SFMS Resource List
A roster of SFMS Members who are offering their talents to the public.
The Musicians category includes solo performers, individual band members, and musicians offering instruction on a variety of instruments.
Antonio Andrade enthusiastically engages the audience with his energetic passion for "presenting the song". This singer/songwriter accompanies himself on guitar and harmonica as he delivers original songs along with classics (and "not so classics") that are lyrically affecting and stimulating.
Contact Antonio at lifeshakes.com
Alanna Berger & Blaise Liffick
Blaise Liffick and Alanna Berger perform Celtic music as the duo Clannamore, and both of them also play with Arcona Reel Band. Alanna plays hammered dulcimer and concertina; Blaise plays guitar, pennywhistle, octave mandolin, and bodhran. Alanna also teaches hammered dulcimer.
Contact Blaise & Alanna at alannaberger (at) comcast.net or 717-699-7548
Robert Bobby has been a staple of the Central Pennsylvania music scene for more decades than Tim McCarver played major league ball, and has been favorably reviewed by music critics in Rolling Stone, The Village Voice and Sing Out!, and numerous other publications. He is known for his way with words, his passionate voice and his ability to connect with an audience.
Mrs. Bobby — having learned to play the bass around the time her AARP membership arrived in the mail — is an inspiration to anyone who has ever wished they could learn to play a musical instrument. The York PA native brings her vast knowledge of roots music and a joy that is evident in her performance with the Robert Bobby Duo. Above all, she's Mrs. Bobby!
Together they are a perfect blend of singer/songwriter, folk, Americana & blues! THE ROBERT BOBBY DUO: Like John Prine ..... Only Cheaper!
Contact them at mrbobby (at) robertbobby.com or 717-252-9066
Richard Broadbent performs solo with 6 and 12 string guitars and harmonicas, playing his original music alongside traditional folksongs and cover tunes from Dylan to Merle Haggard, Iris DeMent to Steve Goodman. Richard’s first recording Christiana, released in November 2003, is a collection of songs 53 years in the making.
Contact Richard at browoowho (at) aol.com or 301-447-6290
Joe is an acoustic guitar player/collector and has a lifelong interest in "roots" style music. As a retired union organizer he also is very interested in progressive causes and the music that reflects those causes. Always willing to get together and "play" he looks forward to the opportunity to meet others of similar interests.
Contact Joe at jjwillibug (at) msn.com or 717 865-4283
Contact Bruce at bruce (at) fatfiddle.com
Todd Clewell plays fiddle with the Contra Dance band Contra Rebels and guitar with "Strings on Wings". He also performs with Late For Supper, a banjo/fiddle/guitar trio featuring vocals and instrumental pieces from a variety of sources with a strong old-time influence.
Contact Todd at tclewell1 (at) msn.com or 717-880-2540
Dan Diviney (also on Facebook) plays Irish and Scottish music on whistle and bodhrán with Across the Pond throughout Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, District of Columbia, Virginia and Maryland. He also appears in coffee shops and nursing homes as a solo performer, and performs freelance with several other bands and individuals in the region. He expects to release a new CD with Across the Pond in 2014. Dan hosts an open traditional Irish session and an advanced traditional, pure-drop Irish session at The Garryowen Irish Pub in Gettysburg each month. His schedule can be found at his website. You can also find more information and receive periodic updates by connecting with him on Facebook.
Contact Dan at Irishtrad (at) embarqmail.com or 717-451-4880
Beth Folkemer & Stephen Folkemer
Beth and Stephen Folkemer offer programs and workshops on a wide variety of topics including Songs from PA and WV (especially from the Samuel P. Bayard Collection); Scottish and Irish music; Civil War Era songs, tunes, hymns, carols, and thematic topics; Jean Ritchie Songs; and more. They sing and play guitar, mountain dulcimer, concertina, piano and organ, as well as writing and arranging music. Stephen is also a choral conductor, composer, and church music professor. They perform in Cormorant's Fancy, Dearest Home, Folk and Friends (see entries under Ensembles) Schola Cantorum of Gettysburg, and the Christ Church Celtic Ensemble. Also see their entry under Support Services.
Contact the Folkemers at bfolkemer (at) centurylink.net or sfolkemer (at) ltsg.edu or 717-334-4334 or 717-253-4889
Margaret (Meg) Folkemer
Margaret Folkemer is a soprano soloist and a lead and backup singer who performs folk, classical and popular music. She is available for concerts, recordings, weddings, religious services and other events. In addition she is a skilled penny whistle player, voice teacher, choir director, and a stage and production manager, as well as a member of Dearest Home, Cormorant's Fancy, Folk and Friends (see entries under Ensembles) and the Schola Cantorum of Gettysburg. See her entry under Support Services as well.
Contact Margaret at mfolkemer (at) hotmail.com or 717-253-1542.
Martin Gangl is known for his steel string acoustic guitar fingerstyle compositions and flatpick interpretations. He also is a guitar instructor with over two decades of working with players at all levels in many styles of performance.
Contact Martin at martingangl (at) comcast.net
I took up fiddling in 1976 after seeing Aly Bain and the Boys of the Lough. Learned to read from fake book jazz sheets in '94. I'm a dependable sideman on violin and mandolin, requiring minimal direction. Since '08 I've been playing an old Gibson A model mandolin. At my best when the musics is hot, sweet or lowdown.
Contact Chris at hauke (at) epix.net or 717-234-1776
Randy Heisley-Cato is a singer/song leader who accompanies himself on clawhammer banjo, guitar, harmonica, mountain dulcimer, and limberjacks. He enjoys performing for intergenerational gatherings with folk songs from the Appalachian mountains, including a good bit of novelty tunes and old-time gospel.
Contact Randy at fishingcreek1 (at) frontier.com or 717-512-5722
Tom Jolin plays traditional American music and has recorded eight albums, including a solo. He was a founding member of The West Orrtanna String Band which was active from 1972 to 87. They recorded three albums and also several short historic folk music segments for National Public Radio. From 1987 to 98 he performed with The Orrtanna Mountain Steamers, which also recorded two albums. All the music of these two groups was archived in 2005. The preservation project was funded by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts and The Adams County Arts Council.
From 1998 to 2008 he performed with the duet Orrtanna. Since 1980, he has performed with The Barnstormers, a roots music duet. They performed at the Viljandi Folk Music Festival in Estonia in 2006. They often collaborate with the RockCandy Cloggers. In 2008, The Barnstormers with RockCandy Cloggers performed at two German festivals, Rudolstadt and Moelln. Rudolstadt is Germany's largest world music festival. Their 2016 schedule included the Kennedy Center Millenium Stage.
Tom has been a solo performer since 1978, playing the hammered dulcimer, button accordion, banjo, harmonica and more. His 2012 schedule included the Scheersberg Folk Fest and Moelln Folk Fest, both in Germany. He is a folk music presenter for the PA Humanities Council. He is a sought-after Pennsylvania artist in residence and spends extended times in various schools, assisting students in making their own school-owned dulcimers and bowed psalteries. His performances are loaded with humor... sometimes intentionally. See also Tom’s entry under Support Services.
Contact Tom at 717-642-8053 or 717-398-1144 or jolin (at) pa.net
Ryck Kaiser is a fiddler/ violinist with over 25 years experience. He plays Appalachian, Celtic, swing and Cajun music. He performs at concerts, dances and private events in the mid-Atlantic region. He regularly teams up with piano, guitar, banjo and mandolin players for his various performances. Ryck is also the violinist in the band "Hot Club du Jour" which specializes in hot club swing music, also known as gypsy jazz. The music, played in the tradition of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli's ensemble of the 1930's, the "Quintet of the Hot Club of France" represents a musical confluence of early American jazz and gypsy folk traditions.
Contact Ryck at ryck_kaiser (at) juno.com or 717-957-4387
Henry Koretzky plays mandocello and mandolin in The Harrisburg Mandolin Ensemble, guitar and mandolin in the old-time vocal duet Rootbound, in Contradance bands such as The Contra Rebels and Unbowed, with celtic singer/guitarist Jamie O'Brien, and with singer/songwriter K.J. in Sweet Nothings, and the swing quartet Sink Or Swing. He also performs solo and with other groups playing bluegrass, old-time, Celtic, Folk and Swing. He teaches mandolin and guitar.
Contact Henry at hrk2 (at) psu.edu or 717-574-0266
Patty Lambert is based in the State College area, and plays Irish traditional music on flute, whistles and concertina.
Contact Patty at 2celtichorses (at) gmail.com
Pat McCaskey is a folk singer of the "old school" starting in San Francisco in the 60s, Boston in the 80s and Central PA now. Interests are writing, researching and performing songs. He sings traditional tunes, love songs, ballads, and just about anything else that he likes and thinks others will like as well.
Contact Pat at pat (at) patmccaskey.com
I am a guitarist and would like to meet other musicians in the local area to collaborate ideas to get music into our community. I am interested in coffee shops, nursing homes, shut-ins, and events. I teach guitar at JW Music in Lemoyne and out of my home studio in New Cumberland. I am able to read music notation. My interests are with the classical, acoustic and electric guitar.
Contact Lori at mnl.nowaczyk (at) comcast.net or 717-774-4546
Jamie O’Brien is a musician (vocals, guitar, ukulele) who among other genres plays Irish and Hawaiian music. He performed extensively throughout Western Europe before arriving in Pennsylvania in the late 1980s. He relocated to Arizona in 2006, but returns to tour frequently in Pennsylvania and the surrounding states. His eclectic repertoire of traditional, contemporary and original songs includes songs he learnt from his London-Irish family, contemporary Irish and Hawaiian music.
He has appeared across the mid-Atlantic region, throughout the US (including Hawaii) and back in Europe as a solo performer, a group member and as an accompanist. He currently performs as a member of Geese in the Bog (traditional Irish) the Launies (Irish/Celtic), and as a singer-songwriter. He also appears regularly as part of Celtic Aloha, a project with musicians from the Islands, which combines Irish and Hawaiian music.
His latest album, Chasing Ghosts, won the Hawaii Media Awards' BIMA for the Adult Contemporary Album of the Year. Details on his website at www.launies.com.
Contact Jamie at jobrien (at) launies.com or 717-802-5783
Rodney Owens performs Irish/Celtic music on the Highland Pipes, the Irish Uilleann Pipes, whistles, bodhran, and Irish Tenor Banjo, individually and with the traditional Irish music band, Irishtown Road.
Contact Rodney at rowens53 (at) comcast.net or 717-512-8052.
Ed Rech is an American Traditional & Modern Folk Music/Acoustic Blues and Bluegrass Balladeer. He sings and plays the Autoharp, the six and twelve-string guitars, and the square-necked resophonic (Dobro) guitar. Besides singing solo folk, Delta and Piedmont blues ballads, he sings and plays with the Rayzen Kane Acoustic Folk Quintet. (From the Beatles to the Blues!) He is also a poet, who was named Poet Laureate for 2000 by the Perry County Council of the Arts.
Contact Ed at 717-730-2191 or ed17011 (at) comcast.net
I play mandolin, mandola and some guitar (just chords). I play mostly bluegrass but I am also interested in fiddle tunes and waltzes, and I am learning some Celtic music.
Contact Greg at grrohrer (at) hotmail.com or 717-651-5258
Jill Smith offers private lessons on hammer and mountain dulcimer in her home. She also provides hammer dulcimer music for weddings and receptions, and the like. She plays piano in four contradance bands, which play traditional fiddle music (Irish, Old-time, New England) for local or out-of-the-area contradances, square dances, wedding receptions, private parties, and stage performances.
Contact Jill at jgsmith7 (at) verizon.net. or 717-392-7509
Shane Speal is "The King of the Cigar Box Guitar," a rocking one-man-tour-de-force who plays a mean guitar made from an empty cigar box and a stick. He is also the leader of the modern Cigar Box Guitar Revolution, a growing fan base of cigar box guitar builders and players who are dominating blues stages worldwide. "The best way to describe (Speal's music) is to take blues and gospel and country and Hawaiian and ragtime and put it through a meat grinder that's missing some teeth," says the York (PA) Daily Record. Visit Shane Speal's Cigar Box Guitar Museum at Speal's Tavern, Alexandria PA.
Contact Shane at shane (at) shanespeal.com or 717 781-6463
Craig is a member of the folk band From the Well, singing and playing 6 and 12 string guitar, bodhran and occasional bouzouki. From the Well features five singing members who together play hammer dulcimer, whistles, fiddle, viola, cello, ukes and mandolins. Much of the music is Celtic, but there is also some Greg Brown and Leonard Cohen in the mix.
Contact Craig through fromthewellband.com
Randall Zwally, M.M., M.L.S., is Director of Guitar Studies and Senior Lecturer in Music at Messiah College. He is a guitar (and banjo) educator and performer who holds Master's degrees in Guitar Performance and Music Librarianship, and a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education. He plays acoustic steel string guitar (general, country flat pick, finger styles, praise/worship), classical guitar, and 5-string banjo (folk and bluegrass).
Contact Randy at Messiah College: www.messiah.edu/guitar, rzwally (at) messiah.edu or 717-766-2511 ext. 2400.