Friday, July 6th
Festival starts at 5:00PM, Music starts at 6:15PM
The performance trio, Word Play, consists of Marcus Colasurdo, who will be doing a dynamic reading of work from his soon to be published collection of new poems. In addition, Word Play features Mark Charles Rooney on guitar and vocals and Kathy Bestwick on upright bass and vocals, performing a selection of music by the Beatles, Bob Dylan, and other traditional folk songs from the era.
Shannon Marsyada lives in West Hazleton and has been writing music as long as she can remember. She has released 2 albums, has hundreds of songs in “limbo,” and has been performing in Northeast PA for four years.
Van Wagner is a former coal miner from Danville, PA. He worked in the mines of Schuylkill County and now teaches high school in Lewisburg, PA. He has released 21 albums of songs he has written about the Anthracite Coal Region.
In the last 5 years, Jay Smar has toured Scotland twice, received recognition from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, performed at the Philadelphia Folk Festival twice, recorded music for the Welsh BBC movie, “The Welsh in America” and has been selected by the Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour to be on their professional touring roster. Armed with 2 guitars, baritone vocals, claw-hammer banjo, and fiddling, singing, and flat-footin ‘ (a form of clog-dancing), he serves his audience an “acoustic buffet” of traditional American and original folk, ol time mountain music, bluegrass and gospel tunes, as well as coal mining songs of Northeast Pennsylvania preceded by their origin.