Performers (2021)

2021 Freshwater Folk Festival Performers [Jump to schedule]

The lineup is set for the 2021 Freshwater Folk Festival!
We have 3 wonderful groups this year: The Black Mountain Bluegrass Boys, Jim Snyder, and The Rust Brothers Read on for details….

The Rust Brothers   10:00am

The Rust Brothers

The day’s music will kick off with The Rust Brothers at 10 AM. The Rust Brothers are George Piasecki on bass, Jim Wright on guitar and vocals, and Bob Ducharme on vocals, guitar and guitjo. What is a guitjo you might ask? Well, it’s a six-string banjo with a guitar neck. Banjos typically have five strings. And, as DuCharme will tell you, they’ve been guys with day jobs totaling more than 150 years! They bring together more than 75 years of living in the Greenbrier River areas of Lewisburg and Greenville, and they’ve spent just about as many playing music! They perform music that they like, ranging from oldies to folk and pop with a bit of rock’n roll and blues tossed in, and they do it in a back porch, good-time kind of way. As DuCharme says, “Fun first, and lastly!”

Jim Snyder 11:00am

Jim SnyderSinger-songwriter Jim Snyder will take the stage at 11 AM. Snyder has been playing guitar and singing since he was a boy. His music runs the gamut from folk, rock, and gospel to blues and bluegrass. Besides being a performing artist, he is also the Director of the WV Winter Music Festival, the D Street Art & Music Series and Colesmouth Concerts. He’ll be joined by bassist Bob Riggleman and percussionist Scott Logsdon.

The Black Mountain Bluegrass Boys   1:00pm

Legendary banjo player, Richard Hefner, will be onstage with his band, The Black Mountain Bluegrass Boys from 1 PM to 3 PM. Don’t miss them! Hefner is known for his high lonesome tenor, lead vocals and dynamic banjo style that is much like that of Ralph Stanley, Earl Scruggs and Don Reno. The band’s fiddler, Blaine Sprouse, is one of the top fiddlers in the US today. Sprouse began his career at the age of 17, playing with the “King of Bluegrass,” Jimmy Martin. Since then, he has played and recorded with top Bluegrass artists including the Osborne Brothers, Bill Monroe, The Dreadful Snakes featuring Bela Fleck, Peter Rowan and many more.

Schedule of performances:

All performances are at the hatchery amphitheater.

10:00 am The Rust Brothers
11:00 am Jim Snyder
1:00 pm The Black Mountain Bluegrass Boys

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