Hops & Vines return to the Broken Axe Brew House
LOCK HAVEN — The White Stripes, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Prince, Van Morrison, Michael Jackson, Radiohead, Johnny Cash, Neil Young, The Killers — if you enjoy any or all of these fabled acts from the past 60 years and would like to hear acoustic renditions of their best hits, set your calendars for Dec. 10.
Local acoustic duo Hops & Vines is slated to perform at Lock Haven’s Broken Axe Pub from 8-11 p.m. “One guitar, two voices, and a lot of fun,” Hops & Vines is no stranger to performing, and it shows.
Their December Broken Axe gig will be just the latest in the duo’s musical travels around the region — and the country.
The Sun-Gazette recently was able to talk with singer Christie Clancy to learn a little bit about Hops & Vines.
ISAIAH BRITTON: Who are Hops & Vines?
CHRISTIE CLANCY: Hops & Vines are an acoustic duo made up of Jonathan “Hops” McVerry and Christie “Vines” Clancy. One guitar, two voices and a lot of fun.
IB: How did H & V form?
CC: We were both members of a young professionals organization. My old band was playing a show and Jonathan interviewed us for a newspaper. We asked him to play our breaks at a local show in State College and the rest is history.
IB: Where has H & V performed in the past? Have you ever performed at Broken Axe?
CC: We’ve been lucky enough to play at breweries, wineries, restaurants, bars and private parties for the last three or more years. We play in Altoona, State College, Clearfield, DuBois, Williamsport and the farthest away we’ve played was in Florida. We played the Broken Axe a few months ago and loved it. We were so happy to have been invited back.
IB: What is your favorite aspect of being in a band/performing in front of people?
CC: We love playing our version of songs that people may not hear that often but know and sing along or tap their foot to. It’s great to see people connect with the song for whatever reason they do.
IB: Is there any pressure from audience members to play particular songs?
CC: We have a list of recurring requests, but we do try (for the most part) to add it to a to-do list if we get enough requests. From our regular setlist, we get requests for “Jolene” by Dolly Parton, a Springsteen tune and a few others.
IB: How long is a typical H & V set?
CC: Our show at Broken Axe is three sets, so usually around 45 min. per set.
IB: What can attendees of the Broken Axe show expect?
CC: Some sing-a-longs, some tunes they forget the loved and maybe a few jokes here and there. We can’t wait to come back to Lock Haven. Our website has our schedule, some of our music and more: hopsandvines band.com. They also can check us out on Facebook and Twitter.