Compton Music Stage

Saturday, Sept 17. FSU Upper Quad

 

Bear Hill Bluegrass10:15 AM Bear Hill Bluegrass

Bear Hill Bluegrass takes pride in performing traditional bluegrass and gospel, while adding just the right mix of classic country and comedy to please the audience and have fun. They play the familiar bluegrass, gospel and a few country songs that everyone will recognize, done in a friendly down-home manner on stage. The audience is involved with the band and the songs throughout the show. 

 

Black Diamond11:00 AM Black Diamond   

From the mountains of Western Maryland and Pennsylvania, Black Diamond brings energy and drive to its performances by way of traditional and contemporary songs, as well as original compositions. The band plays in Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia and Pennsylvania. They have opened for acts such as Dailey and Vincent and other national acts. Members include Nick Blough, Pam Mulhollem, Christian Blaney & Paul Ferry. 

Meadow Run This11:45 AM Meadow Run

This husband and wife duo hail from the cozy hills of West Virginia. They play unique songs that blend the contemporary folk genre with a bluegrass spirit. Lindsey’s voice often carries her own lyrics which collects friendships, mountain scenery, thoughtful reminiscence and mixes them into a soothing energetic style while Ty backs up her sound with his beautiful melodic style of fiddle and vocal harmonies. Their love of music and for each other is evident as these two play from the heart.

 

Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble12:30 PM Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble

Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble presents a uniquely American story: conveying the power and joy of American percussive dance and music along with its multicultural roots in an exuberant fusion of live music, singing and a dazzling array of percussive dance. Celebrating over 40 years as a performing arts company Footworks has represented American culture internationally, including a Smithsonian Institution tour of Japan, and as guest artists with Riverdance in London. This performance is supported in part by a Touring Arts Grant from the Maryland State Arts Council. 

 

 

 

Ken and Brad Kolodner1:15 PM Ken and Brad Kolodner 

Regarded as one of the most influential hammered dulcimer players, Baltimore’s Ken Kolodner has performed and toured for the last ten years with his son Brad Kolodner, one of the finest practitioners of the clawhammer banjo, to perform tight and musical  arrangements of original and traditional old-time music with a “creative curiosity that lets all listeners know that a passion for traditional music yet thrives in every generation (DPN).” The dynamic father-son duo pushes the boundaries of the Appalachian tradition by infusing their own brand of driving, innovative, tasteful and unique interpretations of traditional and original fiddle tunes and songs. They are joined by accomplished musician Rachel Eddy on fiddle.

 

Jocelyn Pettit & Ellen Gira2:00 PM Jocelyn Pettit & Ellen Gira 

Special Note: The FSU Appalachian Festival is delighted to host Ellen Gira, granddaughter of Dr. Catherine Gira, former President of FSU. President Gira was always a strong supporter of the Festival.

From Squamish BC and Maryland USA, Jocelyn Pettit & Ellen Gira are a dynamic fiddle & cello duo. Fusing traditional and contemporary influences, they create powerfully uplifting and soulful music, weaving a rhythmically driving and textured sound. They bring life and fire into original tunes and songs, and highenergy Special Note: The FSU Appalachian Festival is delighted to host Ellen Gira, granddaughter of Dr. Catherine Gira, former President of FSU. President Gira was always a strong supporter of the Festival. From Squamish BC and Maryland USA, Jocelyn Pettit & Ellen Gira are a dynamic fiddle & cello duo. Fusing traditional and contemporary influences, they create powerfully uplifting and soulful music, weaving a rhythmically driving and textured sound. They bring life and fire into original tunes and songs, and highenergy repertoire from Scotland, Ireland, North America, and Scandinavia, with vocal harmonies, lively stepdancing and podorythmie foot percussion. Each accomplished musicians in their own right, with extensive performance history and accolades, Jocelyn & Ellen first joined forces in 2018, in Scotland. Since then, the duo has been gracing stages and captivating audiences in both North America and the UK. They have performed for HRH Prince Charles, been featured in live broadcasts on BBC Radio 3, and released their album, “All It Brings”, in Summer 2022. For this concert, Jocelyn & Ellen will be joined by excellent Maryland-based guitarist, Richard Osban. The trio will present a lively performance of traditional and original tunes and songs.

 

2:45 PM Highland Grass

Highland GrassHighland Grass, a West Virginia-based band, is well-known around the Appalachian Mountain region and neighboring states for its hard-driving, high-energy, traditional-style bluegrass and bluegrass gospel. Highland Grass is an acoustic five-piece band featuring banjo, fiddle, guitar and upright bass. Each show finds the band members in constant motion around a single microphone, giving the audience tight harmonies and instrumental prowess the old-fashioned way.

 

 

Critton Hollow String Band and the Barnstormers
3:30 PM Critton Hollow String Band and the Barnstormers

With fiddle, hammer dulcimer, banjo, and guitar, the band tends a stable of songs from the first settlements of Appalachia to the best of contemporary American folk music. Songs that express a range of experience that can make you laugh or make you cry and occasionally do both at the same time, ballads that tell stories of bad men and disappointed lovers. The three members of the band - Joe Herrmann, Sam Herrmann, and Joe Fallon - combine precise instrumentation, melodic interplay, and three-part harmony to create a warm and engaging sound. They’ll share the stage with The Barnstormers and RockCandy Cloggers. This dynamic ensemble performs concerts and residencies throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region.

Hickory Bottom Band4:25 PM  Hickory Bottom Band

Tight three-part harmonies, solid pickin', and lotsa fun are the hallmarks of this fine western Pennsylvania-based band. Every member has a rich musical history in a variety of genres, so the material ranges from both well-known and obscure bluegrass classics, to grassy versions of select radio hits from the past 40 years. But no matter the music's source, it's "all bluegrass" from this talented bunch!

Day Old News5:10 PM Day Old News

Day Old News grew its roots from the old-time, bluegrass, and americana folk sounds that surround them in the Appalachian Mountains of Western Maryland. Band members are Jeremie Hamilton, Denny Merrill, Tom Bond, and Sam Lauver.