The Northeast Ohio Musical Heritage Association

Hessler Homecoming

October 15, 2023

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A Musical Celebration!
Sunday, October 15 11am-5pm
Presented by
     The Hessler Neighborhood Association
in collaboration with the
     North East Ohio Musical Heritage Association
Free Admission – Outdoor Event
Hessler Road
Cleveland, Ohio
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   11 a.m. Austin Walkin’ Cane
   Noon  Bent String
   1 p.m. The Baker’s Basement
   2 p.m. he New John McGrail Trio
   3:30 p.m. CARLOS JONES and the P.L.U.S. Band
          -Sound by Vertical Sound-

Carlos Jones and the P.L.U.S. Band

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Recent NEOMHA Programs

7th Annual Lake Erie Folk Fest

Saturday, February 11, 2023 was the seventh annual Lake Erie Folk Fest at the Shore Cultural Centre in Euclid, Ohio . . . another milestone for traditional music in Northeast Ohio.

Stay tuned for news on the eighth annual Lake Erie Folk Fest . . .

At Northeast Ohio Musical Heritage Association, we are dedicated to preserving and celebrating traditional music in its many wonderful forms, and we know you care about that musical heritage, too. We have been building our music community, expanding our programming and bringing music to new audiences and new spaces all year long. Now we’re busy planning our biggest event of the year, the Lake Erie Folk Fest, and we’re excited about all the great music we’re going to bring to share with you.

We’re incredibly grateful to serve such a talented and enthusiastic community. Whether it’s Lake Erie Folk Fest, music in the community, collaborations with other festivals, outreach to schools or educational offerings for students, your support helps to make it all possible.

For all you do to support traditional music, we here at NEOMHA are thankful, every day of the year. Thank you for supporting traditional music events in Northeast Ohio.

Folk on Hessler: Take 2 . . .

We had a small but enthusiastic gathering on Sunday, October 9, 2022 for the free concert and porch jams. The hope is to have it again next year at about the same time, though we have no firm plans yet.

This event was a musical collaboration between the Northeast Ohio Musical Heritage Association, Folknet, Roots of American Music, Raccoon County Music Festival, and the Hessler Neighborhood Assocation.

The original June 26 date was cancelled due to predictions of thunderstorms.

Performances by:

Kari Rutushin Quartet

Oak Island Skunk Jumpers

Warren Bendler

NEOMHA Brought Traditional Music to the Waterloo Arts Fest

 On August 27, 2022, NEOMHA took over the stage in the Sculpture Garden for a celebration of traditional music.

At 3:30 we brought you Coop Accordion, an ensemble hatched on a farm in the Ozarks of Arkansas. Every year, this adventurous group of accordion friends picks a new location to meet up and play, and this year it was our turn, Cleveland!

Frank Petrilli (Los Angeles, CA) is a renowned jazz player in several L.A.-area bands including the Idiomatiques, Strada Swing, and the Stardust Ensemble. Dave Magliozzi (Boston, MA) has been playing accordion since the age of ten — he’s forgotten more songs than the rest of the group ever learned! He performs as a soloist and with multiple groups in the Boston area. Jean Urry (Racine, WI) is a longtime student of Stas Venglevski. She’s played with several accordion orchestras, including the London Accordion Orchestra. James Gerke (Boston, MA) is a singer and chromatic button accordion player, he has performed in the Cambridge Christmas Revels and sings and plays accordion with the a cappella group Crooked Mowth. Karen Sokohl (Richmond, VA) is a writer and editor. She loves all things accordion and you can read about her accordion adventures in her blog, Accordion to Karen. Meredith Pangrace (Cleveland. OH) plays her shiny red accordion here in Cleveland, with Maura Rogers and the Bellows, The Boys From The County Hell, and Ohio City Singers.


At 5pm Mr Haney took the stage. A string band from Northeast Ohio, Mr. Haney plays old-time fiddle tunes guaranteed to get toes tapping and feet dancing. Mr. Haney is comprised of Ken Roby on fiddle, banjo and mandolin; Laura Lewis on fiddle and feet; Jim Eisenberg on claw hammer banjo; Jim Richards on guitar; and Nancy Tozer on bass.

Folks stuck around from 6pm until everyone went home for an informal jam session as we learned and shared old-time tunes by ear.
Along with shady spots to sit and enjoy the music, there was plenty of food and beverage opportunities close by. So our people enjoyed exploring the Waterloo Arts Fest and also spent some time with their traditional music community.


$3.3 million in local arts and culture grants available starting mid-August 2022

The Ohio Arts Council is excited to share two opportunities for Ohio’s folk and traditional artists and practitioners.

On March 28, 2022, Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish announced that $3.3 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds have been dedicated to arts and culture .

More information here. Applications open in mid-August.

Assembly for the Arts and Cuyahoga Arts & Culture is partnering to distribute these dollars directly to you through special relief funding programs for nonprofit organizations, individual artists and creative businesses.

Assembly will distribute $1.65 million of these funds to Artists and Creative For-Profit Businesses. In addition, nonprofit organizations can visit CAC’s website for more information on their ARPA funding program.

More information here. Applications open in mid-August.



Carry On Traditional Music Program

Traditional music and the people who make it

carry onTune in from your classroom or home and discover a world of traditional music!

Carry On is a weekly, 30-minute YouTube Live program for 6th-12th grade students hosted by musical explorer and TikTok sensation Hal Walker. Each episode, Hal interviewed a musician who plays traditional music.  Weekly programs were live on YouTube allowing students to interact with comments and questions.  After the live broadcast, the programs were archived for later viewing and discussion. Study guides are provided with each program! Info

Adults welcome, too. Carry On episodes are educational and entertaining for all ages! Visit the Carry On YouTube Channel to watch programs, and for more info email

Carry On launched its first program in September 2020 and ran throughout the school year.

FRIDAY, JUNE 3, 2022
Concert & Jam at the Waterloo Sculpture Garden

Live Music from NEOMHA

Concert 6pm – Free

Old-Time Jam to Follow

Bring Your Instrument!

Enjoy traditional folk, old time, gypsy and gypsy jazz classics with Meredith Pangrace, accordion, and Chris Yohn, fiddle.

Waterloo Sculpture Garden

16006 Waterloo Rd. – Cleveland 44110

The Sixth Annual Lake Erie Folk Fest at the Shore Cultural Center

Live Music from NEOMHA

Concert 7:30pm – Doors Open at 7pm

Free Afternoon Events

Bring Your Instrument!

Music workshops, concerts, jam sessions, food & concessions.  Come explore, learn, and share! Visit for complete schedule.

Shore Cultural Center

291 E. 222nd St., Euclid, Ohio

During the Pandemic . . .

2020 and 2021 were hard! No festivals, no jams, no dances – and we really missed all that. But look at the great things that did happen here at NEOMHA!

Old Music for a New World

On the gorgeous lawn of First Baptist Church in Cleveland Heights, we put on a five-concert outdoor series from May 2021 to September 2021. The concerts were bring-your-own-picnic, socially distanced events and boy, was there some wonderful music in the evening air.

Music From the House on the Hill

Music from the House on the Hill posterIn June 2020, we produced our first-ever livestream concert, to rave reviews. Thanks for tuning in, plus helping us employ local musicians. It was great to “see” everyone online – and we also developed new capacity and technology to reach new audiences, which will help us continue to spread the love for folk music through our mission. If you missed it, or just want to relive the moment, you can catch it all here.

Folk Community Summit

We hosted 49 enthusiastic and engaged people from every facet of our folk music community – musicians, dancers, venue owners, producers and fans – in an online folk summit that let us come together to dream, discuss and make some big plans. And we’re already acting on some of those plans, specifically ideas to help bring more youth into our community, diversify both our audiences and the music we present, and support education initiatives. Got more great ideas you want to share, while we’re in this process of dreaming and innovating? We want to hear from you! Send us an email.

Carry On

In August we launched this fantastic YouTube program, which brought live, FREE programs to students in grades 6-12 every week. Hosted by YouTube sensation Hal Walker, the series presented a new musical talent each episode. Best of all, the series is still available online, along with a free study guide for each episode.

We featured musicians from all around the world – and from right here in Northeast Ohio, with at least 25% of the musicians presented being local, and the entire series offering an exciting range of diversity. We’ve gotten great feedback from students. We paid lots of artists. And we went the extra mile to support our teachers, offering them free educational resources to pair with each episode. You can check it out here.


Nellie McKay Concert

nellie mckayWe managed to have one COVID-friendly live event in 2020, when we presented our first socially distanced live concert with nationally acclaimed artist Nellie McKay. What a beautiful day for an outdoor performance, and what a wonderful audience. We also showcased a local opening act and got to introduce a nice group of newcomers to NEOMHA, in line with our mission of supporting musicians and building our folk music community.

COVID meant a big pause in so many things we love, like our festivals and concerts. But it also gave us opportunities to find new ways to support our folk music community. We’re so glad to be doing this work together! If you want to help us keep the music playing, we would welcome your gift to NEOMHA. 

We know we can’t do any of this without you. Your support, your time, your energy and ideas – they have all helped to make this hard year possible, and even inspiring. We didn’t just get through this – we got better, paving the way for new and good things to come.

As our live music and concert events return – fingers crossed – we still need you. Your gift, in any amount that’s meaningful to you, would mean so much to our mission and our work this year. We have a lot to be proud of, and a lot to look forward to. Thank you for your generous support.

Your friends at NEOMHA

PS: If you prefer to send a check, it can be made payable to NEOMHA and mailed to 10848 Chillicothe Rd, Kirtland, OH 44094.



Ohio Arts Council



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