Networking Partners 2017

Networking for the betterment of all and the Lyons Fiddle Festival’s way of saying, Thank you!

The following organizations and individuals are currently working together with The Lyons Fiddle Festival:

Blandon Fire Company -
The Blandon Fire Company is posting information for the Lyons Fiddle Festival on its sign. Visit the website for information about events, fire prevention, public education, recruitment, and more. Blandon Fire Company is located on 36 W. Wesner Road, Blandon, PA 19510, and can be reached at (610) 926-2811.

Miller Center for the Arts and Reading Area Community College -
Grand Champion of the 2017 Lyons Fiddle Festival Fiddle Competition is honored with the opportunity by The Miller Center for the Arts, Reading Area Community College, to be the opening act for Dom Flemons on Nov 17th, 2017, and/or the Quebe Sisters on April 27th, 2018.

The Quebe Sisters
When the Quebe Sisters from Texas take a stage, and the triple-threat fiddle champions start playing and singing in multi-part close harmony, audiences are usually transfixed, then blown away. It’s partly because the trio’s vocal and instrumental performances are authentic all-Americana, all the time, respectful of the artists that inspired them the most. 
The girls earned solo and group accolades early on, winning state and national championships in their respective age groups in 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2002. The Quebes’ evolution from the whiz-kid Western swing fiddlers they were back then to the smokin’-hot young adult Americana band they are today is a remarkable story, by any measure. Along with headlining their own shows to ever-growing audiences, they’ve shared stages with American music legends like Willie Nelson, George Strait, Merle Haggard, Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Ray Price, Connie Smith, Marty Stuart, Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers, Ray Benson, Asleep at the Wheel, Riders in the Sky and many others.
Today, after more than a decade of travelling the U.S. and the world, and recording three acclaimed albums, Grace, Sophia and Hulda Quebe are pros in a variety of genres, and count many famous musicians among their biggest boosters. The Quebes’ unbridled passion for American music, along with their talent, skills and a lot of hard work, has taken them far beyond their wildest early aspirations. “One thing is for sure, you don’t see a group like the Quebe Sisters come along every day,” famed Opry announcer Eddie Stubbs told listeners on his own show on Nashville’s WSM. “Give them your undivided attention, and if you’re not already, you too, will become a fan.”

Don Flemons
Don Flemons is a Grammy Award winning musician, singer-songwriter, and slam poet. Carrying on the songster tradition, Flemons strives to mix traditional music forms with a contemporary approach to create new sounds that will appeal to wider audiences. In his recent solo album, Prospect Hill (2014), Flemons drew from a wide range of music styles including ragtime, Piedmont blues, spirituals, southern traditional, string band, fife and drum, and jug-band. He began his career as a performer in the Arizona music scene, where he produced 25 albums for singer-songwriters and slam poets in Pheonix. In 2005, Flemons co-found the Carolina Chocolate Drops, an African-American string band that won a Grammy for its 2010 album, Genuine Negro Jig. Today, he tours throughout the United States and internationally as The American Songster. In February 2016, Dom performed at Carnegie Hall for a tribute to Lead Belly. In September 2016, Dom performed at the opening ceremonies for the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC. Dom has been touring internationally and has released his album, Every Popular Favorites, with British guitar player, Martin Simpson. Dom’s newest album, to be released through Smithsonian Folkways, will be celebrating the stories and songs of the black cowboys. Dom has released two instructional DVDs through Stefan Grossman’s Guitar Workshop. Dom has a new podcast called American Songster Radio and it is in conjunction with WUNC North Carolina Public Radio.

Dave Kline, entertainer and radio show host, has been given a spot for bringing new talent this year at the Lyons Fiddle Festival.

Meadowood Music, Blandon, Pa, is a stringed instrument specialty shop located between Reading and Allentown. Mike Andrews and Paula Taylor, proprietors and musicians, maintain their website as a resource for musicians. In addition to offering lessons, Mike is also a crafter of violins.
Special Mention!
Meadowood Music is hosting the Lyons Fiddle Festival’s raffle of a Baby Dreadnaught Martin guitar with case and accessories. You can visit Meadowood Music to see the guitar and purchase tickets. Winner will be announced September 17, rain or shine.

Main Street Inn, Boutique
“Enter As Strangers. Leave As Friends.”
The Main Street Inn warmly welcomes you to enjoy the charm and hospitality of a bed and breakfast with the modern amenities of a boutique hotel. Conveniently located just one block from Kutztown University, the Main Street Inn has become a favorite location for both business and leisure guests. The Inn offers complimentary breakfast, homemade baked goods, and employs all local staff to ensure you receive top notch personalized service and cultural immersion into the local community. We also provide modern amenities such as Wi-Fi, private en-suite bathrooms, cable TV, mini refrigerators and more to allow for all of the comforts of home.
Special Mention!
Main Street Inn, Boutique Hotel is helping the Lyons Fiddle Festival sell tickets for our annual traditional raffle of an authentic hand-stitched quilt. The Inn graciously allowed us to photograph the quilt in one of their beautiful bedrooms.

Firefly Bookstore -
Located at 271 West Main Street, Kutztown, is an independently-owned and operated new and used bookstore in Southeastern Pennsylvania. Firefly carries a great selection of titles including large sections of children's books, general fiction, sci-fi, religion & metaphysics, cooking, history and biography.
Firefly also offers board games and puzzles (both new and used), toys, buttons, magnets, small gifts, note cards and each year, a large selection of calendars. Firefly also offers free gift wrapping, customer requests, special orders and is able to provide dust jacket covering for any of its books. The bookstore buys and trades books whenever the store is open. The store is open seven days a week. Please visit the website for more information.
Special Mention!
Firefly Bookstore is hosting our annual traditional raffle of an authentic hand-stitched quilt and will be selling tickets as well. Stop in to see this exquisite quilt and do a little shopping!

Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center at Kuztztown

Leesport Farmers

Mayfair Festival of the

Fegely Signs in Maxatawny(610) 683-8474

Effective Graphic Solutions(610) 944-3600

Summer concert series in the Kutztown Park Bandshell