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Friday, June 3, 2016


WELLSBORO—The 2016 Pennsylvania State Laurel Festival Laurel Concert Series will feature seven concerts, all free and open to the public.

The series begins Sunday, June 12 at 7 p.m. at the United Methodist Church of Wellsboro, 36 Main Street with the Wednesday Morning Musicales Chorus directed by Diana Frazier and piano accompaniment by Marian Miller and two barbershop-style singing groups, the Beauty Shop Four and More and A Work in Progress. They will entertain with a variety of music from Broadway to patriotic.

Monday, June 13, at 7 p.m., Callanish will perform traditional Celtic music from Ireland and Scotland and contemporary Celtic songs on the Deane Center Coolidge Theatre stage at 104 Main Street. This four-member band will play lively dance tunes, love songs and spirited Irish drinking tunes.

Megan McGarry with her dad, Chris will give a high-energy concert at the Deane Center Tuesday, June 14, at 7 p.m. They will perform her original music and their arrangements of favorite and traditional bluegrass, country and old-time tunes. She sings lead vocals and plays fiddle and banjo. He plays guitar and mandolin.

The “Almost World Famous” Wellsboro Town Band will kick off its 2016 summer concert series with a tribute to the Laurel Festival and Wellsboro, the band’s home. The concert will be Wednesday, June 15 at 7 p.m. outdoors on The Green. Among the selections to be played will be the “Salute to Wellsboro March” written at the turn of the century by H. C. Miller and “A Tribute to the Laurel Festival” recently composed by town band conductor Adam Brennan who has lived in Wellsboro almost 22 years and attended the Laurel Festival every year. With a grin on his face, Brennan said, “It’s time the Laurel Festival is immortalized in music” and then added, “The festival is truly a special event that encapsulates this very special community.”

Thursday, June 16, at 7 p.m., the Wellsboro Men’s and Women’s choruses will sing in the First Presbyterian Church at 130 Main Street. They will perform a mix of Broadway, gospel, patriotic, inspirational, humorous rock, pop and contemporary songs. Directing the women is Diana Frazier with Marian Miller at the piano. Don Schauer will be directing the men with Pat Davis as piano accompanist.

Friday, June 17, the Zydeco Trail Riders will bring their upbeat, danceable zydeco, Cajun and Creole music to the Deane Center outdoor stage. These Finger Lakes-based musicians blend their voices and their accordions, guitar, bass, drums and rubboard to create their special Louisiana-style sound. Following the introduction of the Laurel Queen candidates at 5 p.m., this band will show why it receives rave reviews.

This year’s Laurel Festival will close with internationally known Jim Gaudet and the Railroad Boys. The concert will be on the Deane Center outdoor stage at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 19. This four-member band will perform original songs from their just-released CD “When It Rains.” Their style has been called “folk/country fusion” and “hybrid folk/bluegrass” with an “energetic front porch feel.” Gaudet, who writes the music, calls it “hillbilly rock ‘n’ roll with acoustic instruments.” Come and hear for yourself. It’s rare to have the opportunity to enjoy a band of his caliber as a free show.

For more information about these free concerts and other Laurel Festival events, contact the Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce at (570) 724-1926 or email

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Megan McGarry is the real deal. Anyone who likes real country music and even bluegrass, anyone who admires the ability of a performer to play a banjo and a fiddle, it is worth the drive to go see her.