Berks Fiddle Fest Performers

Join us on Sunday, September 19th for a day full of music!

Stage Time: 9:00am (30 Mins)

Gospel Service

A non-Denominational service with Americana/bluegrass gospel singing.
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Stage Time: 9:30am (30 Mins)

Russ Rentler

Bio: Russ is an award winning singer songwriter and multi-instrumentalist performing original music on multiple stringed instruments steeped in the Appalachian tradition. He has recorded six albums and one of his songs was featured on NPR’s Cartalk. He regularly performs with folk legend, John Gorka and has played every festival in the Lehigh Valley including Musikfest, Mayfair, Das Awksfescht, and Godfrey Daniels Coffeehouse. He recently won first and second place in the Deep South Dulcimer Contest for mountain and hammered dulcimer.and also won the Mid-Atlantic Songwriting Contest in Washington, DC for his hammered dulcimer instrumental. SingOut magazine called him a “gifted songwriter and fine musician.
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Stage Time: 10:00am (60 Mins)

The Hex Highway Rangers

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Bio: Dave Kline & The Hex Highway Rangers is a trio devoted to presenting and preserving the genuinely Americana tradition of the singing cowboy. Evoking feelings of the Wild West, wide open plains and a freedom so immense it compels a person to sing, the art and folklore of America's singing cowboys has become iconic around the world. Using just three acoustic instruments, including the ever-present fiddle, plus guitar, upright bass and vocals, the trio channels history through music, reminiscent of the Sons of the Pioneers, Roy Rogers, Gene Autry and others. Now in their third performing season, the band has entertained sold-out audiences and appeared in concert with singing cowboy superstars Riders in the Sky. With veteran fiddler Ranger Ken Gehret on fiddle and salt of the earth Ranger Dave "Rooibos Rootbeer Red" Lewis on bass, glued together at the hip by Ranger "East Side" Dave Kline, (finest yodeler this side of the Juniata River), you're bound to enjoy a rip-roaring show. So hold onto your hats buckaroos and buckerettes and come along for the ride because it's the cowboy way.
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Stage Time: 11:00am (60 Mins)

Serene Green

Bio: Serene Green is the collective musical vision of Pennsylvania natives Quentin Fisher; mandolin, Michael Johnson; guitar, Shane McGeehan; bass, and Steve Leonard; banjo. As a band, Serene Green's goal is to produce music which highlights original compositions and individual style, within the framework of traditional bluegrass. Since early 2017, Serene Green recorded and released two studio albums, To Whom It Pertains (2017) and Have at It (2019, Patuxent Music) and performed at hundreds of music venues and festivals in over fifteen states. 
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Stage Time: 12:00 Noon (60 Mins)

Travis Wetzel Trio

Bio: Travis Wetzel was the very first Lyons Fiddle Fest Grand Champion and will bring his trio to the Fiddle Fest. He is a dynamic musician, song writer, and vocalist. His music has many folds including bluegrass,  jazz, swing, Celtic, Klezmer, Native American, gospel, country, and classical. He is lead fiddler/violinist on countless recording projects ranging from country to rock. Travis has performed and recorded with artists such as Bill Monroe, Jesse McReynolds, Bill Harrell, Del McCoury, Doyle Lawson, Mac Wiseman, Jimmy Fortune, John Schneider, and David Frizzell. Jazz legend Stephane Grappelli invited Travis to perform the Rogers and Hart classic 'Where or When' at Kutztown University with him.
 
Travis played at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the Senator Rayburn Building in Washington DC with Congressman Ben "Cooter" Jones of Dukes of Hazzard fame for the House of Representatives. He and Cooter also produced a cd entitled Ghosts of Dixie vol 1. Travis had many engagements on the radio program Echoes of an Era with Franny Beecher, former Benny Goodman guitarist and an original member of Bill Haley's Comets. His jazz group The Mad Musical Gang was featured a number of times on the show hosted by Chuck Irwin. Travis has worked for charitable organizations such as HALTER Therapeutic Riding Program with Wynonna Judd, The Parent Project with Charles Osgood of CBS's Sunday Morning, and the VSA Arts of NJ.  Recently, guitar legend Bob Saxton invited Travis to play at the Chet Atkins convention. He also had a lead part in the Johnny Cash musical Ring of Fire at the Roxy Theater in Clarksville, TN. Travis can be seen and heard almost every week on the Grand Ole Opry with legendary instrumentalist and singer Jesse McReynolds. Jesse first introduced Travis to the Opry with Jim and Jesse in October, 2002.

Stage Time: 1:00pm (30 Mins)

Opening Ceremonies

A time to honor our Tradition, our Country and our Vets!
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Stage Time: 1:30pm (continues until all contestants have competed)

Fiddle Competition Class 1

Age group 12 and under
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Stage Time: Approximately 2:15pm (30 Mins) 

Dr. Witzelsucht

Bio: Dr. Witzelsucht is a Pa. Durch comedian, like Professor Schnitzel, in formal atture, with humor and music. He has appeared many times at the Kutztown Folk Festival,the Berks County Fersammling, the Berks County Hertitage festival, the Shartlesville Anniversary Festival, Groundhog Lodge #1, the PennMArt Festival at the Allentown Fairground and on BCTV in Reading. Presentations ca be in PA Dutch, Eniglish, or a mixture.
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Stage Time: Approximately 2:45pm (continues until all contestants have competed)

Fiddle Competition Class 2

Age group 13 through 17
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Stage Time: Approximately 3:45pm (30 Mins) 

Maggie Spike

Bio: Maggie Spike Singer-Songwriters Bio 2019 Maggie Spike, Peggy and Eric Gernerd, are a husband and wife singer-songwriter duo from Oley, PA. Known for their “mixed bag” of folk originals, they are not an easy band to label. Both Peggy & Eric’s songwriting styles combine folk/rock, jazz, acoustic pop, Celtic, Americana, and world rhythms. Their music takes you to a place where melody, rhythm, harmony and insightful lyrics create a sound that is easily accessible and entertaining. They perform throughout the regional area and have been featured at varying venues that include: festivals, cafes, restaurants, coffee houses, wineries, brew pubs and house concerts. This year the duo will release their new CD entitled, “Dark Harbour”. Previous CDs include “Passenger Station” and “Sol Paradise”.
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Stage Time: Approximately 4:15pm (continues until all contestants have competed)

Fiddle Competition Class 3

Age group 18 and older
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Stage Time: Approximately 5:00pm 

Fiddlemania

All fiddlers are welcome on stage to play a song or two choosen by The House Band!
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Stage Time: Approximately 5:15pm 

Awards Ceremony

Our fiddle competition champions and Grand Champion are announced!
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Stage Time: Approximately 5:30pm

Swing Low Finale Jam

All fiddlers are welcome on stage to play our traditional closing song!
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In addition to the on-stage performers, numerous impromptu jam sessions break out throughout the resort.
Set up your picnic chair or spread a blanket to sit on in the sun or shade and enjoy the beautiful music and surroundings.
 
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