Open Mic at Pocono Winterfest

Do you like to perform? Have a song or 2 you want to share? Looking for a little stage experience? Then here’s your big chance! The Pocono Bluegrass and Folk Society is introducing an Open Mic event following the Gospel Sing at this year’s Winterfest. Sure hope you will join us!! Spread the word!! 1st Come, 1st On!

Sunday, January 29 at 11 AM – 11:30 AM
Quality Inn
1220 W Main St, Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania 18360

Pocono Bluegrass and Folk Society Winterfest Tickets on Sale Now

Early Bird Weekend Price only $30 if purchased by November 2nd

15th Annual WinterFest

January 23, 24 & 25, 2015 at the QUALITY INN
1220 W. MAIN ST., STROUDSBURG, PA 18360 – 570.420.1000

Call now to make your reservations early!

Friday Night Shows – TBA and Open Mic in the lounge at the Quality Inn
Friday & Saturday Night – Tiki Bar and Jamming at the pool/atrium
Saturday – Full day of shows on 2 stages featuring:
Dan Paisley & Southern Grass, Chasing Blue
Mama Corn, Chad Darou & Stealing Time
Hillbilly Water, Scott Eager & High Lonesome Sound, Heavy Traffic
Crop Circle Agents, Stained Grass Window, Mail Pouch Express,
Last Small Town, Mason-Dixon Bandits, Homespun Bluegrass

Plus… Children’s Programming with Peter Tawny at Monroe Co. Public Library
A Variety of Instrumental Workshops,
Master Luthier Frank Finnochio, Merchandise Vendors
Evening Bandamonium with Mama Corn

Sunday – Gospel Show followed by a full day of shows in the Lounge
starting with the Bandamonium Contest Winner, Dan Paisley,
Big Valley Bluegrass, The Lost Ramblers, Texas Rose, Without a Paddle

Ticket Prices:
Weekend Early Bird Special $30 by Nov. 2, $35 by Jan. 4
At Door: Weekend – $40, Friday – $10, Saturday – $25, Sunday – $15
For more information, please visit our website at www.poconobluegrass.org.
or contact Pete at 570.856.2545, Neil at 570.994.7305 or John at 570.807-2023
For tickets send a stamped self-addressed envelope to Deb Frey,


Winterfest Tickets
Early Bird Price Available Until Nov. 2nd



Mama Corn coming to Winterfest

Pocono Bluegrass & Folk Society’s
14th Annual WinterFest
January 24, 25 & 26, 2014

*NEW LOCATION* EVERYTHING UNDER ONE ROOF
QUALITY INN
1220 W. MAIN ST., STROUDSBURG, PA 18360 – 570.420.1000
Call now and get your reservations early!


Mama Corn

Out of the heart of the Allegheny Mountains, grows one of the Keystone state’s hottest, up and coming bluegrass bands today!  “Mama Corn”, as they are collectively known, has become renowned for their organic, down home sound, and their fun loving stage show.  This high energy band has quickly grown from the seeds of old time acoustic jam sessions, to the forefront of the regional bluegrass music scene.  Featuring explosive fret board fireworks, tight vocal harmony, and undeniable chemistry, Mama Corn has captured the interest of a whole new generation of listeners through their ability to push the parameters of the genre, while adhering to the traditions of the music. They have been fortunate enough to share the stage with some of the biggest names in bluegrass music, such as: The Del McCoury Band, Old Crow Medicine Show, Rhonda Vincent, and Yonder Mountain String Band, to name a few.  In addition to a busy touring schedule, as well as enjoying the success of their debut CD released in 2011, the band is gearing up to lay down tracks on their highly anticipated, sophomore studio effort.  So don’t miss your chance for some fresh, hand picked, “Allegheny Mountain Bluegrass” from one of the hottest up and coming acts in bluegrass music today, Mama Corn.

Without a Paddle coming to Winterfest

Pocono Bluegrass & Folk Society’s
14th Annual WinterFest
January 24, 25 & 26, 2014

*NEW LOCATION* EVERYTHING UNDER ONE ROOF
QUALITY INN
1220 W. MAIN ST., STROUDSBURG, PA 18360 – 570.420.1000
Call now and get your reservations early!


Without a Paddle

Without A Paddle is BLUEGRASS with a twist! Old standards, new stuff, antique jingles, hold-overs from the 1920’s and a little bit of countrified swing! You’ll definitely hear something you like.

Texas Rose coming to Winterfest

Pocono Bluegrass & Folk Society’s
14th Annual WinterFest
January 24, 25 & 26, 2014

*NEW LOCATION* EVERYTHING UNDER ONE ROOF
QUALITY INN
1220 W. MAIN ST., STROUDSBURG, PA 18360 – 570.420.1000
Call now and get your reservations early!

Texas Rose

“Texas Rose” began as a duo…Sandi Marola singing, yodeling and playing guitar and sister Ginger Evans on bass and singing harmony. They began performing together in 1994 for Children’s Enrichment Programs and Cowboy Gatherings and Festivals in the west… TX, AZ NM and WY. Even once, Way out West, got to perform a few songs at the Honolulu Hilton… Both sisters had been involved in music since grammer school and have roots in Bluegrass music.

Now, Sandi lives in the Poconos and performs an interesting blend of Old Time Folk, Western Heritage and Swing and Bluegrass…real Americana Music, with her now sharing her original material in these genres of music. Performing as a solo to a five piece band with a number of talented musicians, “Texas Rose” has shared this Americana style music in PA, NY, DE and NJ, yet occasionally still back out west with her sister duo. It has been said “the memories brought back by some of these well known tunes is heart warming.” from this “Swingin’ Bluegrass Cowgirl”

Forgotten Mountain Boys coming to Winterfest

Pocono Bluegrass & Folk Society’s
14th Annual WinterFest
January 24, 25 & 26, 2014

*NEW LOCATION* EVERYTHING UNDER ONE ROOF
QUALITY INN
1220 W. MAIN ST., STROUDSBURG, PA 18360 – 570.420.1000
Call now and get your reservations early!


Forgotten Mountain Boys

Brian – –
(Mandolin, guitar, fiddle & vocals) was born in the Wyoming Valley area of Pennsylvania
and fell in love with traditional bluegrass music while living in Kentucky for 13 years.
He is one of the songwriters in the band. Brian is a talented song writter, and is in process of writting more songs

– – Susie – –
(Upright Bass, Guitar & Vocals) was born in the North Jersey and fell in love with traditional bluegrass music while attending Festivals at the AFBA Park in Wind Gap,Pa.

– – Rodney – –
(Banjo,Guitar & Vocals) was born in the Warren Pennsylvania and lived with traditional bluegrass music all his life. Now a Concrete Mixer Driver by trade, he started learning the
Banjo when he was an Over the Road Truckdriver, and just never stopped

– – Jake – –
was born in Northern Va He moved to Pa in 2005 He fell in love w bluegrass at early age when visiting family in Virginia and West V
irginia. He started mandolin lessons in 2009 with Brian Skurski. And he moved up on Forgotten Mountain and recently joined our family. We are so proud to have him.

Last Small Town coming to Winterfest

Pocono Bluegrass & Folk Society’s
14th Annual WinterFest
January 24, 25 & 26, 2014

*NEW LOCATION* EVERYTHING UNDER ONE ROOF
QUALITY INN
1220 W. MAIN ST., STROUDSBURG, PA 18360 – 570.420.1000
Call now and get your reservations early!

Last Small Town

Last Small Town plays bluegrass and more!
With an emphasis on strong harmonies and tight rhythm, LST puts the blues in bluegrass. LST started playing at festival and jam sessions and developed into a tight band. Our goal is to have fun and put some smiles on peoples faces by playing a mix of old and new favorites and original songs.

Hillbilly Water coming to Winterfest

Pocono Bluegrass & Folk Society’s
14th Annual WinterFest
January 24, 25 & 26, 2014

*NEW LOCATION* EVERYTHING UNDER ONE ROOF
QUALITY INN
1220 W. MAIN ST., STROUDSBURG, PA 18360 – 570.420.1000
Call now and get your reservations early!


Hillbilly Water 

A little bit of harmony, a splash of honesty and a whole lot of speed are the ingredients used to stir up a nice pot of homegrown Hillbilly Water. Hillbilly Water have been performing together for over 10 years. Having gotten their start in ’02. The band an acoustic trio features mandolin, guitar & bass fiddle. Louie Demayo is the lead singer and mandolin player. Lou is a huge fan of Bill Monroe and bluegrass music in general. He’s also had the pleasure of hanging out and playing with Del McCoury, Adam Stefi, and Allison Krauss to name a few. On guitar we have the unassuming Ed Rainey. Ed’s been playing for as long as he can remember and was brought up listening and playing old time country and bluegrass songs, by his father Rich, himself a very talented banjo player and band leader (Riskey Business). Encouraged by his dad, Eddie learned to play all the bluegrass instruments; dobro, guitar, mandolin and banjo. He is quite a talent and must be seen to be believed. Bassist George Kapitanellis has been playing for over 25 years and his musical friendship with Eddie goes back just as far. They have been playing in bands since high school and have created a dynamic groove and feel that kicks the band up a notch. Their familiarity lets them ease in and out of different grooves and phrasings effortlessly.

Big Valley Bluegrass coming to Winterfest

Pocono Bluegrass & Folk Society’s
14th Annual WinterFest
January 24, 25 & 26, 2014

*NEW LOCATION* EVERYTHING UNDER ONE ROOF
QUALITY INN
1220 W. MAIN ST., STROUDSBURG, PA 18360 – 570.420.1000
Call now and get your reservations early!


Big Valley Bluegrass

GINA ROSS (Guitar & Vocals) was born in the Lehigh Valley and lived in
Nashville, Tennessee for 16 years where she performed original country music
and was a frequent guest on the Ralph Emory Show. She is a gifted songwriter
and one of her songs “Jesus in My Soul” was recorded by country music legend
Johnny Cash.
KEITH KESTER
(Bass & Vocals) was born in the Lehigh Valley and fell in love with bluegrass music at a very early age. No stranger to the stage, Keith has performed several times at Musicfest and regional bluegrass festivals.
PAUL SPRIET
(Banjo & Vocals) was born in New Jersey and lists Earl Scruggs,  Bill Keith and Alan Munde as his main influences. He has been playing banjo for over 40 years and teaches banjo in his spare time.
BILL PARKER
(Mandolin, Dobro & Guitar) grew up in Rochester, NY and is now living in the Bethlehem, area. He caught the bluegrass bug about 5 years ago when he started playing the mandolin. With a hard-charging, high energy style, he puts passion into every note he plays. His primary influences are his father, Ronnie McCoury, Ricky Skaggs, Shawn Lane & Jesse Cobb. In addition to mandolin, Bill also plays guitar, bass, and dobro. Preferred brands are Martin Guitar, Collings, and Daley.

Mail Pouch Express Coming to Winterfest

Pocono Bluegrass & Folk Society’s
14th Annual WinterFest
January 24, 25 & 26, 2014

*NEW LOCATION* EVERYTHING UNDER ONE ROOF
QUALITY INN
1220 W. MAIN ST., STROUDSBURG, PA 18360 – 570.420.1000
Call now and get your reservations early!


Mail Pouch Express

Mailpouch Express is a group of seasoned professionals that deliver a traditional bluegrass sound. Each member of the band is a standout instrumentalist. Their experience is evident in the masterful renditions of bluegrass standards they bring to every performance.

Their vocals are crisp and harmonies are right on. The blend they have achieved is the result of many years of playing so that the final product one that you will enjoy and remember.