Stay tuned for the 2017 New Deal Festival set list!
Stop by the Center Hall front porch where a wonderful lineup of local blues, country, and folk music will be played throughout the day.
Dave Dahl, from Hopwood, PA, is a well-known performer with the mission of keeping square dancing alive. For decades, he and his late brother Paul played just about everywhere from fire halls to VFWs to weddings. He used to call square dances in Arthurdale. Today he visits nursing homes to bring some music and memories to residents. “It’s been said if you square dance regularly, you will live 10 years longer,” Dave says. At 79, we can say it’s definitelyÂ working for him.
Soup Camel is a unique band from Morgantown, West Virginia consisting of; Soup Camel, Motown Minnie K, The Beat Doctor, The Lovely Leslie Faye, and Delta Dave. Their music is an eclectic mix of genres that can only be described as Americana. Mostly acoustic in nature, Soup Camel is rooted in jazz/blues from the 1920s to 1940s and beyond with some occasional journeys into world music.
From the hills of West Virginia, Aurora Celtic plays evocative, original and traditional music for guitar, fiddle, Irish flute, whistle, mandolin and tenor banjo that bridges the cultures of Scotland, Ireland and Appalachia. The band consists ofÂ Alice Fleischman, Michael Broderick, Chris Bern and Jake Pitzer:Â multi-instrumentalists who have played throughout the Mid-Atlantic states, at the Kennedy Center and in Europe. They haveÂ played in numerous musical groups spanning styles as diverse as Classical, Appalachian, Celtic & Alternative.
Matt sings and plays the piano with conviction. Blues, funk, and New Orleans jazz are his musical backbone and his faith shines through in his passionate love for gospel. “I believe in music, and I believe in the blues,” he says. “It’s an art form like no other.”