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Fall 2006 Schedule
Folks Learnin' Folk Workshops

Folk music is meant to be played with family, friends, and neighbors, not just heard. In addition to the regular show schedule, given below, the  Brew will be offering a series of free workshops and jams to promote this longstanding tradition. Through these workshops, we hope to instill both an appreciation for the music's character and history as well as encouraging its performance by musicians of all skill levels, including beginners. Be sure to bring your instruments! Observers are welcome and all workshops are free. 
For further information, call Jim Colbert at 814.353.0748.
  • Saturday, October 7, 4:00-5:30 p.m., CWB. 
    Humorous Songwriting with Jay Mankita.
  • Saturday, October 28, 5:00-6:30 p.m., CWB.
    Harmony & Vocalizing with Girlyman.
  • Saturday, November 11, 4:00-5:30 p.m., CWB. 
    Songs (singing & accompanying) with Deidre McCalla.

This project was supported by the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts (PPA), the regional arts funding partnership of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency.  State government funding comes through an annual appropriation by Pennsylvania's General Assembly and from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Federal agency.  PPA is administered in this region by the Pennsylvania Rural Arts Alliance (PRAA).

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Saturday, September 23
High School South Auditorium

Singer/songwriter David Wilcox describes music as “...sacred ground,” …a place where you have to tell the truth about what you’ve been through, who you are, and where you’re going. I love how a good song can show you the world through someone else’s eyes in three minutes.” You might want to think of him as "The Singing Therapist." The songs are backed by David's award winning guitar stylings -- its worth seeing him just to hear those licks, and you guitar afficiandos will strain to figure out which alternate tunings he's using.

Red Molly
Red Molly

Born at a late-night jam session at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, Red Molly plays folk music like it used to be played -- pure and from the heart.

Saturday, October 7
Center for Well Being

Jay Mankita

Described by Pete Seeger as “one of the half dozen best songwriters today,” Jay Mankita’s animated performances treats audiences to a dynamic, humor-infused style incorporating elements and influences of blues, bluegrass, and ballads; ragtime, swing, and samba. Armed with just a guitar, Jay’s keen wit and political satires are among the finest around. Jay has been performing his original songs for 25 years.

“He’s a musical pied piper; quick, nimble, and wonderfully crazy. He alternates complexity, simplicity, and hilarity, leading us to the most beautifully obvious conclusion; that we’re all human, we’re all in this together, and it’s not so bad after all.” -Margie Rosenkrantz, Director, The Eighth Step

Butch Ross & Christy Burns

With Christy on hammered dulcimer and Butch on mountain dulcimer and guitar, Butch Ross & Christy Burns bring traditional tunes to life in unexpected ways.

Saturday, October 28


Imagine a modern-day Peter, Paul & Mary – only edgier, and with a quirky sense of humor. Girlyman’s harmonydriven style veers from contemporary folk to country rock to pop. Each member switches off songwriting duties, lead vocals, and a range of instruments, including acoustic guitar, djembe, banjo, baritone guitar and mandolin. Girlyman has appeared on internationally syndicated radio shows like Mountain Stage and has performed at major folk festivals, including the Winnipeg Folk Festival, the Philadelphia Folk Festival, the Boston Folk Festival, and the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival.

Annie Patterson

Co-author of the folk bible "Rise Up Singing," Annie Patterson brings not only her wealth of knowledge about folk music, but a cadre of instruments and a voice that knows a bit about music, too.

Saturday, November 11
Center for Well Being

Deidre McCalla

Deidre McCalla’s engaging opening act performance in the spring was so popular she’s returning as a headliner! Deidre’s shows are filled with power, conviction and grace; her songs filled with faith, philosophy and politics. With five albums under her belt, Deidre celebrated her twentieth anniversary of performing by remastering and reissuing her first recording, Don’t Doubt It, on compact disc. Among her career accolades are being a finalist in the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artist Showcase and inclusion on the Best CD of the Year list from Rhythms Magazine.

John Statz

With influences ranging from Ryan Adams to Tom Waits and Iron & Wine, Madison, WI based indie artist John Statz's new CD "Dusk Came Slow" morphs those influences into a unique sound all his own.

Saturday, December 2
Center for Well Being $20

Grammy award winner Laurie Lewis has twice been named Female Vocalist of the Year by the IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association). Performing with mandolinist and Tom Rozum, the duo’s shows draw on the passions and sensibilities that are at the foundation of rural roots music. Whether singing Laurie’s exquisitely crafted songs or bringing new life to Everly and Louvin Brothers’ standards or traditional fare, the two combine their voices in effortless harmony, with instrumental virtuosity from Tom’s mandolin and Laurie’s fiddle. The duo achieves a wonderful blend of musical integrity and virtuosity while maintaining a “front porch appeal.” Their album The Oak and The Laurel was a Grammy nominee for Best Traditional Folk Album.

Berritt Smylin Band

Berritt Smylin Band is the new incarnation of Northern Shoveler.