December 25 2009

Press Release: Wayne County Community Foundation Sponsors Speaker

Bruce Young at 2004 Central PA Festival of the Arts

Bruce Young at 2006 Fort Armstrong Folk Festival

On Saturday, August 22, at 30 pm, the Wayne County Community Foundation will sponsor a presentation by Bruce Young entitled "Pennsylvania Mountain Voices," in the multi-purpose room of the Wayne County Historical Society, 810 Main St., Honesdale.

Bruce Young, a Pennsylvania Commonwealth speaker, is a folk artist specializing in traditional fiddle and dance styles. His expertise is the result of fourteen years of classical training followed by thirty years of folk music performance. He became involved in square dance music in 1974, playing fundraisers for the Penn State Folklore Society. He then played fiddle for Tyrone, PA square dance caller Bob Irvin and his band, the Hilltoppers. After nine years The Hilltoppers broke up and Mr. Young became a freelance fiddler/vocalist. In 1986 his trio was hired to perform English Country Dance music at The Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire. In 1991 he studied calling, or prompting, of Contra and English Country Dances at an Augusta Heritage Week at Davis and Elkins College. That year he began the study of Suzuki violin pedagogy at Ms. Rhonda Cole's Institute at Catholic University of America to better serve his growing teaching studio. Leaving the Faire in 1995, Mr. Young continues to play for and call at public dances across Pennsylvania with different bands and to teach in his studio, Fiddle Fantastick.

Thanks to the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Speaker program and the generosity of the Wayne County Historical Society in providing the venue, the Wayne County Community Foundation is able to present this program free of charge. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, contact the Wayne County Community Foundation at 570-251-9993 or