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Accidental Ramblers & Smokestack Lightning

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The Accidental Ramblers are seven illustrious musicians, singers, songwriters and friends from four decades of a long list of some of Pittsburgh’s most celebrated bands, brought together at last by providence to share the same stage. Their collective love of music influences that range from traditional and contemporary folk to country, blues, celtic, and roots rock has produced a catalogue of acclaimed originals by songwriters Jan Boyd, Bryan Rubican and Paul Rodi, and glimmering versions of old and new favorites. Melodies, lyrics, and signature trio harmonies reminiscent of the Eagles are woven together with musicians and percussion that are so instinctive, they seem to play from the same heart; every song is an audience memory. Good friends and good times at their best; this is a music experience not to be missed!

Jessie Hoffmann (electric violin, viola, vocals) Jan Boyd (vocals),Bryan Rubican (guitar, vocals), Paul Rodi (acoustic/electric bass, vocals), Jeff Berman (percussion, mountain dulcimer), Dave McLaughlin (fiddle, mandolin), Bob “Crafty” Crafton (pedal steel, guitar).

Smokestack Lightning is seven friends singing and playing songs of labor and love, of mountains and valleys, of triumphs and tragedies. Smokestack Lightning, with its wide array of acoustic instruments, blends harmonies, strings and other less well known instruments to bring audiences with them as they explore a remarkable variety of music. Songs you might have heard on the radio and songs that you definitely have NOT heard anywhere else……Appalachian ballads, Piedmont blues, witty originals, spirituals, and an occasional wild romp into jigs, reels, and other fiddle joy.

William Cohen (guitar, mandolin, fiddle,vocals), Steve Weber (upright bass), Phil Smith (guitar, vocals), Nick Coles (guitar, vocals), Dave McLaughlin (fiddle, mandolin, vocals), Heidi Wettlaufer (ukulele, banjo, vocals), Tom Hoffman (guitar, banjo, harmonica, vocals)

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