Band/Artist Name: The Lyons Fiddle Fest House Band
Stage Time: 9:30 AM
Scott Carl, bass, plays with Scott Marshall and the Hillbilly Souls (also Scott Marshall's two other groups), played for many years as the official band of the Lehigh Valley Music Awards, has a great bass voice, and also played many times with the Blue Mountain Gang and the Toad Creek Ramblers. Mike Hertzog, banjo and guitar, is leader of the Mike Hertzog Trio/Blue Mountain Gang, plays often with the Toad Creek Ramblers, as well as East Side Dave, including 2 tours in Germany and is an excellent bluegrass picker and vocalist. Ken Gehret, fiddle (also excellent on banjo, guitar, mandolin, etc., the musician's musician), played with Jim and Jesse and the Virginians, performed many times on the Grand Ole Opry, and has performed as a professional musician since high school. Keith Brintzenhoff, autoharp, guitar, and leader of the Toad creek Ramblers, and played with East Side Dave is also Music Coordinator/emcee of Lyons Fiddle Festival, did 4 tours in Germany, is a consultant for his autoharp made by Folkcraft Instruments, was interviewed by Sing Out Magazine as well as The Autoharpolic (also on Board of Directors); and the Prince of Puns (Dave Kline).
East Side Dave & The Mountain Folk Band have been around the bluegrass and folk music scene for more than 30 years and have been featured in publications like Bluegrass Unlimited. Bandleader Dave Kline is an award-winning singer songwriter and a voting member of the IBMA and NARAS. n Dave also is the producer and host of the weekly, syndicated Mountain Folk Radio & Web Show and the monthly Mountain Folk TV show. Kline is also the founder of Mountain Folk Yodel University and a prolific writer/photographer. Writing for several publications, Kline specializes in traditions and folklore and his more read column is called Mountain Folklore and is published on Wednesdays as a part of Reading Eagle's Berks Country Magazine.
Band/Artist Name: The Martin Sisters
Stage Time: 10:00 AM
The three sisters, Emily, Melissa, and Christy, have been playing their fiddles since the early age of 5. Beginning in classical, they eventually broadened their horizons, learning everything from Celtic and bluegrass to jazz. All three sisters have won many awards during their musical career, including the Grand Championships of the Berks and Lyons Fiddle Competitions. They are a part of the band, the Celtic Martins, have also appeared as guest musicians for several well-known local bands, and now enjoy performing as the Martin Sisters Band.
Band/Artist Name: Hurricane Hoss (Sarah Larsen - The 2015 Grand Champion)
Stage Time: 11:00 AM
HURRICANE HOSS has blown through the juke joints and watering holes of America, the perfect example of a classical good-girl gone outlaw. She's shot whiskey in the Midwestern Wilds, danced to zydeco in Louisiana, fallen in love in the Rockies, and two-stepped on top of broken hearts in Nashville. With fiddle, banjo, and guitar in tow, Hoss sings the stories of her travels and travails, as well as traditional songs of the American experience. When performing with her band THE PERFECT STORM, Hoss calls on Philadelphia's finest session players and hottest pickers to color her songs with a truly unique sound.
When not portraying the urban gypsy-cowgirl Hurricane Hoss, Sarah Williams Larsen is one of the Northeast's hardest working fiddle players. An award-winning contest fiddler (Delaware State 2013, Lyons Class III First Place 2013 and "Grand Champion" 2015), classical call-girl (most recently as soloist with the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra), and session player, she's lent her fingers to Dr. Dog, David Mayfield, Ben Arnold, Saskwatch, Mason Porter, and the Hot Club of Philadelphia. She can also be spotted aroundÂ Philadelphia with her two musical sisters in the multi-instrumental folk trio Ladybird (heythereladybird.com).
Band/Artist Name: The Hillbilly Gypsies
Stage Time: 12:00 NOON
Hailing from the beautiful Mountain State of West Virginia, The Hillbilly Gypsies have been making and performing their own brand of old time bluegrass and original mountain music for over a decade! Formed in 2001 from a chance meeting at the now infamous Wednesday night old time jam in Morgantown, WV; The Hillbilly Gypsies have been pickin' n’ grinnin' and entertaining their loyal fans ever since.
The band is best known for their high-energy live performances and have become a crowd favorite at major festivals, fairs and concert venues all across the mid-Atlantic region and abroad. They perform in the old fashioned style, playing around a single vintage ribbon microphone. This "Old Timey" approach adds an authentic high-energy barn party atmosphere to their show. Watching the whole band work around the mic is like taking a trip back in time. It'll sure make you want to get up and dance!
...and don't let the flash of their lively stage performance and choreography fool ya, these folks are all highly skilled musicians and seasoned entertainers! Their lightning fast award-winning picking skills and musical arrangements mixed with natural comedic wit and high lonesome mountain vocal harmonies are sure to catch your ear right away. Combine that with a knack for original songwriting and a strong passion for old time and traditional music and this makes for an all-around authentic and exciting musical experience that you won't soon forget. One listen and you'll know that you are getting the real deal! The Gypsies are more than a band; they are a tight knit family, mindful of tradition but bold explorers of new and authentic styles of acoustic music and entertainment!
Band/Artist Name: The Kreider Trio
Stage Time: 2:15 PM
The Kreider Trio is a family band from Lehigh county formed by Niko Kreider on cello and lead vocals and backed by his parents Jay on mandolin, banjo, guitar, and harmony vocals and Kim on bass. Niko has been playing classical cello for over ten years, and began playing bluegrass and old-time music in high school. The addition of cello into the traditional bluegrass music is what gives the group its distinctive sound. Some of the biggest musical influences include Flatt and Scruggs, Bill Monroe, Tony Rice, and Crooked Still.
Niko started learning bluegrass by attending jams and festivals like the Doylestown and Godfrey Daniels jams, Greyfox, and Lyons., Niko is currently studying at West Virginia University and frequents the Tuesday and Wednesday night Old-Time jams and is learning from some of the best musicians in West Virginia. Some of his most memorable moments have been playing in Bill Monroe’s hometown of Rosine Kentucky at the Friday night jamboree, and the Station Inn jam in Nashville.
Band/Artist Name: Sam Schmidthuber
Stage Time: 3:45 PM
Nashville Recording Artist, Sam Schmidthuber, a gifted singer and performer at 15, has been performing locally at different venues since the age of 9. Sam won the 2016 PA Farm Show Has Talent Contest for vocals. When not performing his own shows, he is frequently a guest singer with local bands.
Sam also finished recording a new EP, "Must Be" in Nashville this past summer, with many legendary Nashville musicians. The EP was released Oct. 2, 2016 and is now available for purchase through this website. You can also download his EP "Must Be" on CDBaby, iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, iHeartRadio and Amazon Music.