Slim Harrison

For over 40 years, Slim Harrison has performed at schools and festivals, hoedowns & throwdowns all over North America and overseas. He is a Master Artist with the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning through the Arts and full-time Artist in Residence with the Maryland State Arts Council. Slim has had the privilege of performing with Pete Seeger, Jean Ritchie, Bud & Ola Belle Reed, John Jackson, Patsy Montana, Blind Rev. Pearly Brown, Albert Hash, Ella Jenkins and numerous others at festivals, hoedowns, house concerts & street corners. He is the founder of the Barnstormers, Piney Mountain String Band and the Sunnyland Skiffle Band and has called dances or played with countless bands including the Corndodgers, Fiddlestyx, Jolly Joe’s Jugband, Double Decker Stringband, Sassafras Jugband, the Heartbeats, Sunshine Skiffle Band, Fennig’s All Stars & even Ralph Stanley’s Clinch Mountain Boys. Slim is at home on the Main Stage or back porch, leading a march with Cesar Chavez or calling a dance with a children’s jugband. He builds banjos & dulcimers in his workshop at Sugartree Farm & leads workshops with children making everything from whammy-diddles to stomper-doodles. He has called numerous dances in his barn, for a wedding dance at a festival in Estonia and even for the 1980 U.S. Olympic team. Considered a “self-taught” multi-instrumentalist, storyteller & dance caller, Slim says, “I learned a little bit from everybody I met as I traveled around this great country!” He performs on fiddle & fiddlesticks, banjo, autoharp, mountain & hammered dulcimer, 6 & 12 string guitar, resophonic guitar, harmonica, mouthbow, jaws harp, jug, skiffleboards, washtub bass and his one-of-a-kind “Kazoozafone”. His greatest joy is sharing the music & dances of America with children & adults.

2020 Catalog Cover Artist

Presenting our 2020 catalog cover, featuring an original woodcut done just for us by Bobby Rosenstock of JustAJar Design Press.

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Since we weren't able to have a Breed Display Barn this year, some of you might be interested in this webinar that the American Sheep Industry Association recently sponsored.

"In this webinar we explore the amazing diversity of heritage sheep breeds found in America and how many are making a remarkable comeback as interest grows in small scale shepherding and in natural fiber arts. We discuss the decades long effort to bring rare sheep back from the brink of extinction and current efforts to develop new markets for their products. Learn about the conservation work and then listen to experiences of several rare breed sheep farmers as they recount the journey they have undertaken with their amazing sheep breeds"
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Attention please! We ended up with a small quantity of 2020 merchandise left over from our virtual festival order. This includes short sleeve t-shirts, long sleeve t-shirts, sweatshirts, tote bags, sling bags, backpacks, posters, note cards and enamel pins. Sorry, no mugs, and not all sizes are available in the shirts and sweatshirts.

You can view these items at www.sheepman.com/product-category/maryland-sheep-wool-festival-online/, but because of the limited quantities you CANNOT ORDER THEM ONLINE. All items will be sold by telephone order ONLY on a first come, first served basis. Orders will be accepted by Sheepman Supply at 301-662-4197 Monday-Friday between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm. I repeat, orders will be accepted by TELEPHONE ONLY at 301-662-4197 Monday-Friday between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm.

This may be your last chance to get 2020 Festival merchandise!
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