Married couple Chris Holub, AKA Tin Monk (Vocal; Guitar), and Dianne Holzhammer-Holub (Vocal; Percussion) are Talking Machine, an acoustic power duo with nearly forty years of combined expertise as musicians, song writers, and performers, both in-studio and on the stage.
Talking Machine's sound and approach are an amalgamation of their musical tastes in all genres, old and new. Although the group is acoustic, song arrangements and instrumentation are that of a fully formed rock group, delivering a full sounding, rhythmically driven musical experience.
Chris Holub: A three octave voice, percussively melodic rhythm and blistering lead guitars.
Dianne Holzhammer: A pitch-perfect powerhouse vocals, and metronomic percussion.
These two synergize almost metaphysically to create a sound complete, proficient, high energy, and raw.
During a Talking Machine performance you are likely to hear anything from Prince to Pearl Jam, Sam the Sham and The Pharoahs to The Foo Fighters, Bill Withers, Hendrix, The Misfits and much, much more. The song list is immense! Talking Machine is currently working on their first original release due out in the fall of 2013. Original songs are also a part of the duo's repertoire.
Talking Machine is a robust, modern take on the acoustic duo,
and the combined force of two veteran musicians whose
separate but equal talents have created something unlike any other.
Currently, the duo performs all over the greater New York area, New Jersey and Pennsylvania and CT. Standing monthly gigs at bars, hotels and restaurants, also weddings, private house parties, corporate events and festivals of all kinds are among the vast array of gigs Talking Machine is available for.
The convenience and compact nature of the duo along with a complete, professional sound system and modern LED ambient lighting makes Talking Machine an easy fit for any and all of your entertainment needs.
Talking Machine is also available as a trio with the addition of a versatile, energetic percussionist. Be sure to specify in your bid request for the trio if this peaks your interest.
"We could not be more pleased with Talking Machine! They were AWESOME! Some of the most talented musicians we have ever met! The owner of our venue, couldn't rave enough about them. We will most definately recommend Chris and Dianne to anyone planning an event. Dianne was so right about adding their drummer! The sound was so full and they kept everyone dancing. We had never met in person or seen them perform live before our wedding but we had nothing to fear...they were so amazing and we can't thank them enough for helping make our wedding reception a total sucess!! --Janine and Jeff Biondo"
- Jeff B.
Birthday Party (Adults) in Acra, NY on 06/04/2011
"You simply can not and will not be disappointed with Talking Machine! They did close to 5 hours for a private party that I threw, and they quite simply OWNED it. Every single guest commented on how awesome they were. The set lists were staggering, covered everything you could want. Not to mention the several songs they prepared at my request. Myself and others at the party are making arrangements with places we visit to get them booked! Incredibly talented, incredibly accomidating.......well, simply, incredible. Don't take my word for it....check out their audio and video online. And take note as i did; they include live gig video for you to check out. Enjoy!"
- Dan C.
Wedding Reception in Saratoga Spgs, NY on 06/23/2012
"What a truly wonderful experience they helped create for our guests and our event! We hired them for a very small wedding reception (around 35 people). We were looking for entertainment that would go with our theme- "good food, good music, and a nice intimate setting." Guests ranged from 18-68 and they ALL danced, sang, and were merry. I don't know if TM would consider themselves wedding entertainers, but after our function, it is clear they are capable of performing and succeeding wherever they go! If you enjoy music you'll enjoy this band. HIRE THEM. Chris and Dianne, we wish you the best of luck and can't tell you how happy we are to have had you play for us:)"
- Linette C.
Celebration in Bethlehem, PA on 10/20/2012
"Talking Machine was exactly the right sound we wanted to provide for our guests at our celebration. Their vocals were fantastic! I personally had not heard some of the songs they covered in years. It was great working with them and we appreciate the distance they traveled to perform for us. Minor confusion at the end of the night because we thought we could use the gigmaster website to make our final payment the same way we made our deposit. We now know to ask future performers to clarify method of final payment. Thank goodness for paypal!"
- Erinn V.
Restaurant Event in Catskill, NY on 04/22/2011
"We (employees and patrons of Creekside Restaurant & Bar) were extremely impressed with Talking Machines. They were very professional and their talent blew us away. They also had good energy and engaged the crowd. We have already booked them multiple times for this upcoming summer season and are very excited for their return!"
- Brittney H.
Birthday Party (Adults) in Leeds, NY on 06/18/2011
In addition to Newburgh, Talking Machine will also travel to Beacon, New Windsor, Castle Point, Chelsea, Cornwall On Hudson, Vails Gate, Cornwall, Glenham, Mid Hudson Facility, Cold Spring, Fishkill, Hughsonville, Marlboro, Mountainville, Salisbury Mills, West Point, Plattekill, Rock Tavern, Wappingers Falls, Highland Falls
and many other locations in and around the Newburgh area.
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