The Billycats play upbeat, danceable
swing music that draws upon country & western, blues and jazz
influences. (Scroll down for more info.)
Dave Borowski sings and plays guitar.
Union Hall Theater favorite Ted Harris is on woodwinds (sax, clarinet,
flute) and vocals. John Borchard plays steel guitar, while bassist Bob
Prebe rounds out The Billycats' ensemble sound.
Originally from Brick Town, NJ,
guitarist/vocalist Dave Borowski considers southeastern Ohio his home. A
working musician since 1975, he has appeared on 8 albums and CDs, done
additional studio work, and performed in a variety of live venues from
New York to Seattle. His strongest musical influences include Frank
Sinatra, Johnny Cash, and Jon Hendricks. Bands that Borowski worked
with, past and present, include Close Enough for Jazz, Aces & Eights,
the Kings of Hollywood, the Wing Nuts, Dave Barrow & the Wheels, and
From Long Island, Ted Harris has also
been performing professionally since the mid-1970ís. Most of those years
were spent in northern Ohio, where Ted played hundreds of club dates and
dozens of recording sessions. He became a mainstay of the Cleveland area
jazz and blues scene, and still performs there on occasion. Ted
considers Pete Fountain, Herbie Hancock, and Stanly Turrentine to be his
most important musical influences. He moved to southeastern Ohio three
years ago, and made musical friends quickly. In addition to his gigs
with the Billycats, Ted performs with Shirley King and R&B Station, the
Athens Dixieland Band, and the Royales.
Steel guitarist John Borchard hails from
Chicago, but has called southeastern Ohio his home for the last two
decades. He has played guitar, lap steel, and steel guitar
professionally since the mid-1960ís. His influences include Freddy King,
Jimmy Vaughan, Chuck Berry, Lowell George, Speedy West and Buddy Emmons.
Johnny has toured and recorded with many national and semi-national acts
throughout his long career, and is one of the most sought-after session
musicians in the area.
Bassist Bob Prebe is from Toledo, Ohio,
where he worked in a number of bands in the 1990ís, performing live and
in studio recording sessions. He now considers Athens, Ohio his home.
His musical influences include Mose Allison, Charles Mingus, and Ray
Brown. Bob was a member of the Roger Bailey Jazz Explosion. Now, in
addition to his work with the Billycats, Bob performs with the Athens