May 25th AND July 13th-Laura Thurston, One Woman Band

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One Woman Band, Playing four instruments at one time!
Laura brings multi-instrumentalism to a new level! You will be enthralled when you see this lovely lady rappin’ on a suitcase kick drum with one foot and tappin’ on a tambourine with the other; all the while, hands on her guitar and mouth on her harp. On top of that, Laura then adds sweet sugary vocals to her acoustic Folk-Grass mix while giving energy and presence to capture your attention.
This talented musician launched her solo career in 2011, performing up and down the east coast. With her original ideas and talented executions this one woman band is sure to dazzle any audience. Laura Thurston has her own unique style from a vintage era that will enliven you and have you feelin fine.

“It isn’t unusual for musicians to be multi-talented instrumentally — a little guitar, a little percussion, maybe some piano. But folk singer-songwriter Laura Thurston takes it a step further by playing four instruments at the same time in her original songs. Armed with a guitar, harmonica, tambourine and suitcase kick drum, Thurston is a one-woman band”
Alexa Milan, Sanford Herald
Come see Laura making her only Western PA appearance at our Ligonier Country Market on Saturday May 25th.

June 15th-Laurel Highlands Bluegrass Festival

Join us for a morning of lively Bluegrass music and learn more about the annual Laurel Highlands Bluegrass Festival next weekend in Waterford.

 JUNE 21-22, 2013


It’ll be hard to top last year’s festival (record attendance, perfect weather, and top-notch music), but we aim to do it. We’re getting the bands lined up, tweaking the food menu, scheduling the music workshops and sound company, and just generally gearing up for another great year. Sure hope you can join us!

on stage…

As always, both the Friday evening and Saturday lineups will be filled with top-notch national, regional and local bluegrass performers. GREAT music will be provided by:

+ Special Consensus - Grammy nominated, chart-toppers from Chicago!
+ The Rarely Herd - Highly entertaining, award-winning band returns!
+ Gooseneck Rockers - New powerhouse trio of award winners!
+ Bluegrass Mountaineers - Fine traditional Ohio family band returns!
+ Remington Ryde - Popular Pa. band was a hit here two years ago!
+ Lonesome Highway - Super solid band from West Virginia!
+ Blue Shades - Always great to hear these local favorites!
+ Border Ride – Entertaining band from Pa. and Ohio debuts!

Our ol’ buddy John Trout from WYEP-FM’s “Traditional Ties” show and Ligonier’s Jeff Bell will once again serve as emcees, both keeping the show on schedule and adding that “certain something” to the festivities. (Whatever that may be.) First class sound will be provided by Don, Ginger, and Steve of Soaring Eagle Productions, Bedford, PA. (They get tons of compliments on the great sound from both the fans and performers.)


Just a reminder… the festival benefits the Ligonier Township Volunteer Fire Department, Station #44. Their hard work, coupled with your support for them and the music, makes this a “win-win” for everybody. They deeply appreciate your attendance and your spreading the word about the festival.

The goal all along has been to make this an affordable, wholesome, family festival that features the best in bluegrass music. Please explore the rest of this Web site for more info, schedules, directions, etc., and check back for the latest updates. Also, please support our sponsors who help make this possible.

contact info

If you’d like to provide feedback about the festival or contact the organizers:

Laurel Highlands Bluegrass Festival
1012 Harvey Road
Ligonier, PA 15658
(724) 238-8646


July 13th-Laura Thurston, One Woman Band-Back by Popular Demand!


If you missed Laura earlier this season when she was here on May 25th, this is your chance to hear this amazing musician at our Market on Saturday July 13th from 8 am until noon. The weather in May was a bit chilly and damp, thus putting a “damper” on her performance since she plays the tambourine and drum barefoot. Now you will get to see the full effect of this One Woman Band now that the weather is more conducive to her performance. Stop by to watch or just listen as you stroll the grounds on a beautiful mid-summer morning in Western PA.

July 27th-Steel Clover


Enjoy Celtic ballads and spirited songs from Ireland and Scotland on Saturday July 27th with Sue’s unique arrangements that are laced with musical dialogue and lilting expressions that will touch your heart!

Susan Borowski is a rising independent recording artist from the Pittsburgh, PA area who is becoming visible throughout the area via social networking circles. Her music touches the realms of Celtic, Folk and Country in a fresh new style that continues to please listeners all over.  Her new album, Steel Clover “In the Celtic Spirit” is a very moving work full of passion, spirit and sensitivity that clearly shows her experience as a quality songwriter and musician.  You can check her out on Facebook, YouTube and at her Official website


August 3rd-Bruce Golightly, 60′s Folk Music

DruidSongDruidSong is the stage name of veteran folk/Celtic musician Bruce Golightly. DruidSong presents Celtic music drawn from a variety of sources. The songs run the spectrum from tragic to romantic and dramatic to comic, reflecting the Celtic view of life, love and the world in general. DruidSong has appeared in such diverse locations as the Rivers Casino, Penns Colony Festival and the Ligonier Highland Games. Bruce plays both the six and twelve string guitar, tin whistle and bodhran. Learn more about this music at

Bruce is on Facebook too, find him here:

 For the Ligonier Country Market, on August 3, 2013, Bruce returns to his roots in the 1960s. During those days, he performed in coffee houses and clubs, singing the popular “folk” music of the day. Come reminisce about those 1960’s and enjoy Bruce’s folk music surrounded by the fabulous array of over 120 Market vendors ranging from farm fresh produce to unique arts and crafts plus many hot food vendors to sample while you stroll the aisles of the Market.



August 10th-The Riverside Players


 The Riverside Players

 The Riverside Players is a string band dedicated to the playing of “Old Time” music. “Old Time” music is from the early periods of development of the United States. Our songs come from: The Colonial, Pre-Civil War, Gold Rush, Civil War, and Frontier Expansion periods. They can be classified as: Folk, Mountain music from the back hills, Early Country, Hymns/ Gospel and Patriotic music. We also perform a Christmas sing-a-long program each year.
Our instruments include: mountain dulcimer, guitar, fiddle, banjos, mandolin, and the resonator guitar. We occasionally play small venues with just the acoustic instruments. However; we usually use a sound system in large venues.
The Riverside Players regularly play at local assisted living and senior housing facilities. We also perform for: club meetings, banquets, festivals, and church services. Programs are tailored to each audience. Our favorite programs are: Hymn & Gospel Sings, Civil War, and Folk song sing-a-longs. The audience is always encouraged to join in! We can build a program from 15 minutes to two hours or more. For more information contact Byron Rusher at 724 694 5695.
Catch the Riverside Players at the Ligonier Country Market on Saturday August 10th from 8 am until noon.

August 24th-Aaron Jones,The Uke Slinger

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Aaron Jones is a ukulele player/singer songwriter from Latrobe, PA. His folk blues sound has been a fixture in the Westmoreland County Open Mic scene. This year he has played in the “Music by the Mile” event at the Pittsburgh Marathon presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods, The Derry Township Agricultural Fair as a part of the Keynote Cafe presentation. Those have been the highlights of this year so far.


Aaron has also released his first single “Dirty Boots” on iTunes as well. The address is as follows.


“I enjoy playing outdoor festivals and coffee shops the most because of a family friendly environment and I can take the family to those if it’s early enough. But I don’t mind the night life either”, says Aaron about playing his ukulele.


Come see and hear Aaron at the Special Features tent on the corner of Aisle B on Saturday August 24th from 8 am until Noon at the Ligonier Country Market.

Check out Aaron’s blog for more information:

August 31st-Harvey Z.

Harvey Z. (a/k/a Harvey Zalevsky) has been performing publicly for most of his adult life, having played guitar, saxophone, drums and keyboard in numerous ensembles from 8 piece R&B groups to heavy metal and rock n’ roll bands. He currently is performing oldies (ugh!) or what he likes to call Classic Rock (Eagles, Henley, CSNY and Beatles) with a smattering of Latin, Jazz, Folk and some originals;something for everybody-in a solo format. Harvey enjoys singing and playing guitar backed by light percussion and the “Harvettes”, his own personal back up singers.


Whether it’s intimate clubs, banquets, private parties or seasonal festivals, Harvey Z. plays music to delight the musical palate of anyone who’s ever listened to popular radio.

September 7th-Limberline Band

limberlinebandMartin Bour and Jeff DeMao are the Limberline Band.

Martin Bour was born and raised in Virginia. Martin has been playing music ever since he got a drum set from his grandparents when he was 12 years old. He bean playing guitar in high school and took classical guitar lessons in college. Martin has always preferred the acoustic guitar sound and enjoys writing instrumental pieces during random moments of creativity.


Jeff DeMao is a naive of Westmoreland County and began playing the guitar while in college-it beat going to class. Since then he has been active in various forums including lead and back up vocals at Princeton Community Church in New Jersey, Christian Community  Church in Chicago and leading the praise worship during local Sunday and evening services. Jeff has also performed at various coffeehouses, parties and wedding services and has recorded lead and back up vocals with the rock group, Pariah.


Martin and Jeff began playing together shortly after meeting at the Tuscano Agency, where Martin works in the technology area and Jeff in marketing.


See and hear them perform as the Limberline Band on Saturday September 7th at the Ligonier Country Market.