Artist Updates

Updates from two of the bands that played at Chestnut House Concerts in 2012-2013.

The October 29th issue of Bluegrass Today has an article about Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys, and a recorded interview by author/editor John Lawless with Lindsay Lou.  The interview is about 6 minutes in length and references a video filmed at a farm in Michigan.  The video “The Fix” is below the recorded interview.

Interview with Bluegrass Today | October 29, 2013


In other exciting news, yet another artist from last year’s series will be on the Late Show with David Letterman tomorrow, October 30th. (The Kruger Brothers were on the David Letterman show on September 27, 2013).Tania Elizabeth (The Stacks, The Duhks) will be playing with The Avett Brothers.Tania reports that the Duhks and the Avetts go way back and she’s looking forward to seeing her old pals and making some music.

the duhks


Up next at Chestnut House Concerts is the duo of Mandy Fer (electric guitar/vocals) and Dave McGraw (guitar/vocals) on Saturday, November 16 – potluck at 6:00 pm, show at 7:00 pm.  To reserve a seat call/text 717-940-9311 or email Tim at


Let Freedom Sing

There were many meaningful moments during the house concert with The Kruger Brothers in April 2013.  Both brothers are good at telling stories and giving the listeners some insight to their lyrics, their personal lives and their history.  At one point in the evening Jens shared some powerful thoughts about America and the freedom that we have to play and enjoy all kinds of music.  He reminded us that the house concert venue of which we were all presently participants, would not be allowed in some parts of the world. He describes the banjo as an instrument that “represents the ideals of America, the dream of freedom, the promise of a better life, and the happiness that goes with a job well done.“

As we celebrate many freedoms today, let the right to select,support and listen to musicians of your choice…be one of them.

Grandfather’s Clock

clockOn Thursday, July 24, 1975 my brother chopped up my musical clock while mowing the lawn. In his defense, our grass did get pretty tall between cuttings; a well manicured lawn was not a priority on our dairy farm, and truthfully, whoever had the clock last was more to blame.

Before surmising that I have a freakishly powerful memory, please understand that my mother made daily journal entries for most of her life. It’s become a great fact-checking resource over the years plus great reading, even if you aren’t a relative. On the day following the musical clock incident we were traveling in a car that was low on gas and we ran out at the top of the last hill and coasted home.

I was pretty sad about the clock.  Although it only played the old 1876 tune “Grandfather’s Clock” over & over, I knew most of the song and would karaoke while other family members added the harmony.

GrandFathersClockWorkCover “…it stopped, short, never to go again when the old man died”.

It takes quite a bit to impress an eight year old these days, but back then I was  simply quite amazed that my chipped up clock continued to work.  The dial in the back was still intact and the wound up clock still made music though it wasn’t visually appealing.  I thought Fisher Price should know.  Besides, I heard stories of other children who wrote letters to companies and in turn received free things and was inspired.  My mother helped me write a letter to Fisher Price and I bragged about how my battered clock still functioned and how this toy must be very well made.  I made sure to add how sad I was that this unfortunate event occurred.

When mail addressed to me from Fisher Price arrived several weeks later, the envelope only contained  a thank you letter, and sadly, no coupon for another toy clock though I purchased one years later at an antique market for memory’s sake.

Our next scheduled show is the Krüger Brothers at 7:00 pm on a Sunday evening, April 7th.  Many artists have covered “Grandfather’s Clock” including the great Doc Watson.  Here is The Krüger Brothers’ version.  We hope you can join us for this special house concert in the spring.