Big Howdy is a progressive bluegrass band from Washington, DC. Skyline alum Dede Wyland’s clear, powerful voice fronts a group of virtuoso multi-instrumentalists: Randy Barrett, Ira Gitlin, and Tom McLaughlin. A native of Wisconsin, singer and guitarist Dede Wyland honed her bluegrass skills from 1975 through 1979 playing throughout the Midwest and Central states with the Milwaukee-based band ’Grass, Food & Lodging. She then moved to New York, where she became a founding member of Tony Trischka and Skyline, one of the leading progressive bluegrass groups of the 1980s. Randy Barrett is a singer, songwriter, banjoist and fiddler who has been a mainstay of the DC bluegrass scene for more than three decades. Ira Gitlin, a native of New York City, is widely known and respected in Washington-Baltimore bluegrass, folk, and roots-music circles as a versatile multi-instrumentalist, teacher and writer. Tom McLaughlin is a contest winner on guitar, mandolin and fiddle, and a Winfield finalist on guitar and mandolin.
More about this concert at the Boal Museum Amphitheater
Come early to enjoy the afternoon!
1-5 Tour the Boal Museum and Columbus Chapel. $10 per person. Schedule your visit by calling 814-876-0129. There is a limit of 10 people per tour, so reserve early.
Food will be available from Duffy’s Tavern from 5-8pm
5-6 Jam Session! Bring your instrument if you play, or come to listen. Please bring a chair and meet by the Visitors Center.
5-6 Claudia Wilson will lead a hike on the Boal grounds, or feel free to explore on your own. For the group hike, meet at the southwest corner of the parking lot.
6-6:30 Special Presentation: Bob Cameron, Executive Director of the Boal Mansion Museum will discuss the Boal Family history in Boalsburg. By the Visitors’ Center.
7 PM Concert with Dede Wyland & The Big Howdy Band
There is plenty of space at the Boal, so stick around afterwards to visit with your friends.