Introducing our 2021 lineup! We brought back some of your Canoegrass favorites and mixed in a few new acts. Our lineup is presented by Wagner Subaru featured progressive bluegrass, folk, americana, old-timey and an occasional wild card.
THURSDAY LINEUP – August 5, 2021
We kick off Canoegrass in style on Thursday night this year with TWO welcome concerts. Thursday night festivities are available ONLY to those with weekend tickets. $30 fee allows you first access to our camping areas, intimate welcome shows, happy hour and other tomfoolery surprises. Those who joined us Thursday night last year will agree that you should take off work Friday and get the festival started early!
Residing mostly from the backwoods of Ludlow Falls, Ohio, and forming in the winter of 2018, the Yarnspinners were forged out of a passion for old time mountain music drawing inspiration from a deep well that includes Tom T. Hall, John Prine, Old Crow Medicine Show, Doc Watson to Led Zeppelin and Tom Petty. The Yarnspinners are a stringband blending old time, blues, folk and roots Americana with quality story telling.
Leveraging off the multiple award winning 2019 release “Tales from the Horseshoe Lounge”, The Yarnspinners are led by vocalist and guitarist Kevin Serey. Kevin’s undeniable appetite for a story and catchy melody shines through as perfect marriage for a great song. Adding beautiful tenor harmonies and holding down the low end, Alyssia Serey represents the heartbeat of the outfit driving the upright bass and resonating the beats into your veins. From washboard to jaw harp, Joe Weaver delivers tasteful percussive instrumentation to the rhythm section creating a foot stomping, kazoo soloing, toe tapping good time. True to the old-time style, the clawhammer banjo and guitar of Jeremy Cox can be heard weaving in and out of the songs. Playing anywhere from the Horseshoe Lounge to the Poppy Mountain Bluegrass Festival, The Yarnspinners are out to preserve the old time music for anyone willing to clap their hand and stomp their feet. Their energetic live shows are a true blast to be a part of. From Rag-time to old-time the Yarnspinners are all about a good time! So pour yourself a glass of your favorite moonshine and kick off your shoes!!
10:30 pm: Controversy for Breakfast – Xenia, OH
Controversy For Breakfast was formed in Xenia, Ohio late 2011. Embracing a wide variety of musical backgrounds to create what is their own take on what country music today should be. Their good time music has been frequent in the Dayton, Ohio local music scene, looking to spread their wings to become one of Ohio’s well known Outlaw Country artists.
FRIDAY LINEUP – August 6, 2021 (Schedule Subject to Change)
Take a peek at our lineup and make plans for a memorable weekend. We are opening earlier this year! Take Friday off work and enjoy more music, time on the water and more time to relax at camp.
10:30 am – 12:30 pm: Open Mic
We are offering four 30 minute sets for emerging artists at 110:30 am, 11 am, 11:30 am and noon. This is a great chance to show us what you got and kick off the event in style. Solo folk, americana, bluegrass artists preferred but we are open to a few wild cards. Weekend ticket is required to participate. Live mic and stage is provided. This is a self-managed first come first served option. Contact Tom Helbig at 937-417-2228 or email@example.com for questions
Forged by a palpable musical synergy at a local open jam, Folquinox was
born. Weaving individual styles into a cohesive, living, breathing body of
sound, and creating a folk-rock anomaly. Performing a diverse collection of
catchy original material and a few select covers with unique instrumentation.
Nathan Shoup Acoustic Guitar, Ukulele, Harmonica, Vocals
Scott Brubach Electric Bass, Vocals
Andrew Cooney Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Melodica, Vocals. Listen to Folquinox
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3 PM – HONEY AND HOUSTON – CINCINNATI, OH/NORTHERN KY
Honey & Houston is singer/songwriters Lauren Houston, Heather Turner (Tupelo Honey) with lead instrumentalist Mark Cretcher and Daniel Peterson on drums. Their original folk/americana music blends country and blues influences with sweet “sister” harmonies and a little taste of gypsy on the side.
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5 PM: THE NEW OLD FASHIONED – DAYTON, OH
The New Old Fashioned is a rock and roll band from Dayton, OH. The New Old-Fashioned’s third record, Small Town, Midwest, USA, is an attempt to understand America in 2018. The album’s nine songs set forth a cast of characters you might encounter while walking down Main Street in a small Midwestern town – such as the band’s hometown of Dayton, OH – and examines what makes them tick. These are people you know: people from different social settings, economic backgrounds, political affiliations and generations. They’re all slightly at odds with one another, but they have at least one thing in common: home.
Musically, the record takes the band’s rock-with-a-sprinkle-of-country sound and turns it upside down. The rockers rock harder, the ballads are sparser and the twangier tunes dive headfirst into the “garage country” of the New Old-Fashioned’s live shows that was only hinted on previous records. The result is more diverse than the band’s past work while still maintaining a familiar Americana sound.
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8:30 PM: THE WAYFARERS – ZANESVILLE, OH
Hailing from rural Southeast Ohio, The Wayfarers emerged onto the scene in early 2010 playing their own form of American Roots music. While much of their repertoire is drawn from the Appalachian tradition they revere, The Wayfarers fuse tight musicianship – centered largely by the fiddle – with the high energy that characterized early mountain music. With old-time radio shows setting the example, their style encompasses Appalachian dance music, traditional mountain fiddle tunes, and pre-bluegrass music of the 1920’s – resulting in a dose of nostalgic Americana. Their spirited approach to live performance is infectious, and people of all ages are drawn in to the sounds of thumping washtub bass, driving guitars, sawing fiddles, and rich harmonies. Whether it’s at a large festival or barn square dance, a rock venue or a busy street corner, The Wayfarers continue to carry this music forward with creativity and authenticity, making it contemporary and fun.
The Wayfarers have been featured on the national PBS television series “Song of the Mountains”, toured much of the Midwest and Southern Appalachians, released 4 studio albums, and have shared the stage with some of the biggest names in bluegrass & country music including Ricky Skaggs, Ralph Stanley, Marty Stuart, Connie Smith, Dailey & Vincent, Lonesome River Band, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Rhonda Vincent, Marty Raybon, Jerry Douglas, and many more
10:30 PM: THE REPEATING ARMS – DAYTON, OH
Max Nunery and Harold Hensley Met in 2012. They were introduced by a mutual friend and set out on a musical journey to create a sonic, folk and dance project. After song writing began they quickly slid down the slope to creating something more acoustic and roots driven. After putting an add on Craigslist for an upright bass player Chip Pritchard answered the add. Chip coming from a long musical history, playing in more traditionally based bluegrass groups, brought a brand new element to the table.Song writing continued and found its way even further into the soil looking for roots. The three worked up several songs and eventually picked 5 to be released on the 2012 release “Early Drive Ep”. This Ep ranged from sleepy folk and roots rock to ballads and a bit of newgrass. In July 2012 they were looking to expand their sound even more and called up a friend to fill the voids on mandolin and fiddle. Brian Spirk came into the rehearsals with guns blazing, bringing an even deeper taste of traditional playing. Brian Spirk having a long musical background in traditional music has opened one more door for The Repeating Arms. The four piece string special are currently playing a festival or venue near you.
SATURDAY LINEUP – AUGUST 7, 2021 (Subject to Change)
There will be plenty of jamming taking place around camp, on the river and our open mic areas. Our scheduled perforners will keep us jamming all day long and into the night.
10:30 am – 12 pm: Open Mic
We are offering three 30 minute sets for emerging artists at 110:30 am, 11 am and 11:30 am This is a great chance to show us what you got and kick off the event in style. Solo folk, americana, bluegrass artists preferred but we are open to a few wild cards. Weekend ticket is required to participate. Live mic and stage is provided. This is a self-managed first come first served option. Contact Tom Helbig at 937-417-2228 or firstname.lastname@example.org for questions
NOON: THE GOLDSBERRYS – COLUMBUS, OH
The Goldsberrys are an acoustic duo focused on old-timey bluegrass and original tunes, spiced with folk and jamgrass. We love playing as a duo, but also very grateful for our many talented musical friends who add various elements to our sound, to form The Goldsberrys.
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Five songwriters with unique influences and styles combine to create magic! Voices and instruments flow together like a gentle mountain stream and climb to new musical heights. True american acoustic roots music!
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Max and Jorja Cornwell, under the name A Cort of Loars, are a brother-sister duo currently residing in Harnett County, North Carolina. They play a variety of music genres including bluegrass, Americana, Old Time and Traditional fiddle tunes. They have been entertaining audiences together for over 2 years, playing at local music festivals and events including the Raven Rock 50 th Anniversary Arts and Eco Festival, Pittsboro First Sundays, Dunn, NC Cotton Festival, and various events at Forest Hills Baptist
Church, among others. Max goes strong on rhythm guitar, while Jorja is a multi-instrumentalist playingmandolin, guitar, banjo and fiddle. Jorja sings lead and Max occasionally backs her up. With a love ofmusic and joy of sharing it on stage, they take delight in entertaining and love for their audience to enjoy themselves.
The boys from the Little Miami River Valley in Southeast, OH are reuniting for Canoegrass. They played legendary sets the first two years of the festival. We are excited for their return. Todd, Taylor and Bela know how to bring it!
8:30 PM: THE DEVIL DOVES – COLUMBUS, OH
DIY label Mingo Town Music, and are branching out from their usual garage sale and grocery store gig. Fronted by Junior Kauffman’s rough vocals and insightful lyrics, and backed the uptempo and aggressive styles of Kyle “Headband” Davis on the cajon and Rico “Thunderstorm” Nassau on the bass, the Devil Doves have become a favorite within the Columbus scene. With the addition of Jeff “Pretty Fingers”
Straw on the keys and the occasional guest appearance of So Long Stargazer’s Kristin Green on backing vocals, the double D’s continue to build a fan base throughout Ohio and beyond with their energetic live performances and creative songwriting.
What a treat we have for the closing act this year! We are experimenting with you all for the grand finale on Saturday night. Some of our favorite Canoegrass performers will sit in with one of Dayton’s finest party bands. Things are sure to get a little funky with plenty of surprises and maybe a bit of tomfoolery. Jah Soul is a DiScOoFuNkReGgAeRoCkPaRtY! Lets see if our stage is big enough and if they have any folk in them. We know they got the funk!
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