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Central Pennsylvania's grass-roots voice for folk music and dance!

The Lonesome Ace Stringband

Sunday, February 20, 2022 IN PERSON! 7:30 pm at Fort Hunter

About This Event:

The Lonesome Ace Stringband is an old-time band with bluegrass chops that play some righteous folk and country music.

The Lonesome Ace Stringband

photo by Jen Squires

The Lonesome Ace Stringband is an old-time band with bluegrass chops that play some righteous folk and country music. There's a depth of groove and sense of space not often heard in bluegrass today, a level of instrumental interplay and vocal blend uncommon in old-time, and an on-stage rapport that transcends all of this.

They don't sound like any other band.

Consisting of just fiddle, clawhammer banjo, and upright bass, the band moves freely between having a sound so powerful that it doesn't seem like it should be coming from a trio, to a sparseness and fragility that draws the listener in and refreshes the ear.

Three Canadians lost in the weird and wonderful traditional country music of the American South.

Band members Chris Coole (banjo), John Showman (fiddle) and Max Heineman (bass) are each journeyman musicians and veterans of some of Canada's top roots music acts: New Country Rehab, The David Francey Band, The Foggy Hogtown Boys, Fiver.

All three are compelling lead singers, each with his own character and range. This allows for the vocal texture to shift depending on how the song needs to feel — and what the song has to say. When those voices come together the power of the harmonies is unshakable.

The Lonesome Ace Stringband
The Lonesome Ace Stringband


Concert: 7:30 pm US Eastern Time

General ticket info


Fort Hunter Centennial Barn

5300 N Front St, Harrisburg, PA 17110

COVID Safety Policy

For the Festival, we will follow CDC recommendations for York County, PA at the time of the festival.

Currently, that means:

  • Vaccination NOT required for admission
    Negative test result NOT required for admission
    Guests may choose to mask at any time
  • Mask-wearing is ENCOURAGED indoors as a courtesy to others but not required
  • Mask-wearing is REQUIRED at Contra Dance and Bal Folk Dance events, at the request of those dance communities
  • If you have symptoms, have tested positive, or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, please wear a mask or stay home to protect others.

SFMS is committed to creating a festival that is as safe as possible for visitors, volunteers and artists. Advance ticket purchasers will be notified of policy updates, and the policy will be posted here.

Please check back as needed; our COVID policy will adapt as the situation changes.

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