Announcing the 26th Annual Berlin Fiddlers Convention Sept 21st-23rd, 2018 in beautiful, historic, downtown Berlin MD!

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This year’s headliners & competition judges, from Washington D.C, ONLY LONESOME

Only Lonesome. Not lonesome road or a lonesome dove. Not a lonesome traveler or lonesome fiddle. Only. Lonesome. Don’t let the forlorn name fool you, though. This five-piece bluegrass group centers itself on the gritty, hard-driving bluegrass found in the raucous bar rooms of DC and Baltimore in the 1950’s – a period of bluegrass that brought about legends such as the Country Gentlemen, Del McCoury, Hazel Dickens and eventually the Seldom Scene.

Only Lonesome’s sound is built around the strong vocal harmonies of Neel Brown (guitar), Stefan Custodi (bass – Eastman String Band, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Rickie Simpkins), and John Seebach (mandolin – Big Chimney, Rickie Simpkins), with Sam Guthridge (banjo – the High and Wides, Saltwater Stringband, Chester River Runoff) and Tom Lyons (fiddle) rounding out the classic bluegrass quintet lineup. Based out of Washington, DC, Only Lonesome has been gaining some momentum over the last few years. They’ve enjoyed several favorable reviews in the Washington Post – one of which describing their sound as “Music with some hair on it” – and are perennially named amongst the top bluegrass bands by the Washington Area Music Association. And you may recognize two members as Berlin Fiddlers Convention alumnus: Stefan Custodi performed in 2017 with the Eastman String Band and Sam Guthridge has been a finalist on several instruments as a contestant over the years.

Only Lonesome will headline the 26th Annual Berlin Fiddlers Convention concert, Friday Sept 21, and also judge the competition, and perform an encore set on Saturday Sept 22 of this year. For more information visit them at

Stay tuned…more information will be released in the coming weeks!

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