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Sleepy Hollow Acoustic Gig, January News - January 3, 2006

Happy New Year! 2006 brings a combination Sleepy Acoustic Hollow (6:30 PM) and Matt Schwarz (2:30 PM) gig at Jeff Mach's Wicked Winter Renaissance Festival in Edison, NJ on Febuary 11. Matt will be doing his usual Renaissance folk solo music, and Sleepy Acoustic Hollow will perform a set of their more appropriate material in the evening. See our "GIGS" page for details, directions, and website.
Also in the news, Joe Dell has done some session work (with Kevin Minetti and Erol Mars) on the cover of the Irritating Rainbow song "No Problem" - hear it at (the sample's on the homepage). Meanwhile Matt Schwarz has been splitting his time between polishing material for a medieval and renaissance harp CD, and working with the versatile drummer Kevin O'Boyle on some of his (Matt's) more progressive-metal pieces, with the intention of recording them for a solo album - or, if Joe wishes to join in, a Sleepy Hollow CD.

October News - October 7, 2005

October brings sad tidings to Sleepy Hollow, due to the passing of keyboardist Joe Dell's father, Joseph Dellamast, Sr. Mr. DellaMast was very generous to Sleepy Hollow in allowing us to disturb his peace and quiet on a regular basis by practicing in his home, as well as buying Joe his first organ, etc. We hope he is now happy in the company of Mrs. Dellamast and Elvis.
Matt Schwarz will be performing with Sarabande violinist Julia Hull at the NJ Family Medieval Festival in Stanhope, NJ on Oct. 22 & 23 - please contact for discounted advance tickets.

September News - September 13, 2005

Sleepy Hollow's Rutgers gig on September 20 has been changed to a Matt Schwarz solo gig, due to the illness of Sleepy Hollow keyboardist Joe Dell's father. Please join us in hoping for improved health for Mr. Dellamast, who has been very kind in allowing the band to rehearse in his house many times over the years!!

At the Red Lion Cafe, in the Rutgers College Ave Student Center at 11:30 to 1 (midday) , on Tuesday, Sept. 20, Matt will perform solo instead of the full band. Matt will be performing his folky Renaissance music, (mostly with the harp)combined with his originals from his solo album.

Matt will also be appearing at the Wrightstown, PA Village Renaissance Faire the weekend of Sept. 17 and 18. This is a fun little Faire a little south of New Hope, check out the Gigs page for details!

Metal Maniacs/Vintage Vinyl - July 1, 2005

Check out the current issue of Metal Maniacs for a review of Sleepy Hollow's "Goin' Over" CD! Also, Sleepy Hollow's CDs are now available at Vintage Vinyl (Rt 1 & Fords Ave., Fords, NJ 08863 or In case you don't know, Vintage Vinyl is the coolest CD shop on the planet, with extensive sections on Progressive Rock, Heavy Metal, Industrial, etc. - if you're looking for that hard-to-find White Willow, Finntroll, or Inkkubus/Sukkubus CD, or maybe the new cyber-Eddie toy, Vintage Vinyl is the place to go! This month Sleepy Hollow is relatively quiet - just working on arrangements for our next album, as Matt plays harp at Ren Faires, libraries, and weddings.

See Matt At The NJ Renaissance Faire - June 2, 2005

Matt is performing at the NJ Renaissance Kingdom at the South Mountain Reservation in South Orange every weekend this June. He'll be singing and playing harp, recorder, flute, and guitar solo and with the Revelers (song & dance troupe), Wench & Rogue Show (bawdy & drinking songs), and Sarabande (Renaissance, gypsy, and Irish group). There will also be many other fine shows and acts, stuff to buy, etc - see for more details and directions.

NJ Renaissance Kingdom this June! - May 5, 2005

Not much happening this month, due to Matt's preparing for the NJ Renaissance Kingdom in June - see the gig page for details. If interested in reduced-rate tickets to the Faire, e-mail Matt by May 15 at Matt will be doing some promotional appearances for the faire, & Sleepy Hollow's teaching our new drummer some of our classics and preparing material for our next CD. Check out the Merch page for our new T-shirts and stuff!

Sleepy Hollow T-shirts, Matt Renaissance gig - April 1, 2005

Sleepy Hollow now has T-shirts, sweatshirts, etc. available online! Go to our CDs & merchandise page for the link!
Matt will be performing April 23 at That Medieval Thing Spring Festival, Drew Univ. in Madison, NJ. See the gig page for details.

News Feb. 2005 - February 17, 2005

The debut trio gig went off well - Deve adding sensitive drumming to our progressive epic "The Wanderer", the band debuting the prog-metal electric version of "The Mirror", and a glorious return to the blazing metal versions of classics like "Mare Crastinum" and "Sleepy Hollow". Our next gig is the battle of the bands on Sunday, March 13 at Connections in Clifton (see gig calendar). Check out the new pics on our photo gallery!

Debut trio gig Feb 8, 2005 - January 23, 2005

We are proud to announce our debut gig with new Sleepy Hollow drummer Deve Guzman on Feb. 8 at Rutgers (see gig calendar for details). We'll be returning to our roaring electric metal versions of songs like "Goin' Over", unveiling electric versions of Sleepy Acoustic Hollow songs like "The Mirror", and doing acoustic duet songs like "Too Late".

Happy New Year from Sleepy Hollow and maybe new albums? - January 1, 2005

Sleepy Hollow welcome in the new year with new life. They are almost prepared to play live with the new inductee Deve Guzman. The band has also been talking about releasing an acoustic album that will be produced by Erol Marz and an electric one as well. Here's Joe

Joe, "Yeah, we got Deve up to speed and I think she is ready to play live and in the studio. We kept her up to our high standards (winks) Since we wrote these acoustic pieces for our tour, we want to record them and Erol has a little studio and wants to help us release these tracks like I'm Insane, Soldier Lament, The Wanderer which both Mole and I love. Cousin Katie, The Mirror, and other songs. Then we have some leftovers from the Mark I era like Out of the Mist which almost made it on the EP but we were going for theatric seeing it may have been part of a sound track, then Armageddon which was always a favorite live, Farewell to Wilderness that I wrote the music to and Dan wrote the lyrics. For the World is Hollow and other songs that were written last year like Night-Shift Blues and Taciturnity Blues. We have so much material, we are ready for a two album release year.

Sleepy Hollow find new life in new drummer - October 20, 2004

Due to the departure of Gary "C" Rinaldi, the band was left to their own devices in which they turned into a new outlet for their music. They have now recruited the likes of Ms. Deve Guzman. Mole found her on the circuit and had her in for an audition. We caught up with Joe to get some insight.

Joe, "Well, she isn't the best drummer or close to it, but, she is a willing to work. So, I am sure, in time, we'll slap her into shape."

Mole and Joe join forces again to start new acoustic tour - September 30, 2004

Mole and Joe were asked back by the many venues that housed their acoustic shows. They have been taking advantage of this opportunity to increase the sales of Goin' Over along with Mole's solo album The Lost Way and the new pressing of the EP.

Mole takes hiatus from acoustic tour for Ren Faire - June 1, 2004

Mole will be rejoining the New Jersey Renaissance Faire this summer as Joe Dell take a holiday from music to enjoy the summer with his new girlfriend.

New pressing of Sleepy Hollow EP released! - May 4, 2004

The ground breaking Sleepy Hollow EP that was originally released in the fall of 2000 has a new look! There is a complete lyric booklet and the cover no longer dones the purple and orange border. This is the 4th pressing of the cd as the sales skyrocket. People are drawn to the new older sound. More artistic and melodic as the area pulled away from the Hard Core punk sound that dominated the scene in 1999/2000. Even the Hard Core band that have played along side Sleepy Hollow have changed their sound that leans towards the more hard rock, artistic styling of Sleepy Hollow, even mainstream acts have been curved along with new bands being signed by major labels. Sleepy Hollow left their footprints and fingerprints everywhere.

Acoustic tour extended while sales increase and a search continues - March 15, 2004

Matt and Joe have extended their acoustic tour due to requests from Colleges, book stores and coffee houses request their presence. Goin' Over is continuing to sell at a steady pace. The duo are continuing to look for a new rhythm section in the mean time.

Sleepy Hollow Goin' Over hits shelves and sells like hot cakes! - February 3, 2004

Goin' Over was released today and the fans are buying it up as quickly as it was shipped out. It has been hailed as a stoner classic. We caught up with Mole and Joe to get their words.

Matt, "Yeah, it's brilliant. I wasn't too happy with the drug references at first, but, I love the way it came together. Both of us still have issues with the over all recording, but, most bands do. But, I think Joe has something he wants to say...Jospeh?"

Joe, "Mother fucker! We missed it!"

Missed what?

Joe, "Those drunk assholes in the engineer room put both takes of the second verse in Under the Ground instead of the 1 take of 2 different verses. Son of a Bitch!"

will this effect anything?

Joe, "Yes, we WILL NOT press any more copies until we get in the studio again to remix that track. Other than that, I am happy with the album. Most people wont realize the mistake, but, if you have an original copy, keep it! It is a collector's item...or it will be at least."

Sleepy Hollow Goin' Over ready to be pressed! - November 2, 2003

The art work is in and A to Z Music have everything they need! We have been inundated with emails asking when the new Sleepy Hollow album will be released. We caught up with Joe to ask him about the release date.

Joe, "Yeah, we were told 60 to 90 days before they hit the shelves. Wow! It is worth it though. What a fucking project! A lot of work went into this! I mean, musically, production wise, and also with the actors. Soldier was a big help as always. I love the way the Musie came out. So powerful. Like when Tony does the line of coke and then it goes into the double bass drums real fast. Mole wrote the masterpiece, Mare Crastinum, the bridge is very Metallica Master of Puppets type of feel, but, with my organ, it has it's own identity. I can't wait!"

Goin' Over mixes and masters complete! - July 15, 2003

The band has announced that the new mixes are completed and ready for the pressing plant. Now they are waiting on the artwork so the album can be completed. We got some words from Joe Dell

Joe, "yeah, thank God! This was a fucking nightmare! I am happy with the mixes, not completely happy but happy. No one knows how to get the sound we want! I actually mixed the sound for Under the Ground and Blast Off. No one understands, if it is in the mix, then it should me heard....a nice balance of frequencies. Well, Now we are waiting on Doris for the graphic arts. It is going to be a nice double cd package with the 80 East sign on the Musie disc and an ancient ruin on the album disc. You guys are gonna be me."

New tracks laid down for Goin' Over as tour continues - March 7, 2003

Joe and Mole have finished laying down their new tracks for Goin' Over and are prepared to mix them. They are going to have them mixed and mastered consecutively as opposed to mixing all the tracks first and then mastering them. Joe is extremely adamant about having a good sound on this recording. The duo have continued to tour the tri-state area with their new acoustic set and have been bringing people in by the hundreds, selling out of the first three pressings of the EP in the meantime. They have announced a new 4th pressing of the EP on cd with no border and lyric book. They are also planning on pressing a limited edition green vinyl pressing as well in the near future. 

Joe Dell to join Matt Schwarz on acoustic tour! - January 5, 2003

Matt Schwarz has been touring the tri-state area playing appropriate venues to present his newly recorded acoustic music. Now, he has Joe Dell joining the ranks. We actually visited them at the Jam Room to ask them about their present situation.

Matt, "I am extremely happy Joseph will be joining me. To me, he is the best keyboard player out there and now he is adding a new dimension to my songs and we are actually re-arranging some old ones as well. I love his harpsichord playing and hope we will get a track with that some day. Joseph and I are on the same page when it comes to his samples. He wants to keep it authentic, so, he is using only raw acoustic instrument samples."

Joe, "Yeah, flute, piano, harpsichord, pipe organ and....I think that's it. I have to be honest, I love the new acoustic arrangement of Goin' Over. Jazz version of Blast Off and renaissance version of bad reflection with acoustic guitar and flutes. I am tellin' ya, come out and see us, you will never see this on a video or hear any of this on a recording."

Mole finishes Solo album while Joe begins - January 1, 2003

Matt Schwarz has completed the recording, mixes and masters for The Lost Way and has submitted the tracks to A to Z music for pressing along with the art work. We caught up with Mole and asked him his thoughts on both projects.

Mole, "Hey Jim, yes, I am very excited about my album. I have had several hundred pre-orders for it and feel confident. I know I wont gather the masses, but, those who appreciate that style of music will embrace it."

and what about Goin' Over?

Mole, "Well, that is something completely different. Joseph finally has the digi tracks and a studio with two well trained and experienced engineers. He actually told me that I am going to have to come down and lay some new guitar tracks down. Down tuned and such. He also is laying some new vocal tracks and a new bass track using his sampler for Bad Reflection. Joe also wrote alternative lyrics for Too Late after our friend Charlie Gallo passed last year and we are going to record the track there as well."

would you say that Joe has been under a lot of stress?

"Oh yeah! and he wrote a great song called I'm Insane. Joseph writes his best stuff when he's pissed off."

Joe Dell finally re-enters the studio to remix Goin' Over - November 16, 2002

Joe Dell is finally set to re-mix Goin' Over, we were curious what the hold up was and we got to speak with Joe about the situation.

Joe, the songs were recorded in their entirety back in the fall of 2001, and you stated you weren't happy about the way they came out and you were going in the studio to remix the album. Can you let us and the fans know exactly what happened?

Joe, "Yeah, one of the engineers had a situation...I was fucked up. I advanced the money and the owner of the studio stole the tapes and refused to give them back until Rick (engineer) paid him the money he was owed. This was Jim Duffy's boys. They're fucked up. Finally, the situation was settled and now we are going to a different studio. This shit is driving me crazy. I just wrote a song called 'I'm Insane' because that's what I'm feelin' got a light?"

Mole to enter recording studio to work on his 1st solo album - September 28, 2002

Matt "Mole" Schwarz will be entering the recording studio to work on his first solo album titled "The Lost Way". We caught up with Mole to ask him about the endeavour.

Mole, "Oh, hi Jim, Yes, I have entered the studio and will produce a masterpiece, hopefully. It will be a new experience without the rest of the lads, but, I am willing to give it a shot. It is titled the Lost Way after a song I had been working on with Sleepy Hollow, don't quite remember if we performed it, but, a good piece none the less. After playing the Ren Faire, I had gotten a wonderful response to my acoustic music, so I will be playing it on my new solo album. I will have a guest singer as well."

Will Joe Dell or any of the other band members appear on it?

Mole, "No Jim, they will only ruin it. No, seriously, Joe is busy working on getting Goin' Over mixed, and the rest of the lads are off on their own adventures."

Matt Schwarz to join Summer Renaissance Faire - June 18, 2002

Mole will be dawning his nappy tights and lute as he joins the summer Ren Faire as a traveling musician. See him there in New Jersey!

Dan Castiel leaves Sleeepy Hollow and this is no April Fool's joke! - April 1, 2002

Yes, you heard correctly, Dan Castiel has left the ranks of Sleepy Hollow, leaving the band bassless. We caught up with Dan to get his words.

Dan,"Well, Joe and Mole are taking the band in a direction that I am not interested in going. I wanted a mix of Kiss and the Doors. That and of course, all the other influences. But, now, they seem to want to go in a heavier and slightly more progressive direction."

But, wasn't the Goin' Over suite and the second side of the EP progressive?

Dan, "Yeah, but, they still had a more commercial sound to them. Mole is working on this song Aristotle's Lantern which is ridiculous and another called Soldier's Lament and Joe wrote a song called Come with Me Melina which I feel will bore the audience. I like more mainstream arrangements. I wish them all the best. Sincerely."

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