Preserving Peninsula's Past for the Future.

Voices in the Valley

The Peninsula Foundation supports the Arts Community by presenting Voices in the Valley, a showcase of traditional roots music. So kick back, relax and join us for a night of music in the Historic G.A.R. Hall. Beer, Wine and adult beverages available.

If you are looking for a way to sponsor the arts, please consider helping support the Voices in the Valley music program at the historic G.A.R. Hall. Operated by the Peninsula Foundation, this program features local and national touring musicians in the intimate setting of this beautiful, grand old hall. Your donation is tax deductible and very much appreciated. Thank you in advance for supporting the arts and arts programming in N.E. Ohio!
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  • September 4th- The Stumpy Basin Volunteers- Traditional Bluegrass and good time fun with the boys from the Valley.  Help us welcome  back Peninsula’s favorite band.  They have been kickin’ it up in the Valley for over 35 years now, always a good time when they play the Hall.
    Doors open at 6:30, music starts at 7pm. $7 donation requested at the door


  • September 5th- 10 String Symphony-
    The Nashville music scene, a famous home for world-class musicians as well as legendary songwriters.  10 String Symphony combines the best of both of these worlds, skilled instrumentalists with an incredible amount of soal and a love of great songs.  Although difficult to categorize, their music is instantly recognizable as a blend of two distinct but equally vivacious musical voices, encompassing “aggressive, almost discordant, celtic and dare I say punky string-chording experimentations”   Vocally, Rachel Baiman and Christian Sedelmyer lock in seamlessly, and their vocal duets often take center stage despite the fact that they are self-described fiddle players.
    Doors open at 7:30/ Music at 8pm
    General Admission
    $12 pre-sale/$15 day of show
    purchase tickets here
    click here for a 10 String Symphony video


  • September 11th- No Voices 


  • September 17th- The Mike and Ruthy Band-  “honoring the great musical traditions of the past while at the same time welcoming, with open arms, the future of what music can be” (Folk Alley), and much, much more. They play with jubilation–as exciting and powerful as any quintet out there, mixing up fiddle and banjo with drums, bass, pedal steel and organ.Their concerts dance from Americana ho-downs to sassy blues, Motown soul, old-timey harmonies, rock-n-roll energy and infectious, inspired songwriting. Ruthy, daughter of GRAMMY-winning Jay Ungar (Ashokan Farewell – “that song put me through college,” she says) and folk singer Lyn Hardy, was born to it. After meeting Mike, from the start, they wrote what they knew, weaving ardent friendship, warts-and-all couplehood, bittersweet loss, unabashed joy, and modern gypsy domesticity into song, while keeping an edge consistent with the scrappier end of the folk spectrum. 
    Doors open at 7:30/ Music at 8pm
    General Admission
    $12 pre-sale/$15 day of show
    purchase tickets here


  • September 18th- No Voices


  • September 25th-TBA


  • September 26th Music on the Porches featuring The Speedbumps- This village-wide music event held on September 26th, is proud to feature one of N.E. Ohio’s favorite bands The Speedbumps. The Speedbumps are an award-winning American band with a warm, authentic sound, built on a passion for hollow-bodied instruments, indie-folk influences, and singer-songwriter Erik Urycki’s breathy, commanding vocals and canny phrasing. The band’s roots lie deep in the Rustbelt, where quiet strength and limited embellishment define the culture. The working class towns around Akron have provided the band with an aesthetic that seeks to tease out beauty from the gritty details of everyday life.
    Doors open at 7:30, General Admission
    Pre-Sale tickets are $18/ Day of show $22.
    purchase tickets here


  • October 1st- Roger Hoover’s Pastures of Plenty-A new program for the Voices in the Valley Music Program, Pastures of Plenty is dedicated to supporting cultural diversity and increased understanding among peoples through the documentation, preservation, and performance of American folk music. This event will happen the first Thursday of every month beginning on October 1st, which  coincidentally, would be two days before the anniversary of Woody Guthrie’s death. Start the series with a night on Woody Guthrie.
    Who We Are & What We Do- We perform songs from Smithsonian Folkways’ vast, musical catalogue, presenting the songs from their historical context in intimate settings. We perform the songs live with a set list centered on modern topics such as Civil Rights, Environmentalism, Labor, etc. Using a combination of pamphlets, sheet music, interactive tools, living history and live performance, we give new relevance to folk music in a modern context and empower our audience – through education – to carry on this strong legacy by writing/singing/sharing their own versions of these songs.
    Doors open at 7:30.  $7 donation requested at the door


  • October 2- Boy=Girl– Both successful bandleaders on their own, Jen (Mo’ Mojo) and Paul (Hillbilly IDOL) bring together their natural vocal blend, multi-instrumental skills, song-writing, and appreciation and understanding of American music styles, with their love of performing with each other.  They may play sparse & intimate. They may rock it out. Either way you get penetrating harmonies and captivating playing. A mix of traditional and contemporary music, with an emphasis on originals. 
    Doors open at 6:30. general admission, $7 donation requested at the door.


  • October 4th–  Join us for an intimate, solo night of music with Boston-born Aoife O’Donovan (pronounced “ee-fah”). Aoife is known for her ethereal vocals and substantive songwriting. Her powerful performances — including appearances everywhere from Glastonbury to Newport Folk to Roskilde — continue to garner her praise in the folk world and beyond with “the ability to surprise an audience with the contrast between her gentle appearance at the microphone and the invisible punch of her performance.” – The Guardian
    While Fossils may technically be a debut of it’s own kind for O’Donovan, the singer-songwriter has built up an impressive resume. After graduating from the New England Conservatory she spent the better part of a decade as the lead singer and principal songwriter/song-finder of Crooked Still, which grew into one of the world’s most acclaimed progressive string groups over the ensuing decade. The stunning versatility and appeal of her voice brought her to the attention of some of the most eminent names in music and led to collaborations across a wide variety of genres with everyone from Alison Krauss to Dave Douglas to Mary Chapin Carpenter and regular appearances on A Prairie Home Companion, along with a role as vocalist on the Grammy-winning Goat Rodeo Sessions alongside Chris Thile, Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer and Stuart Duncan.
    2015 features the start of O’Donovan’s newest collaboration – a trio with Sara Watkins and Sarah Jarosz. The I’m With Her tour which debuted in Glasgow at Celtic Connections, and tours throughout the spring in the UK before playing handful of shows in North America.
    pre-sale tickets are $18/ day of show $22
    general admission/doors open at 6:30
    purchase tickets here


  • October 9th-  No Voices


  • October 16- A Blues Gathering- We have invited back four of our favorite blues artists for another night of blues at the Hall. Join us as Jon Mosey, Mike Lenz, Kristine Jackson and Austin Walkin’ Cane mix it up on this historic stage. Expect some awesome guitar work, “bluesey” vocals, a little friendly competition and a night of great blues music among friends.
    Doors open at 6:30, general admission
    $15 pre-sale/$18 day of show
    purchase tickets here


  • October 17th- Tim Easton Tim Easton is a Nashville based songwriter/performer who grew up in Northeast Ohio.  His style comes from years of traveling and listening and learning about American music.  After performing on the streets of Europe for 7 years, a path was forged in the recording world with the help of New West Records & Thirty Tigers.  Nearly 100 original songs are now published on line and vinyl. Tim continues to write songs, produce other artists, and perform at venues around the world.  In 2015 he has already been to Europe, Japan, and Alaska to perform and considers any tour that brings him to Ohio another chance to play music in his old stomping grounds and hopefully an opportunity to go fishing with his father, who still lives in Akron.
    Opening the evening will be Cleveland singer-songwriter Chris Allen

    Doors open at 7:30, general admission
    $10 pre-sale/$15 day of show
    purchase tickets here


  • October 23rd- Becky Boyd–  Becky Boyd has been playing the Cleveland Ohio club scene for over 30 years. Her vocals are outstanding, combining great tone, with tremendous feel. “Becky Boyd, a singer of such strength, she could make a lot of “No Girls Allowed” signs get ripped off the clubhouse doors… She possesses a powerful blues/jazz voice that’s forceful, sensuous and as clear as spring water. Steve Byrne, Scene Magazine
    Doors open at 6:30, general admission. $7 donation requested at the door


  • October 29th-  The Ballroom Thieves- In this increasingly virtual world of ours, what makes music authentic? For some, songs are no more than tiny sentimental impressions. But others treat music as an extension of their roots, a mirror of their travels and relationships, and a testament to both their craft and passion. For The Ballroom Thieves, the band’s journey has only just begun, but their roots already run quite deep. Stylistically, the trio finds a captivating mélange of acoustic styles, blending folk conventions with modern hymnals, delta blues grit with rich harmonies, exploring the basic constructions of pop music while almost wholeheartedly rejecting its restrictions at the same time. For The Ballroom Thieves, this family tree has only just begun to bloom, but its roots give the trio a strong and solid structure from which to continue to build.
    Doors open at 7:30, general admission
    purchase tickets here


  • October 30th- Brent Kirby and His Luck- This band has been tearing it up at every packed room they play. Hot off the release of their first CD, Brent and the Boys will be playing Brent “penned” songs, old and new, some with a new twist, always with meaning. Brent, one of Cleveland’s most beloved musicians has been a great supporter of the Voices in the Valley music program and the local music scene in general. This band is packed with talent!
    Doors open at 6:30, general admission. $7 donation requested at the door

More information about these shows coming soon!

November 6th- Banjo Babes Tour
November 7th- Austin Walkin’Cane
November 13th- Rachel Brown & The Beatnik Playboys
November 25th- The Rhonda’s
December 4th-Boy=Girl
December 5th- David Mayfield’s Bluegrass Parade
December 11th- Hillbilly Gypsies
December 13th- Ohio City Singers

Enter the G.A.R. Hall through the side door by the patio. Parking for the G.A.R. Hall is on the southwest corner of Riverview Road and Main Street (Route 303).

Please send all booking inquiries to

Words are not enough for all the gratitude we have for the countless people who have given to this program. You know who you are and Thank YOU so much! 

Jay Minkin for all his great press and support.  Check out his blog at

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