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Cedar Valley Settlers Celebration & Music Festival 

The Peasall Sisters will churn butter at the Cedar Valley Settlers Celebration on Sunday.
  • The Peasall Sisters will churn butter at the Cedar Valley Settlers Celebration on Sunday.
Organized by Cleveland Metroparks, the Cedar Valley Settlers Celebration & Music Festival is an autumn Sunday affair that revives the sights, sounds, and tastes of Ohio's pioneering days. Living-museum types demonstrate square dancing, serve biscuits, and tutor modern folk on butter churning and two-man sawing.

To fully capture that old-timey atmosphere, Metroparks has booked the Infamous Stringdusters and the Peasall Sisters. "People always say how this music takes them back," says Sarah Peasall. "Then they go on to tell a story of sitting at their grandma's table, eating pecan pie or something sweet like that."

The three siblings -- Sarah on guitar, Hannah on mandolin, and Leah on fiddle -- helped rejuvenate America's interest in roots music with the children's spiritual "In the Highways," which appeared on the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack. The Sisters have gone on to record two albums reminiscent of Mother Maybelle & the Carter Sisters.

"Our sound is a blend of traditional Americana music -- some newer bluegrass, some gospel, and then some original songs we've written with a sort of contemporary feel, but still very rooted in traditional country," explains Sarah.

At 4:15 p.m., visitors can also participate in the festival's attempt to break the Guinness Book of World Records' largest harmonica play-along. Awesome.

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