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The Wayfarers Set To Entertain

By Staff | Apr 19, 2017

The Wayfarers are set to entertain at The Back Home Appalachian Arts & Music Festival on June 30.

This high-energy group, which hails from Zanesville, Ohio, plays a mixture of Mountain Music, Old-Time Stringband, and Appalachian Dance. According to the Wayfarers website, at thewayfarersband.com, the group’s music “results in a dose of nostalgic Americanca.”

The group’s spirited approach to live performance is infectious, and “people of all ages are drawn to the sounds of washtub bass, driving guitars, sawing fiddles, and rich harmonies.”

The group has been active since 2010 and features members Josh Hartman, guitar; Brandon Bankes, mandolin; Jake Loew, fiddle; Justin Rayner, banjo; and Nathan Zangmeister, washtub bass.

The Wayfarers are known for albums “Wild Bacon,” “Breaking Old Ground,” and “Fire on the Hillside.” The group has been featured on the national PBS television series “Song of the Mountains,” and have shared the stage with names such as Ralph Stanley, Ricky Skaggs, Marty Stuart, Connie Smith, Dailey & Vincent, Lonesome River Band, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Rhonda Vincent, and more.

Visit Wetzel County’s inaugural music festival will be held June 30 and July1-2 in New Martinsville.

The highly-anticipated event will feature musicians and artisans from around the great state of West Virginia, while also serving as a Wetzel County homecoming for all graduates of Wetzel County high schools.

Musical acts scheduled to perform are The Rumpke Mountain Boys; The Davisson Brothers Band; Cody Wickline, Johnny Staats & The Delivery Boys; The Recipe; The Hillbilly Gypsies; The Wayfarers; th? Bullfrog Willard McGhee; The Jakobs Ferry Stragglers; Herb & Hanson; The Rusty Haywhackers; Izzy Stetar, and more.

The Back Home Appalachian Arts & Music Festival is a FREE event. The main stage will be on Main Street in New Martinsville. The three day event will culminate with an incredible fireworks display on Sunday night.

Other activities planned for the weekend include workshops, outdoor activities, and games for children. A parade is planned for Saturday and all wetzel county alumni will be invited.

Visit Wetzel County’s goal is to create an event that becomes a “must attend” event for residents of West Virginia and tourists alike.

Gary Eller and th’ Bullfrog Willard McGhee will both be providing songwriting workshops in the Lincoln Theatre on Saturday July 1.

Camping will be available in conjunction with the New Martinsville Parks & Recreation Department at the city’s marina. The area will be on a first come first serve basis, so make sure you are there in time to claim your space. There will also be camping available at the 4-H grounds over the weekend.

There will be at least two stages setup, with hopes of a third, and the Lincoln Theatre will hold late night shows after the main festivities close down on Main Street, and there will be an all star jam on Saturday night. The theatre is

estimated to hold around 400 people.

If you are interested in being a vendor for the event please contact Visit Wetzel County at (304) 398-4910.

The food vendor fee is $200, with a $50 refund at the end of the festival. Artisans can have a spot for a deposit of $25 that will be fully refunded at the conclusion of the festival.