Music in the Orendorff Commons
The Folkemer Family Band
Specializing in the Song Traditions of Pennsylvania

FolkemerFamily Band

Sponsored by the IUP Libraries, College of Fine Arts and the
Center for Northern Appalachian Studies
7:00 pm Friday April 17th, 2009
In the Commons of the Orendorff Music Library: Room 101 Cogswell Hall
Free and Open to the Community

The Folkemer Family Band, a group specializing in the traditional songs of Pennsylvania, will present a concert in the Music in the Orendorff Commons series, in the Orendorff Music Library (Cogswell Hall Room 101), on Friday, April 17th, 2009, at 7:00pm.The concert celebrates National Library Week and is sponsored by the IUP Libraries, the College of Fine arts, and the Center for Northern Appalachian Studies.

Folkemer Family Band performs folk songs collected in Pennsylvania as well as other related genres.†† The family lives in Gettysburg and they have given concerts in many venues including the Gettysburg Governorís Arts Award celebration, Penn State University Harrisburg Library, and the Fulton County Historical Society.†† Each year they perform and teach at the Greenwood Furnace Folk Gathering in Huntingdon County on subjects including the Samuel Bayard Pennsylvania Folk Song Collection, Scottish and Irish songs, vocal technique, song arranging and bodhran.

The band includes Stephen Folkemer on concertina, keyboard and vocals.Since 1979 he has served as the music director at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, where he is Associate Professor of Church Music.†† Beth Folkemer sings and plays guitar and mountain dulcimer.†† She serves on the pastoral staff at St. Mark Lutheran Church, Hanover, PA, and volunteers as assistant childrenís choir director at Christ Lutheran Church, Gettysburg, and as the music coordinator for Candlelight at Christ: Songs and Stories of a Civil War Hospital.†† She has studied the Samuel Bayard Pennsylvania folk song collection at Penn State University, becoming an expert on Pennsylvania song traditions.†† Joel Folkemer, a recent graduate of Shippensburg University, sings and plays bass and bodhran.Nathan Folkemer, a student at California University of Pennsylvania, sings and plays low whistle and bodhran.Margaret Folkemer studies voice at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec.She is still away at school and will not be joining the family for this concert.

The Folkemer family also forms the core of the Irish band Cormorantís Fancy, which performs actively throughout central Pennsylvania. See: http://www.cormorantsfancy.com


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