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Bluegrass, folk, country, easy listening, traditional local dance and more – when the sun goes down in Shenandoah National Park, live music and engaging entertainment take center stage.
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Brianna is a local teenage singer/ songwriter/ musician with the Potomac Records label. She performs mostly country music with some rock, pop and original songs mixed in for fun. Brianna has been playing the Central Virginia music scene since age 13 and is adored by audiences of all ages. This year Brianna will be traveling to Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Tennessee and other states to entertain her fans. She has performed at Toby Keith’s Bar & Grill, the Taste of Nashville Tour where she opened for LoCash & Trailer Choir; as well as Celebrate Virginia Live where she played prior to the country music superstar Joe Nichols concert. Brianna can also be found at the famed Commodore Grille in Nashville where she performs regularly in the songwriters rounds. A talent you won’t want to miss!
Charlie is a native of the Shenandoah Valley where his family has lived for over 200 years. This deep connection with the heritage of this region he has maintained and explored through his love for the history and performance of traditional music. His programs focus on the traditional music of the Appalachian Region and the music of the British Isles, the primary source for pre-1920s Appalachian song and dance among English speaking peoples. Charlie strives to engage the imagination of guests of all ages by an earnest invitation to participate in singing the refrains of songs and to accompany him by playing various primitive folk instruments. He performs with the following instruments: hammer dulcimer, lap dulcimer, banjo and guitar; and, occasionally, the jaws harp, mouth bow, bones, limberjack, washboard, and washtub..
David plays an eclectic selection of music. Performing popular cover songs and some originals, playing guitar and singing are his passions and he is 100% motivated to entertain. With an expansive repertoire, he also invites musicians and vocalists in the audience to join him behind the mic and share the fun, rousing audience members into spontaneous dancing.
Davis Bradley Bluegrass
Kathy Davis and Bradley A. Bishop are a Bluegrass duo that offer smooth harmonies with an acoustic blend created by a musical chemistry that they share. They have teamed up to present a one of a kind musical experience that is exciting, entertaining, and offers something for everyone!
Debbie plays acoustic guitar and performs easy listening, contemporary, bluegrass, county, classic rock, and sing-a-long songs.
Journey back to Ireland, Scotland, and Wales while you listen to this Celtic Quartet's smooth ballads, jigs, and polkas. DragonFyre offers up their selections on bagpipes, fiddle, accordion, guitar, and mandolin - interlaced with lively vocals. Members are Dave, Bob, Deborah, and James. The band is based in Stafford, VA.
Dwight Martin is a singer-songwriter-performing artist from Harrisonburg, VA. Dwight plays "Hits from Past to Present" including classic rock, the occasional country song, and top 40. He performs at various venues such as restaurants, clubs, and wedding receptions. Dwight's performances are energetic, fun, and full of song favorites..
The Hi-Horse Cloggers of Stanardsville, Virginia celebrate 30 years in 2015! Over the years, the group has steadily grown from 6 members to nearly 30 members, ranging in age from 5 to 73. The non-profit group performs throughout the state of Virginia at both private and public functions. Despite the movement of the contemporary clogging style sweeping the country, Hi-Horse continues to also promote the traditional style of clogging through their performances, offering both styles of dance for their audience.
James Tamelcoff III,born October 19th, 1998, has been around music his entire life. His Father James Jr. Played guitar and sang. James 3 has always been a huge fan of the older music of the 1950's, 1960's, 1970's,and the 1980's. James 3's dad Introduced him to Brian Setzer of The Stray Cats at age 7 and that's where it all started. He looked at Mr. Setzer's Big orange guitar and said that's the guitar I want. James started taking lessons at age 8 and continued those lessons for 2 years. He has fronted his own bands since the age of ten and has played on some of the biggest stages in Virginia and has opened for Billboard recording artists. James currently plays in 6 different groups, all different genres of music.
Jeremiah Prophett is a singer/songwriter who has played professionally from coast to coast in the United States. His songs are a blend of rock/folk/bluegrass/soul that is best defined as "blues with a cure". Jeremiah Prophett's signature rhythm guitar, vocals and harmonica lead you through one man's journey through life in the context of powerful lyrics and melody. He cover's artists' such as Neil Young, John Prine, The Carpenters, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Eagles, Alice In Chains, Blind Melon, Garth Brooks, Johnny Cash, The Beatles and many more - with a style all his own.
Kinda Celtic blends Irish, Scottish and Appalachian melodies into a rich Celtic tapestry using hammered dulcimer, fiddle and guitar. The group specializes in arrangements of both popular and obscure Celtic tunes and songs that surprise and intrigue audiences. Members Judith, James and Jim have been performing together since 2007. The group also performs a Colonial venue in period costumes at historic colonial sites throughout Virginia.
A seasoned veteran to the stage, Larry offers acoustic entertainment for audiences of all ages and a fun evening filled with old favorites as well as current tunes.
Lee started performing while aboard the USS Nassau in the mid 1980's. He moved to the Shenandoah Valley and played Bluegrass for years before returning to solo performing. Now starting the 16th year performing at Skyland and Big Meadows Lodge, he provides a genre of music considered to be Americana Folk or Folk Roots. Songs range from late 1800's folk ballads and 1930's Blues with covers of Johnny Cash, Neil Young and Dylan in the mix.
Mark started playing guitar at the age of 8 years old. He attended Rutgers University where he studied music theory and classical guitar. Joining the Just for Play Country Dance Band in 1978, he had the honor to perform with artists such as the Oak Ridge Boys, Brenda Lee, Marty Haggard, Melba Montgomery and Jon Anderson. Mark has been part of studio projects, commercials and various bands and music projects throughout his career. His unique style includes an eclectic mix of acoustic music ranging from classical and finger-style instrumentals and originals to his unique spin on hits of the 70's, 80's 90's and more.
Me and Martha
Me & Martha (aka Don DePoy & Martha Hills) are known as a top notch touring duo. Their harmonies are amazing and their music draws on the rich music traditions of the Shenandoah Valley. This includes bluegrass, classic country, old-time string band, rural swing and gospel music. Originally from Maine, Martha (Don’s wife) sings and plays bass fiddle. Martha is an early childhood educator and teaches private lessons to children under six. Her lead vocals and bass playing compliments their musical journey and provides a solid beat for their instrumental excursions. In 1940, Alan Lomax recorded Don’s family and friends as part of his recordings for the Library of Congress of American Folk Song Archives. Don is a fifth generation mountain music maker who is an accomplished musician on guitar, banjo, mountain dulcimer, autoharp, Dobro, mandolin and bass fiddle. He holds a Master’s degree in Education and a Doctorate specializing in American music and popular culture. He teaches bluegrass instruments at Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. In 2013 Me & Martha played 264 concerts, crowd pleasing family entertainment that includes some history and some shameless whoppers for laughs. They are members of America’s Old time Country Music Hall of Fame and are on the artist rosters of the Virginia Commission for the Arts and Young Audiences of Virginia as traditional musicians. Martha and Don co-founded and organized the Shenandoah Music Trail, a Virginia based, all volunteer, 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation that preserves, promotes and celebrates the traditional mountain music of the Shenandoah Valley.
After years of playing various styles of music in several different bands, Mike decided to go solo with his own type of music. For lack of a better term, it can be called contemporary folk, but with influences ranging from traditional American to swing, and from bluegrass to rock, his is not your normal coffee-house folk. An educator, historian, writer and farmer, Mike uses the songs he has collected and composed to tell stories that make you think, laugh, remember and learn.
Resi is a singer/songwriter that plays the piano and keyboards, and was born and raised in Virginia. She has performed in local bands as well as Praise Teams over the years. Her music ranges from classic country to southern rock to southern and contemporary Christian. Shei has also received several awards for female vocals in the state of Virginia. She currently performs solo with backing tracks of songs ranging from the 1920s to present. She has been singing since she could talk! In 2002 Resi released a CD, "A New Leaf", in which she wrote six songs.
Rich performs easy-on-the-ears acoustic folk music. His song list includes familiar tunes from the 1920’s to the present as well as his original compositions, which offer insightful lyrics and inviting melodies you will want to hear over and over again. Rich is a public school teacher whose program is punctuated with interesting anecdotes and true stories from his classroom experiences. One of Rich’s CDs received the following review from Amazon.com: “Rich Follett's melodies are not only soothing to listen to, his lyrics speak right to your heart with feelings only he seems to be able to put to words. His voice is like velvet, and people just want to stop and hear it.
Rhythmic Alliance Cloggers
Rhythmic Alliance is a competition group of dancers from different clogging groups throughout Virginia. The goal of this group, its creators and members is and always will be to represent the State of Virginia and its clogging teams in a positive way while encouraging a clogging bond amongst the various Virginia teams.
Scott Kurt grew up in America’s Rust Belt, and the grittiness of his roots is evident in every aspect of his music. From his debut album, “Ragged But Right,” recorded with his band Memphis 59, to his first solo effort “Down This Road,” he captures the essence of hard living, hard work and hard times in deeply personal lyrics delivered by a whiskey-tinged barroom voice wrapped up inside a whole lot of full-tilt country-rock guitar. While splitting his time between Virginia and Nashville, Scott has opened for The Zac Brown Band, Dierks Bentley, Kip Moore and many other nationally touring country and rock acts.
Shenandoah Valley Cloggers
The Shenandoah Valley Cloggers Inc., formed in 1984, is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of Appalachian clogging, a distinctive form of American folk dance, which encompasses many different traditions of step dances with Scottish, English, Dutch and German roots. To entertain a variety of ages, the troupe’s music includes everything from bluegrass, to country, to pop, to old time rock ‘n’ roll. Since 1984, the troupe has been performing Tuesday evenings from April through October at Skyland in Shenandoah National Park. The troupe is made up of 14 dancers, ranging in age from mid-20s to late 60s, all focused on their love of clogging and the enjoyment of entertaining.
Somewhere Tonight is a group of local musicians from Culpeper and Rappahannock Counties in Virginia. They play Americana, Blues, Folk, Bluegrass and Country music. The band members are Tad Loving on mandolin, guitar, vocals. Tad is a small business computer consultant. Brenda Jeffries on bass, vocals. Brenda is a nurse practitioner. Marie Fox on banjo, vocals. Marie is a beekeeper, farmer, artist, sign maker. Dan Lewis on rhythm guitar, vocals. Dan is a massage therapist, antique dealer.
Tommy has been performing in the DC area for many years, with various songs featured on Mary Cliff's Traditions show on PBS and on Dick Cerri's Music Americana Showcase. He has opened for national acts such as Odetta at the Cellar Door, Grover Margaret and ZaZuZaz at Desperados, Tim Eyerman and the East Coast Offering at Eskimo Nells, and more recently for the Street Back Sisters at Jammin’ Java in Vienna. He has released two albums/CDs, “The Journey” and “Beneath a Tree” with songs co-written by his sister Carla. The heart of his music is the golden age of pop/folk from the 70's, but he ventures into newer music upon request. Other than Big Meadows and Skyland - his favorite places to play - Tommy performs every Saturday night at Boccato Gelato and Espresso in Arlington, VA. If you live in the DC area he would love for you to stop by and bring some Shenandoah spirit with you!
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