Here's the Current Band
J.P. Feldmeyer has been performing and writing songs for over four decades. In that time he programmed major Folk Festivals at both Artpark in Lewiston, NY and the Niagara Falls Convention Center. These festivals received national attention and aired on National Public Radio (NPR).
One of the founding members of Dr. Zarcon, J.P. is the group’s musical director and plays guitar, harp, banjos, mandolin, percussion, and sings lead and backing vocal
J.P. has his own recording studio (White Oak Studio) and has produced two CD’s for Dr. Zarcon. Additionally, J.P. has recorded, produced and released several CD’s under his own name.
When not performing or learning new tunes for the band, J.P. enjoys collecting rare and vintage California wines.
Donna Federico has been singin' with the Doctor since the mid-seventies. She became acquainted with the band through some of her colleagues at work, and jumped right in when she heard they needed a vocalist. With her theater background and love for Zarcon's music, it was a match made in heaven... "It must have been so," Donna says, " because here we are over forty years later and Frog needs this bio for the website so we can get some more gigs."
Over the past quarter of a century, Donna's been proud and fortunate to call The Western Stage in Salinas her theatrical home, after having earned an MFA from San Jose State University in 1986. She has enjoyed teaching, directing and performing in theater productions for over 50 years now: musicals, comedies, dramas...you name it. But she admits: "Nothing seems to beat the pure joy I feel when makin' music with The Amazing Dr. Zarcon's Breathing Machine."
Donna invites you to share this joy with her and come hear the band: "The Doctor is IN!!!!
Charlie Gibson - Having been raised in Western New York provided a multitude of musical experiences to draw from shaping Charlie's musical career including band, orchestra, drum corps, various iterations of rock and blues bands and of course, jug band; saw the Jim Kweskin Jug Band in 1968 and never looked back.
He's played many instruments spanning nearly 60 years including piano, brass and drums and has fine-tuned washboard performance to legitimize its voice in the band.
Charlie is also passionate about photography and produces many of the internet images and helps with album cover designs for Zarcon. Inspirational Saying: If can, can. If no can, no can.
Waxwing John Cowan (jug, vocals and guitar) is the most recent member of the band. A serious student of early country blues and jug band music which he has been playing since leaving the theatre, his first love, about 15 years ago. Grew up listening to Motown, folk and British invasion near Philly.
Back in the ‘60s-‘70s, while studying in Ithaca NY, he almost met several members of the band who frequented his uncle’s liquor store in Buffalo, which is close enough to give him honorary Niagara Falls status.
George Anich started playing with Zarcon in 1976 and came west with the band when his parents bribed us to pick him up on the way out of town.
He took violin lessons since first grade and played in chamber groups and university orchestras at Stony Brook and Stanford and in the Nova Vista Community Symphony - and then one day decided he actually wanted to sound like jazz sax players Eric Dolphy and John Coltrane. He also took cues from Stephane Grappelli, Benny Goodman and the famous Venuti brothers Joe and Ben.
George's style adds rich texture to the band's sound. More than anything else he wants people to be happy when they hear the music as there is already enough time spent on other moods
Jack Conway Jack has played with Dr. Zarcon on and off since the 80’s and we happy to have him back in the fold.
Starting on the guitar in 1962, Jack has studied with Bill Courtial, Jerry Hahn, Charles Gustavson, and Art Lande. Jack has played in many different groups and orchestras covering folk, jazz and community theater. In addition to Dr Zarcon, Jack currently plays with Octobop, Tuesday Nite Live and The Jack Tones. Among his influences are Groucho Marx, Pat Martino, Wes Montgomery, Father Guido Sarducci, Jim Hall, Freddie Greene and Alan Greenspan.
Dave Williams has been playing bass (the upright kind, not the electric kind or the fish kind) with Dr. Zarcon for longer than he can remember. On rare occasions he has sung a couple of tunes and contibutes with some of the raucous background mumblings associated with our performances.
Originally from Niagara Falls, NY, he almost met Wax in 60's while frequenting his uncle's liquor store in Buffalo.
Dave also plays bass and sings in the Bay Area Bluegrass group ‘bout Time! He can be found jamming throughout the bay area in a few different flavors of music. Dave is on the Board of Trustees of the Santa Clara Valley Fiddlers Association and writes a welcome column for the California Bluegrass Association’s web page on the 1st Thursday of every month. Also, very importantly, he has mug #47 at the Tied House.
Dave also does most of the booking for The Amazing Dr. Zarcon’s Breathing Machine these days and is looking forward to hearing from you to book the band.