Marie's Old-Time Country Music

Singer from Lancaster, OH - Will travel up to 10 miles
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$50 - $100 per hour
I specialize in playing and singing Old-Time, Bluegrass, and Classic Country songs. My repertoire of nearly 80 songs extends back into the mid-1800's (and a few much earlier). With a strong basis in the recordings of the Original Carter Family (circa 1928-1945), I perform the songs that our elders knew from childhood, or learned from their parents. Most shows I give become sing-alongs when classic songs like "Will the Circle Be Unbroken," "You Are My Sunshine," "I'll Fly Away," or "Hey, Good-Lookin'!" get rolling.

I try to honor any request, even if it's only a few lines or a chorus of a song that I may never have sung before, but if I have a snatch of the tune in my memory, I'll do what I can with it, to fulfill those requests. Sometimes just hearing a line or two of a long-remembered favorite song is enough to satisfy a hunger for those memories stirred by music.

I am a multi-instrumentalist (banjo, mandolin, autoharp), but focus on guitar as the best accompaniment for my shows, since it is my first instrument and my best choice for diversity. I have a strong contralto singing voice and do not carry a sound system, thus eliminating any lengthy 'set up' time. I usually come in with just a guitar case, a stool, and a single sheet of song titles to guide my show. With a good memory and a substantial repertoire, I rarely use a sheet of lyrics and prefer to perform from memory. When learning a new song, I will use a print-out a few times until it's 'stuck' in my head. I would much rather make eye contact with the audience than with a printed page.

I enjoy talking with residents between songs, adding bits of history or other observations about the songs, and getting some feedback from folks who associate certain songs with their past. I enjoy engaging in conversations briefly before segueing to the next tune. I try to keep the energy 'upbeat' and rarely do a slow song, unless it's a good love song or a request. I usually include 2 or 3 old-time gospel songs in each set, but they do not predominate so that residents of all faiths can enjoy the entertainment.

Being a native Ohioan, I work from south-central Ohio. I basically charge $50 per hour within Fairfield county, and $75 in surrounding counties to cover traveling expenses. Distances beyond that would be determined on an individual basis. I am very reliable and a good communicator when it comes to bookings and scheduling. I have performed in facilities over 4 counties for the past 6 years. References are available if needed - just ask.

I have 47 years experience as a guitarist, have been performing since age 12 publicly, and am very relaxed and comfortable in front of an audience. I also front the local band Second Wind Old-Time Bluegrass as singer/lead guitar/mandolin. People know me as "Wolf" when I'm with the band (it's a stage nick-name and part of the 'theme' of the band).

As a Living History entertainer, I also appear at historically-oriented events in costume and with era-appropriate instruments and songs. I wrote the winning song for the Rock Mill Songwriter's Contest in 2012, a ballad about the history of Rock Mill in Fairfield County, and I am now a volunteer with the Historical Parks Department.

Please consider booking me for your old-time, foot-stompin' sing-along show. For more information about Second Wind Old-Time Bluegrass band, do a search for the band name or 'second wind grass.'
Are You Lonesome Tonight
Carter Family
Bring Back My Blue-Eyed Boy
Carter Family
Angel Band
Ralph Stanley
Great Speckled Bird
Roy Acuff
Keep on the Sunny Side
Carter Family
Will the Circle Be Unbroken
Carter Family
No Depression in Heaven
Carter Family
Mountain Dew
The Dillards
There is a Time
The Dillards
Wedding Singer
Happy Hours
Bachelorette Parties
Bridal Showers
Bachelor Parties
Halloween Parties
Birthday Parties (Adult)
First Communions
Wedding Ceremonies
Wedding Receptions
Engagement Parties
Family Reunions
Rehearsal Dinners
Grand Openings
High School Reunions
Holiday Parties
Trade Shows
Memorial Services
Cocktail Parties
Private Parties
Please note Marie's Old-Time Country Music will also travel to New Plymouth, Thurston, West Rushville, Nelsonville, Lithopolis, Logan, Creola, New Marshfield, Buckeye Lake, Kirkersville, Tarlton, Brice, Adelphi, Jacksontown, Haydenville, New Straitsville, Summit Station, The Plains, Union Furnace, Hallsville.
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