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Local Musician Chris Page


Springfield Spartan Chris Page (Class of '82) Has Been Entertaining Us at Local Venues for Nearly 35 Years.

You might know him as Chris from Flourtown Beverage (his long-standing day job), Spaj or Pager if you grew up here. If you don't know him, you should - he has a huge heart and a smile to share ... especially when he is talking about his favorite subject - music! If you get a chance to catch Chris and the Revolving Doors you will be treated to a fun mix of music with an ever-evolving cast of local musicians.  Click here to hear a sample of Chris covering one of his favorite artists, Neil Young.

How did you get started as a musician?

I learned to play guitar from my cousin Doug, all self-taught from there. I play Mandolin, Ukulele, Bass, Keyboard, and Harmonica.

What was the first song you learned to play?

More than a Feeling by Boston. After that I knew I needed to learn more - music chose me. I have to play.

Were you in the band in High School?

Actually, no, I was into sports - I played football, baseball and I even played championship frisbee golf!!!

When did you start playing live?

Age 19 at the Bent Elbow, which you may now know as Magerks.

How did that happen?

I borrowed my cousin's guitar to play in a talent contest at "the Elbow", and I won !!! I took the prize money and bought myself an electric acoustic guitar. From there, I got a job playing Wednesday nights at the Bent Elbow, and then I got a gig at the Depot in Chestnut Hill.
Around that time, I put a band together called Rough Edge - I played Bass with Kevin Hug on guitars and Mike Dunne on drums. We did that for a while, but my bandmates were always coming and going - so I decided to just book gigs under my name and whoever was able to play would play.

Which leads me to ask about the name, can you explain "Revolving Doors"?

I was working at Halligan's when they first opened and I was trying to get a gig there. Jane Jaquinto (Not Just Jane) was the hostess. I asked Jane to get me a date to play and she asked me for the name of the band ... but I didn't have one! I told her it was just me and whoever revolves in. Jane didn't miss a beat. She said, "..ok, then, that's the name of your band - "the Revolving Doors". The name stuck.

What are the requirements to play with the Revolving Doors?

Show up and be ready to play!

You have a lovely woman in your life, Christine Gioia. How long have you been together?

We've known each other since we were in 3rd grade - we were in the same class. I hadn't seen her in a long time! It took us 30 years to reconnect. She came to Campbell's one night when I was playing 6 years ago and we've been together ever since!

What do you love about Springfield ?

The people, good friends.

If you left where would you go?

I hate the cold, so Florida - Key West. At sunset, all the musicians come out and jam. I could totally see myself there.

How often do you play?

I try to play live once a week. If I can do that I am happy.

Where can we find you?

I have a standing gig at Scoogis - the last Friday of every month 8 pm-12 am. I also play regularly at Halligan's, North Penn VFW, and Jerzees in Glenside. I am really excited about my new gig at Gypsy Blu in Ambler.

If You See Chris Live and You Like What You Hear, Say Hi and Buy Him a Bottle of Bud!

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