Thomas Automotive Music Stage

Saturday, Sept 17. FSU Upper Quad

Jay Smar10:30 AM Jay Smar

Armed with two guitars, baritone vocals, claw-hammer banjo and fiddling, singing and flatfootin’ (a form of clog dancing), Jay Smar serves his audience an “acoustic buffet” of
traditional American and original folk, old-time mountain music, bluegrass and gospel tunes, as well as the coal-mining songs of Northeast Pennsylvania.




The Time Travelers

11:10 AM The Time Travelers

Primarily based out of Hampshire County, 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 brings three-part harmony alive.



Dakota Karper and Pete Hobbie 11:50 AM Dakota Karper and Pete Hobbie

Pete Hobbie and Dakota Karper are a father daughter duo who embrace the heritage and traditions of oldtime appalachian music. Pete began playing music as a child, and in his teen years picked up the guitar. Through a lifetime of musical experiences he has been influenced by rock, blues, cajun, classical music and so much more. When he moved to West Virginia for the second time in the 80s and started a family he discovered a love for the banjo and mountain music. The Hobbie home was always filled with music. When Dakota was 8 years old he gifted her her first fiddle and she began learning folk music as well as studying classical violin through the Suzuki program. Now as an adult Dakota has continued to pursue music and has opened her own folk music school in Capon Bridge, WV called ‘The Cat and The Fiddle’ where Pete is now learning to play the fiddle as well. Through the years they have performed as a duo combining the haunting melodies of fiddle, driving rhythm of banjo and guitar and the earnest rising of their voices.


Davis Bradley Duo12:30 PM Davis Bradley Duo

Kathy Davis and Bradley Bishop has teamed up to present a one of a kind musical experience for everyone! They draw from their individual Bluegrass, Oldtime and Swing influences to create something magical, while remaining true to the roots of the music they love. Fans can expect to hear fresh renditions of the classics as well as several original compositions, played on more than a dozen traditional instruments, and presented in a historic context. This dynamic song mix has helped to extend their combined reach, holding the door wide open to welcome those in search of something new and unique!

Jeff and Myles Thomas1:10 PM Jeff and Myles Thomas

Father and son Jeff and Myles Thomas team up to present Traditional Irish Music. With decades of experience as a concertina maker and player, Jeff has nurtured a love for Irish Music in his ten-year-old son, Myles. Determined to play fiddle, Myles began his musical journey at age six. In 2021, Myles was delighted to win the inaugural Claude Martin Memorial Fiddle Award from Common Ground on the Hill’s Deer Creek Fiddle Convention.

Loretta Hummel and Paul Dix1:50 PM Loretta Hummel and Paul Dix

Loretta Hummel and Paul Dix Local musician Loretta Hummel has been delighting regional audiences for many years. Residing near Frostburg, she is a singer and songwriter who has recorded and released several music albums. An ordained music minister, she plays guitar, mandolin and performs various country, gospel and bluegrass music in the tri-state area and throughout the US. Loretta has won 3 international  awards in the past year. In July 2022, she was honored by being the recipient of the ICGMA Gold Cross Award as Bluegrass Artist of the year in West Plains Missouri. Paul Dix grew up in Westminster, Md., playing mandolin and guitar. He has played with many musical groups in Maryland and Pennsylvania, such as The Salem Bottom Boys, Maple City Bluegrass, and Loretta Hummel. Hummel and Dix will perform her original songs and cover songs..

Anne Lough2:30 PM Anne Lough and Amy Lough

Anne Lough is an internationally known traditional musician with over thirty-five years’ experience in performance and education. With a Music Education Degree and a Masters of Music Education Anne now devotes her time to festivals, workshops, performances, Road Scholar classes and school residencies. In addition  to being a frequent instructor of mountain and hammered dulcimer since 1991 at the prestigious John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC, Anne has taught at major festivals and workshops throughout the country, in Ireland, the British Isles and Belgium. Her daughter, former Frostburg resident Amy Lough, a regional dulcimer player featured in the Mountain Traditions Project, will join her.


Rev. Frankie3:10 Rev. Frankie

In his early years, Rev. Frankie grew up around his grandfather, a semi-professional banjo player and early pioneer of the three-fingered style played on the five-string banjo. He continued to learn his craft by playing along with his father, a banjo player, and his uncle, an old-tie and bluegrass guitarist. In an attempt to explore and understand the music of his ancestors, Rev. Frankie has attempted to hit time’s rewind button. His curiosity has led him to become a versatile musician, playing four styles of banjo as well as guitar, ukulele and various other stringed instruments.


Old Towne Strings3:50 PM Old Towne Strings

Old Towne Strings is influenced by members from both Allegany County and Winchester, Virginia; which both have “old towns.” They perform standard bluegrass classics with solid vocals and traditional sound. The lineup includes Gregg Wolff on the 5 string banjo and Chuck Andrews on guitar and lead vocal, 2010 Maryland state fiddle champion, Heather Twigg and Trish Imbrogno of the Jakob’s Ferry Stragglers on bass.

Black Guy Fawkes 4:30 Black Guy Fawkes

Black Guy Fawkes is a Folk Singer-Songwriter born and raised in Baltimore, MD. He currently resides in Cumberland MD. Growing up in the DIY music scene, he is now taking his music on the road for all to experience. Drawing influence from artists such as: Against Me!, Frank Turner, Green Day and Bob Dylan; Black Guy Fawkes creates a sound that is heartfelt folk yet energetic and punk driven.