The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

March 7, 2013

Not-to-miss concerts, workshop

LEWISTOWN — Little Roy Lewis and Elizabeth “Lizzy” Long have teamed up with Lisa Hoyle, Al Hoyle and Nathan Stewart to provide an energy-filled evening of bluegrass entertainment at the Mini Mountain Laurel Concert Series. The first concert occurs at 7:30 p.m. March 8 at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Lewistown. The second concert is held at 7:30 p.m. March 9 at Highland United Presbyterian Church in Newport.

Lewis has won awards as an entertainer as well as for his banjo playing. He learned to play banjo when he was only 6 and won a local talent contest for his playing when he was 8. His favorite banjo players are Don Reno and Earl Scruggs. USA Today called him “a banjo master, truly a picker’s picker.” He can also be found playing the guitar and autoharp.

Long was born on a farm in Lincolnton, Ga. She began her music accomplishments at an early age. Her interests range from Dolly Parton and Loretta Lynn to the Earl Scruggs Revue to Fleetwood Mac. While starting out on the piano, Long soon took up the fiddle, guitar, autoharp, bass, banjo, and mandolin, and has become an accomplished musician, alternating between these instruments as part of her entertainment repertoire. Long has paired up with Lewis from the legendary Lewis Family. She has been nominated for three Dove Awards and has won several fiddle and talent contests.

A free will offering ($10 per person suggested) will be accepted at the door to help defray the costs.

Lewis and Long will also give a multi-level autoharp workshop from 1-4 p.m. March 9 at Orthey Instruments, 18 Burd Road, Newport. The cost for the three-hour instructional workshop is $20. To reserve a place, or for more information, call George Orthey at (717) 567-6406 or (717) 567-9469 or email at

The Mini Mountain Laurel Concerts are sponsored by Orthey Instruments in association with the performance venues, Perry County Council of the Arts and The Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts Program.