DREW NIELANDS & JOHN GRECIA
JUNE 9, 2013 5:30-8:00 PM
Drew Nielands & John Grecia are made up of Drew Nielands (Guitars & Vocals), John Grecia (Piano & Vocals), Mike Windish (drums), & Ben Rose (Bass). Hailing from West Chester, PA, this group of close friends cross musical boundaries blending elements of Folk, Reggae, Blues & good old Rock n' Roll. Drew & John's respective debut albums, "'Til the Lights are Gone" and "Thirteen" are currently available on iTunes & amazon.com.
1.) Cross That River (Original Song): www.youtube.com/watch?v=AiVtj0v5uiw
2.) Penny Lane (The Beatles): www.youtube.com/watch?v=6HY6_TBVlFY
3.) Honkey Cat (Elton John): www.youtube.com/watch?v=STdfbqWcfog
Websites: www.drewnielands.com www.johngreciaband.com
THE WELL BAND
AUGUST 11, 2013 5:30-8:00 PM
This group of seasoned musicians share a profound enjoyment of the music of 18th and 19th century Ireland and Scotland, particularly tunes connected to the seas they share.
Henry Cohen grew up in New York surrounded by Celtic music and culture. He began performing folk music as a teen and augmented that with rich traditional songs from the Revolutionary period and the Civil War. Seeing David Bromberg perform in the late 1970's inspired Henry to want to tackle as many instruments as possible. For this concert, he will be on fiddle, viola, tenor banjo and mandolin. Henry will sing a number of songs both Celtic and from the Sea Shanty traditions. Henry met Craig Zumbrun in 1995 when he joined the Arcona Reel Band where together they performed as part of the PA Ren Faire's House Band.
Craig Zumbrun began singing publicly at age 5 at lodge and church events, accompanied by his grandmother on piano. As a teenager he was performing folk and rock music in the Hanover and Gettysburg areas. In 1989, with two friends he began playing Celtic music as the Arcona Reel Band. In recent years he has been a member of Gladly Playe, and From the Well. Craig plays guitar and bodhran and sings.
Lynn Colgan Cohen grew up in Adams County and began playing Celtic music with family members in a group known as Irish Town Road. Lynn is an accomplished keyboard player and singer and plays octave mandolin. In recent years, Lynn has performed with groups including Ship in the Clouds and Inishowen.
"Captain Ron" Peters grew up in Philadelphia and has played in a number of diversefolk and rock groups including a Ukranian Wedding Band While his first real instrument was the trumpet, for more than 20 years, Ron has primarily performed on concertinas, whistles, and guitar. Ron has an extensive repretoire of sea songs. Henry, Lynn, and Ron are serious sailors and berth their craft on the tributaries of the Chesapeake.
The group will be hosting a special young guest at the concert. Anna Hallet has been playing the violin since age 4 and she is an accomplished Irish step dancer as well. In addition to fiddle, she plays the piano and flute.
SEPTEMBER 8, 2013 5:00-7:30 PM
Raven Hill's music emanates with J.J. Fischer and his 5-string. Early in his career, J.J. was a regular at the Wheeling Jamboree with Lila Lou & The Country Boys. Born in Chester, he lives in Spring City …. Dan Nace attacks his mandolin with a distinctive, self-honed edge. Hs rhythmic chops are complimented with balanced double stops and strong tremolos. His Philly bluegrass roots has elements of his days with the J.P. Daniels Band …. Neal Neuman recently joined Raven Hill on the upright bass. The tooth-savers’ been a part of the Philly Aimless Pursuit for a number of years and brings solid bass lines and adds a baritone to the Raven Hill band…. Brenda Smith is steeped in South Mountain, Shenandoah Valley bluegrass. Her strong lead vocals and harmony singing reminds one of the old style. Rare is the traditional country and bluegrass song that escape's Brenda's memory. She named her cat, "Monroe." … Pete Smith provides tenor and lead vocals plays guitar and occasional bass. His bluegrass style has been influenced by lonesome singing, oft-key sounds from the likes of Hazel Dickins and the Stanley Brothers, Townes and James King.