About the Band

The Society sponsors a play-out group of volunteer artists who have enjoyed playing and singing all kinds of folk music nearly all their lives - Meet Gary, Len, Bob, Karen and Jerry! The Society's band has sustained its name for over 20 years through which it has entertained audiences at many events throughout the Lehigh Valley of Pa. and surrounding areas, though it has changed its size and musical direction many times. The current 5-member band plays throughout the calendar year for public, private and institutional events and raises funds for the Society. The music is always programmed to fit the audience and there is often a word or two about the history, origin and evolution of the folk song selections. The group is especially fond of playing for senior citizens, family and church picnics, young people gatherings, historical events and public festivals.

Repertoire

The group's gigs consist of an eclectic blend of folk songs especially tailored to the scheduled event chosen from a broad and constantly changing repertoire of folk music genres including a mix of old time mountain music, bluegrass, classic country, Woody Guthrie songs, lots of folk revival music of the 50s and 60s, contemporary folk, original songs by band memebers, and occasionally old time gospel and Christmas songs. Depending on the event, the group likes to cross over from folk into the 50s oldies.

Sound

Most gigs require sound reinforcement to enhance the balance of the sound, to provide vocal clarity and to ensure that everyone in the space can hear. Our Band uses a nice sounding Bose PA sound system for its gigs with the exception of festivals where sound is provided by the host.

Instruments and Vocals

The group works especially hard to develop vocal harmony and each member of our band sings lead or harmony. The group is typically anchored by a unique blend of folk instruments that repeatedly change from song to song: acoustic guitar, open-back banjo, ukulele, bass guitar, mandolin, harmonica, lap dulcimer, Dobro and various forms of hand-held percussion.

"HATS On and Off"

Our bass player, Len, has a large collection of hats, one for just about every song we play. He is even known to adorn a blonde wig and appears as Charley's wifeGwendelyn when we play the M.T.A.

Band Concerts

The group is available for scheduling shows on weekends, Wednesday afternoons and all evenings throughout the week, year round. We typically book 1-hr or 2-hr gigs. The group is willing to consider travel outside of the Lehigh Valley to broaden our reach. Click here to see our current Concert Schedule of confirmed bookings.

Contact Us for Bookings

If you would like to book our band for your special event, party or festival, please phone or e-mail our Booking Manager:


Bob Miller
Phone: 484-553-0674
E-mail: millsy@ptd.net

Band Members

The performing group currently has 5 members, pictured below. Navigate the drop-down box or the "bio" tabs to see more about the artists. All members reside in the Allentown area of the Lehigh Valley.


Len's Bio



Bob's Bio



Karen's Bio



Gary Bast's Bio


Jerry's Bio