Kutztown Folk Festival 2012
'East Side' Dave Kline and 'The Mad Fiddler', Travis Wetzel,
stopped by the Reading Eagle Newspaper booth during a break from
their duties at the hoedown stage of the 2012 Kutztown Folk Festival
and played this little musical jam on the traditional tune, Bill
Cheatham. Reading Eagle Newspaper, The Mountain Folk Radio & Web
Show, and WEEU Radio are the primary sponsors for the Kutztown Folk
Festival Hoedown Stage in Kutztown, Pennsylvania.
"Angeline the Baker"
This video was shot on the last day of the 2012 Kutztown Folk
Festival. 'East Side' Dave Kline plays the long-neck Deering banjo,
while Travis Wetzel, (Grand Ole Opry performer), and first-ever
champion of the Lyons Fiddle Festival, fiddles. Members of the
Celtic Martin Family Band, including Lyons and Berks County Fiddle
Festival champ Emily Martin, (now married with new family name),
joined in for an impromptu jam on Angeline the Baker.
"The Kutztown Folk Festival
On June 30, 2012, (the opening day of the Kutztown Folk
Festival for 2012), Dave Kline wrote this song and performed it for
the first time with The Country Folks Hoedown Band for a live
audience on the second day of the festival. This video was filmed
on, 7/8/12, the last day of the festival. What you see is a
presentation of the lyrics for the song to festival officials, Dave
Fooks & Steve Sharadin, and hoedown caller Lester Miller. Without
the determination and passion of these three guys, plus everyone
else who works with them, our traditional rural culture would not be
preserved as it is. The video includes a bit of the presentation and
then the playing of the song in honor of the lyric recipients and
the audience. Thanks to Anne Chubb from Reading Eagle Company for
grabbing a camera and rolling the film!
This video was shot at the 2012 Kutztown Folk Festival
near the hoedown stage during a break in between hoedown stage
shows. Two time champion fiddler, Beatrice Ferreira, and
fiddler Ted Fenstermacher joined 'East Side' Dave Kline at the
Reading Eagle Newspaper booth to play a traditional, acoustic,
banjo/fiddle rendition of this pre-Revolutionary War song on the 4th
of July at the festival.
"Feast Here Tonight (Rabbit
in the Log)"
This video was shot at the 2012 Kutztown Folk Festival on the
hoedown stage during our daily Mountain Folk performance. Ted
Fenstermacher on fiddle/vocals and 'East Side' Dave Kline on
banjo/vocals carry on the old mountain tradition of
banjo/fiddle/vocal and foot stompin' music. YeeHaw!
Here was the cast for the hoedown stage shows on Thursday, July 5,
Pennsylvania State Senator Judy Schwank, representing the 11th
Senatorial District, stopped by the hoedown stage at the
Kutztown Folk Festival on Saturday, July 7th, to say hello to WEEU
Radio / Reading Eagle Company / Mountain Folk Show's "East Side Dave"
Kline and to enjoy the traditional presentation of rural Berks County hoedown
music, dancing and entertainment. Support from folks like
Senator Schwank helps us all to preserve and present our rural
Fenstermacher with fiddle student William Dixon during the second of
five shows at the hoedown stage on 7/5/12. One of the great
things about the festival and the hoedown stage that many people do
not know is that we often bring students up on stage to give them
some real-world, practical experience entertaining and thinking
their way through a live performance. It's a wonderful
opportunity to mentor and to learn.
Members of the Saucony Grass Band joined Dave and Ted for the
afternoon Mountain Folk show. Great musical fun!
Paula Taylor and Mike Andrews, owners/operators of Meadowood Music
on Route 222, (and loyal Mountain Folk Radio & Web Show advertiser),
stopped by the hoedown stage on the 4th of July to enjoy the show.
We always invite anyone from the audience to come on stage and sing,
hoot and holler during our end of the day Mountain Folk jam session.
This was our session on the 4th of July, 2012.
WFMZ-TV69's Ed Hanna, (left), and his family have been entertaining
at the children's stage are of the festival for more than forty
years. This photo was taken with Ed Hanna, hoedown caller
Lester Miller, Dave Kline and others from TV69 during one of the
live TV weather segments that were broadcast from the hoedown stage
on July 3, 2012.
Reading Eagle Company, WEEU Radio, and the Mountain Folk Radio & Web
Show sponsored the hoedown stage. Here is READUS, the Reading
Eagle Company mascot, dancing the nine-pin hoedown with hoedown
caller Lester Miller and the young dance group.
This baby goat lived right aside of our hoedown stage for the nine
days of the festival. They are amazingly special critters!
Kline and Ted Fenstermacher performing during the Mountain Folk
portion of the show, which happens every day from 4:15 to 5pm at the
Country Folks Band gets together only to play the nine days of the
Kutztown Folk Festival each year.
Holden Miller Schaeffer lays down the steady bass lines that are
required by the hoedown dancers.
Fenstermacher & Beatrice Ferreira compare the size if Ted's fiddle
to Beatrice's viola.
2nd, 2012 was a hot one at the hoedown stage but the dancers smiled
and gave it their all as usual!
On June 30, 2012, opening day of the 2012 Kutztown Folk Festival,
former Lyons Fiddle Festival Grand Champion, Beatrice Ferriera,
(left), is shown here with 'East Side Dave' Kline, (middle), and Ted
Fenstermacher, (right), after performing the Mountain Folk set at
the annual Kutztown Folk Festival. Beatrice brought her viola
and joined Ted on fiddle and Dave on banjo and guitar to play and
sing songs like Amazing Grace and Soldiers Joy at the hoedown stage.
This photo was also taken on the opening day of the 2012 Kutztown
Folk Festival and shows Ted Fenstermacher, the fiddler, and Dave
Kline, the banjoist, with Lester Miller, (far left, standing), and
his family of traditional Appalachian Mountain hoedown 'jiggers'
during a break between one of their many performances during the
festival at the hoedown stage.
A view from the back of the stage looking front past Lester Miller
and the hoedown dancers toward the large crowd that stopped by at
one of the many daily shows at the hoedown stage.
Reading Eagle Newspaper is one of the sponsors of the hoedown stage
and here we see their mascot, READUS, with hoedown caller Lester
Miller near the hoedown stage.
Dave Kline and 'The Mad Fiddler' Travis Wetzel at the Reading Eagle
Newspaper booth during the festival.
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