Lineup (2018)

Lackawanna Longnecks

The Lackawanna Longneck with Old time music icon Mark Tamsula have given new life to Appalachian music rooted in Southwestern Pennsylvania. With talented guests they record and perform tunes from the historical Bayard collections of music from fiddlers, fifers and singers, representing centuries of musical tradition in this region.
The Lackawanna Longnecks are an Old Time stringband from Pittsburgh, Pa. They have committed themselves to play music in the style of the Old Time Appalachian tradition. Since 1987, their full acoustic stringband sound has been heard at concerts, square dances, parties and jams around Pittsburgh. Band members are: Frank Falvo – fiddle, Mike Reing – guitar,  Mark Tamsula – banjo, and Jean Getz – bass

Brett Howland

“America’s Gatekeeper of Traditional Music,” a phrase applied to him by unnamed fellow songwriters and performers. Brett, a native of Western PA, has been singing & fiddling for over 40 years and has been performing old-time country music as a solo act since 1991. Wherever he goes he informs, entertains and carries forth the spirit of the old times into the 21st century.

Tamsula, Withers & Krysty

Pittsburgh old time musicians Mark Tamsula and Richard Withers share the music historically rooted in Southwestern Pennsylvania. They perform tunes collected by the renowned music historian and Penn State professor, Samuel Bayard, who visited fiddlers and fifers in that region between 1928 and 1963, and published over 1000 of their tunes. They are joined by veteran guitarist Dave Krysty, also a pioneer in the revival of traditional music with local roots. Sam Bayard and his source musicians are gone, but Tamsula, Withers, & Krysty have brought their music back to life on fiddle, banjo, and guitar.


Blue Mule Bluegrass

“Mulegrass Music” A blend of Folk, Bluegrass and Americana. Call it what you will… The Blue Mule Band’s sound is different, it’s fun, exciting and will get your toes a tappin!


Crook Farm All-Stars

Crook Farm All-Stars Larry Combs, Don Naughton, Dick Brocious, Dan Krise, Evelyn Jones & Howard Blumenthal, the core of the Crook Farm All-Stars. This group has been playing for Dances at the Crook Farm for many years. They will be the “Host” Band this year at the Crook Farm Country Fair.

Drew Danielson

Drew Danielson has played music around the tri-state area for more years than he cares to remember. He became enamored with the ukulele about five years ago after receiving one as a Christmas gift and has since added many more to his ever growing collection. The ukulele is a great instrument to accompany vocals in almost any genre of music, is easy to learn but takes a lifetime to master. However, it is a very portable instrument that goes anywhere with ease and is just plain fun to play.


Hamlin Station

Smethport, PA, This group formed in 2012 from an eclectic blend of members playing traditional roots and modern interpretation bluegrass. Guitar, Mandolin, Fiddle, Banjo, Dobro and Bass tied together with three part harmonies. This is some of the best Bluegrass we’ve had at the fair!

Joe Kwiatkowski

Joe Kwiatkowski Square & Contra Dance caller from Fredonia, NY has been focusing on the dance repertoire of Keith Blackmon & will be calling Keith’s dances throughout the weekend. Joe got to dance to Keith’s calling several times before Keith took ill. Joe has worked with Nils Fredland, the author of Keith’s book, and with Ralph Sweet, another legendary traditional singing square caller and successful author.

 Larry Spencer & Gayle Sheets

Larry Spencer & Gayle Sheets Picks & Hammers: Larry Spencer plays fiddle tunes on the mountain dulcimer and teaches beginning mountain dulcimer in western PA. Gayle Sheets plays lap dulcimer, fiddle, mandolin and spoons. They will lead the Instant Musician Workshop Saturday…….All instruments/people welcomed……..there will be a variety of rhythm instruments available. Gayle Sheets & Larry Spencer with Clair Carlson -In this class, all instruments are welcome and Gayle and Larry will be playing some of their favorite tunes in the key of D (dulcimer friendly). If you know the D, G and A chord, you will be an instant success! Come and warm up with some good old familiar tunes and begin the weekend by playing and singing your heart out! Song sheets with verses and chord changes will be provided.

WNY Fiddle Kids

WNY Fiddle Kids: Led by their teacher and former NYS Fiddle Champion, Heather (Smith) Pennington, these talented kids come from Springville, West Falls, East Aurora, Holland, Hamburg and Lake View, NY and range from ages
6-18. They love playing traditional Folk, Bluegrass and Irish tunes and also compete regularly with their classical violin studies as well! This is one show you will not want to miss!


Versatility consists of four musicians playing a variety of old time, folk, bluegrass, ragtime, blues and gospel music. Renee Hanley on hammered dulcimer and penny whistle, Annette Ieda on fiddle and penny whistle, Steve Mead on mandolin, Gary Hanley upright bass.


Egypt Hollow

The current members of Egypt hollow have been making music together for as long as they can remember. From Warren, Pennsylvanians they formed the band in 2008. Egypt Hollow continues to draw inspiration from all forms of music. In a live setting the band uses mostly traditional instruments to embody everything from soft rolling folk to driving blues and jazz.


Down the Road Old-Time String Trio

Down the Road Old-Time String Trio performs early American folk music, also known as “Old-Time.” Instruments featured are fiddle ( Paul Kirk),banjo (Stephen Rapp), and guitar (Bill Braun).


Fair to Fiddlin String Band

Fair to Fiddlin String Band Scott Sheeser, Anne Acker (bass, guitar vocals), Kathie Martin (mandolin and vocals), Paul Psathas (guitar and vocals), and Maija Klute (violin, guitar, ukulele, accordion and vocals.  Long time local musicians featuring some wonderful singing and surprising instrumentation.