2017 Fiddler’s Convention Logo and Poster designed by Brian Robertson of the Berlin Printery
Mark your calendars for the 25th Annual Berlin Fiddlers Convention September 22-24 in beautiful, historic, downtown Berlin MD. Don’t forget to “like” us on Facebook!
Limited edition signed Art Posters will be for sale at the convention for $5
The Berlin Fiddlers Convention this year is being held right on Main Street here in Berlin. Friday night the stage will be on Main Street before Stevenson United Methodist Church. Saturday the stage will be on Main Street in front of the Atlantic Hotel. Handicap parking will be located at 14 South Main Street. There will also be a shuttle running from the library to downtown.
Tim & Savannah Finch with the Eastman String Band
Melding the roots of Bluegrass with Americana to create a self-described “Alt-grass” sound. Soaring harmonies, high energy instrumentals, and heartfelt originals punctuate each performance of the Eastman String Band.
Tim and Savannah Finch began playing music together at the Friday night hams once held at Tim’s music store, “Good Deale Bluegrass” in Deale, MD. After they married in 2003, they went on to play multiple private events, weddings, and have no risen to some of the Mid-Atlantic’s most prominent venues such as Rams Head On Stage, The Birchmere, the Barns of Wolftrap, and many regional festivals. Together they have released 2 all original albums.
Tim has been a familiar face in the music scene for many years. From performances with this Good Deale Bluegrass Band (featuring the legendary Mike Auldridge), continuous festival appearances, radio airplay, and as representative of Eastman Strings, Tim is a well known figure of the bluegrass community. His unique mandolin, banjo, and vocal style help define ESB’s sound.
Savannah’s contributions are significant, as well. Adding powerful lead vocals, sweet harmonies, engaging original songs, and a driving rhythm guitar, Savannah is an accomplished singer-songwriter that has been featured at Nashville’s renowned Bluebird Cafe. “Savannah’s vocals are mountain stream clear, her notes rising up through the air, cutting a path with powerful pipes that know their range and potential.”.- Danny McColskey, Alternate Root Magazine.
Known the world over, fiddler Jon Glik continues to amaze audiences with his great tone and speed. In addition to recently returning from playing bluegrass in Japan, he has performed in the past with such bluegrass legends as Del McCoury, David Grisman, and many, many more. His music can be heard regularly on many outlets, including NPR, XM/Sirius, WAMU, and others. Jon is also a Berlin Fiddlers Convention Alumnus, several times over, appearing with Bob Perilla’s Big Hillbilly Bluegrass in 2015 and as a judge in 2008.
Bassist, Stefan Custodi has been riveting audiences with his talent for years. He began as a guitarist, but transitioned to the upright and electric bass as a Jazz major at the University of South Carolina. A transplant to Washington D.C., Stefan is now a pillar of bluegrass and jazz scenes in the Mid-Atlantic and has found himself performing with a number of notable local, regional, and national acts.
Very special guest, Chris Luquette will be joining ESB for their performance at this year’s Berlin Fiddlers Convention. You may know him as the IBMA-accredited guitar slinger from the Grammy-nominated Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen (who headlined the 22nd Annual Berlin Fiddlers Convention in 2014). Hailing from the Pacific Northwest, Chris is also a founding member of the Seattle based group, Northern Departure, and has found himself on the stage performing with Jerry Douglas, Emmylou Harris, Rob Ickes, The Steep Canyon Rangers, The Boxcars, and many more.
Website: Eastman String Band
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The Last Minute Men
The Last Minute Men is a group of some of the DelMarVa area’s best independent bluegrass and roots musicians. Comprised of Wes Parks, Mickey Justice, Josh Vance, and Larry Lynch, together they possess countless awards, accolades, and years of experience playing up and down the peninsula and around the country. Wes is a phenomenal banjo player and has been described as a “400 horsepower engine for any bluegrass band”. Mickey, the multi-instrumentalist, road warrior, and former Nashville session man that he is, brings a wealth of bluegrass, Irish, and country prowess to every performance. Bassman Larry Lynch holds down each groove with many years of bluegrass and old-time experience. Newcomer, Josh Vance has been hunting, fishing, and pickin’ ferocious mandolin his entire life. With members based in all three Eastern Shore states of Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia, these folks musically represent much of what makes DelMarVa great. Make sure you catch them at this year’s event.
The Country Grass and Friends
The Country Grass, one of the Lower-Shore’s original bluegrass bands, was first formed in 1980 by Maryland mandolin man Bill Vollmer and throughout the years they’ve taken the stage with many different lineups. Whether a quintet, quartet, trio, or duo, they’ve always cranked out great bluegrass, country, and western tunes. As is often the case in bluegrass, they’ve extended their musical family to include many folks. Look for current members Steve Frene, Bill Vollmer, Kenny Good, JD Heinz, AND their bluegrass family to be the perfect cap to the weekend’s events.
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