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April 15 – Tim Fast, Herschel Lee Brown and Allen Hayes

Allen, Herschel, and Tim first met over 15 years ago as yearly attendees of the Swannanoa Gathering Folk Arts Music Camp near Asheville, NC !

The two most important days of our lives are the day we are born and the day we find out why! Native Minnesotan, Tim Fast has been blessed to find an understanding of these days early in his life. Now credited with three award-winning albums, this nationally touring artist hangs his hat with some of the best American singer songwriters today! His love for adventure has given him a catalog of great original songs that have touched audiences from coast to coast!

Allen Hayes fell in love with the guitar at an early age. The Beatles, John Denver, John Prine, and Don McLean were early role models when he began writing his own songs in high school. Allen’s approach to songwriting has developed into an eclectic, slice-of-life approach to telling stories. Folk, Americana, Country, Jazz, and Blues influences all erupt from time to time. Allen performs solo these days but has played with various folk groups throughout the years. He has a self-released CD called “Landfall”. An unsolicited endorsement states, “Your music was impressive—good guitar playing, excellent songwriting and your singing was strong and authentic. You’ve got a good thing going on…”.

Herschel Lee Brown grew up singing. From Methodist hymns around the old piano at his Grandparents home in South Carolina, through church choirs, to the boogie piano of his Uncle Troy and country/guitar ballads of his Uncle Neil. Add many distant radio voices from Nashville and Chicago in the 60’s, and finally the rock and roll and folk music of the 70’s. Along the way he taught himself to play guitar and write songs, and became enlightened to the power of music to communicate peace, love, and joy.

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