Vocals, Guitar, Percussion
Chris Fisher started his musical journey in high school, playing drums along with his favorite Zeppelin, Rush, and Talking Heads tunes, mixed in with the whatever happened to grace the airwaves of his youth. He landed a spot as a percussionist in the Empire State Youth Orchestra and went on to college. It was there that he got his first tastes of Jazz, playing tunes from the Real Book with other aspiring players. Around this same time, while moonlighting on guitar in an alt rock cover band, Chris found his calling as a songwriter. Fresh out of college he formed Conehead Buddha, which toured and recorded for nearly a decade. As this era came to a close, he built a recording studio and dove into recording and producing other musicians, while still staying busy filling in on drums or bass for various projects. Life got in the way as they say, and next thing you know another decade passed. In late summer of 2011, Chris found himself longing for the energy that was Conehead Buddha. He made a few calls to find his old band mates on that very same page. Chris feels honored to have the opportunity to write, record, and play again in this new rendition of Conehead Buddha!
Tenor Saxophone, Backing vocals, Flute
Having grown up studying classical flute and voice, Shannon Lynch left the SUNY Oneonta music program in 1996 and joined Conehead Buddha, after purchasing a saxophone and teaching herself the ins and outs at the urging of her brother Terry. In addition to being a member of Conehead Buddha, Shannon also co-founded the band Lynch in the early 2000s, which featured her brother Terry on trumpet, Jim Loughlin of moe. on drums, Suke Cerulo of Schleigho on guitar, and Colin Almquist on bass and toured with them consistently, throughout the northeast. During this same time, Shannon also toured with Lava Records recording artist Antigone Rising. Shannon has been known to join moe. on stage from time to time, and has also been involved in moe. side projects, including Before Cowboys and Small Appliances.
After Conehead Buddha’s break-up in 2003, Shannon went back to school to pursue a career in music education, completing her undergrad at College of St. Rose and earning her Master’s at Hartt School of Music. In roughly 2012, fellow Conehead Buddha bandmate Chris Fisher, and her brother Terry formed a new band called Mao Say Fun. Shannon was asked to be a temporary fill-in on sax for a few shows, however, before long she was playing every show. It was this reunion of sorts that made the three original members of Conehead Buddha realize it was time to move on once again under their former moniker, writing and recording new material and breathing new life into old favorites.
Shannon currently lives in the Albany, NY area with her husband, former Conehead Buddha bassist Christian deFrancqueville and their wonderful daughter Maeve.
Vocals, Trumpet, Percussion
Being raised in a noble family, Terry was trained in classical martial combat and the sports of boxing, fencing, and equestrianism. He has also been trained in judo and general karate.Upon joining Conehead Buddha, he learned other hand-to-hand combat skills.His “Lynch Effect” has long since been internalized through circumstances that have not yet been revealed. He uses his power to disrupt his enemies’ balance. In hand-to-hand and melee combat, Terry uses his power to disorient his opponents. He also uses the Vertigo Effect to disrupt the aim of gunmen, snipers and the like. The exact range of the power is as of yet undetermined seeing as how on one mission, guards watching him in action on camera were also affected by his power. This ability is also capable of disrupting guidance systems on missiles, vehicles and detection systems of all kind (lasers, cameras, pressure sensitive floor plates, infra-red, thermal and night vision). Terry also wears magnetic boots with which he can walk walls or ceilings. He also has in recent years gained the ability of flight.
Suke is a guitarist, composer and educator living in NYC. A 20 year veteran of the jam band scene with Schleigho, Lynch and Conehead Buddha. He’s recorded 9 albums and is working on the 10th with CB. Aside from touring and writing Suke is the Lead guitar Director at NYC Guitar School.
Drummer and Percussionist
Manuel Quintana is an in-demand drummer and percussionist based in New York’s Hudson Valley, originally from Puerto Rico. His work ranges from acoustic minimalist to electronica and noise, from roots rock to Afro-Cuban and everything in between—blending styles and adding his own sound. In addition to live and studio work with a range of artists, current projects include writing and performing with instrumental exploratory groove trio NEQ (with long-time collaborators Kyle Esposito on bass and Todd Nelson on guitar). With the Duke McVinnie Band, Manuel helps to paint the landscape for the sonically twisted storytelling by Duke McVinnie (formerly of Shivaree). Manuel and Duke co-wrote “It” from the DMV Band 2014 release “9”. Performing with Robbie Dupree since 2003 and appearing on several of Robbie’s albums, Manuel digs into his love of RnB’s tight pocket and smooth sound. With Conehead Buddha, one of the top drawing acts on the East Coast jam-band scene, Manuel explores the unique blend of rock, funk, ska, reggae, and salsa. A perfect match for his roots.