Cedar Valley Settlers Celebration & Music Festival

Cedar Valley Settlers Celebration Peasall Sisters Infamous Stringdusters bluegrass Mother Maybelle Cedar Valley Settlers Celebration & Music Festival, with the Peasall Sisters and the Infamous Stringdusters. Sunday, September 23, at the Frostville Museum and Rocky River Nature Center, Rocky River Reservation, North Olmsted.
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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