The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


August 9, 2012

New acts set to entertain at the Montour-DeLong Fair

WASHINGTONVILLE — Free entertainment this year at the 74th annual Montour-DeLong Community Fair will include new acts and some returning performers.

Among the new groups will be the All Girls Band which will be making its first public performance at 4 p.m. Aug. 16 in the pavilion.

The band was created nine years from a Bebop Guitar Camp of girls playing instruments. The goal of founders John and Chantel Yadush is to provide instruction on guitar, bass, drums and vocals through rock, pop, blues and country.

The girls, who are from throughout Pennsylvania, often rotate instruments for different songs. They also learn basic concepts of songwriting and composition.

Bebop rehearses every summer for 12 to 14 days at a sleep-away camp where girls play, on average, four to six hours daily which includes a concert to show what they learned. The girls range in age from 14 to 19 and are from Tannersville, Frackville, Wilkes-Barre, Baltimore, Lancaster and Scranton. They have been performing with Bebop for three to seven years.

Georgia-based The Lewis Tradition will entertain at 6 p.m. and at 8 p.m. Monday in the pavilion.

The group is an outgrowth of The Lewis Family, a legendary bluegrass gospel music group that retired in 2009 after six decades of performing more than 200 days each year. The group also set a national record for doing weekly TV shows for 38 continuous years in Augusta, Ga.

Members of the Tradition are Janis Lewis Phillips, her son Lewis Phillips, Travis Lewis and son of the late Wallace Lewis and Travis’ son, Jameson. Janis was with the group from its earliest days. Travis has been a member since 1974 and Lewis Phillips has been performing with them since 1977. A child prodigy, Lewis Phillips played banjo at the age of 6 on TV. The group has won prestigious honors.

Memory Lane will play at 5:30 p.m. and at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday in the pavilion.

Remington Ryde will entertain at 6 and 8 p.m. Aug. 15 in the pavilion. The group has been together 10 years and is traveling throughout the country and Canada, performing more than 150 shows a year. They are led by Ryan Frankhouse on guitar, Billy Lee Cox on banjo, Rich Kratzer on Mandolin and Richard Egolf on bass. Remington Ryde has released five studio albums.

Stanky and The Coalminers will entertain at 6 and 8 p.m. Aug. 16 in the pavilion. Stanky, “The Gentleman of Polkas,” began his musical career in 1945. He formed his first band in 1950 and changed the band to The Coalminers in 1962 since some of the players worked in coal mines. He has written more than 40 songs with his most popular being “Apple, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie Polka.” His “Hats Off to Pennsylvania” is being considered as a state song.

Country Express will play 6 p.m. and at 8 p.m. Aug. 17 in the pavilion.

The band is based in the New Columbia area. Members are William Arnold, lead guitar and singer; Rose Arnold, lead singer; Aaron Arnold on percussion; Jimmy Oneal on bass guitar and singer; and Eddie Reynolds. Reynolds has replaced Warren Dane on rhythm guitar and singer.

Most of the members have been together for many years. They play classic and new country.

A children’s program will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Aug. 18 in the pavilion. Eric Sundberg will entertain along with others including a balloon man and Patches the Clown.

The Joe Murray Band, made up of area residents, will perform at 6 and 8 p.m. Aug. 18 in the pavilion.

Murray has been singing and playing the mandolin since he was a child. He started performing in church and in a school orchestra in his hometown of Montandon. As a teen-ager, he joined the Blue River Boys. The first band he organized was the Pennsylvania Troubadours which played weekly on a Bloomsburg radio station and opened for shows in Wheeling, W.Va., and Nashville, Tenn.

He later renamed the band The Joe Murray Band that plays classic country and gospel songs. The current members are from a radius from Lock Haven, Mifflinburg and Danville areas.


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