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Slim Harrison and Tom Jolin teamed up over 30 years ago to perform traditional, Americana folk music. Slim plays the fiddle, banjo, guitar, mountain dulcimer, harmonica and more. He is also a sought after traditional dance caller. Tom plays the hammer dulcimer, banjo, button accordion, guitar, harmonica, bowed psaltery and more. The both sing.
They perform for all kinds of venues including schools, folk festivals, and history events. They performed for the Smithsonian Institute and also, for former Vice President Gore at his residence at a reception for foreign diplomats. In summer 2006, they released an album and performed at the Viljandi, Estonia Folk Music Festival. In 2007 they performed at the Bethlehem Musikfest . In 2008 they toured Germany with performances at the Moelln Fest, Rudolstadt Fest (Germany’s largest world music fest) and German schools. Slim and Tom have not only enjoyed performing together for a quarter century, but have their separate solo schedules. They performed at the Common Ground on the Hill Festival in 2009/10.
Slim has performed for 35 years and has been making instruments for 30 years.
*Maryland State Arts Council Performing Artist in Residence
*Wolf Trap Master Artist (teaches other artists and teachers, as well as long time Wolf Trap performer)
*Past teacher at prestigious Farm and Wilderness Camp in Vermont
*Dance caller/teacher for Common Ground on the Hill at McDaniel College
Tom has performed for 40 years and has been making instruments for 35 years.
*Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Artist in Residence
*Recorded eight albums with various groups, plus a solo album
*Past performer for Pennsylvania Humanities Council
*With the West Orrtanna String Band recorded several short segments of traditional American folk music for National Public Radio
What others say about the Barnstormers.....
"Certainly one of our best received concerts…"
-Dr. Stephen P. Folkemer, Music Gettysburg
"Known for their high energy performances and versatility on many instruments, they are real crowd pleasers…"
"They are international favorites….this is good homemade music to set your feet to tapping …"
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