Sunday, March 20, 2022

The Ronstadt Brothers Return to MCTA, May 1st.


The Ronstadt Brothers will perform an eclectic tour of Americana music anchored by the Post-Modern Southwest on Sunday, May 1, at 4 pm at Mountain City Traditional Arts, 25 E. Main Street, Frostburg.

Ronstadt Brothers, Michael and Peter, are keeping their family’s music legacy alive. While their aunt, Linda Ronstadt, is the most famous of the Ronstadt family, Michael and Peter represent the fifth generation of musicians in a family where musical virtuosity runs deep. The Ronstadt Brothers present a new and fresh take on the traditional Southwestern and Mexican folk songs and offer innovative original material to millennials discovering the treasure of roots music. An aural illustration of inception to creation, this musical journey will take you from the past to the present steeped in the Americana vein, carrying forward a sound closely tied in its infancy to their aunt Linda and their father Michael.

For two decades, Michael G. Ronstadt has entertained audiences throughout North America on cello, guitar and voice. An exceptional musician-composer conversant with a wide range of styles, he not only executes captivating solo performances, but participates regularly in duo and trio situations with a diverse camp of young, innovative musician-songwriters including Lisa Biales and David Trotta. His versatile talents have been tapped for concert and studio work by such artists as David Bromberg, Linda Ronstadt, Muriel Anderson and Craig Bickhardt.

Michael G. displays genre-blending explorations on cello and guitar in complement to thought-provoking lyrics. To say his originals are unusual is an understatement. They set the bar at Olympian heights in their depth and breadth. In addition to his solo recordings as well as those with Ronstadt Brothers, Michael G. is a much sought-after studio musician, who has appeared on more than fifty albums in the last dozen years. Dan Buckley writing for The Tucson Citizen noted his “amazing command of the typical and exotic sounds of the cello, a true virtuoso and a man of instinctive musicality.” Michael holds both a Master and Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance and studied under esteemed pedagogues Yehuda Hanani, Nancy Green and Dr. Gordon Epperson. 

Starting out on violin in grade school, Peter “Petie” Ronstadt traded “up” to bass guitar and upright bass in middle school, playing in the school’s orchestra and jazz band. The band director tapped Petie to play tuba in the concert band as well. He continued on all three instruments in his high school concert, marching and jazz bands.

Petie first explored composing in high school, during which time he founded an indie rock group, The Goodbye Kiss, in which he played guitar and sang. This led to a record deal with a small Southern California label and the release of a self-titled EP. It was this set of circumstances that provided the engineering education and fueled Petie’s passion for the recording process. He teamed up with bassist Sam Eagon (a member of Los Tucsonenses) and founded LandMark Sound Recorders, a studio in Tucson, where they continue to serve the regional music community.

 Petie’s keen ear and his sensitive songwriting – such as the exquisite imagery heard in “Hummingbird” – are key to Ronstadt Brothers’ future tradition-building. Whether harmonizing with father and brother or quietly offering his own compositions, Petie demonstrates an engaging, easy-going stage presence.

Thursday, March 3, 2022

MCTA Resumes Live Concerts With April Verch and Cody Walters

Sunday, March 13 at 4 pm. 

Frostburg State University’s Mountain City Traditional Arts will resume its live concert series with a concert by husband-and-wife duo April Verch and Cody Walters on Sunday, March 13, at 4 p.m. at 25 E. Main St. in Frostburg. The live entertainment is open to the public through general admission with a suggested donation of $15. 

Be it regional Canadian roots, American old-time, 5
0’s country, Scandinavian folk music or something original that sounds as though it’s been around for a century, Verch and Walters have a love and reverence for the music and traditions that have been passed down to them. Their performances showcase endless creativity and versatility as they transition effortlessly from traditional Ottawa Valley step dancing and fiddle tunes, to old-time fiddle-banjo duets with tight-knit vocal harmonies, to innovative sandpaper foot percussion, all contrasted against Verch’s soprano voice. 

The duo’s diverse repertoire and unbridled passion come to life on stage with a presence that is versatile, robust and masterfully executed. Audiences remark at their sincerity in sharing stories between tunes. Their ability to preserve the authentic folk traditions of the past and reintroduce them into the musical landscape of the present is a testament to their masterful musicianship and widespread appeal. 

Together, Verch and Walters are exemplary tradition-bearing performers – never forgetting the roots of the music, that connection to the people in the audience or on the dance floor, to the community sparked by a good song. To them, “It’s about joining together to celebrate everyday life, through music.” 

This event is supported by funding from the Maryland State Arts Council. MCTA is a program of FSU in partnership with FrostburgFirst and the Maryland Traditions Program of the State Arts Council. 

For more information, call 301-687-8040 or email Dr. Kara Rogers Thomas at 

FSU is following CDC guidance based on current area conditions. Currently, masks are to be worn indoors in the presence of others, regardless of vaccination status. Event attendees are encouraged to visit for symptom monitoring. Users can display the portal’s “Reduced Risk” badge on a mobile device for admission, or they may respond to symptom-check questions posted at events. 

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call 301-687-4102 or use a Voice Relay Operator at 1-800-735-2258. 

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Irish Music with Dylan Foley- Virtual Performance

Sunday, March 14th at 3 PM

Streaming on FB Live

Dylan Foley is “one of the finest fiddlers in America and certainly the most genial among them…his feel and tone breathtaking… He pulls brilliant music from the fiddle…” Daniel Neely/The Irish Echo

Well respected and received wherever he goes, Dylan is a 4-time All-Ireland Fiddle Champion, who performs, teaches, and adjudicates at festivals and fleadhs on both sides of the Atlantic. He has delighted audiences from Lincoln Center to Alaska, to Vietnam with Mick Moloney, and Irish Television channels RTE and TG4. A superb performer, he is also committed to passing on the tradition, as it was graciously passed to him, by Rose Flanagan and others. Dylan brings great depth and joy to his solo performances, with his multi-instrumental talents, an occasional song, and sheer good humor. You will hear his passion for the music is in his lively and fluid playing.

Friday, December 18, 2020

Erica Brown and the Bluegrass Connection will be bringing you "Songs For A Winter's Night" in collaboration with the folks at Mountain City Traditional Arts in Frostburg, MD on Christmas Eve, Thursday, December 24 at 8 p.m.  The Maine-based band will be streaming an hour of seasonal and holiday songs while you sit by your cozy fire, or perhaps in the glow of your Christmas tree, enjoying your favorite winter beverage.

The Bluegrass Connection have been five very busy musical elves working on holiday and seasonal songs for this concert and who knows what surprises may happen! It's sure to be a fun night. You won't want to miss it!!
Here are the various places and links where you can find us:
Via Facebook
Bluegrass Connection-
Mountain City Traditional Arts-
Or Venmo @ericabrownshipman 


Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Spring Events at Mountain City Traditional Arts

Spring Events at Mountain City Traditional Arts

Farmers Market, November-April, 1st and 3rd Saturdays
Honey, Meats, Eggs, Natural Products, Greens, and More!

Allegany Boardgaming Society- Game Day, Fridays, 7 to 11 pm
Come play some games with the Allegany County Boardgaming Society! All are welcome.

Fiber Arts Group, Wednesdays 1pm to 3 pm, Open to All- starts up again in March

The Jeremiahs, Wednesday, March 4th at 7 pm.

Winners of Album of the Year, 
Live Irish Music Awards, 2018

Formed in Dublin in 2015, The Jeremiahs give a contemporary urban feel to traditional Irish music. They shape their sound with Dubliner Joe Gibney’s beautiful vocals and some whistle (not at the same time); Julien Bruneteau from Brittany who plays whistle and flutes; Dublin-based James Ryan who holds down the rhythm section on guitar and bouzouki and a few choice effects pedals; and finally, Jean Christophe Morel, another Frenchmen drawn to Dublin by Irish Traditional Music, who does the bulk of the work on fiddle.
The Wild Barrow Road

The Ronstadt Brothers with Probably Whiskey, Sunday, April 19th at 3 pm

We loved them so much last year that we're having them back. This is a show that shouldn't be missed! Amazing musicians; incredible music. Talent runs deep in the Ronstadt family. The Ronstadt Brothers continue a musical tradition passed from generation to generation in the Ronstadt family. They present a new and fresh take on the traditional Southwestern and Mexican songs of their family’s heritage while offering innovative original material to millennials discovering the treasure of roots music. And they bring a new spin to songs you grew up with. Carrying forward a sound closely tied in its infancy to their aunt Linda and their father Michael, join the Ronstadt Brothers on their journey through the Post-Modern American West. They'll be joined by American Roots Band, Probably Whiskey, to open. Don’t miss this!

Valley of Our Kin

Frostburg Spring Arts Walk with Silly Goose and Val, Saturday, April 25th, times TBA

This interactive, family-friendly celebration of Spring features characters from Val's Gold Medal Moonbeam Children's Book Award-winning book Springtime Dance. Val will bring 5 three-foot tall Flamingo marionettes for a rollicking Pink Flamingo CanCan inviting audience members to operate the marionettes. The engaging performance introduces audiences to puppetry and ventriloquism through song and dance. The program is supported by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council. MCTA will also feature artisans and additional activities as part of the Arts Walk. Silly Goose and Val

Todd Burge, Saturday, May 9, 4 pm

 Todd belongs in the company of Peter Stampfel, Todd Snider and Paul Thorn with Roger Miller winking from beyond. Look upon his works, ye Mighty, and despair!”  — Larry Groce - Mountain Stage Host (NPR)

If it’s been discovered by man, West Virginian Todd Burge has written about it. Born to ponder and observe life, each of his songs tells a story. Whether drawn from personal experience or a tale of poetically woven fiction, you’ll live every second of it through his songs. Burge has achieved the coveted title of a Mountain State Regular—Burge earned a jacket after ten Mountain Stage performances in 2015 and has stepped in to host on occasion. He’s performed and collaborated with or shared the stage with many musicians over the years including Tim O’Brien, Larry Groce, Bela Fleck, Lucinda Williams, and Hot Tuna. Whether on stage at the Kennedy Center or in front of an audience of ten-year olds, the wit, humor, and artistry he brings to songcraft is mesmerizing. This afternoon show is family friendly.

First Day of Spring

Mountain City Traditional Arts is a program of Frostburg State University in partnership with FrostburgFirst and the Maryland Traditions Program of the State Arts Council. For more information call 301-687-3124 or 301-687-8040; or email

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Holiday Cheer with Newberry and Verch

Music of the Season from Canada to the Ozarks 

Featuring Joe Newberry & April Verch

Saturday, December 14th at 4 PM- 25 E. Main Street, Frostburg, MD

$15 Suggested Donation

Growing up, musicians Joe Newberry and April Verch absorbed traditions of home and hearth -in his Missouri Ozarks and her Ottawa Valley of Canada. The holidays have always been a special time of year for both, with the lure of family and friends, festive decorations, gifts under the tree, and always.... music. So now, each year the duo sets out in a modern-day sleigh (with four-wheel drive) to perform their eagerly anticipated holiday tour. Original songs join timeless hymns. Stories warm the heart and give a twinkle to the eye. Lively fiddle and banjo numbers combine with traditional dance steps to illustrate happy times when people made their own fun at the holidays, and all year long. Make your holiday concert list,and check it twice... Newberry and Verch are coming to town!

Joe Newberry grew up in a family full of singers and dancers. He took up the guitar and banjoas a teenager and learned fiddle tunes from great Missouri fiddlers. April Verch grew uplistening to her Dad’s country band play for dances in the Ottawa Valley. She started stepdancing at age three and fiddling at age six. Both Newberry & Verch became masters of their traditions and tour the world with their respective bands and projects. Yet they never forgetthe roots of their music, that connection to the people in the audience, on the dance floor, to the community sparked by a good song.

For these veteran performers who come from distinct traditions and parts of the world, their collaboration is fueled by their kindred passion for bringing people together to celebrate traditional music. Blues and ballads stem into Canadian regional styles and originals. Their voices blend in harmony, their tasteful instrumentals prove that these masters have nothingleft to prove, and then their feet kick up the dust in perfect rhythm...and together, they make you remember why this music existed in the first place.

For more information call 301-687-8040. Mountain City Traditional Arts is a program of Frostburg State University in partnership with the Maryland Traditions Program of the Maryland State Arts Council and FrostburgFirst.