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10:30 AMBear Hill Bluegrass

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.

11:10 AMT-Mart Rounders

T-Mart Rounders

The T-Mart Rounders is an old-time trio that consists of Kevin Chesser on claw-hammer banjo, vocalist Jesse Milnes on fiddle and Becky Hill on foot percussion. They re-envision percussive dance as another instrument and arrange traditional old-time tunes using foot percussion as if it were a drum set. All three musicians have spent significant time in West Virginia learning from master elder musicians and dancers. Their goal with this project is to respect the old-time music tradition while pushing its boundaries. In addition to performing, they teach flatfooting/clogging, fiddle, claw-hammer banjo, guitar and songwriting workshops, and call/play at square dance.

11:50 AMHickory Bottom Band

Hickory Bottom Band

Tight three-part harmonies, solid pickin’ and lots of 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 well-known and obscure bluegrass classics to grassy versions of select radio hits from the past 40 years. No matter the music’s source, it’s “all bluegrass” from this talented bunch!

12:30 PM

Davis & Elkins College Appalachian Ensemble

The Davis & Elkins College Appalachian Ensemble, a student performance group led by string band director Emily Miller and dance director William Roboski, is dedicated to bringing live traditional music and dance to audiences in West Virginia and beyond. Composed entirely of students attending D&E, the group features an acoustic string band (fiddle, banjo, guitar, mandolin and bass) and a team of dancers with a diverse range of expertise. The group focuses on the intersections of American vernacular forms and their roots, ranging from old-time music and flatfooting to jazz music and tap dance, to Irish sean-nós dance, body percussion and numerous traditional American styles of harmony singing. The performances include a variety of regional dance styles, contemporary choreography and a selection of traditional songs and tunes.

1:10 PMBuffalo Run

Buffalo Run

Buffalo Run is a gathering of old musical friends with a long history of recording and performing. The members of the group include Robert Levee Smith on guitar and vocals, Bob Shank on banjo and hammered dulcimer, Keith Roberts on six string bass and vocals, Hank Schwartz on drums and Michael Hall on the upright bass. The band, which formed in 2017, took the name of the location where they rehearse, also the name of the first S&R album. In late 2018, they released their new album, Bemused in Bruceton, 10 original tunes penned by Smith and recorded at Shank’s Otter Slide Studio in Bruceton Mills, W.Va. They have been interviewed and featured on Sidetracks on West Virginia Public Radio and perform live occasionally.

1:50 PM

Allegheny Drifters

From the western foothills of the Alleghenies, Pennsylvania’s Allegheny Drifters have presented their exciting style of bluegrass for more than a decade. Their engaging, fast-paced show appeals to all ages with fine bluegrass classics, strong soulful vocals and blazing instrumentals. They’ve earned a national reputation for superb song selection and good old-fashioned entertainment.

2:30 PMBlack Diamond

Black Diamond

Coming 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 present band plays dates 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, Vic King, Christian Blaney and Paul Ferry.

3:10 PMAndy Cohen

Andy Cohen

Andy Cohen is a virtuoso finger-style guitarist who has been described as “a walking, talking folk-blues-roots music encyclopedia.” He grew up in a home with a piano and lots of Dixieland jazz records. During the ’60s Folk Revival, he got hooked on the music of Big Bill Broonzy and the Jim Kweskin Jug Band. When Cohen was 16, he heard South Carolina’s Rev. Gary Davis perform and the effect on him was profound. He has devoted his life to studying, performing and promoting traditional blues and folk music of the pre-World War II era.

3:50 PMHighland Grass

Highland Grass

Highland 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.

4:30 PMFlower Hill String Band

Flower Hill String Band

The Flower Hill String Band serves up a tasty menu of soul-satisfying classic bluegrass and contemporary acoustic music – featuring rich three-, four- and five-part vocals – for a family-friendly good time. You’re likely to hear a familiar Celtic, old-time or traditional gospel tune, as well as a country song or two, plus a few modern pop-rock numbers done FHSB style. Hailing from Gaithersburg, Md., the Flower Hill String Band takes its name from the local neighborhood where the group was cooked up. Performing together for more than a dozen years, the band features several young adults as well as a few “well-seasoned” members.

5:10 PMCritton Holllow

Critton Hollow String Band

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. These are songs that express a range of experience that can make you laugh or cry and occasionally do both at the same time, ballads that tell stories of bad men and disappointed lovers and instrumentals that will make you want to get up and dance or sit back and listen. 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.

5:40 PM

The Barnstormers

Slim Harrison and Tom Jolin teamed up over 30 years ago to perform traditional, old-timey, Americana folk music. Slim plays the fiddle, banjo, guitar, mountain dulcimer, harmonica and more. He is also a sought-after traditional dance caller. Tom plays the hammer dulcimer, banjo, button accordion, guitar, harmonica, bowed psaltery and more. They’re joined by the RockCandy Cloggers, who will help round out the Festival with a rollicking dance performance.