Mark Tamsula – banjo Mike Reing – guitar
Frank Falvo – fiddle Jean Getz – bass
The Lackawanna Longnecks are an Old Time stringband from Pittsburgh, Pa., playing music in the traditional style of rural Appalachia.
Their full acoustic stringband sound is heard all over Pittsburgh at concerts, festivals, square & contra dances, weddings, and parties — since 1987!
The Longnecks have committed themselves to play music in the Old Time Appalachian style. The people of Appalachia have a long honored aural tradition of music and song, with emphasis on self-sufficiency and strong religious faith.
Before technology powered transportation and communication, many areas remained geographically isolated from the rest of the world as late as the 1920’s. As a result, the culture of their ancestors, mostly English, Scottish, Scotch-Irish, and Irish immigrants, were largely unaffected by developments in surrounding urban regions for over 200 hundred years.
The instrumental music and songs of Appalachia range from playful and nonsensical, to sensitive and beautiful, touching upon some of the deepest emotions and experiences known.
Clog dancing is often done for competition, but it also just happens as a natural response to the energy of good music. Also known to occur in earshot of an Old Time stringband is square and contra dancing, a community event of sharing music and moves within a large group, usually the whole neighborhood.
2022 Barn dance
Taylor Runner calling
Wherever they perform, the Lackawanna Longnecks are your guides on a musical tour into the hills and through and the ages.
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