Tom Jolin and Slim Harrison, The Barnstormers, have played together since 1980. They perform traditional American music and offer dance calling. They play for a wide variety of events, from folk festivals to schools to weddings. Notably, The Barnstormers played for Vice President Al Gore in 1995 and at the Vijandi Folk Music Festival in Estonia in 2006. They performed at the 2007 Bethlehem Musikfest and in 2008 in Germany at the Moelln Fest. The Barnstormers have a 2006 recording called “Promenade Home.”
They are rostered performers for Pennsylvania Arts on Tour.
Tom plays the hammer dulcimer, banjo, button accordion, guitar, harmonica, bowed psaltery and more. Slim plays the fiddle, banjo, guitar, mountain dulcimer, autoharp and jaws harp. They both sing.
They are frequently joined, as they will be for their July 2009 performance in Romney, by the award-winning Rock Candy Cloggers, who have performed for the Hampshire County Arts Council with both The Martin Family String Band and the South Mountain String Band.
Slim and Tom have not only enjoyed performing together for a quarter century, but have their separate solo schedules.
Slim has performed for 30 years and has been making instruments for 25 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 35 years and has been making instruments for 30 years.
*Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Artist in Residence
*Pennsylvania Humanities Council Commonwealth Speaker/Performer
*Recorded seven albums with various groups, plus a solo album
*With the West Orrtanna String Band recorded several short segments of traditional American folk music for National Public Radio
The Barnstormers play the “old music”...and in doing so the listeners are transported to earlier, traditional times. It’s a fun ride! All Aboard!