Where Blue Collar New Jersey meets Rust Belt Ohio!!
The Fringe was founded in September 2012 when drummer Gary Breuer and guitarist Ray Francisco, two friends who moved to Canfield from New Jersey when their GM plant closed, decided to start a new band to replace the one that had recently ended. They posted an ad on Craigslist and came in contact with Robert Bernard, a veteran of the Youngstown music scene, and one of the top guitar players in the area.
Needing a couple more key pieces to round out the band, Bob brought in Bridget Yurcisin, a powerhouse vocalist whom he had met previously when both were considering acoustic projects. He then called journeyman bassist Sam Morris, whom he had met while trying out for a band with Jen Bond, who had gained notoriety as the drummer of MCA recording artist The Catholic Girls. This solidified the first lineup of The Fringe.
The Fringe played their first show in March of 2013, and their high energy stage show, audience participation and wide variety of song selection immediately generated a lot of interest from the local music scene. The Fringe played close to 50 shows in the nine months remaining of 2013, stretching as far as Conneaut Lake, Pennsylvania. This run earned them the reputation as the hardest working band in the area.
The beginning of 2014 brought change to the band, as drummer Gary left to spend more time with his family. Jen Bond, who had played several shows with the band as a fill-in, was a natural choice for Gary’s replacement. With the new lineup set, The Fringe set to work scheduling another 50+ shows for 2014, including headlining the Northeast Ohio Music Festival and an opener for legendary rockers L.A. Guns.
Toward the end of 2014, Jen left for Florida, and was replaced on drums by Bob's long time friend John Burlock, formerly of Tangent. The band continued to tour the Mahoning Valley through the rest of the year, and added some original material to the setlist. In January of 2015, both Ray and Bridget had changes in their career paths which led to them exiting the band. At a bit of a crossroads, the band, with input from Ray and Bridget both, brought in voice teacher Jenny Brady on vocals and keyboard. On January 24, 2015, a special show was held in which three different Fringe lineups took the stage, the original lineup of Bob/Sam/Ray/Bridget/Gary, the lineup of Bob/Sam/Ray/Bridget/John, and the new lineup of Bob/Sam/John/Jenny.
The Fringe took the month of February off in 2015 to rework the setlist in a new direction given the addition of keyboards. They added quite a few new songs, many that were more musically challenging than they had been playing before. With the new lineup and setlist, the band also unveiled a new logo and website, then took the stage on March 14, 2015 at the Leetonia Eagles Club, exactly two years and four days after the very first Fringe show in Youngstown Ohio.
Today, The Fringe continues to stretch out musically, playing both covers, which range from Aretha Franklin to Led Zeppelin to Pink and Little Big Town, and originals in both electric and acoustic shows throughout Ohio and Pennsylvania. Bridget can now be found playing solo acoustic shows throughout the Mahoning Valley.