Gandalf's Restaurant and Pub on Main Street in Frostburg will hold a benefit for WFWM Radio on Friday, Feb. 28, starting at 8 p.m. and featuring three of the Western Maryland area's best bands.
WFWM is a listener-supported public radio station licensed to Frostburg State University and an affiliate station of National Public Radio. Featuring a wide variety of news, musical and cultural programming, WFWM provides a source of listening alternatives for the Western Maryland area.
Opening the evening's festivities will be Pickin'@Bluegrass, a bluegrass band featuring Tim Custer. Custer is a multi-time winner of the Maryland State Banjo championship and the current Mid-Atlantic banjo champion. Joining Custer in the band is his brother Kevin on upright bass, John Larimer on dobro and guitar, and Dean Shumaker on mandolin and guitar.
Shanty Irish will follow the bluegrass with a set of traditional Irish pub tunes. Shanty Irish is a frequently featured performer at the Garrett County Highland Festival and the "house band" of the Cumberland Celtic Fest. The band consists of Mike Burkey on vocals, whistle and bodhran, Steve Owens on guitar and vocals, Woody Getz on guitar, Tommy Dunn on harmonica and tenor vocals, and Jim Moen on fiddle and mandolin. Their soundman, Vic Ward, has volunteered to run sound for the event.
The evening will close with a set of blues courtesy of the Channel Cats Blues Band. The Channel Cats have shared the stage with many blues artists, including "Philadelphia" Jerry Ricks, Sherman Robertson, Debbie Davies and Deanna Bogart. In addition to founding members Tommy "T.J." Jenkins on vocals, Pat Sullivan on bass and Terry McManus on guitar, the Channel Cats include Will Voghtman on harmonica and sax, Mark Patrick on keyboards and Bill Ryan on drums.
There will be a $5 cover charge, with the proceeds from the door going to WFWM. There will also be numerous compact disc giveaways and drawings. You must be 21 or older to attend. For more information, contact Gandalf's at (301) 689-2010 or www.gandalfs.org or contact WFWM at (301) 587-4143. For information on the featured bands, all of whom are volunteering their time, see the following Web sites: www.blue-grass.org for Pickin@Bluegrass; www.shantyirish.org for Shanty Irish; www.channelcatsbluesband.20m.com for the Channel Cats.
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