WHAT: A concert by an old time string band
WHO: The Corn Potato String Band
SPONSORED BY: Susquehanna Folk Music Society
DATE & TIME: Sunday, October 15, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Fort Hunter Centennial Barn, 5300 N. Front Street, Harrisburg, PA
COST: $24 General Admission, $20 SFMS Members,$10 Students to age 22.
Three talented multi-instrumentalists performing together as The Corn Potato String Band and dedicated to continuing the music and dance traditions of the central and southern U.S., come to Harrisburg on Sunday, October 15, 2017, for a 7:30 p.m. Susquehanna Folk Music Society concert at the Fort Hunter Centennial Barn, 5300 N. Front Street, Harrisburg.
The band has earned high praise in traditional American music, keeping old time fiddle and banjo music from “making a one-way trip to history’s dustbins.” They have delighted audiences with their driving fiddle tunes and harmonious singing across the U.S., Canada, Europe, Mexico, and India.
In addition to being champion fiddlers, the members of The Corn Potato String Band play banjo, guitar, bass, and mandolin and deftly handle many different antiquated styles including ballads, hoedowns, country rags, and southern gospel, specializing in twin fiddling and double banjo tunes.
Aaron Jonah Lewis is a multi-instrumentalist, performer, and educator. He has won awards at the Clifftop Appalachian String Band Festival, including First Place Neotraditional Band in 2008, and at the Galax Old Fiddlers Convention, including First Place Bluegrass Fiddle in 2007. He has performed at major festivals from the U.S. to the UK and from Italy to Finland. Lewis has appeared on dozens of recordings from bluegrass and old time to swing jazz, modern experimental, and Turkish classical music projects. He has taught workshops at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow, and at the English Folk Dance and Song Society in London. He also plays and teaches banjo, mandolin, guitar, and bass from Detroit, Michigan.
Lindsay McCaw has been playing American old-time music for over 15 years. She performs music and calls dances around the country. McCaw plays fiddle, banjo, guitar, accordion, and piano. She also is part of several theater and puppet companies, including her own, called The Dolly Wagglers. She has achieved several musical distinctions, including two-time winner of the Minneapolis Jug Band Contest, and four-time Grand Prize winner of the Sheffield Field Days fiddle contest.
Ben Belcher is an accomplished banjo player and a talented artist. He has distinguished himself with such awards as the Independent Music World Series, which he won in 2006 with The Hot Seats in Nashville, TN, First Place Neotraditional Band at the 2008 Appalachian String Band Festival, and a Herald Angel award at the 2009 Edinburgh Fringe. Belcher has toured extensively in the U.S., UK, and Europe since 2001. He has been a regular at the Edinburgh Fringe with The Hot Seats and recently appeared at the Shetland Folk Festival. He also plays guitar and fiddle
Concert tickets are $24 General Admission, $20 for SFMS members, and $10 for students ages 3-22. Advance tickets are available through Brown Paper Tickets online at www.brownpapertickets.com or toll-free (800) 838-3006.
This concert is presented in association with Dauphin County Parks and Recreation. Funding for Susquehanna Folk Music Society concerts is provided by the Cultural Enrichment Fund and by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, administered locally by the Cultural Alliance of York County. For more information, visit the Susquehanna Folk Music Society website at www.sfmsfolk.org.