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Slim Harrison

Slim Harrison


Artist Overview

Slim Harrison is a seasoned professional, touring regionally, nationally and internationally. He performs Traditional, American Roots music on fiddle, banjo, mountain dulcimer, hammered dulcimer, resophonic guitar, mandolin, jaws harp, mouth bow, autoharp, fiddlesticks, and spoons.  

His children's festival performance is titled, "The Sunnyland Skiffle Band", a children's participatory Jugband where Slim provides washboards, spoons, washtub bass, jugs, skiffleboards, limberjacks, and stumpf-fiddles for kids & (adults!) to play along.  All festival performances include audience participation and humorous anecdotes.

Slim Harrison‘s school performances include: "Exploring the  Roots of American Folk Music" & "Exploring the Roots of American Folk Dances" as well as an environmental program titled, "It All Flows into the Chesapeake Bay".   Slim can also provide performances based on many themes and programs suitable for all ages.  STEM and Common Core Standards are the focus of all school performances and special arrangements can be made to include "The Science of Sound", "Math & Music", and "Tech Tools & Engineering of Musical Instruments"

He works with both MSAC, PA Council on the Arts and Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning through the Arts (Master Teaching Artist).  He is also an accomplished dance caller, clogger, storyteller, and instrument builder. 

Select performances include Kennedy Center, Wolf Trap, Smithsonian, Appalachian Fest, American Roots Music Festival, Rudolstadt, Moelln, Halsingbo & Viljandi Festivals in Europe as well as schools, barn dances & festivals all over North America and Latin America.  As a Keynote Speaker, Slim has addressed the Wolf Trap Institute, Kennedy Center, Association of Experiential Educators, NAEYC, Int'l Child Art Fest, Maryland Music Teachers Convention, Common Ground on the Hill at McDaniel College, etc.

Complimentary Activities:

Community Barn Dances/Square Dances/Hoedowns provide a wonderful opportunity for folks to gather and interact with no prior skill needed.  A professional band can play the music or Slim can play fiddle or banjo while calling the dance figures and an audience Jugband can play along!

The Barnstormers, Slim Harrison & Tom Jolin perform as a duo on a variety of traditional folk instruments.  They are often joined by Sam (Samantha) & Joe Herrmann of the Critton Hollow String Band for concerts & barn dances.

The RockCandy Cloggers, (Rock Howland & Candy Ranlet) perform choreographed and freestyle flatfoot clogging. When they are not dancing, they join the band on fiddle & mandolin, concertina, dulcimer, autoharp & bass.

Workshops and Residency Programs can be included following performances.  "Exploring the Roots of American Folk Music & Dance" residencies include workshops for each class where students work as an ensemble and try up to 12 different traditional instruments.  Additional workshops can include folk dances & recycled instrument building.  An All School "Fiesta/Hoedown" concludes the residency and parents are invited to join in the fun!  Stem and Common Core Standards are the focus of "The Science of Sound",  "Math & Music", and "Tech Tools & Engineering of Musical Instruments" as well as the environmental program, "It All Flows Into the Chesapeake Bay".  Keynote Address for Conferences includes a tailored program to fit the conference theme as well as audience participation and humorous anecdotes. 

Fees for these programs range as follows:

Minimum $900 duo, $1600 with cloggers/Maximum $5000 full band & cloggers on tour.

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