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Folk musician Jay Smar to perform Tuesday evening

Folk musician Jay Smar playing music
Folk musician Jay Smar

Renowned folk music composer and performer Jay Smar will play a variety of coal mining songs of northeastern Pennsylvania and discuss the song origins at 7 p.m. Tuesday, November 12 in the Slusser/Bayzick Building at Penn State Hazleton. The public is cordially invited to attend this free event.

Smar, who hails from the little coal mining town of Coaldale, is primarily a self-taught musician armed with two guitars, claw-hammer banjo, harmonica and fiddle. He sings and flat-foots, a form of clog-dancing, during his performances.

In the last five years, Smar has toured Scotland twice, received recognition from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, performed at the Philadelphia Folk Festival twice, recorded music for the Welsh BBC movie, "The Welsh in America," and has been selected by the Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour to be on their professional touring roster.

In addition to the coal mining songs, he serves his audience an "acoustic buffet" of traditional American and original folk music, ol’ time mountain music, bluegrass and gospel tunes.

For additional information, call the Office of University Relations at 570-450-3180.

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