2019 LINE UP
The Walking Roots Band
Festival co-hosts the Walking Roots Band are back to celebrate music and faith with their signature style of folksy acoustic string-band music with generous portions of lyricism, harmony, humor, and love -- as well as a few dashes of Appalachian rap thrown in for good measure. With a loyal local following and growing fan-base from pockets throughout the east and Midwest, the Walking Roots Band is sure to delight, entertain, and do the soul good.
Ryan & Friends
As a busy comedian performing throughout the United States and Canada, Ryan receives over 500 performance invitations and accepts 175 of these annually. Whether it’s his laugh-crazed family show or his dynamic corporate gigs, there are two things his audiences have come to expect: a flawlessly clean show and sidesplitting comedy!
He’s been around too. You may have seen him on the History Channel, performing on Disney Cruise Lines, or at the Mennonite Church USA bi-annual convention. His comedy has taken him to 6 continents, and his largest live performance was for over 52,000 people. Ryan also hosted a ‘Ryan & Friends’ cable TV show.
Andy & Terry Murray
Andy Murray's music is steeped in a combination of deep spirit and healing work for the world, and he has long worked as a teacher of Peace and Conflict studies at Juniata College in Pennsylvania. With a singer/songwriter sideline that has spanned 3 plus decades, Andy has created a lot of wonderful music, much of it originating with his lifelong faith as a member of the Church of the Brethren. Andy’s songs have been formative for many Brethren, including fellow Sing Me High debut-makers Friends with the Weather, and he performs with his wife, Terry.
Friends with the Weather (formerly Mutual Kumquat)
Friends with the Weather, a project from the trio of singer-songwriter/multi-instrumentalists Seth Hendricks, Chris Good, and David Hupp, celebrated it's debut album release & inaugural performance in September 2016. A proud member of the Earthwork Music Collective, Friends with the Weather is a unique blend of dynamic musicianship, 3 part vocal stylings, and rich lyrical content exploring how we can learn & grow in the midst of challenging times, striving to be sources of love, hope, passion & vision. Many within the Church of the Brethren and Mennonite communities will recognize the trio as members of the band, Mutual Kumquat, who performed their finale concert in July 2018 after almost 2 decades of music making and performing, including at many CoB denominational events, churches, and colleges.
Honeytown is a fun and upbeat four-piece group of talented musicians from Kidron, Ohio featuring Tim Shue, Nate Gundy, Kevin Himes and Toby Hazlett. The band's eclectic musical mix, original compositions, unexpected arrangements and their tightly-blended harmonies have won them a fan base all over the midwest. Their varied instrumentation ranging from fiddle to banjo, washboard to bass uke, accordion to percussive trash cans takes their audiences by pleasant surprise.
Honeytown has performed their unique blend of unpredictable folk Americana, rock and roll and progressive bluegrass for conventions, conferences, weddings, benefits, barbecues, house concerts, coffeehouses, and as the showcased musical guests for the Summit Choral Society's Bluegrass Mass, The World Beloved in Akron, Ohio. They were the featured adult worship band at the National Mennonite Church Convention in Columbus, Ohio in 2009.
Blue Mountain Sunrise
Blue Mountain Sunrise has been playing to the enjoyment of Bluegrass and Bluegrass Gospel fans in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and beyond for over 35 years. From corporate and private parties, family reunions, festivals and church services along with the occasional live radio and TV appearances, they have played them all. The group enjoys every opportunity to bring joy and entertainment to fans whose appreciation and encouragement make it all worthwhile! This Augusta county group features Lamar Kiser keeping time on the electric bass, Jeff Kiser holding his own with great licks and background work on the 5-string banjo, Darrell Weaver, the only original band member, ripping on the resophonic guitar, and Danny Kiser working the guitar with good rhythm and occasional leads. These band members have played in various Bluegrass and Gospel groups over the years and are seasoned veterans of the Bluegrass scene.
Mike Stern & Louise Brodie
Michael Stern is a Seattle singer/songwriter who has been creating inspiring music of peace, justice and compassion since the 1970’s. His performances move audiences with original lyrical images that are thought provoking, then humorous, romantic and spiritual. Come prepared to laugh, cry, be challenged, and to sing-along. Mike performs in a wide variety of venues including folk festivals, churches, schools, libraries, retreats, camps and conferences, and for groups such Fellowship of Reconciliation, Hiroshima to Hope, Veterans for Peace Golden Rule Project, and the World Friendship Center in Hiroshima - to name just a few. Mike’s songs have been used by Charlie King, the Brooklyn Women’s chorus, Habitat for Humanity, the Hiroshima Peace Choir, and Ground Zero Center for Creative Non-Violence. Two of his songs can be found in Rise Again Songbook (the sequel to Rise Up Singing). Generations of listeners have been empowered by Mike’s songs with messages that matter. He has recorded 11 albums. For more info see www.mikesongs.net
David Horsey (Pulitzer Prize winning editorial cartoonist and columnist, Seattle Post-Intelligencer) wrote: "Michael Stern's music is an anthem for an America as it should be - a reminder that peace and justice should be our highest moral values." And Maureen Jackson described Michael’s music in Victory Music Review as: "… tender and powerful lyrics …, subjects that matter …, warm voice, beautiful poetry and rich arrangements draw us into the heart of compassion …"
Mike will be joined by Chicago based fiddle player, Louise Brodie. She shares a passion for peace and justice and performs with Mike each summer at the Brethren Song and Story Fest. Louise also performs throughout the Chicago area with the groups Trillium, Briar Road, and the Riverside Ramblers.
Since forming in the fall of 2013, Good Company, a six-member a cappella ensemble based in Harrisonburg, has performed regularly in the Shenandoah Valley and beyond. Their debut album, Awake, was released in 2014, and they released a much anticipated Christmas album in December of 2016. With a wide repertoire encompassing everything from early music to contemporary pop arrangements, spirituals to classic 70s rock, and even a few original compositions, Good Company hopes that everybody can find something to enjoy and connect with in the music they share. A staple of the Sing Me High Music Festival, Good Company returns to the stage to delight audiences once again in 2019.
The Clymer Kurtz Band
Grounded in the rural, small-town urban, and global mosaic of Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, the Clymer Kurtz Band’s songs express fun and intensity, routine and whimsy, challenge and satisfaction – and a smattering of hopeful detours. The Clymer Kurtzes’ songwriting “has a high level of originality: lyrically, melodically and emotionally,” writes former music radio host Mel Lee. “Their vocal harmonies are striking, and their arrangements are fresh.... I don’t think they fit any easy categories, except that of excellence and artistic integrity.”
Brent Holl is a professional singer/songwriter, author and composer specializing in children’s songs. He has recorded and produced several CD’s of children’s songs for church and bible school as well has hymns and songs for the liturgy. Brent has helped with Children’s Church at the Bridgewater Church of the Brethren for 11 years helps there as a song leader for early worship. Mr. Holl is the owner of Beatin’ Path Publications, LLC, a publishing house dedicated to the development of high quality music resources for classroom music teachers in the design of Orff Schulwerk. Beatin’ Path Publications offers resource books for recorder, marimba ensembles, Orff ensembles, hand drumming, and general music. Beatin’ Path also has a growing collection of choral octavos for singers from upper elementary to adult.