Stephen and Snake were both members of the soft-rock group Orpheus, which was active on the national scene from 1968 through 1972. Ths page comprises some of their reminiscences from "back in the day."
(We're putting this together in bits and pieces as we remember things. Although we're trying to present the narrative in chronological order, sometimes we have to go back and insert something that we'd previously forgotten. So, even if you've read it before, there may be new content that you will miss if you just jump to the end of the page).
the original Orpheus
L-R: Bruce Arnold, Jack McKennes, Harry Sandler, Eric "the Snake" Gulliksen
photos: Iris Properties, Inc.
|(Snake): Those of you that have read my musical History may remember that I mentioned that, while attending WPI in 1962 and 1963, I had played in and recorded with a folk trio. One of my mates in that group was a Worcester native named Jack McKennes.|
This trio, variously known as the Wanderers, the Minute Men and the College Boys, can properly be called the first precursor of Orpheus, of which both Jack and I would ultimately become founding members.
The Wanderers, 1962
L-R: Dave, Snake, Jack
Very soon thereafter, Jack teamed up with another Worcester folkie, a fellow named Bruce Arnold, to form a duo that became known as the Villagers.
The Villagers, Hyannis, MA, 1965
L-R: Bruce Arnold, Jack McKennes
photo: Dan Jarvis
Originally a cover group, the two quickly became a "folk phenomenon." Their voices blended perfectly, and their finger-style guitars complemented one another. In short order they became the "house band" at a small coffee house in Yarmouth, MA (on Cape Cod) called the Villager, from which they took their name.|
During the fall and winter of 1964-1965, the pair began to make some demo recordings. In fact, the two of them stopped by my place in Worcester in the late fall of 1964 and gave me a tape they'd just recorded at WTAG; I still have it. Later they began to incorporate some of Bruce's original songs, and continued to record demos. I have one of these in my collection as well.
By the summer of 1965 they had matured into a real "class act," and had a regular stint at the Carousel in Hyannis. The Carousel was one of the best-known folk venues on the Cape - a family restaurant by day, and a "music Mecca" by night.
|The Villagers became one of the area's premier folk acts, playing such venues as the Loft, the Odyssey, the Unicorn and the Pesky Sarpint, and were twice voted "Best Folk Duo" by the readers of Broadside magazine. (Click|