The Acoustics are a lively band from the Hamilton Ontario Canada area, performing original folk/rock, world/roots music for local fans and venues. For the past 14 years, they have been cultivating their own
unique style and during this period they have released three studio
CD’s, their debut CD (Dec. 2003) “A Thousand Yesterdays”, their
second CD, “Forever and a Day” (Dec. 2007) and their third CD,
“Erie Long” (Jan. 2013).
“Erie Long”, is an evolution of new musical styles featuring vocals and instrumental original compositions. Unlike their previous two CD's that featured all world/roots instrumentals music, this new CD “Erie Long”, features more contemporary folk/rock genres, with 8 vocals tracks and
6 instrumental tracks.
The Acoustics were first recognized for their musical achievements in
2004, when their CD “A Thousand Yesterdays” was the winner of the Hamilton Music Award for Best Instrumental Recording of the Year.
Next, their CD “Forever and A Day” was named Folk/Traditional
recording of the year at the 2008 Hamilton Music Awards, with Etelka
Nyilasi winning Special Instrumentalist of the year for her violin performances. “Forever and a Day” went on to come in second place
for World Album of the year at the 2009 JPF Music Awards in Nashville, Tennessee. Subsequently, the album was nominated for two 2009
Hamilton Music Awards: Folk/Traditional Recording of the year and Instrumental Recording of the year.“Erie Long”, was nominated for Folk/Traditional Recording of the Year at the 2013 Hamilton Music Awards.
In August, 2007, The Acoustics recorded two instrumental tunes:
“Snow Day” and “Calling of the Bells”, for December Songs, a
Design Hope project, for Out of the Cold, a Hamilton fundraising
organization providing shelter and assistance for the homeless.
“December Songs” was released on Oct. 20, 2007.
Released their first online single "Christmas Every Day" (Nov. 2012).
This was a Design Hope Project, with all proceeds from sales going
to the Hamilton Out of the Cold.
The Acoustics' music has been featured on several radio shows
including: CBC Radio 1 and 2, CFMU 93.3 FM (The Freewheeling Folk Show) and CIUT 89.5 FM (University of Toronto, Global Rhythms).
CBC also selected their music for the political drama series "Snakes
and Ladders", which premiered on CBC TV in February 2004. In 2005,
the City of Hamilton also selected one of their tracks for a tourism video, promoting Hamilton at the international level.
Andrew Eckart, Bass – Hamilton ON. Andrew began playing the cello in
grade three and eventually moved to the bass when he joined the jazz
band at Westmount Secondary. Since then he has played in various jazz combos, orchestras and rock bands in both Hamilton and Montreal.
Richard Hone, Percussion & Drums – Hamilton ON. At the age of fourteen, Richard began playing in local rock bands, culminating in music studies at Humber college. While at Humber he played in several groups ranging in styles of funk to jazz. Post-graduation he has continued to develop his vocabulary in live and studio sessions, encompassing R&B, jazz, funk, rock and even a little musical theatre. He is very happy to be the newest Acoustic and is looking forward to the future.
Ally Jed, Vocals – Georgetown ON. is an active musician in the Hamilton area and is a graduate from Mohawk College's music program. For several years now she has been travelling across Canada & the U.S performing in casinos, theatres and other venues with a tribute company specializing in backup vocals. While not performing she teaches private vocal and piano lessons, along with collaborating with a recording company and continuing to work on her original material.
Bonnie Krenciglowa, Violin – Hamilton ON. Bonnie began studying violin
at the age of 9. Currently she holds a Grade 10 certificate from the Royal Conservatory of Music. As a student, Bonnie gained recognition as
Concert Mistress and soloist with the Hamilton East Chamber Ensemble, and for her membership in various school and youth orchestras. She has also gone on to win many awards at local music festivals. While living in Montreal in 2008-2009, Bonnie was a first violinist in McGill University's
I Medici orchestra. Bonnie was closely involved with the Hamilton-
Wentworth District School Board's Strings Program as a teacher from
2002 to 2007. She has also taught alongside various professionals in the Hamilton area. Bonnie's musical repertoire is extensive and ranges from classical, to pop, to the original sound of The Acoustics.
Alfonso Spoto, Accordion – Brantford ON. Alfonso's formal training started at the National Conservatory of Music in Hamilton at age 11. He has played in many local cover bands, covering a variety of musical styles from, pop, light rock, country and traditional. Currently he is manager and musical leader of The Acoustics.
Enzo Spoto, Acoustic Guitar/Vocals – Hamilton ON. Vince started to play and experiment with musical instruments at the age of 6. With encouragement and support from his uncle Alfonso, he picked up the bass and later the guitar and has become a self-taught musician with great natural abilities.
Past members of the band; Etelka Nyilasi: Violin, Natalia Manley: Violin,
Nick Davis: Double Bass, Sam Spoto: Rhythm Guitar, Brian Ropcean: Percussion