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WNY Fiddle Kids

The WNY Fiddle Kids were established in 2011 by Heather (Smith) Pennington, a talented classical and country violinist in her own right.
This group of nearly two dozen remarkably talented kids (all taught by Mrs. Pennington) play at fairs, churches, farmers markets and other private events throughout upstate NY and Pennsylvania.
Best described as traditional Bluegrass with a modern twist, these kids continue to astonish crowds with their virtuosity and skills at such a young age.
From the southern Buffalo area, the WNY Fiddle Kids range in age from 7 to 17, and enjoy playing a variety of fiddle styles from traditional folk tunes, to Irish Jigs, to flashy Bluegrass show tunes. They also work very hard with their classical violin studies and compete regularly for participation in area orchestras in New York State.

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Hey Mavis

For more than eleven years, Northcoast Americana band Hey Mavis has been weaving a musical tapestry and igniting a following of dedicated fans. With heartfelt vocals, honest songwriting, blazing instrumental solos, and an undeniable onstage musical chemistry, this quartet is the definition of great Americana music.

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Hintz of Thunder

Hintz of Thunder was formed by husband and wife duo, David Robbins and Mandy Hintz in 2012.

Playing today and yesterday’s top country hits, the band is known for its vocal harmonies and wide variety of songs from all eras of music.

This band comes in many shapes and sizes to match any venue.

Today, joining David and Mandy is Dan Siracuse; bringing his vocal and guitar playing talents.

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Mercantile Musicians

The Mercantile Musicians get together on Tuesdays at The Concord Mercantile and also play at various events in Western New York.

Members include:

  • Ken Cheman – guitar and vocals
  • Dan Deckman – banjo
  • Diane Johnson – mandolin and vocals
  • Don Tober – guitar and vocals
  • Don Halstead – tenor guitar
  • Lee Wiedemann – guitar and vocals
  • Jean Maul – guitar and vocals
  • Ray Smouse – dobro and vocals
  • Bert Spaeth – accordion
  • Brad Middaugh – vocals
  • Cathy Spaeth vocals                      
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Panfil Brothers

The Panfil Family Band have been playing bluegrass music in Western New York in some configuration since Mark and Chris Panfil, Buffalo Music Hall of Fame members began playing together as teenagers in Lackawanna, NY in the early 1970’s. Eventually the band grew to four when Mark’s daughter, Katie and son, Scott started playing out with the brothers. When Katie married multi instrumentalist, Jayson Clark, the family drafted Jay in as banjo player leaving Mark to concentrate on dobro. The most recent addition has been Silas Panfil, Chris’s mandolin playing son from Ithaca, NY.  It is a rare occasion that the six members get together to play a show because they all have and sometimes, still do play with many other bands. Chris is a self taught mandolin, fiddle and guitar player who toured out of Nashville TN for many years. Mark is a nationally recognized instructor on dobro and plays banjo, harmonica and keyboards with local groups with Chris like Creek Bend, Emerald Isle and the Panfil Brothers. Katie Panfil-Clark plays fiddle and mandolin along with her husband, Jay with the Rear View Ramblers and the Irish band, Almost Seamus. Jay and Katie also appear in plays and musicals at Irish Classical Theater, 710 and Musicalfare.