Barnstormers and RockCandy Cloggers

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Slim Harrison and Tom Jolin teamed up over 30 years ago to perform traditional, old timey, 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. In 2006, they released an album and performed at the Viljandi, Estonia Folk Music Festival. In 2008, they toured Germany, including The Rudolstadt Folk Festival and Moelln Folk Festival.

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. Slim and Tom have not only enjoyed performing together for more than a quarter century, but have their separate solo schedules.

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 Festival 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
*Past Pennsylvania Humanities Council Commonwealth Speaker/Performer
*Recorded eight albums with various groups, including a solo album
*With the West Orrtanna String Band recorded several short segments of traditional American folk    music for National Public Radio

They are frequently joined by the award winning RockCandy Cloggers, adding dazzling footwork to The Barnstormer performances. Rock Howland and Candy Ranlet of Mt. Airy, MD also teach dance and play; Candy on string bass/concertina and Rock on the fiddle. The entire Barnstormers and RockCandy Cloggers four person ensemble performed at the Bethlehem Musikfest in 2007 and had a very successful performance tour of Germany in 2008. Rock Howland and Candy Ranlet teamed as the RockCandy Cloggers in 1994 and started performing with the Barnstormers in 2006. Each are winners of individual clogging competitions, including the National Clog and Hoedown Council East Coast Championships and Deer Creek Fiddlers Convention. They teach clogging at their own studios. They performed at the Kennedy Center and are regulars for the Washington Folk Festival and Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival.

“Their spirited music jumped over the audience and the room was filled with wonderful, joy, rhythm and old melodies…. audience loved the performance and musicians were forced to play extra numbers.” …Joerg Geschke, Artistic Director Moelln Germany Festival 2009
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