Kutztown Folk Music Society
performances on the second Friday 
October 2018 to May 2019


Russ Rentler
October 12, 2018

In 2016, Russ retired from medical practice. This has finally allowed him to pursue his life-long dream and passion of performing original and traditional music.  He counts Bob Dylan, John McCutcheon and Walt Michaels as major influences in his style.  His live performances are a mix of folk, celtic and blues-inspired tunes with multiple instrument changes interspersed with his off-beat humor and  wry observations about life that keep the audiences coming back for more. (As well as for free medical advice!)     www.russrentler.com 


Ted Yoder
Monday, November 12, 2018

Ted Yoder’s hammered dulcimer cover of Tears for Fears’ “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” became one of the most-watched Facebook Live posts in 2016 when the song received more than 101 million views from music fans around the world. It’s no wonder the video went viral; when a barefooted Yoder performed the hit on his hammered dulcimer in his Indiana family’s backyard with his wife, kids, and a pet raccoon named Gidget in the audience, he immediately became an internet sensation known as the lovable “Dulcimer Dad.”  www.tedyoder.com


Alf Bashore
December 14, 2018

Alf Bashore II is a multi-instrumentalist from the Danville area. He specializes in acoustic instrumental music in a variety of styles including Blues, Celtic, Traditional and Folk. Alf performs often at area coffee shops, festivals, fairs, and flea markets. Alf gives music instruction at Schoolhouse Music and privately. Alf began his love of music at the early age of nine, which has progressed through six decades. While playing an array of instruments, he has been teaching for the past 35 years. Alf is the co-founder of Off the Wall Dulcimer Society and Frosty Valley Dulcimer Friends and founder of the Iron Ukulele Benders Club. You can find Alf on SoundCloud.


Poor Man's Gambit
January 11, 2019

Though Corey, Dylan, and Genevieve were all raised in the U.S., they were brought up on the traditional music of Ireland, and all belong to musical families. Building on their roots as traditional Irish musicians, the trio's repertoire is also influenced by traditional music of other cultures including France, Scotland, England, and America, some of which can be heard on their latest release 'Kind Providence'. Poor Man's Gambit is currently finishing up for their 2018 season, and hope to travel as far and wide as possible and make as many friends along the way. www.poormansgambit.com


Charlie Zahm
February 8, 2019

Charlie Zahm is one of the most popular soloists at Celtic music festivals, Maritime, and American Traditional music events anywhere east of the Mississippi. With a baritone voice some have described as "coming along once in a generation," Charlie has become one of the most successful performers on the Celtic festival circuit, weaving magical moments of Scottish and Irish history for the listener and viewer, with passion for the performance and a chosen repertoire pleasing to all members of the family. A master of the guitar as well, Charlie brings an authentic love and respect for the music he sings-and with dashes of humor and a light in his eyes, he will draw you into the stories of his songs!   charliezahm.com


Linda Russell
March 8, 2019

Mixing music with history comes naturally to Linda.  She grew up in the Wisconsin countryside where she went to a one-room school.  Her Mom was a church organist and her Dad the local historian.  On family vacations, the Russells followed a trail of history, visiting Civil War battlefields, pioneer villages, and waterways of voyageurs.  History was tangible on these journeys and Linda was captivated.  Singing came easily to Linda, and she credits her Mother with instilling in her the pure joy of singing and passion she feels for all types of music.   lindarussellmusic.com    


East Side Dave Trio
April 12, 2019


May 10, 2019


Doors open at 6:30 pm

7:30 PM
$7 Donation / $5 with Student ID
Bring the kids
12 yrs & under/Free

Prorated Season Pass Available


Concert location: 

Janelle's Restaurant & Catering Hall 

360 Fleetwood Rd

Mertztown, PA

>>> Janelle's will have a menu available during our Concerts :)

click here for directions


About KFMS

The Kutztown Folk Music Society is dedicated to
providing a venue for unique and talented performers.
We show a wide range of local and national folk artists.
Entertaining shows from superb musicians with
a diversity of styles within the folk music genre
are performed in an intimate setting for
an appreciative audience.


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An Evening with Ivan Stiles


Kutztown Folk Music Society Presents Russ Rentler


Kutztown Folk Music Society Presents Kharizma Bellydancers


KFMS Presents The Travis Wetzel Trio


Special thanks to Tim Birch. local area woodworker, for giving us permission to use a photo of one of his crafted table tops as our background for this year's website.