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Folk festival brings the best of the arts to Indiana

JoAnne Klimovich Harrop
| Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017, 9:00 p.m.
The Stray Cats’ Slim Jim Phantom
The Stray Cats’ Slim Jim Phantom
Patty Larkin
Patty Larkin
Commander Cody
Commander Cody

The fifth annual Northern Appalachian Folk Festival is Sept. 9-10. This event brings art, music and educational programming to downtown Indiana, Pa.

Entertainment includes performances by the Stray Cats' Slim Jim Phantom at 7 p.m. Sept. 9, preceded by Patty Larkin at 5:30 p.m., and Commander Cody and the Commander Cody Band at 5 p.m. Sept. 10.

Phantom helped launch the early 1980s neo-rockabilly movement as the Stray Cats' drummer. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame includes their 1981 hit “Rock This Town,” as one of the songs that shaped rock. Phantom has played and collaborated with legendary artists from Jerry Lee Lewis to Lemmy Kilmister, climbed Mt. Everest and penned “A Stray Cat Struts: My Life as a Rockabilly Rebel.”

The Commander Cody Band is known as country-rock pioneers known for marathon live shows and the 1971 Top 10 hit “Hot Rod Lincoln.” Larkin is a singer, songwriter and guitarist and a winner of 11 Boston Music Awards.

Vendors encompass everything from beauty products to jewelry to pottery. There will be a variety of free workshops to learn about mountain music and an overview of herbs — how to plant, grow and preserve.

There also will be the popular Children's Alley with games and activities geared toward younger festivalgoers.

The Story Tellers and Liars Contest is at 2 p.m. Sept. 9., at The Coney, 642 Philadelphia St. Participants will give short presentations that focus on humor, the dramatic or the supernatural. A panel of judges will consider such details as technique, delivery, confidence, general stagecraft and story development.

The festival opens both days at 11 a.m.

Admission is free.


JoAnne Klimovich Harrop is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-853-5062 or of via Twitter@Jharrop_Trib

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