Jakob’s Ferry Stragglers
“With sublime vocals and stirring harmonies,
this is not a band to be missed or trifled with.”
— Appalachian Jamwich
The Jakob’s Ferry Stragglers mix old-time, bluegrass, country, jazz, rockabilly and swing to create a unique and high-energy style all their own. With well-crafted original songs, masterful picking, and sweet vocal harmonies, this young band is sharing with audiences across the country a fresh take on Appalachian Americana music.
From the Appalachian foothills of Southwest Pennsylvania, Gary Antol (guitar, vocals, mandolin) first learned the guitar from his father at the age of five. Gary earned a Bachelor of Music degree in sound recording technology and jazz guitar at Duquesne University and toured for several years with The Weedrags out of the Pittsburgh region.
Libby Eddy (fiddle, vocals) was raised in West Virginia and learned to play fiddle from her father and to sing from her mother. At age 15, Libby won the Maryland State Championship Fiddle Contest and later won the West Virginia Idol Contest.
Mitch Hall (banjo) is from the little country town of Accident, nestled in the hills of Western Maryland. As a devout clawhammer stylist, Mitch has won several old-time music contests including: the Maryland State Old-Time Banjo contest and the Western Maryland Music Festival. He also placed second in the Mid-Atlantic Banjo Contest.
As a child, Ed Croft (upright bass, vocals) received a doghouse bass as a gift from his grandfather, a local luthier. During high school Ed frequently performed with blues legend Carolina Slim. Ed received a degree in music education at SUNY Fredonia, and recently completed his Masters in jazz studies from Bowling Green State University.
The Jakob’s Ferry Stragglers’ well received debut Cd is The Lane Change. Their track, Mannington #9, was featured on the Relix Magazine 2015 Summer CD Sampler.