The Lockport Drifters, named
for their favorite hangout on the west branch of the Susquehanna River, is a
four member acoustic string band that plays a variety of musical styles from
traditional bluegrass and old timey favorites to classic rock, country, folk,
and gospel standards. Best known for their strong vocals and harmony, relaxed
performance style and reverence for fun, the group also adds unique
arrangements and instrumentals to their traditionally spirited music.
Formed in 2001, the band has
many years of combined experience playing for diverse audiences in a variety
of venues throughout central Pennsylvania. Phil Reeder, a popular local talent
and artist has been playing the area since the late 60's. He is currently a
member of several area bands and is equally well known for his solo
Dale Haines is a popular area
guitar player known for his raucous vocals and humorous interaction with an
audience. He and Reeder were former members of the Last Complete Show, a
popular and award winning traditional bluegrass band with both TV and radio
credits that toured PA and New York throughout the 1980's and early
Playing at the same time and
in many of the same spots Lucy McLaughlin played mandolin for Buckdancer's
Choice Old Time String Band, who specialized in traditional "Old Timey"
Appalachian and Irish fiddle tunes, traditional dance, and story telling.
Buckdancers was sponsored by grants from the PA Humanities Council and
were "Artists in Residence" at many area schools.
Member Phil Ponish has made
the rounds playing bass and guitar in several popular area bands, past and
present, performing classic and contemporary rock and county, southern rock,
jazz, and swing. His Dobro (resophonic guitar) and old time country voice give
the band a distinctive sound.
The Lockport Drifters make
their homes in Clinton and Center counties and can be heard at many of the
local fairs and community