Gannon “Supergroup” Releases Benefit CD

Posted: December 12, 2013

First there was Cream, then Crosby, Stills & Nash. And hey, let's throw the Three Tenors in while we're at it. Supergroups have been part of the musical landscape for decades, and now the concept has come to Gannon University in the form of the Mullions, a group with more than stardom on their minds.

The Mullions are Crookshanks, Haggis, Drambuie, and Drummond Mullion. a.k.a. Steve Weiser, David Blaetz, Shawn Clerkin, and Sam Hyman, four musicians with credits that range from punk bands to musical theater to symphony orchestras among other stops. 

The four got together to record a CD, "Live At The Schuster Theatre," that is being sold to raise funds for Gannon University theatre students' trip to the International Collegiate Theatre Festival/Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August, 2014.

What started as a fundraising idea ended up being a good time for the participants.  "We have these great musicians on campus and I asked them if they'd be willing to spend Wednesday afternoons in the studio," said the Rev. Shawn Clerkin, associate professor of theatre, communication, and fine arts, who initiated the project.

In addition to himself, the band includes David Blaetz, instructor of theatre and communication arts who has been a first-call bass player for decades who also engineered the CD, Sam Hyman, Gannon's campus events tech director and a guitarist and bandleader in his own right. The three called on Erie Chamber Orchestra Executive Director Steve Weiser for some percussion colors, and the band was formed.

"We have this incredible respect and mutual admiration," said Clerkin. "We probably spent more time enjoying each other's company that actual recording," he joked.

But the musicianship is serious-as serious as the purpose for which the CD was made, even if the tone is lighthearted and fun-filled.

"We were going to give the CD away to people who donated, but we thought why not put it up on CD Baby and see who responds, and within a hour, we had our first sale," Clerkin said.

The Mullions CD is available here where the songs can be previewed.