A Show and Tell with Hal Walker, Dave Rice, Bob Frank
1 – 1:45pm, Band Room 158
Hal Walker grew up in Kent, Ohio blowing the harmonica along the banks of the Cuyahoga River. Hal is an active member of the Ohio Arts Presenters Network (OAPN) and the Society for the Preservation of the Harmonica. A multi-instrumentalist, Hal composes and improvises on the guitar, piano, harmonica, the khaen, jew’s harp and concertina.
Dave Rice has been playing guitar, harmonica and fiddle in several area contra dance bands for more than 30 years.
Bob Frank has played many different kinds of music including bluegrass, old-timey, swing, rock, reggae and Caribbean soca, but is known these days as an expert in a wide variety of blues styles.
James McDowell, Mark Olitsky, Ruairi Hurley
2 – 2:45pm, Band Room 158
Born in Henderson County, North Carolina, music roots run deep for James McDowell of Carolina Blue. His grandfather James ‘Coot’ McDowell, who played for the “Southern Mountaineers” and the “Green River Boys” has been a large influence on his music.
Mark Olitsky has taught clawhammer banjo in Cleveland for many years. He has been featured in The Old-Time Herald, Banjo Newsletter and Bluegrass Unlimited, and represented old-time banjo in the 2009 First Voice film project showcasing Ohio roots musicians.
From Dublin, Ireland, Ruairi Hurley plays guitar and tenor banjo. He performs regularly with many of the finest traditional Irish musicians of Northeast Ohio and has a particular interest in traditional song, in both the Irish and English language.
Aynsley Porchak, Riley Calcagno, Janice Pohl
4:15 – 5pm, Band Room 158
Besides being fiddler with LEFF’s headliner Bluegrass band Carolina Blue, Aynsley Porchak is a contest fiddler. She won the Grand Master Fiddler Championship in 2015 in Nashville, and in 2017, she also became the Canadian Grand Master Fiddle Champion, making her the first person to win both competitions.
Originally from Seattle, WA, Riley Calcagno has been playing both classical and roots music on the violin from an early age. Now at home as well on banjo, guitar, mandolin, and vocals, he performs with The Onlies (winners of the 2017 Appalachian Stringband Festival), and in a duo with Vivian Leva.
Janice Fields Pohl is on the staff of Campus International School at Cleveland State University. The violinist has performed with Johnny Mathias, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, YoYo Ma, Babyface and many others.
Tina Bergmann, hammered dulcimer, and Alexander Fedorlouk, cimbalom
5:15 – 6pm, Band Room 158
Tina Bergmann is a self-taught musician and a highly regarded teacher known for her warm and engaging teaching style. Tina began playing music at age eight, learning the mountain dulcimer from her mother. The Bergmann family was an active part of the rich community of old-time music and dance in northeast Ohio. Tina has been a featured performer across the United States, performing solo, as a duo with her husband, bassist Bryan Thomas, with her stringband Hu$hmoney, and as a member of Apollo’s Fire, Cleveland’s world renowned Baroque Orchestra.
Alexander Fedoriouk began playing the cimbalom at the age of 7 in his home-town of Kolomyia, Ukraine. Growing up in the Carpathian mountains, he played at weddings in mountain villages in Ukraine and Moldavia. He has performed as a soloist with New York Philharmonic, The Cleveland Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, Columbus Symphony and many others. He has recorded with Nigel Pulsford of Bush, legendary jazz flutist Herbie Mann and performed in Carnegie hall with John Cale of the Velvet Underground.