Saturday, July 8th, 2017
12:00 PM – 8:00 PM
201 W. High St., Carlisle, PA 17013
Seating is open. Free admission. Bike racks available throughout campus. The lawn may be accessed starting at 8:00 AM on the day of the festival. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. A wide array of vendors will sell keep appetites happy with everything from french fries to bratwurst to Thai food to ice cream, plus non-alcoholic drinks and smoothies. Restrooms will be available. Dickinson College is a smoke-free campus. Festival is held rain or shine. Get ready for great music!
12:00 PM – DISMEMBERED TENNESSEANS
12:45 PM – THE BING BROTHERS BAND FEATURING JAKE KRACK
1:30 PM – MILE TWELVE
2:15 PM – CHARM CITY JUNCTION
3:00 PM – MICHAEL CLEVELAND AND FLAMEKEEPER
3:45 PM – DISMEMBERED TENNESSEANS
4:30 PM – THE BING BROTHERS BAND FEATURING JAKE KRACK
5:15 PM – MILE TWELVE
6:00 PM – CHARM CITY JUNCTION
6:45 PM – MICHAEL CLEVELAND AND FLAMEKEEPER
The Dismembered Tennesseans
Fletcher Bright – Fiddle, Vocals and Spokesperson
Ed “Doc” Cullis – Banjo
Laura Walker – Bass, Fiddle and Vocals
Bobby Martin – Guitar and Vocals
Don Cassell – Mandolin and Vocals
Brian Blaylock – Mandolin, Dobro, Guitar, Banjo and Vocals
It was back in 1945 that a group of McCallie students got together and began singing and playing a brand of Bluegrass music that has gone on now for more than 65 years. The name “Dismembered Tennesseans” seemed good enough a name for a bunch of teenagers who had no long range plans, and they sang their way through school.
But somehow the music never stopped, and the band stayed together for the next 65 years, singing and laughing their way across the country – from Florida to Washington to Ohio and Colorado and points between. They played for every local civic group in existence, every charity, and most of the conventions in town looking for cheap entertainment. They have also played at the Annual Chattanooga …Riverbend Festival and at Kennedy Center.
The 3 Sisters Festival Bluegrass on the River is held annually in Chattanooga, Tennessee and is a free concert presented by Chattanooga Presents which brings in big-name Bluegrass artists mixed with local talent.
The group has appeared on stage with many of the top bluegrass music stars and has performed in concert with the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra and the Chattanooga Boys Choir, and more recently the Chattanooga Ballet. They have appeared on a segment of ABC-TV’s Peter Jennings Nightly News and were featured on the NBC Sunday Today Show. Their audiences have been composed of such celebrities as Chuck Yeager, Sam Nunn, Gerald Ford, Jack Kemp, and three Tennessee governors. Easily one of the most popular bands in hometown Chattanooga, they have made their mark singing bluegrass music for people who don’t particularly like country music.
The Bing Brothers Band Featuring Jake Krack
Traditional Old Time String Band from West Virginia with over 30 years experience.
“Folk culture is a lot like water. Where it comes from and where it goes is a matter of endless mystery and fascination to me. In this sense, Jake Krack is carrying a lot of water. Jake’s intuitive feel for the flow and subtleties of traditional fiddling is remarkable. His sense of rhythm and timing is rich and fluid. And his playful intensity is uplifting and refreshing.” – John Lilly, Editor of Goldenseal Magazine
The Bing Brothers have played their hard-driving brand of string band music from Canada to Florida – from Spain to England, and from Australia, to Ireland and Scotland. Their sound has been formed in the West Virginia mountains, and they remain true to their roots. Yet The Bing Brothers are highly versatile, playing selections in old time and bluegrass, as well as traditional Irish songs and ragtime.
Banjo player Tim Bing is a 13-time West Virginia State Champion and Appalachian String Band winner.
Fiddler Jake Krack has been a championship fiddler since he was a kid and has won many contests over the years throughout Appalachia. Krack has won the Galax Fiddler’s Convention Contest five times and is known as one of today’s top old time fiddlers. By the time he was a young man, Krack had been featured in the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune and on CNN, appeared on PBS, Mountain Stage and the Prairie Home Companion, and was given scholarships as well as a National Endowment for the Arts grant. (credit: Herald Dispatch)
Mandolin player and band leader Mike Bing has been the glue that has kept the band together for over 30 years, and created The Allegheny Echoes Summer Workshops, which celebrate Pocahontas County and West Virginia music.
Because of their contributions to West Virginia music, Mike and Tim Bing were the 2012 recipients of the West Virginia Culture and History’s Vandalia Award. Danny Arthur joined the band in 1981, and has added his great guitar and fiddle playing for over 3 decades. The Bing Brothers Band have kept the powerful rhythm of the band cranking with the additions of guitarist Bob Lieving and bassist Tim Corbett in 2002. In 2012 the band won First Place in the Old Time Band Contest at the Galax Fiddler’s Convention for the third consecutive year, at which Jake Krack was also awarded First Place Fiddler for the 5th time and Best All Around Performer for the 5th time. In March 2011 the group began recording live performances for the release of a live recording which was released in 2012 and received great reviews.
In 2015 and 2016, Jake took 1st Place Old Time Fiddle again at The Galax Old Time Fiddler’s Convention. In 2015, he also was awarded Best All Around Performer.
Jake has done numerous workshops and served as an instructor at practically every place old time fiddle is taught. He has done extensive research and worked with scholars and music archivists at the Library of Congress. In addition to his other pursuits, Jake operates Krack’s Fiddle Shop and does private fiddle lessons.
“In recent years, Boston’s Berklee College of Music and New England Conservatory have added extra fire to that city’s already churning cauldron of traditional string players. Out of this spicy soup jumps Mile Twelve, a group of four accomplished bluegrass musicians who write, sing, and play like the wind. Serious players who have serious fun, Mile Twelve is a group to watch in the coming decade.” – Tim O’Brien
Mile Twelve is a fresh, hard driving young band beautifully walking the line between original and traditional bluegrass. Fast gaining recognition for their outstanding performances in bluegrass and folk circles, Evan Murphy, Bronwyn Keith-Hynes, Nate Sabat, BB Bowness and David Benedict write captivating songs and daring instrumental pieces from diverse influences. Banjo luminary Tony Trischka says, “Mile Twelve is carrying the bluegrass tradition forward with creativity and integrity.”
Since their formation in the fall of 2014, Mile Twelve has quickly been on the rise. They released their debut 6-track self titled EP, and performed extensively throughout the U.S., Ireland and Canada, including several major festivals; Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, FreshGrass Festival, Wind Gap Bluegrass Festival and Joe Val Bluegrass Festival. A track from their debut EP was featured on Sirius XM Bluegrass Junction’s “Hand Picked with Del McCoury”, while another track was featured on Spotify’s “Fresh Bluegrass” 2015 playlist. That same year, they were selected as formal showcase artists at the North East Folk Alliance. The summer of 2016 has held more milestones for this young group: opening for Tim O’Brien at the Station Inn in Nashville, winning the Podunk Bluegrass Festival Band Contest and being nominated for a Momentum Award by the International Bluegrass Music Association and adding a fifth band member: mandolin player David Benedict. This winter they will be heading into the studio in Nashville to record their debut full-length album with producer Stephen Mougin at the helm.
“Mile Twelve has Bluegrass’ best interests at heart. Really good songs that mean something, picking that makes you grin and twitch, plenty of scalp-zinging moments… what more could you ask for America’s best drivin’ music? I’d be fine sending this to aliens.” – Darol Anger
“Mile Twelve’s instrumental skills reflect natural abilities enhanced by serious study of bluegrass tradition and a fearless desire to create fresh pathways. From the opening number of their new EP, it’s plain that their vocal skills are equal to their picking prowess. Their trio blend is as tight as it gets. Their duo and solo singing is equally praiseworthy. The arrangements often surprise with subtle twists and turns… delicious false endings, dropped beats, arco bass and fiddle duets, and on and on. Mile Twelve is carrying the tradition forward with creativity and integrity.” – Tony Trischka
Charm City Junction
Baltimore-based roots group Charm City Junction puts a new spin on old-timey music, carrying the torch of fast-picking bluegrass and toe-tapping Celtic music. Featuring fiddle, clawhammer banjo, the button accordion and upright bass, this quartet isn’t afraid to take roots music to new places — but always with an eye on tradition.From dance-inducing Old Time rhythms and foot stomping Irish melodies to hard-driving Bluegrass, Baltimore-based Charm City Junction creates a fresh soundscape that keeps listeners on the edge of their seats wondering where they’ll go next.
The band is comprised of four talented and promising young acoustic roots musicians: Patrick McAvinue on fiddle, Brad Kolodner on clawhammer banjo, Sean McComiskey on button accordion and Alex Lacquement on upright bass. Drawing from separate musical backgrounds, the four members have found a common ground on which to develop their unique approach.
Patrick McAvinue, one of the most in-demand and highly respected bluegrass fiddlers in the country, takes charge with his virtuosic, powerful and musical approach to the fiddle. Clawhammer banjo wizard Brad Kolodner adds his playful, driving, melodic and groovy Old-Time touch. Sean McComiskey, an incredibly talented Irish button accordion player, soars through the tunes and fills the gaps with his soulful playing. The versatile bassist Alex Lacquement drives the train, locking everything together with his commanding and tasteful choices. Charm City Junction embodies the essence of what acoustic roots music is all about, a shared and burning passion for blazing new trails while respecting the tradition. They are torchbearers with a clear message that the future of acoustic music is in good hands. They released their debut album on Patuxent Records in the fall of 2015. The album hit as high as #15 on the Folk-DJ Radio Charts.
“Baltimore-based roots group Charm City Junction puts a new spin on old-timey music, carrying the torch of fast-picking bluegrass and toe-tapping Celtic music. Featuring fiddle, clawhammer banjo, the button accordion and upright bass, this quartet isn’t afraid to take roots music to new places — but always with an eye on tradition.” – The Washington Post
“I’m not sure I’ve ever encountered a record I enjoyed this well, where I’ve had so much trouble quantifying the sound. It’s all joyfully conceived and brilliantly played, but running counter to so many stylistic norms… and yet it works perfectly on all levels.
Charm City Junction is composed of a bluegrass fiddler, an old time banjo picker, a Celtic accordionist, and a jazz bassist. Together they create an energetic amalgam that demonstrates their pure love of all these venerable musical idioms, but with a twist likely to satisfy anyone who appreciates traditional string music, expertly played.
The band name is taken from their beloved Baltimore, and the material on their self-titled recorded debut for Pawtuxent Records comes from songs and tunes that the various members have suggested. Most are instrumentals, that mix the Irish love for ornamentation and unison melody with the bluegrass passion for improvisation, and the old time devotion to groove.” –John Lawless, Bluegrass Today, January 2016
Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper
“One of the most impressive and well-regarded instrumental bluegrass groups working the circuit.” – The Lonesome Road Review
“Cleveland is as versatile as they come, but when it comes to straight-up bluegrass, whether it’s a ‘bootstomper’ or a high and lonesome lament, his peers are few and far between.” -All Music Guide
“It’s obvious he was destined to become one of bluegrass’s contemporary stars.” -Boston Globe
Michael Cleveland is one of the premier bluegrass fiddlers of his generation and, with ten International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Fiddle Player of the Year awards under his belt, he is the most awarded and celebrated fiddler in the history of the music. Cleveland plays with so much fire, drive and virtuosity that audiences are often left shaking their heads in amazement. Together with his
band Flamekeeper (four-time IBMA Instrumental Band of the Year Award winners) Cleveland delivers some of the most powerful, exciting and authentic
bluegrass you can find. Clearly, this fiery fiddler’s story is just beginning and Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper’s future preserving and innovating the
bluegrass tradition has never been brighter.
Mike picked up a fiddle at age four, and his talent was recognized early. In 1993 he was chosen to be part of the Bluegrass Youth All Stars at the IBMA’s award show. Later that year, Mike made his Grand Ole Opry debut as a guest of Alison Krauss. Cleveland’s tour de force bluegrass fiddling has earned him and his band over 13 International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) awards. Cleveland himself is a 9-time Fiddle Player of the Year award winner, and, together with his band Flamekeeper, he has won the Instrumental Group of the Year award 4 times. Flamekeeper consists of Nathan Livers – vocals and mandolin, Josh Richards – vocals and guitar, Cody Looper – vocals and banjo, and Tyler Griffith – vocals and bass.
Mike and his talented band present a program of tight vocal trios and duos, blistering instrumentals, and fiddle-and-banjo duets that echo the first-generation stars of bluegrass. The show is rounded out with Mike’s dry wit and the band’s sense of fun.
His list of guest appearances over the years is a who’s who of bluegrass legends including Bill Monroe, Jim and Jesse, Ralph Stanley, Mac Wiseman, Doc Watson, Larry Sparks, Doyle Lawson, and J.D. Crowe. After high school, Mike briefly toured with then-named Dale Ann Bradley and Coon Creek before joining Rhonda Vincent & The Rage in 2000.
At the 2001 IBMA awards, Mike took his first Fiddle Player of the Year award, and shared the title of Entertainer of the Year with Rhonda Vincent and the Rage. In 2002 Mike rejoined The Dale Ann Bradley Band. That year he won the Fiddle Player of the Year award and again in 2004. Mike’s first project as a Rounder recording artist, “Flame Keeper,” was released in February 2002 and was chosen the IBMA’s Instrumental Album of the Year. In 2004, Mike shared the Instrumental Album of the Year award with Tom Adams for “Tom Adams and Michael Cleveland Live at the Ragged Edge,” an album of fiddle and banjo duets. In September 2006 Mike took home his fourth Fiddle Player of the Year Award from the IBMA, and his second solo album on Rounder Records, “Let ‘Er Go, Boys!,” won Instrumental Album of the Year. A year later, in 2007, Mike won his fifth fiddle player award and has won it every year since for a total of nine.
Today Mike is a sought-after guest and has performed with Vince Gill, Marty Stuart, The Mark Newton Band, J.D. Crowe and the New South, Audie Blaylock and Redline, Melvin Goins and Windy Mountain and The Wildwood Valley Boys. He is also an active studio musician, and his credits include the 2005 GRAMMY-nominated “A Tribute to Jimmy Martin: The King of Bluegrass” and a 2003 GRAMMY winner, Jimmy Sturr’s “Let’s Polka ‘Round.” Mike lives in Charlestown, Indiana.