Barnstormers

Barnstormers

BandAmericana

The Barnstormers perform Trad. American Roots Music, Civil War Tunes, Children's Concerts, Barn Dance calling, Instrument building workshops, Artist in Resid. programs. "Known for their high energy performances & versatility on many instruments, they are real crowd pleasers… " Frederick News-Post"

Biography

Slim Harrison and Tom Jolin teamed up in 1980 to perform traditional American roots folk music. They perform for all kinds of venues including schools, folk festivals, and history events.

They have performed for the Smithsonian Institute and also, for former Vice President Gore at his residence. In summer 2006, they performed at the Viljandi, Estonia Folk Music Festival. In July 2008 they performed at the Rudolstadt World Music Festival and Moelln Folk Festival in Germany, plus 5 German schools and 2 community concerts. Primarily, they tour the Mid-Atlantic Region and local festivals & schools.

The Barnstormers, Slim & Tom, have not only enjoyed performing together for over a quarter century, but have their own separate solo schedules.

Slim has performed for over 35 years and has been making instruments for over 30 years. He is a very popular artist in residence through the Maryland States Arts Council. Besides performing at Wolf Trap, he serves there as a Master Artist, teaching other performers and teachers. He has also been a teacher at the prestigious Farm and Wilderness Foundation in Vermont and Common Ground on the Hill in Westminster, MD.

Tom has been performing for over 40 years and making instruments for over 35 years. Under the auspices of the Pennsylvania Council for the Arts, he has been an artist in residence in many schools, camps, and other locations. With his groups he has performed with Garrison Keillor, and was a featured artist at the 25th anniversary concert of WITF-FM. He is a past presenter for the PA Humanities Council. He has recorded 7 albums with various groups, and 2 as a solo artist.

Discography

Tom Jolin recordings:
"West Orrtanna String Band" by the West Orrtanna String Band (1976)
"An Orrtanna Home Companion" by the West Orrtanna String Band (1978)
"Steam" by The Orrtanna Mountain Steamers (1989)
"Wonderment" by The Orrtanna Mountain Steamers" (1991)
"You've Been Friend to Me" by Orrtanna (1999)
"Civilian" by Tom Jolin (2003)
"Traditional Music from Orrtanna" an archival set of the West Orrtanna String Band and Orrtanna Mountain Steamers recordings - funded, in part, by National Endowment for the Arts.
"Promenade Home" by Tom Jolin & Slim Harrison recorded by Rock Candy Studios (2006)
“Of the People” Civil War era music by Tom Jolin, RockCandy Studios (2011)

Other recordings by Slim Harrison:

"Slim Harrison-Who Needs Him", solo recording on Fonotone Records:1980
"Songs for Singing and Learning", with other artists, Wolf Trap Institute Recordings, Vol. 1-1992, Vol. 2-2002, Vol. 3- 2011
"Everybody Comes from a Different Place", Wolf Trap Institute Recordings, 1993
"The Sounds of Farm & Wilderness", Recorded & produced by Slim for F&W Foundation: 2000
Slim contributed the opening song, "Slim's Chance" and other solo instrumentals & vocals with South Mt String Band for:
"Music from The MD Sheep & Wool Festival", 2005
In 2007, Slim recorded 5 traditional tunes for the "Little Voices for Healthy Choices" CD produced by Wolf Trap Institute & the Early Head Start National Resource Center
"Goin' to that Sunnyland" recorded with the Sunnyland Band (children's jugband), by RockCandy Productions, 2009.

Set List

Normal sets are 50 minutes, however, below are the sets we used at the Viljandi Estonia Folk Music Festival. They wanted longer sets.
SET #1
1. MORPETH LASSES
2. SHORTNEN’ BREAD/LIZA JANE
3. BANKS OF THE BANN
4. GLENDY BURKE
5. CHILDREN PEACE MARCHING
6. TURKEY IN THE STRAW
7. LIBERTY/REDWING
8. STAR OF THE COUNTY DOWN
9. FATHER GRUMBLE/YELLOW ROSE
10. HOLST'S JUPITER
11. HAND ME DOWN MY WALKING CANE
12. ARKANSAS TRAVEL
13. THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND
14. FLOP EARRED MULE
15. NELLIE BLY
16. BONAPARTE’S RETREAT/LA BASTRINGUE
17. SOUTHWINDS/MUFFIN MAN
18. SIMPLE GIFTS/LORD OF DANCE
19. SUNNY SIDE OF LIFE/YOU ARE MY SUN SHINE
20. ANGELINA BAKER/GOLDEN SLIPPERS
SET #2
1. HUNTSMAN’S/MISS MCCLEOD’S REEL
2. JOHN HENRY
3. MARGARET’S WALTZ/ MISSISSIPPI SAWYER
4. WAIT FOR THE WAGON/CINDY
5. WELL MAY/OLD JOE CLARK
6. CHRIST WAS BORN IN BETHLEHEM
7. MARCHING THROUGH GEORGIA
8. SWEET BYE A