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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.
Specialty flatbread pizzas, cheese plates, snacks and desserts available from Chef Ron Ramos, so come hungry!

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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View More: 1st- Aoife O’Donovan– In the quiet moments found between touring her first solo album and collaborating with mainstay folk and bluegrass peers, Aoife O’Donovan found the inspiration to write her sophomore album “In the Magic Hour” — out Jan. 22, 2016 on Yep Roc Records.Aoife O’Donovan’s sophomore album, “In the Magic Hour” — produced by Tucker Martine (The Decemberists, Neko Case) is a 10-song album full of the singer’s honeyed vocals mixed with gauzy, frictionless sounds: splashing cymbals, airy harmonies, the leisurely baritone musings of an electric guitar. Written in the wake of O’Donovan’s grandfather’s death, “In the Magic Hour” is her most introspective effort yet, an aching exploration of memory and mortality.

For a decade, O’Donovan wielded her instrument with tensile strength as the captivating lead singer of the Boston-based progressive string band Crooked Still. She was a featured vocalist on “The Goat Rodeo Sessions,” the Grammy-winning album by Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer and Chris Thile, has made regular appearances on A Prairie Home Companion and collaborated with some of the most eminent names in music across a wide variety of genres from Alison Krauss to Dave Douglas

In 2013 O’Donovan released her debut solo album, “Fossils,” a moody collection of original songs with a country lilt. The album garnered praise from The New York Times and Rolling Stone, while The Guardian deemed O’Donovan the “next Americana celebrity.” Most recently O’Donovan has lent her voice to the folk trio I’m With Her with singers Sara Watkins (Nickel Creek) and Sarah Jarosz.
Pre-sale-$22/ Day of show-$27- general admission
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2903372June 3rd- The Steel Wheels– Some things come to be in their own time, of their own accord. Such has been the case with The Steel Wheels. In the beginning, it was simply a matter of four young men who’d happened to cross paths at a formative moment in each of their lives reveling in the shared experience of plucking acoustic instruments and blending their voices.  But over the years, what had begun organically as a pure lark evolved into a mission: to fuse the personal with the universal, the deeply rooted past with the joys and sorrows of everyday existence.

“What sets The Steel Wheels from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia apart from many bands is the combination of their stellar instrumentals, accentuated by the one of a kind lead vocal of Wagler, and keenly supported by strong harmonies. Eric Brubaker on fiddle, Jay Lapp on mandolin, and Brian Dickel on bass weave in and out intricately throughout this record, painting vivid imagery which flows effortlessly, just teasing the lyrics enough to allow them to resonate within you.”
Country Standard Time
Doors open at 7:30/Music at 8pm
pre-sale- $22/day of show $27/general admission
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david Mayfield B&WJune 4th- David Mayfield Bluegrass Parade– David Mayfield grew up playing bass and touring with his family’s bluegrass band. As a teenager he established himself as a hot picker collecting national awards for his dexterity on guitar and mandolin. He took his skills and personality and joined the bluegrass outfit Cadillac Sky, playing sold out shows with British folk revivalists Mumford and Sons. Conscious of not just being a musician, but an entertainer – he certainly makes an impression live. But it’s the strength of his songwriting and musicianship, combined with that charm and personality that keep audiences consistantly lining up to join the parade. Join us for an evening with this grammy nominated artists, as David returns to his Bluegrass roots and brings some of his favorite “pickers” with him to the G.A.R. Hall stage.
pre-sale tickets $17/$22 day of show
Doors open at 7:30, general admission
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10714453_289339257930900_2454805262046198044_oJune 17th- The Lowest Pair– Kendl Winter, born in Arkansas, moved to Olympia, Washington after high school, drawn to the evergreen forests and the lively and thriving music scene. She put three solo records out on Olympia’s indie label, K Records, and performed in nationally-touring northwest string bands before beginning The Lowest Pair in 2013 with Palmer T. Lee. Palmer built his first banjo when he was 19 from pieces he serendipitously inherited. Shortly after deciding songwriting would be the most effective and enjoyable medium for his musings, he began cutting his teeth fronting Minneapolis string bands and touring the midwest festival circuit, which is where he and Kendl first met, on the banks of the Mississippi.
“Both of us studied roots music and traditional banjo techniques, three finger and clawhammer. We started there and then from our understanding of them have diverged, perhaps because of our own limitations, and probably because we both tend to err on creative. Even when we are attempting to recreate old sounds, we can’t help but have our own twist on it. We approach our instruments as vehicles to explore poetry, song, and melody and have kind of been making up our own sounds in the places where we couldn’t find ones that seemed to fit or make sense to us.”
pre-sale tickets- $12/$15 day of show
general admission
doors open at 7:30/ music at 8pm



Press Photo 1 - Maarten deBoerOctober 9th- Sara Watkins–  Thrilled to announce Sara Watkins is coming to play the Hall this Fall in support of her new album;  Young in all the Wrong Ways. Sara Watkins is a singer-songwriter and fiddler from California. She debuted in 1989 as fiddler and founding member of the progressive bluegrass group Nickel Creek along with her brother Sean and mandolinist Chris Thile. In addition to singing and playing fiddle, she also plays ukulele and guitar, and played percussion while touring with The Decemberists.

Supporting her new album, Young in all the Wrong Ways, Sarah says, “This is a breakup album with myself…”Writing and recording these ten intensely soul-baring songs was a means for her to process and mark the last couple years, which have been transformative. “I looked around and realized that in many ways I wasn’t who or where I wanted to be. It’s been a process of letting go and leaving behind patterns and relationships and in some cases how I’ve considered myself. What these songs are documenting is the turmoil you feel when you know something has to change and you’re grappling with what that means. It means you’re losing something and moving forward into the unknown.”
Doors open at 6:30, Music at 7pm
General Admission
$25 pre-sale/$30 day of show
purchase tickets here



More information about these shows coming soon!

June 2nd- Roger Hoover’s Pastures of Plenty
June 8th- The Mostly Blues Band
June 11th- The Stumpy Basin Volunteers
June 18th- Rachel Brown & The Beatnik Playboys
June 24th- The Gage Brothers
June 25th- Angie Haze
August 10th- The Mostly Blues Band
August 18th- Sarah Clanton
August 19th- Griffin House
September 8th- Tim Easton
September 9th- Old Man Ludecke
September 14th- The Mostly Blues Band
September 15th- Anna and Elizabeth
September 16th- Corn Potato String Band
September 17th- Rachel Brown and the Beatnik Playboys
September 23rd- Austin Walkin Cane and Wallace Coleman
September 24th- Music on the Porches- Headliner act TBA
October 1st- Sisters in Song- Kristine Jackson, Becky Boyd, Rachel Brown and Emma Shook
October 15th- Roger Hoover’s CD Release Party
October 22nd- A Blues Gathering with Austin Walkin’ Cane, Kristine Jackson, Jon Mosey and Mike Lenz
October 29th- The Numbers Band

Parking for the G.A.R. Hall is on the southwest corner of Riverview Road and Main Street (Route 303).

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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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