The Barnstormers, Slim Harrison & Tom Jolin have been performing together professionally for over 30 years for concerts, festivals, schools, barn dances, historic events & country weddings. They play the "Old Time Mountain Music" the way it's been played for hundreds of years in this country and is still played today, with gusto, sensitivity & lots of fun!
Tom plays Hammer Dulcimer, Mountain Dulcimer, Button Accordion, Banjo, Harmonica, Psaltry, & Guitar. Slim plays Fiddle, Banjo, Mandolin, Resophonic Guitar, Mountain Dulcimer, Autoharp, Jaws Harp, Jug, Wastub Bass, Spoons & Kazoozafone. Slim also calls the figures for some rollicking circles, squares & contra dances!
For Children's performances, we bring along Washboards, Jugs, Washtub Bass, Skiffleboards, Stomper-doodles, Limberjacks and other fun instruments and invite the children to join the "Sunnyland Skiffle Band". The world's first Solar Powered Kids Jug Band, with over 15,000 members in over 25 countries & the USA, the Sunnyland Skiffle Band is the largest, if not the loudest Jug Band in the World!
The Barnstormers are also frequently joined by the RockCandy Cloggers, a high energy, choreographed Clogging Duo: Rock Howland & Candy Ranlet who also join the band on Fiddle & Mandolin, Concertina & Upright Bass when not dancing.
The Barnstormers & RockCandy Cloggers recently toured Germany together and have also had several tours of Europe & North America together. Primarily they like to perform in the Mid-Atlantic Region.
Tom & Slim also have solo careers as Concert Performers & Artists in Residence:
Tom is and Artist in Residence with the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, teaching folk music & dances as well as "Hands on" Hammered Dulcimer, Mountain Dulcimer & Psaltry building residencies in Central PA schools.
Slim works with the Maryland State Arts Council as a Visiting Artist, performing in school concerts, small festivals and summer camps as well as Artist in Residence for 1 to 4 week residencies. Slim is also a Master Teaching Artist with the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts.
Matching funds for Festivals, Schools & Community Events are available through the MD/DA Touring Artist Roster, as well as the PA & MD Arts Councils.