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2021 Susquehanna Folk Festival Emerging Artist Showcase

Livestream Showcase Sunday, September 26, 2021 at 7pm

About This Event:

Congratulations to Tanner Bingaman, who took top honors in our 2021 Emerging Artist Showcase! And a virtual high-five to all of the artists, who put on a very enjoyable show. An evening of live music with with up-and-coming young performers was the perfect way bring our Endless Summer Susquehanna Folk Festival to a close.

Congratulations to Tanner Bingaman, who took top honors in our 2021 Emerging Artist Showcase! And a virtual high-five to all of the artists, who put on a very enjoyable show. An evening of live music with with up-and-coming young performers was the perfect way bring our Endless Summer Susquehanna Folk Festival to a close.

Our winner received a $500 cash prize (thanks to a generous donation) and an invitation to perform a virtual concert as part of Susquehanna Folk's Fall 2021 Concert Series.

Thanks to all our finalists for a lovely evening of music, and for rising to the challenge of livestream performance. We appreciate all our applicants; we had a hard time picking only five.

Special thanks go out to our judges: Rob Kronen, JJ Sheffer, Kate Bright and Joe Cooney (who also coordinated the showcase) to a generous donor who provided the $500 prize to our special musical guests Randy Cato and Craig Zumbrun of "Still Limber" and to Joe Cooney, the Showcase Committee, and all the folks who worked so hard behind the scenes to make this first-time event a success.

Congratulations to Tanner Bingaman!

Tanner Bingaman

Multi-instrumentalist (guitar, banjo, and harmonica) Tanner Bingaman sings original folkmush and arrangements of traditional mountain tunes. He has made ends meet as a vegetable farmer, rock climbing enthusiast, river guide, and all the while has managed to continue playing shows to the outcasts of dank bar rooms, living room concerts, and festival attendees alike. The collection of Tanner’s recordings is extensive with his latest releases being Elias / Hunter (Instrumental EP, 2021), and the latest self-titled album from the band Seldom Said No (2021).

And to our other finalists

Stable Shakers

Stable Shakers

Stable Shakers is a Pennsylvania-based outfit, featuring songwriter and guitarist Spencer Pheil and vocalist Brechyn Chace, who strive to create music that is both nostalgic and contemporary. Their most recent release, “Low Key” (Dec 2020) is a musical glimpse into the experience and observation of Pheil during the pandemic. For their debut CD & live shows, Pheil and Chace enlisted their touring band and life-long friends, who have also worked with them in several other projects, most notably, The Hello Strangers. The band’s live performance is not one to be missed, as Chace’s soulful warmth and Pheil’s cerebral introversion coalesce on stage in an experience that is nothing short of cosmic.

Emma June

Emma June

Emma June Ayres is an Azorean-American singer-songwriter. She calls what she writes folk journalism. Using her 28 years of stories, the Americana inspired sounds leads the listener through an archive of familial memory, of loves lost and won, and an unshakable political ethos. Ayres’s tenacious passion for storytelling steers the helm of her songs with her music making you truly stop and listen. This fall, she is releasing the much-awaited EP entitled “Hard Work.” She is also currently working on a folk-opera about the socio-political history of the flooding of the Quabbin Valley titled “The Water Project,” premiering Fall of 2021.

Noah Fowler

Noah Fowler

Noah G Fowler is a singer-songwriter, guitarist, and bassist hailing from central Pennsylvania and currently based in Nashville, Tennessee. Well-renowned by his peers, his unique songwriting is the focal point of his distinct Americana. His songwriting is folkloric, drawing heavily from Appalachian and Celtic storytelling traditions as well as the 60’s folk revival. He also looks to many of Texas’s storytelling songwriters like Willie Nelson, Guy Clark, Townes Van Zandt, and Steve Earle. Nevertheless, his music fits comfortably in the context of his generation of songwriters and musicians.

Mitchel Evan

Mitchel Evan

Mitchel Evan is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Richmond, Virginia. Since the age of 16, Evan has been writing, performing and traveling the country in search of new landscapes and soundscapes. After half a decade of developing his craft in Colorado and touring the western United States, Evan’s rambling has since brought him back east to his home state of Virginia. With an already extensive catalogue of releases, Evan is shaping up to be a prolific writer with a seemingly boundless range of sounds. He has found his most authentic voice on his new, self-titled album, which was released in March 2021.

Our judges were:

JJ Sheffer

Tireless arts organizer and Director of Community Programming with York County Economic Alliance

Kate Bright

Creative music educator, folk dancer, choir director, composer & clinician

Rob Kronen

Blues guitarist and singer, winner of last year's Emerging Artist Showcase

Joe Cooney

Coordinator of this showcase as well as SFMS Jams & Coffeehouse events, and active regional performer

Tanner Bingaman

Tanner Bingaman

Stable Shakers

Stable Shakers

Emma June

Emma June

Noah Fowler

Noah Fowler

Mitchel Evan

Mitchel Evan

See it on YouTube!

The 2021 Emerging Artist Showcase is archived on our YouTube channel.

A Folk Festival Event!

Presented as part of the
Endless Summer 2021 Susquehanna Folk Festival. Many of our virtual festival events are now available on our YouTube channel!