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Music Stage Line-Up

Rain or Shine—all performances take place under large tents.
Times Subject to Change

Emcee staff provided courtesy of WFWM Radio, a public service of Frostburg State University. It broadcasts informational, educational and cultural programming 24 hours a day to the westernmost counties of Maryland and adjacent areas in Pennsylvania and West Virginia.


Garrett Highlands Pipe & Drums10:00 AM Garrett Highlands Pipe and Drums

Garrett Highlands Pipes & Drums has been preserving the Scottish heritage of the Alleghenies for many years. Dedicated to preserving and passing on Scottish traditions, the group invites drumming and piping students to learn from them.

Visitors are welcome at weekly practices, which are held at 7 PM Wednesdays at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Deer Park, Md. The group, as well as its individual pipers, is available for hire for private occasions.


Mountain Therapy10:40 AM and 12:40 PM Mountain Therapy

With members from southwestern Pennsylvania and Ohio, Mountain Therapy is a band that has seen many years of playing bluegrass in the northeastern U.S. Formed over 20 years ago, this band has come to be known as a high-energy ensemble, playing everything from traditional and contemporary tunes to fast-paced instrumentals and high-lonesome vocals. Lonnie Wellman, Tim Custer, Ron Dick and Mike Ash continue to lead Mountain Therapy along the cutting edge of innovative bluegrass music.

Jay Smar11:20 AM Jay Smar

Complete with two guitars, baritone vocals, clawhammer banjo and fiddling, singing and flat footin’, Jay Smar serves his audience an “acoustic buffet” of traditional American and original folk, old-time mountain music, bluegrass and gospel.

His recent CD release, Heritage and Coal-Mining Songs of Eastern Pennsylvania, features materials collected by George Korson of Pottsville, Pa., who recorded coal miners’ songs, stories and poems in the northeastern part of Pennsylvania during the early 1900s and introduces many new songwriters who have a deep interest in preserving local heritage through song.

His work has been recognized by a 2009 Pennsylvania House of Representatives Recognition Award. For more information, go to




Sparky & Rhonda Rucker12:00 PM Sparky and Rhonda Rucker

Sparky and Rhonda's music includes a variety of old-time blues, Appalachian music, slave songs, and spirituals as well as originals, and they accompany themselves with fingerstyle picking and bottleneck blues guitar, blues harmonica, old-time banjo, piano, spoons, and bones.

The Ruckers also weave American history, traditional storytelling, and humor into their concerts, and they have been featured tellers at the International Storytelling Center and Festival. Over forty years of performing, Sparky and Rhonda have performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and the Smithsonian Folklife Festival as well as NPR's On Point, Prairie Home Companion, Mountain Stage, and Morning Edition.

Their recording, Treasures & Tears, was nominated for a W.C. Handy Award, and their music is also included on the Grammy-nominated anthology, Singing Through the Hard Times.


Sugar Foot Stompers1:20 PM Sugar Foot Stompers

The Sugar Foot Stompers formed in 2007 to play traditional New Orleans style jazz. They made their debut opening for the Preservation Hall Jazz Band in a Garrett Lakes Arts Festival performance and have been developing a strong regional reputation since that time.

Members include Steve Vortigern, Gino Mauricci, Tom Simpson, Stephan Moylan, and Matt Eary.





Blue Shades2:00 & 5:20 PM Blue Shades

Blue Shades is a south-central Pennsylvania bluegrass music band, formed in the summer of 2001. This four-piece group performs a wide variety of bluegrass music ranging from the high lonesome sound of traditional music, to the most modern songs of todays more progressive bluegrass sound, as well as prominently featuring the ever popular Bluegrass Gospel music.

Whatever the style, they play it bluegrass. Comprised of four veteran bluegrass performers, with nearly 100 years of combined music experience, this band can play any venue. From a Sunday morning Gospel show to a Saturday night festival performance-whatever your favorite style, they have something you'll like. That is, if you like bluegrass.


Barnstormers & the RockCandy Cloggers2:40 PM Barnstormers & the RockCandy Cloggers

The Barnstormers (Slim Harrison and Tom Jolin) perform concerts and residencies through Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour and PA Council on the Arts. They performed recently at the Viljandi World Folk Fest in Estonia through grants from Mid-Atlantic/Baltic Education and Commerce Organization, PA Council on the Arts and the U.S. Embassy in Estonia. During residencies, Jolin leads the students in making a hammered dulcimer, mountain dulcimer, banjo and/or psaltery for the school while Harrison teaches the music and dances for a final hoedown.

The RockCandy Cloggers (Rock Howland and Candy Ranlet) often join the Barnstormers for festivals and school residencies, providing exciting clogging routines and teaching traditional clogging workshops. They are experienced clogging instructors and sought-after performers. When not dancing, they join the band, adding a fullness that is perfect for concerts and dances. They recently joined the Barnstormers on a tour of schools and a concert tour. For more information, contact Harrison at 301.271.7928 or or visit


Barnstormers & the RockCandy Cloggers3:20 PM Lickety Split Banjo Boys

The Lickety Split Banjo Boys are not your typical Bluegrass Band. Our band's unique musical talents give us the ability to offer something just a bit different to your function, festival, or church.

Whether it is Fred's unique melodic roll on the banjo or thumping on the worshboard, Frankie playing a hard-driving or old-time banjo number, Uncle Junior playing a long-lost Country-Western Guitar solo from the 40s and 50s or Dennis Crolley's super supporting vocals the Lickety Split Banjo Boys offer entertainment that is unique, entertaining, and family friendly.



Bear Hill Bluegrass4:00 PM Bear Hill Bluegrass

Bear Hill Bluegrass is not your typical bluegrass band. While they take pride in performing traditional bluegrass and gospel, they add just the right mix of classic country and comedy to please the audience and have fun. The band has a friendly down-home manner on stage.

The audience is involved with the band and the songs throughout the show. When you come to see Bear Hill Bluegrass perform you will find energetic musicians always in motion. You will be impressed by the strong vocals, harmony, and great songs.




Barnstormers & the RockCandy Cloggers5:20 PM Community Hoe Down with the Barnstormers

Come join in the fun!

The Barnstormers and the RockCandy Cloggers close out the Daytime Events with a traditional Appalachian Hoe Down.










Frostburg Arion Band10:00 AM Frostburg Arion Band

Originally organized in 1877 to accompany a singing society, the Frostburg Arion Band has participated in many interesting activities over the years. In 1889, the band became the Fourth Battalion Band at Camp Jackson, a component of the Maryland State Militia. Around the turn of the century, the band took an annual train trip to Luray, Va., for a performance in the caverns. After the “Great War,” many community bands faded into history, but the Arion Band flourished. Many difficult transcriptions of orchestral works are in the repertoire, and the group has won numerous parade prizes and trophies over the years.

Today, Arion Band members represent an intergenerational mix of male and female musicians, each member attracted to the band by his or her shared love of the music and the desire to perpetuate the longstanding tradition of the community band.

Note: The majority of this text was adapted from text by Jay Stephens on the occasion of the Frostburg Arion Band’s 125th Gala Anniversary Concert.


Fritz Kessler & Jason Twigg10:30 AM Fritz Kessler and Jason Twigg

Jason Twigg and Fritz Kessler are a two-piece old-time string band from Frostburg, Maryland. These local musicians play classic fiddle tunes, breakdowns, and waltzes. Their repertoire consists of tunes from the turn of the 20th century and earlier, focusing on the fiddle with the guitar added for a driving rhythm.

Jason Twigg, playing the fiddle for 10 years, credits Buddy Thomas, Tommy Jarrell, and Rhys Jones as major influences on his playing style. Fritz Kessler started playing bluegrass banjo but is now also versatile on the guitar and mandolin. Fritz's influences are Norman Blake, The Blue Sky Boys, and Steve Huber.

Loretta Hummel & Friends11:10 AM Loretta Hummel & Friends

Local musician Loretta Hummel has been delighting regional audiences for many years. A resident near Frostburg, Hummel is a singer and acoustic songwriter who has recorded and released several music albums. She plays guitar and performs a variety of country, gospel and bluegrass music in the tri-state area. Hummel has performed in a variety of places including the Berlin Music Festival, Burlington Apple Festival, Constitution Park, and Cumberland’s We’ve Got Talent.

In 2010, for her original song, My Shy Friend, she was voted a Silver Heart winner in the 2010 Eastern Division of the Country Gospel Music Association in Branson, Missouri. Hummel, accompanied by friends, will perform both her original songs and cover songs.Loretta Hummel can be contacted at 301-689-8160 or



Twang11:50 AM Twang!

Twang! sings country/western music in the barbershop quartet style. Ranging from old-time favorites to today's radio hits, and including patriotic and religious numbers along with outlandishly funny jokes, banter, and novelty numbers (some of them originals), their entertaining shows are appropriate for a wide range of sites, settings, and scenarios.

Paul Emert of Stoystown, PA sings tenor; Kurt Lemmert of Frostburg, MD is the lead; Dan Hastings of Wiley Ford, WV covers the baritone part; and Jim West of LaVale, MD and New York, NY (really!) is the bass man.

Why not contact them and get a personal "Howdy!" from Twang!? Why not get Twang!-erized? See


Jeff Thomas & Andi Hearn12:30 PM Jeff Thomas and Andi Hearn

Jeff Thomas has been playing the concertina and focusing on Irish Traditional Music for more than 20 years. Over the years, he has taken numerous trips to Ireland to hone his skills on the instrument. He has performed with several Irish ensembles in NC, SC, VA, KY and MD and played at sessions throughout the United States and Ireland. Today, he divides his time between playing and crafting his own line of high-quality Thomas Concertinas.

Andi Hearn took up Irish fiddle in 1998 and has studied fiddle with many of the great players from the Irish tradition. Andi has a fine collection of old-style ballads and a rich, ornamented singing style to bring to the mix and has performed throughout the eastern US with Corner House and with Glen Road. In addition to performing, she runs the Redbird School of Irish Music and organizes the SC Irish Arts Weekend and other events in order to share the living tradition of Irish music with the community.

Ken Kolodner1:10 & 5:10 PM Ken Kolodner

Ken Kolodner is widely recognized as one of “one of today’s most accomplished, musical hammered dulcimer artists...” (Elderly) and a fine old-time fiddler.

As a soloist and in ensembles with Helicon (with Chris Norman and Robin Bullock), Greenfire (with Laura Risk), with Elke Baker, his son Bradley, and many others, Ken has toured nationally and beyond for over 25 years. Focusing largely on traditional music, Kolodner has often been called one of the most influential hammered dulcimer players in the U.S. His music has been featured on national broadcasts on NPR, The Thistle and the Shamrock, All Things Considered, the CBC, the Voice of America, Ken is also one of a handful of players of the exotic hammered mbira.




1:50 PM Michael and Carrie Kline

A musical duo, performing tight, high mountain harmonies of traditional Appalachian and contemporary songs on guitar and voice, Micheal and Carrie Kline are preoccupied with West Virginia songs, from the ancient ballads of the Hammons Family in the central highlands, to mining laments and songs of resistance in the coal fields.

The Klines present music both as entertainment and social history, with engaging ease and hard-hitting passion. Absorbed in the study of oral tradition, they spend much time with old-time singers and tellers
living in the Appalachian region. Their style is an amalgamation of musical and oral sources representative of places like Cherokee, North Carolina, the Appalachian coal fields, and industrial cities of New England.

Jeffrey Scott2:30 PM Jeffrey Scott

Jeffrey Scott is the nephew of legendary Blues Musician John Jackson. A Virginia native, Scott draws from the musical and community heritage of the Blue Ridge Mountain Region.

His repertoire includes Piedmont Blues, Country Blues, Gospel, Jazz and Ragtime.

He credits many of his songs and stories to his Uncle John, as well as such musical influences as John Cephas, Doc Watson, Mississippi Jon Hurt, Blind Boy Fuller, and Blind Blake.

Scott has performed at many Blues Festivals around the country.


Amanda Barger & Amy Fabbri3:10 PM Amanda Barger and Amy Fabbri

Spending her childhood and adolescence in Kentucky and western North Carolina, Fabbri grew up surrounded by music, singing with her mother in a family band. Inspired further by the rich folk music tradition she discovered in North Carolina, as a teenager she began playing the mountain dulcimer, using it to accompany her ballads.

Today, she counts her mom, Doc Watson and Jean Ritchie as some of her greatest influences. A resident of Frostburg, Fabbri performs regionally and is attracting a strong following.

A native of West Virginia, Amanda learned to play fiddle form old-time musicians of the West Virginia panhandle. In addition to her talents as a fiddler, she’s also known to dance a bit and will demonstrate her flat-footing skills from the Festival stage.




Time Travelers3:50 PM Time Travelers

Primarily based out of Romney, W.Va., the Time Travelers are keeping folk traditions alive through their powerful rendering of some of the most traditional tunes, songs and coal-mining ballads of the Appalachian region.

The group includes Chuck Sherry on stand-up bass, Michael Hasty on guitar and harp, Pam Francis on mandolin and Lauren Smith on fiddle.




Ed & Kathleen Myers4:30 PM Ed and Kathleen Myers

This dynamic daughter-father duo from Keyser, W.Va., brings the strong ties of family tradition to the festival stage.

Playing since she was a 5-year-old, Kathleen has developed a strong regional reputation as a fiddler. For many years, she placed in the Junior Fiddle Contest at Friendsville, Md., and the Maryland State Championship, where she has captured third, second and first places. H

appy to let his daughter enjoy the limelight, Ed plays guitar and banjo while letting Kathleen take the fiddle lead.


Sparky & Rhonda Rucker5:50 PM Sparky and Rhonda Rucker

Sparky and Rhonda are sure to deliver an uplifting presentation of toe-tapping music spiced with humor, history and tall tales. They take their audience on an educational and emotional journey that ranges from poignant stories of slavery and war to an amusing rendition of a Brer Rabbit tale or their witty commentaries on current events.

Their music includes various old-time blues, slave songs, Appalachian music, spirituals, ballads, work songs, Civil War music, cowboy music, railroad songs and a few of their own original compositions.