SFMS Resource List

Ensembles

A roster of SFMS Members who are offering their talents to the public.

The Ensembles category includes bands of various sizes.

Across the Pond

Across the Pond: Celtic Music on High Octane. Michael Morrison, Chuck Krepley and Dan Diviney play a variety of traditional folk music from Ireland and Scotland. Taking liberties with traditional music of Ireland and Scotland, their unique arrangements are performed with emotion and conviction. Their music is acoustically woven on fiddle, guitar, flute, whistles, mandolin and bodhran. From slow haunting airs, love songs and ballads, hard driving songs, and fast jigs and reels. The music spans centuries of oppression, from the work of O'Carolan and others in the 17th and 18th Centuries to contemporary pieces, all which can be heard in the pubs of Ireland and Scotland today. Connect with them on Facebook and join Reverbnation as a fan to hear sound samples and receive periodic schedule updates. Across the Pond is available for festivals, concerts, pubs, community events, and weddings.

Contact Dan at mail (at) acrossthepondmusic.com or 717-451-4880

All Strung Out

All Strung Out is an eclectic string ensemble that combines elements of bluegrass, old-time, folk, and swing music. It’s anchored by mandolinist/guitarist/hammered dulcimist Henry Koretzky, and rounded out by some of the area’s finest players and singers.

Contact Henry at hrk2 (at) psu.edu or 717-574-0266

Buc Hill Aces

The Buc Hill Aces (also on Myspace and on YouTube) play Old Time Southern Appalachian music on fiddle, banjo, guitar, and bass. The band's sound is a bit like the New Lost City Ramblers, the Highwoods String Band, the Red Clay Ramblers, and Uncle Dave Macon, with lots of high-energy fiddle tunes along with some lively singing. The band consists of Glenn Carson on fiddle, Patty Carson on bass, Nancy Lockman on guitar, and Brian Lockman on banjo. Glenn has been playing and building high-quality instruments in the area for 30 years. Patty and Nancy are relatively new to Old Time music and have picked it up very quickly. Brian has been playing banjo off and on for about 30 years. His day job is as president of PCN, the Pennsylvania Cable Network where you can occasionally see him on TV.

Contact Brian Lockman at BucHillAces (at) gmail.com

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Clannamore

Clannamore is a lively duo featuring Alanna Berger (hammered dulcimer, concertina) and Blaise Liffick (guitar, pennywhistle, octave mandolin, bodhran). Their repertoire draws heavily from the Celtic culture (Ireland, Scotland, and the British Isles) and traditional American music, ranging from the ancient (pre-Renaissance era) to the modern. Jigs, reels, hornpipes, and marches are combined with lyrical airs, laments, and waltzes to form a warm and lively sound. They also have an extensive repertoire of lively drinking songs, bawdy tunes, ballads, and funny stories. Alanna also teaches hammered dulcimer.

Contact Blaise & Alanna at alannaberger (at) comcast.net or 717-669-7548.

The Contra Rebels

The Contra Rebels is an old-time southern-style band led by York County fiddler Todd Clewell, with Henry Koretzky on guitar and mandolin. The group specializes in playing contradances and square dances in a circuit ranging from New York to Georgia, and is often augmented by banjo and bass.

Contact Henry at hrk2 (at) psu.edu or 717-574-0266

Cormorant's Fancy

Venues and reviewers have characterized Celtic band Cormorant's Fancy as "spellbinding," "with a knack for gorgeous arrangements." From tender love songs to growling soul-stirrers, and from pitch-perfect a cappella to accompanied complexity, they propel audiences into the living Celtic tradition. Cormorant's Fancy's compelling cross-generational lineup unites the past, present and future, so that whether they are stirring the crowd from the festival or concert stage, leading the pub or hall in song, gracing the parlor, or accompanying step dancers, their music rings true. Cormorant's Fancy tailors their shows to each venue, including high-energy St. Paddyís parties/All-Irish Celebrations, All-Scottish programs including Burns Nights, fun sing-along events, gorgeous wedding sets, accompaniment for dancers, laid-back restaurant sets, Christmas and New Yearís events, and combinations of their varied styles. Their name is based on the original Irish meaning of band member Dan Diviney's surname as it might entitle one of Chuck Krepley's fiddle tunes. Lead singer Margaret "Meg" Folkemer is joined by parents Beth and Stephen Folkemer. They trace their roots to Counties Galway and Down, as well as Clans Donald and Wallace. Arrangements blend vocals, concertina, fiddle, penny whistle, low whistle, guitar, keyboards and bodhrán. Recently they were featured on WITF's Center Stage.

Visit them online for their full performance schedule: CormorantsFancy.com :: Facebook :: Reverbnation

Contact Dan Diviney at 717-451-4880 or mail (at) cormorantsfancy.com, or Stephen Folkemer at 717-253-1254 or sfolkemer (at) ltsg.edu

Also see Dan Diviney's entry under Musicians, and the Folkemers' entries under Musicians and Support Services.

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Crossing Abbey Road

Crossing Abbey Road is a six piece multi-generational Beatles cover band featuring well known local musicians with decades of experience. Band members include drummer Tim Detterbeck; Dr. Daniel George on guitar/vocals and keyboards; Jaimi Smith with lead and backup female vocals and percussion; Ken Smith on keyboards, and vocals; Tim Snyder on bass and vocals; and Tim Warman on guitar, keyboards, percussion, harmonica and vocals.

Contact Jaimi Smith at 717-838-0286, or email Jaimi (at) comcast.net

Danaher and Cloud

Danaher and Cloud's music is Americana, with roots growing back to country, Celtic, folk, and jazz. They have spent their lives collecting stories and finding just the right way to tell them. Sometimes it's a song, sometimes it's a tale, but it's always a good time. Their diverse backgrounds, rich and soulful harmonies, and their ever-growing collection of instruments combine to produce programs and recordings that are difficult to describe but nonetheless remarkable.

A program about Danaher and Cloud recently aired on WKCG, an NPR affiliate in Panama City, Florida. Over the years they have entertained at festivals and concert stages, including the Philadelphia Folk Festival, Appel Farm Arts and Music Center, and The Kimmel Center, where they opened for The Chieftains. According to the Appel Farm, "Danaher and Cloud's show is filled with great songs and highly entertaining stories. They put on more than just a great concert, they put on a great show."

Contact Kate Danaher at 888-884-8477 or ReelLadies (at) DanaherandCloud.com

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Dearest Home

Dearest Home delivers the rare experience of authenticity and originality in perfect harmony! They recreate traditional American music, especially authentic vocals, tunes and arrangements from the US Civil War Era (in period costume), from the Samuel Bayard Folk Songs Collection (PA and WV), and from other Appalachian sources, including songs from the Ritchie and Carter Families. Si Kahn writes,"In their voices, you can hear the peaks and valleys of the landscape, feel the past and future marching together, and sense the shadows of the mountains." Tailoring shows to each venue, Dearest Home presents highly-specialized programs or a mix of their varied styles. They delight in accompanying dances, play for weddings, and offer workshops too! Shows are full of audience participation. Additionally, they perform related traditional songs and tunes from Scotland, Ireland and England. Dearest Home's music is in an installation of the Seminary Ridge Museum, their work with the Bayard Folk Song College recently was featured on WITF's Arts and Culture series, and their music featured on WITF's Center Stage. The band includes Chris Barnabei, Margaret Folkemer, Beth and Stephen Folkemer, and Chuck Krepley singing and playing fiddle, banjo, guitar, dulcimer, penny whistle, concertina, bass, piano, organ, trumpet, and percussion.

Visit them online: DearestHome.com :: Facebook :: Reverbnation

Contact Stephen and Beth Folkemer at 717-334-4334 or 717-253-4889. or info (at) dearesthome.com.

Also see the Folkemers' entry under Support Services.

Folk and Friends

Folk and Friends are the musicians for the Songs and Stories of a Civil War Hospital program at Christ Lutheran Church, Gettysburg, which housed a hospital during and after the Battle of Gettysburg. They began their collaboration in 1999. Made up of members of the Folkemer family and their friends, the group performs Civil War era music, including songs, spirituals, marches, reels, jigs, waltzes and period hymns and carols. Instruments include fiddle, guitar, penny whistle, concertina, autoharp, hammered dulcimer, mountain dulcimer, piano, organ, flugelhorn, jaw harp, bass and percussion.

Dearest Home (see entry above) has become the traveling ensemble covering this repertoire.

Contact Stephen & Beth Folkemer at sfolkemer (at) ltsg.edu, bfolkemer (at) centurylink.net, 717-334-4334 or 717-253-4889.

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Irish Blessing

Irish Blessing, a York (PA) based family band, blends driving rhythm, soaring vocals and hard hitting percussive step dance into one traditional Irish experience. Artificial and watered down it is not. With World Championships in both Irish music and dance under their belts, four tours of Michael Flately's Lord of the Dance, and in America's Got Talent with HAMMERSTEP (a dance fusion group based out of Brooklyn), Irish Blessing brings the very best of the tradition to you.

Family members Cushla Srour (keyboard/ flute/ whistles), husband Jim (bodhrán), and sons Josh (fiddle /dance) and Jonathon (wooden flute/dance) are now joined by newest member Genevieve Gillespie (vocals, fiddle & dance).

Irish Blessing has wowed audiences from New Zealand to New York. Come in search of your cultural roots or just experience the sublime.

Contact Cushla at 717-792-3999 or 717-968-0655 (c). They're also on Facebook.

KJ & Henry

KJ & Henry is a duo performing original and contemporary folk, featuring Lewisburg singer/songwriter K.J. Reimensnyder-Wagner and mandolinist Henry Koretzky. KJ & Henry also perform as part of a larger ensemble, Sweet Nothings.

Contact Henry at hrk2 (at) psu.edu or 717-574-0266

Ladies In The Parlor

Ladies In The Parlor is a string band that brings Old Time fiddle tunes and songs to a variety of audiences. The Ladies have appeared on various stages in the region and have played for contra dances, festivals, hoedowns, private parties and celebrations, including weddings. Their lively playing has a special way of delighting a crowd, ensuring that everyone has a good time.

At the 2006 Deer Creek Fiddlers' Convention, Ladies in the Parlor took first place in the Old Time band competition. Their instrumentation includes fiddle, five-string banjo, guitar, bass and mandolin. The Ladies in the Parlor are Barb Schmid, Sharon Sacks, Freya Qually and Suzanne Gates.

Contact Suzanne at Suzanne (at) ladiesintheparlor.com or 717-259-0319

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Late For Supper

Late for Supper is an eclectic group playing a variety of music on guitar, fiddle and banjo. Old-time Appalachian fiddle tunes are sure to get your feet tapping. Creative arrangements of bluegrass, gospel, folk tunes sung in three-part harmony leave audiences wanting more. They have played for concerts, fairs, barn & Contra dances, private parties, banquets, festivals, and weddings to mention a few.

Barb Schmid from Hampstead, MD takes the lead on fiddle, lead & harmony vocals. Jack Hoffman from Hellam, PA adds five-string banjo and harmony vocals. Todd Clewell from Felton, PA on guitar, mandolin, fiddle and lead & harmony vocals, rounds out this powerful trio.

Contact Todd at tclewell1 (at) msn.com or 717-880-2540

Old World Folk Band

The Old World Folk Band is a twelve-piece Harrisburg-based Klezmer ensemble available for concerts, weddings, and other celebrations. Founded in 1982, the band performs throughout the mid-Atlantic region, specializing in Klezmer, Russian, Yiddish Theater and Eastern European music. Our own Jess Hayden plays clarinet.

Contact Dale Laninga at dlaninga (at) oldworldfolkband.org or Jess at 717-932-2348

Rootbound

Rootbound is a duet based in old-time music but also reflecting contemporary influences and material. The group consists of Glen Rock singer/guitarist Deb Kauffmann and mandolinist/singer Henry Koretzky, who feature tight duo harmonies.

Contact Henry at hrk2 (at) psu.edu or 717-574-0266

The Rough Edges String Band

The Rough Edges mostly dabble in the style of Appalachian old-time and bluegrass music. This energetic trio consists of Hank Imhof on guitar and dobro, Mike Foster on upright bass, and Randy Heisley-Cato on clawhammer banjo. Audiences have been known to sing along on some of the novelty tunes and gospel songs (even without much prodding).

Contact Hank Imhof at h.imhof (at) verizon.net or 717-512-2040

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Seasons

Seasons is comprised of five siblings of the Lee family (with seasons as their middle names) who create a fusion of Celtic, folk, and bluegrass on harp, hammered dulcimer, mandolin, fiddle, and more. Drawing on an ever-expanding variety of influences, their original music has been featured on both national radio and television, including the shows "Life on the Rock" and "Fox and Friends." In addition, Seasons has written music for multiple theatrical productions and independent films.

Their five albums have received national recognition in Musicmaker's Magazine, Faith and Family Magazine, and more.

Based out of Harrisburg, PA, Seasons performs frequently; highlights include opening for Grammy-Award winning singer Ashley Cleveland and the acclaimed Celtic rock band Scythian, and playing at venues including the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire, Colonial Williamsburg, The Whitaker Center, Celtic Fling and more. Mary-Kate has won first place for Celtic harp at the Maryland Celtic Festival, second in the Mid-Atlantic Fleadh, and recently competed in the All- Ireland Harp Competition in Derry, Ireland.

Whether hearing them live or recorded, Seasons "gives you such a feeling of peace, joy and wonder at their energy and musicianship" (Grapevine Online).

Contact Seasons at info (at) seasonsmusic.com

Simple Gifts

Simple Gifts is a trio of women playing twelve instruments and performing ethnic folk music: Romanian, Klezmer, Greek, Irish, Scottish, Appalachian, and more. The group has performed throughout the mid-Atlantic region and has released five albums. The most recent, Time and Again, won a Crossroads Music Award.

Contact Linda Littleton at Linda (at) SimpleGiftsMusic.com or 814-238-8048

Sink Or Swing

Sink Or Swing is a Lewisburg-based swing band fronted by clarinetist/vocalist Doug McMinn, joined by bassist/singer Carl Kirby, guitarists Joe DeCristopher and Ed Scholl, and mandolinist Henry Koretzky. The group features a mix of classic and contemporary swing and jazz vocals and instrumentals.

Contact Henry at hrk2 (at) psu.edu or 717-574-0266

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Stringtown Trio

Fiddle, guitar, bass, mandolin, hammered dulcimer, vocals by Nelson Steffy, Bob Bishard and Jean Snyder.

Contact Jean Snyder at jmelsny (at) embarqmail.com or 717-957-4609.

Sweet Nothings

Sweet Nothings is a contemporary folk trio led by Lewisburg singer/songwriter K.J. Reimensnyder-Wagner, augmented by bassist Joe DeCristopher and mandolinist Henry Koretzky. K.J. has released two CDs under her own name, Pony Tales and Dreaming Inside Her Mind. KJ & Henry also perform as a duo.

Contact Henry at hrk2 (at) psu.edu or 717-574-0266

Unbowed

Unbowed is a fiddle-less contradance band, led by the mandolin of Henry Koretzky and supported by guitarist Mike Henry and others.

Contact Henry at hrk2 (at) psu.edu or 717-574-0266

We3

We3 presents music styles from roots, folk, country, blues, along with 50's, 60's and 70's favorites. Selections include songs by Bob Dylan, Old Crow Medicine Show, John Prine, Arlo Guthrie, Doc Watson, Lovin Spoonful, James Taylor, Everly Brothers, Harry Chapin, Maria Muldaur, John Denver, Roy Orbison, Linda Ronstadt, and Gordon Lightfoot. The Band is Russ Matthews (Guitar, Banjo, Autoharp, Harmonica, Vocals); Paulette Matthews (Bass Guitar, Ashbory Bass, Violin, Vocals); Lindy Mack (Keyboards, Vocals).

Contact Russ & Paulette at We3 (at) amnesia-music.com or 717-319-0349

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The Susquehanna Folk Music Society (SFMS) is supported by our members and many generous organizations.

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