Over the years, the festival has established a strong connection to American Old-Time music and the incredible community of musicians who are dedicated to collecting, sharing and performing the older tunes and songs. As a result, the festival has seen more and more Old-time sessions, and the introduction of the square dance on the Sunday evening before the final concert. We dedicate the Friday Night Concert to this genre of music where every year appreciative audiences have enjoyed a variety of talented artists in a beautiful setting. On Friday, June 5th at 8:00 pm we are looking forward to welcome you back to the beautiful Holy Trinity Church to Celebrate American Old-Time music at its best.
The concert will start with the superb Erynn Marshall & Carl Jones - inspired tunesmiths from Galax, Virginia. They are married - in life and music. They sing southern song-duets and play powerful fiddle, guitar, mandolin, banjo tunes. Erynn spent many years learning from older fiddlers and singers in the Virginias, Kentucky and North Carolina. Carl toured and recorded with Norman Blake and his song, Last Time on the Road was featured on the grammy-award winning album “Unleashed” by the Nashville Bluegrass Band. They have won many awards for their playing including Erynn’s 1st place fiddle wins (Clifftop, WV and Mt. Airy, NC), Carl’s 2nd place banjo (Clifftop, WV) and 3rd place guitar win (Winfield, KS). Carl and Erynn have recently performed in Canada, Europe, Australia and China. They have 15 recordings between them and their new duet CD Old Tin will be released January 2020.
Next to take to the stage will be SLO County Stumblers - energetic American String Band based in California’s Central Coast. The band features fiddler Casy Meikle, guitarist Stuart Mason, banjo player Daniel Bohlman, and banjo builder Jerry James on bass. The band formed in 2018 when Meikle returned to California after several years in Middle Tennessee where he became steeped in the region’s musical traditions, traveling extensively with a variety of Southern string bands and with buckdancer Thomas Maupin. The Stumblers play hard-driving old time fiddle tunes and spirited songs, heavily influenced by the golden-era string bands of the 1920’s and 30’s. Their performance is filled with humorous stories and banter and is guaranteed to get feet moving across the dance floor.
In the short time since the band’s formation the Stumblers have been hard at work, performing a variety of folk/bluegrass festivals, square dances and oldtime fiddler’s conventions, as well as hosting the annual Pozo Oldtime Music Gathering. Each member contributes a unique role, educating and sharing their love of traditional music and craft.
Friday, June 5th
Holy Trinity Church
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