36th ANNUAL CROOK FARM COUNTRY FAIR
and OLD TIME COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL
Saturday, August 29th and Sunday, August 30th, 2015





Where: 476 Seward Avenue, Bradford, PA 16701
Date: Saturday, August 29, 2015 & Sunday, August 30, 2015
Time: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Admission: $4 per person, Children under 12 Free




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MUSIC:

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36th Annual Crook Farm Fair
Old Time Country Music Festival
AUG 28, 29, 30, 2015
BRADFORD, PA
476 Seaward Ave
Bradford, PA
(814)362-3906

http://www.bradfordlandmark.org
MORE INFO: Howard Blumenthal: howard@blumenthals.com 814-368-4057
Admission $4/person.
Musicians & Children under 12 FREE



Woody & Marcia McKenzie / WNY Fiddle Kids /Todd Crowleys Musical Petting Zoo / Hamlin Station Bluegrass / The Younger Gang / Blue Mule Bluegrass / Old Time Hoedown / Megan McGarry Band/ Rosebud Ramblers/ Bill Gregg Flatfoot Mountain Dancing w/Charlie Burton/ Crook Farm All Stars (host band / Square Dancing w/Joe Kwiatkowski calling Keith Blackmon Dances all weekend! / Sunday Morning Gospel Sing w/Larry Combs / PLUS LOTS MORE!!

Historically the Crook Farm has featured traditional Bluegrass, Folk and American Traditional Music & Dance. This year is no exception with an expanded line-up featuring top-notch local and regional talent. This year we will be encouraging all local, traditional musicians to participate in and around the fair grounds, & join in at the Song &/or Jam Tent.

* FREE ADMISSION – for musicians entering the fair grounds
* CONCERTS -- Main Stage with a great assortment of local talent.
* WORKSHOPS -- Flatfoot Dancing, Uke learning area, Old Songs, Instrument Repair and more
*OLD TIME ROUND & SQUARE DANCING -- Main Stage Sun. Bank Bldg Fri & Sat Eve.
*IMPROMPTU JAM SESSIONS -- Encouraged around the Fair all weekend
*JAM & SONG TENTS -- All Day SATURDAY & SUNDAY
*SUNDAY MORNING GOSPEL SING AROUND – with Sunday Morning Harmony & Larry Combs
*FREE ROUGH CAMPING -- Friday & Saturday nights in the field next to the farm

***FRI EVE (Bank Bldg) 7:30 – 11PM
      Country Music Jam & Dance (come to dance, sing or play)
      7:00 - 10PM SQUARE & ROUND DANCE (Bank Bldg)
       CF All Stars & friends, Joe Kwiatkowski calling Keith Blackmon dances
***SAT EVE (Bank Bldg) 7:00 - 10PM
      CONTRA & SQUARE DANCE (Woody & Marcia McKenzie & friends)
***SAT EVE (Jam Tent/ Song Tent) 7:00 -?
      Open jamming / Singing jam


MAIN STAGE SCHEDULE

MAIN STAGESaturday Aug 29Sunday Aug 30
12:00 -> 12:30Todd CrowleyCurt Osgood
12:40 -> 1:30WNY Fiddle KidsMcKenzie
1:35 -> 2:15Bill GreggUncle Joe & Rosebud
2:20 -> 3:00Old Time HoedownBlue Mule Bluegrass
3:05 -> 3:50Mary HermannYounger Gang
4:00 -> 5:00Hamlin Station ??Megan McGarry Band


WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

WORKSHOPSSaturday Aug 29Sunday Aug 30
SAT & SUN AfternoonCharlie Burton-Flatfoot Workshop near Jam TentCharlie Burton-Flatfoot Workshop near Jam Tent
12:00Instant Musician w/ Gayle & LarryFiddle Workshop - Bill Gregg
1:00Uke Workshop - Drew DanielsonBanjo Workshop - Uncle Joe
2:00Uke Workshop - Drew Danielson
3:00Meg McGarry - Fiddle Workshop
4:00Mark (Hermann) ? Workshop


WHAT’S HAPPENING AT THE FAIR:

(FINAL SCHEDULES WILL BE POSTED AT THE FAIR GROUNDS.)


WORKSHOPS: Workshops will be held during the day on Saturday and Sunday These sessions will be fun & informative. You’ll get a chance to meet & talk with the workshop leaders, ask questions & get involved in the topic.

GOSPEL SING AROUND 10:30 on Sunday, will be lead by Larry Combs, everyone is welcome. Bring an instrument, your voice & your favorite Gospel Song; join in, or just come to listen. We’ll sit in a big circle, sing & play your favorite Gospel Songs. Don’t miss it, we’ll make the tent ring!

JAM TENT will be open all day on Saturday & Sunday. You are invited to bring an instrument & your voice & join in playing or singing, or just come to listen. Music will be Bluegrass, Old Time, Folk, Country, etc. Depending on the musicians who arrive. Admission to the Fair is free for musicians & singers that join us in the Jam Tent!

SONG TENT will be going all day Sat & Sunday. This is where acoustic musicians playing Old Time, American Folk, Bluegrass & Country Songs can gather to share a song. So bring your instrument, your voice, your songs & your ears & join the fun at the Song Tent. On Friday & Sat. evenings, come for a Song & Tune swap.

OLD TIME ROUND & SQUARE DANCE/ Tribute to Keith Blackmon - Fri. & Sat. evenings in the Bank Building. Keith Blackmon (our caller for many years) passed away at the age of 85 in 2011. All the dancing at the fair, especially the Friday & Saturday evening dances will be dedicated to the memory of Keith. We’ll have the Crook Farm All Stars and a bunch of Crook Farm dancers to help get you up & dancing. . Joe Kwiatkowski & Rod Kruppner who learned from Keith will help you every step of the way. Give it a try; it’s easy & fun!

INSTRUMENT / SALES / REPAIR AREA: John Stoneman – STONEMANGUITARS - - John Stoneman is a luthier based in Bradford, PA. In addition to building and repairing stringed instruments, he also sells strings and accessories. John will provide on-site emergency instrument repair if needed. There will be an instrument swap here also, so bring an old instrument to sell.


WHO’S WHO AT THE FAIR: (alpha order)


Allegheny Hellbenders http://www.reverbnation.com/alleghenyhellbenders The Allegheny Hellbenders play old-timey acoustic music with some eastern European melodies and swinging rhythms thrown in. They've played in basements, bars, fancy restaurants, dances, festivals, and one time in a cave. Annie Stroud-Fiddle/Vocals/Accordion, Jake Maynard-Guitar/Banjo/Vocals

Charlie Burton is a master at Flatfoot Mountain Dancing. He will be doing a workshop & demonstration on Saturday & Sunday at the fair. Charlie dances around the country at festivals from Clifftop, WVa. to FiddleTunes in Washington State. Bring your dancing shoes & join the fun!

Crook Farm All-Stars Larry Combs, Don Naughton, Dick Brocious, Dan Krise, Evelyn Jones & Howard Blumenthal, http://bradfordlandmark.org/index.php?Old%20Time%20Music the core of the Crook Farm All-Stars. This group has been playing for Dances at the Crook Farm for many years. They will be the “Host” Band this year at the Crook Farm Country Fair.

Drew Danielson has played music around the tri-state area for more years than he cares to remember. He became enamored with the ukulele about five years ago after receiving one as a Christmas gift and has since added many more to his ever growing collection. The ukulele is a great instrument to accompany vocals in almost any genre of music, is easy to learn but takes a lifetime to master. However, it is a very portable instrument that goes anywhere with ease and is just plain fun to play.

HAMLIN STATION 
Smethport, PA, This group formed in 2012 from an eclectic blend of members playing traditional roots and modern interpretation bluegrass. Guitar, Mandolin, Fiddle, Banjo, Dobro and Bass tied together with three part harmonies. This is some of the best Bluegrass we’ve had at the fair!

Joe Kwiatkowski Square & Contra Dance caller from Fredonia, NY has been focusing on the dance repertoire of Keith Blackmon & will be calling Keith’s dances throughout the weekend. Joe got to dance to Keith's calling several times before Keith took ill. Joe has worked with Nils Fredland, the author of Keith's book, and with Ralph Sweet, another legendary traditional singing square caller and successful author.

Rod Kruppner is a Western New York caller who learned to call from the “old timers” in the area like Ray Weatherby, Harry Stanbro and Keith Blackmon. Rod is currently the caller at the Cuba, NY bi-monthly grange dance. His high energy calling will get you moving!

Megan McGarry – (singer-songwriter, fiddle, guitar, banjo, mandolin, mandola) is one of the area’s best young fiddlers. Recently accepted into Berkeley School of Music in Boston, Megan will be performing with her band on Sunday afternoon & also running a fiddle workshop.. You won’t want to miss this gal!

Olde Gold Hear Curt Osgood on hammered dulcimer and guitar with RJ Siegers on 5 string banjo. Styles represented in their selections have origins that draw from the Celtic, French Canadian, Shetland Island, American Old -Timey, Americana traditions and includes Jazz and Blues standards from the 20's as well.

Curt Osgood, from Buffalo, NY got his first banjo at age 13. Residing near the university there, he met musicians from the Buffalo based string band “Rye Whiskey Fiddlers”, and inspired by their renditions of the Old Skillet Lickers recordings, taught himself claw hammer style banjo. He learned most guitar chords from his love of Beatles music, and later learned the guitar styles necessary to back up Old Timey music and Celtic style tunes. A move for his allied health career put Curt in Binghamton, NY where he discovered the Cranberry Dulcimer Gathering (still going today near Albany, NY). There his love for the hammered dulcimer began. He has played it for over 35 years now and it is his main performance instrument. Osgood tours about the North East with several performance and contradance ensembles, and presents dulcimer workshop as well. Curt officially co host jam sessions at a number prestigious North East folk festivals. His repertoire includes tunes from numerous traditions such as Irish, French Canadian, Scottish, Old Timey, Americana, English and others. Curt has released two music CD’s. http://curtosgood.com/ Rob Siegers from Apalachin, NY first learned banjo from his father who was active in the Washington State Fiddlers Association. His favorite music he has adapted to banjo, includes vintage blues and jazz classics from the 20’s and 30’s. Rob has won and placed in numerous Banjo competitions about the country. He also plays guitar and mandolin. By day he is a science educator specializing in Astronomy.

Larry Spencer & Gayle Sheets Picks & Hammers: Larry Spencer plays fiddle tunes on the mountain dulcimer and teaches beginning mountain dulcimer in western PA. Gayle Sheets plays lap dulcimer, fiddle, mandolin and spoons. They will lead the Instant Musician Workshop Saturday.......All instruments/people welcomed........there will be a variety of rhythm instruments available. Gayle Sheets & Larry Spencer with Clair Carlson -In this class, all instruments are welcome and Gayle and Larry will be playing some of their favorite tunes in the key of D (dulcimer friendly). If you know the D, G and A chord, you will be an instant success! Come and warm up with some good old familiar tunes and begin the weekend by playing and singing your heart out! Song sheets with verses and chord changes will be provided.

OLD TIME HOEDOWN was established one night in the spring of 2001 when Kathy Vandemortel and Stephen Bland found themselves playing just fiddle and banjo toe to toe. They have been doing so ever since! Kathy and Stephen each sing, and play fiddle, banjo, banjo-uke and guitar. Together they perform foot-stompin' fiddle and banjo tunes, haunting melodies, and old-time songs from the mountains of southern Appalachia.

The Dusty Trout The Dusty Trout is an American Roots Music band from Northwestern PA. Their original compositions are a unique blend of Bluegrass and Alternative Country with songs written around historic events and past experiences. They released their new album “Fly Reel” in December of 2013. Members include: Jody Aiello - Guitar/Vocals, Jake Shannon - Upright Bass/Vocals, Fred McGarry – Dobro, Chris McGarry-Mandolin/Banjo/Vocals, With special guests: Sara Aiello- Harmonica/Vocals, Megan McGarry- fiddle/vocals

Uncle Joe and the Rosebud Ramblers Joe Chicone banjo and vocals, Tom Farrell guitar and vocals, Renee Baum fiddle features a mix of lively up tempo New England fiddle tunes, energetic old time tunes from before the Civil War and family oriented traditional folk songs that have stood the test of time. It's a common sight to see a spontaneous square dance or elegant waltz break out among the toe tapping audience during a performance. Joe's wonderful renditions of traditional folk songs and Renee's thirst for finding new tunes for the fiddle guarantees the listener and dancer a new treat at every show. Check out our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Uncle-Joe-and-the-Rosebud-Ramblers/101773943191788?ref=ts Read more: http://www.myspace.com/unclejoerosebudramblers#

Woody and Marcia McKenzie have been playing together since they were married in 1983. They met in the White Mountains of Arizona, where they were introduced through their music. Long-time residents of the New River Valley (Virginia), they moved to Lynchburg in the fall of 1998, bringing with them their unique blend of contemporary and original folk, traditional music of southern Appalachia and the British Isles, children’s music, funny songs, and even some swing and jazz standards. Over the years this husband-wife duo has provided music for square dances and contra dances and has performed for weddings, coffeehouses, restaurants, schools, libraries, festivals, conferences, retirement homes, and private parties. Outside of Virginia, they regularly play in North Carolina and have also performed for audiences in West Virginia, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, New York, Arizona, Wyoming, and even Denmark!

WNY Fiddle Kids: Led by their teacher and former NYS Fiddle Champion, Heather (Smith) Pennington, these talented kids come from Springville, West Falls, East Aurora, Holland, Hamburg and Lake View, NY and range from ages 6-18. They love playing traditional Folk, Bluegrass and Irish tunes and also compete regularly with their classical violin studies as well! This is one show you will not want to miss!

Younger Gang: From Rochester, NY Based in the traditions of Old-Time Appalachia and classic Americana, we seek new interpretations of old music without losing touch with its roots. Michelle Younger - Banjo, Fiddle, Vocals
Brad Sheffield - Acoustic and Electric Guitars, Banjo, Vocals
Ryan Yarmel - Bass, Vocals
Jimmy Grillo - Drums, Vocals

Bill Gregg has performed at the New York State Fair, on television for the legendary “Bluegrass Ramble”, as well as countless festivals through his over forty years of entertaining. Bill has played at the Genesee Country Museum's Fiddlers' Fair for 30 years. He is in demand as a contra dance fiddler, and, this year, had the great honor of presenting a musician's workshop on fiddle playing for contras at the 70th annual New England Folk Festival in Mansfield, MA. In addition to his solo performances he plays with two trios, “The BlueHounds and the North Hollow String Band. Bill's “day job” is teaching stringed instruments at the Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts and at his private studio, Harmonic Resources.

WORKSHOPS: Workshops will be held during the day on Saturday and Sunday These sessions will be fun & informative. You’ll get a chance to meet & talk with the workshop leaders, ask questions & get involved in the topic.

Introduction to Ukulele Workshop


An opportunity for a chance to try a ukulele, learn a few simple chords to accompany a song or two, and find out how truly easy it is to learn ukulele. You don’t even need your own ukulele, there will be a number of ukuleles available for participant use. - Drew Danielson

Larry Spencer & Gayle Sheets Picks & Hammers: Larry Spencer plays fiddle tunes on the mountain dulcimer and teaches beginning mountain dulcimer in western PA. Gayle Sheets plays lap dulcimer, fiddle, mandolin and spoons. They will lead the Instant Musician Workshop Saturday.......All instruments/people welcomed........there will be a variety of rhythm instruments available. Gayle Sheets & Larry Spencer with Clair Carlson -In this class, all instruments are welcome and Gayle and Larry will be playing some of their favorite tunes in the key of D (dulcimer friendly). If you know the D, G and A chord, you will be an instant success! Come and warm up with some good old familiar tunes and begin the weekend by playing and singing your heart out! Song sheets with verses and chord changes will be provided.



More info: Howard Blumenthal    814-368-4057    howard@blumenthals.com