Kutztown Folk Music Society
Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, we are cancelling the first 6 concerts (Oct., Nov., Dec. 2020, Jan., Feb., and Mar. 2021).
We HOPE to reschedule the last two (April and May) from last season, with the same performers (Lyons Fiddle Festival Champs and Travis Wetzel), IF possible.
There will be necessary changes and restrictions, which we will work on as things evolve.
Season ticket holders from last season will count these two concerts as part of their ticket.
Dates, performers, restrictions, and possibly location, will be adjusted in the beginning of the new year.
Please check back every month for updates.
Be SAFE, keep in touch, and do not hesitate to call or e-mail me, Keith, at 484-336-9639, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.
Doors open at 6:00 pm
SHOWS BEGIN AT 7:30 PM
$9 Donation / $7.00 for Seniors (62+), Veterans/Active military, Students
Bring the kids 12 yrs & under/Free
Prorated Season Pass Available
NEW CONCERT LOCATION
360 Fleetwood Rd
Bowers, PA 19539
Janelle's will have hot and cold sandwich meals available, beverages, for $8-$10
For more information contact:
Keith @ 610-336-9639
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.
Sara Larsen and Danny Stewart
October 11, 2019
Sarah Larsen was the 2015 Lyons Fiddle Festival Grand Champion, the only year she entered the contest. She is now the new co-host, with Keith Brintzenhoff, of the festival. She plays a variety of styles, especially bluegrass and old time.
Danny Stewart is the bass player with Country Current, the official U.S. Navy country-bluegrass band. Together they make beautiful music, in more ways than one. Check out this amazing couple!
Joanna Mell and Alison Gillespie
November 8, 2019
Alison Gillespie has been performing and teaching Irish and Scottish fiddle and classical violin for thirty years. She performs currently with Celtic groups Blackwater and Banna Lach, and in a duo with Celtic harpist Joanna Mell, as well as with the award-winning band Big Valley Bluegrass. She teaches in the Music Department at Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA, where she directs the Moravian College Celtic Ensemble, and also at the River Valley Waldorf School in Bridgeton, PA, and at her home-based studio in Center Valley, PA. Alison founded and hosts a monthly traditional Celtic music session at Braveheart Highland Pub in Hellertown, PA. More than 20 years ago she founded the Celtic Classic Fiddle Competition held each September as a popular event at the Celtic Highland Games and Festival in Bethlehem, PA. Alison’s fiddling can be heard on three Blackwater albums and several other Celtic compilation CDs. She has performed at numerous concert halls, festivals, colleges, pubs, and private events on the East Coast and also in Ireland.
Joanna Mell is an accomplished harpist and harp teacher performing and teaching in the Southeastern Pennsylvania area. She makes any occasion special with her beautiful harp music. With over 30 years of experience, Joanna carefully tailors her musical selections to the desires of her clients, making each special event unforgettable. Joanna‘s students love her innovative and exciting style of teaching. Many of them have won awards on the local and national levels. Joanna teaches students all over the world by video on-line call. She is also a gifted composer and arranger. You can hear Joanna’s beautiful music in streaming audio at www.DeepPeaceMusic.com
The Hannah Violet Trio
**** First Friday of December ****
December 6, 2019
The Hannah Violet Trio is an acoustic Cover and Original Country-Rock-Folk band that has gained recognition on their genuine talent, sincere connection with the crowd and ability to pull a range of styles of music together to create a simply enjoyable and down home sound. Hannah Violet, Mitch Miller and Phil Pilorz are a breath of fresh air that bring you the collective sound of 2 fiddles, mandolin, guitar, dobro, bodhran and male and female vocals and a wonderfully relaxed yet upbeat atmosphere. Hannah Violet released a CD of 14 original tracks and a music video shot in Las Vegas in 2015 titled "Violet Sky" which can be purchased at any live event, itunes and CD Baby. Find out more at www.hannahviolet.com.
Ken Gehret and Henry Koretzky
January 10, 2020
Ken Gehret has been performing as a musician for more than thirty years primarily, as a guitarist/violinist. He performs, teaches, composes and arranges, for over 17 instruments including: voice, woodwind, reed, string and keyboards. His main instruments are guitar and violin. His musical experiences stem from country music background, performing with well known stars including Roy Clark and Mell Tellis. Live performances with Jim and Jesse and the Virginia Boys were televised from the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville Tennesee. Mr Gehret's musical abilities are wide and varied. His talents, reflect years of true dedication. He is truly, a natural born musician. When not performing, Ken has a full teaching schedule. He is the designer/inventor of the 10 string guitar. Ken's philosophy is: "Some people play golf. Some play bridge. Others, jump from cliffs using bungee cords. I like to play music. Music, is what I do and love. I love getting together with my musical friends to create interesting and wonderful sounds. I believe music is the most honest and immediate form of communication available to human beings."
Buffalo Mountain Bluegrass Duo
**** Third Friday of February ****
February 21, 2020
The Buffalo Mountain Bluegrass Band consists of the home schooled sister and brother duo, Autumn and Canyon Moore. They have been performing together since 2008, and they play a variety of music styles including, but not limited to, Bluegrass, Gospel, Civil War, Patriotic, Country, Irish, Canadian, and Scottish. The duo performs regularly at a variety of venues and Autumn is Jay Unger's assistant at the Ashokan Music Camp. They are excited to share their love of music with others. To learn more about them, visit their website: www.buffalomountainbluegrass.com.
March 13, 2020
A first time performer at the Kutztown Folk Music Society we welcome Ed to our venue! He makes the music that made America from the 1800’s to 1900’s. His genres include Folk, Country & Western, Acoustic Blues, to 50’s Rock N’ Roll. He plays Mountain Dulcimer and guitar among other instruments. To learn more about Eddie Bluestone Conover, check out his Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Oletymers/
Lyons Fiddle Champs
April 10, 2020
Listen to 3 of the champions from the Lyons Fiddle Festival. They might range in age from 7-70! Some of them will open for acts at the Miller Center in Reading, Red Bridge Fiddle Festival at the Berks County Heritage Center, Penn Mart Festival at the Allentown Fairgrounds, and Kutztown Univ. Presents. Some have become professional musicians, played on the Grand Ole' Opry, or opened for the Beach Boys! Come hear what you're missing!
Travis Wetzel Trio
May 8, 2020
Travis Wetzel is a dynamic musician, song writer, and vocalist. His music has many folds including bluegrass, jazz, swing, Celtic, Klezmer, Native American, gospel, country, and classical. He is lead fiddler/violinist on countless recording projects ranging from country to rock and has often performed at the Grand Ole Opry. He has performed and recorded with artists such as Bill Monroe, Jesse McReynolds, Bill Harrell, Del McCoury, Doyle Lawson, Mac Wiseman, Jimmey Fortune, John Schneider, and David Frizzell. Jazz legend Stephane Grappelli invited Travis to perform the Rogers and Hart classic, Where or When, at Kutztown University with him.
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