Band/Artist Name: Far from the City

Stage Time: 9:30 AM

Bio: Far From the City is getting back together for a reunion concert at the 2017 Lyons Fiddle Festival.

Far from the City was formed in 1980 in the unusual surroundings of Mike Hertzog’s blacksmith shop in Shamrock Station, PA. We quickly bonded into five friends who had a common love for bluegrass music. Although the years have passed and our locations have varied, we all still share the same love and Passion for the music as we did 37 years ago. The band members are Dave Reichard, fiddle, mandolin, guitar, and lead vocal, Larry Conley, guitar and lead vocal also, Dave (Mitch) Miller, fiddle, and mandolin, Scott Carl, base, and Mike Hertzog, banjo and guitar.

Band/Artist Name: The Martin Sisters

Stage Time: 10:00 AM


Bio: 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


Bio: HURRICANE HOSS has blown through the juke joints and watering holes of America. She’s 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 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, classical call girl, and session player, she’s recently lent her fingers to Dr. Dog, David Mayfield, Ben Arnold, Saskwatch, Mason Porter, and the Hot Club of Philadelphia. She can also be spotted around Philadelphia with her two musical sisters in the multi-instrumental folk trio Ladybird. For more information, go to

Band/Artist Name: The Hillbilly Gypsies

Stage Time: 12:00 NOON


Bio: 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

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Bio: 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: Caroline Reese

Stage Time: 3:45 PM


Bio: Caroline Reese grew up in Reading, Pennsylvania, where the rust belt meets Amish country. Her mom ran a horse farm and her dad sold antiques, two facts which inform the old-soul tendencies in her songs.

She and her band, the Drifting Fifth, combine elements of country, folk, and indie-rock with Reese’s lyrics that seem to reach far beyond her own life experiences. Their new album, Tenderfoot, released January 6, 2017, deals with vulnerability in life and love.

Reese and the Drifting Fifth have toured nationally and opened for Grammy nominees and winners including Chris Stapleton and Brandi Carlile. Reese has also opened up for americana stalwarts John Hiatt, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Corb Lund, and the Secret Sisters. The group’s live EP The Electric Year was named Y102's 2014 Album of the Year and the group was part of Taco Bell's 2016 Feed the Beat roster.