staten Island, New York. At 8, she started piano lessons. At 11, her big brother, Pat, gave her his Harmony semi-electric guitar for a Christmas present. She taught herself from the latest Beatles music book. The first song she learned was I Wanna Hold Your Hand. In 1965, she and her best friend put together the first all female rock band on Staten Island called The Starliters. The rest is history.She is an original songwriter/guitarist/performer and producer who has been playing New York City clubs since 1980. In 1987, Jan was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Major Bummer!
In 1990, she formed the all female group "BEBO" and produced the CD "Something Else" which is still available. The group included Stephanie Maddedn on drums and Anne Marie Stehn on bass. Jenny Brooks of the Maul Girls provided backup vocals for the project.Since then, Jan has produced many projects. She has played many New York City clubs,including: Bitter End, CBGBs, Pyramid, Continental, Coney Island High, Street Level, Spiral, Rock n' Roll Cafe, New Music Cafe, Sun Mountain and a slew of others.
She was also featured as one of the "new artists" on Reaction Records' (New York City) 1996 Double CD Compilation.By 1997, the Multiple Sclerosis had taken its toll on Jan. Too weak to leave her home, she built her own mini-production house. The recording of "Cane and Able" was produced in that living room studio - right down to DAT Mastering and Cassette Duplications, CD and Cassette Insert /Graphic Design,including WebSite Design. CD Mastering and Duplication would be handled by one of Jan's sponsors, here in cyberland - "Internet Music Net". Jan likes to define her music as neo-folk/rock. In her latest recording "Cane and Able" she addresses issues such as kids and guns, the mythical 1960s, the wonders of dancing up on Mars, Desert Storm, living with MS, and the farewell to the pleasures of physical love. All of these serious topics are then set against a wild, surf party, makes my feet buzz, Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello Beach Blanket A-Go Go musical beat.
She now performs solo as "Jan's the only one left!" and you can catch her from time to time at various Manhattan clubs. She spent a bit of time trying to find a guitar that weighed less than 5 lbs, She found a great one at Musicians Friend. The sound is great for such a little, odd looking instrument.
Jan has now compiled some of her her life's work on her new release "Janthology" a Double CD package of 27 songs -- taken from live shows, old rehearsal tapes, studio recordings, home studio recordings.
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Jenny Brooks, Stephanie Madden, Anne-Marie Stehn, "Wizard of Roz" Rousian, John Gallagher, Jim Gately, Dave Hoffer, Bob Cleary, Jean Walsh, Dan Rubin, Michael Callen, Pam Brandt, Richard Dworkin, Karlus Trapp, Nat Sealy, Kathleen Hoover Russo, Larry Steiger, Alex Torres, Joanna Kelly, Keith DeMary, Jonathan Beckenstein
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27 SONGS BY JAN CLEARY. ALSO FEATURED ARE OVER A DOZEN MUSICIANSTHAT HAVE PLAYED WITH JAN OVER THE YEARS -- GOING AS FAR BACK AS 1978.
"Janthology" is a Double CD package of 27 songs -- taken from live shows, old rehearsal tapes, studio recordings, home studio recordings.