Howard Blumenthal's participation in folk music began while in college. His buddy & college roommate, Mark Josephs taught him to play the guitar. Once back home in Western New York, he formed a popular bluegrass band called Enchanted Mountain Green. As a local disk jockey on WESB Radio in Olean, his show, Old Time Flavor & Mountain Spice (folk music) was on the air for 10 years.
Howard has performed with many Western New York traditional music bands including Hey Diddle Diddle! (contradance band) and Wily Milo String Band (old time string band). He organizes the Old Time Music @ the Crook Farm Country Fair & plays Old Time Country with the Crook Farm All Stars. In addition, he helps run the Olean Contra Dance & plays Old Time with Allegheny Crossing from Warren, Pa. Howard teamed up with Clark Parry & Cindy Durkee to organize and run HOTAfest thru 2009.
Howard began performing folk, bluegrass and acoustic music in Western New York State in the early 1970's. A week at Jay Ungar's Fiddle & Dance Camp in Ashokan in 1983 convinced him that fiddling for Contra Dancers was his destiny. Fifteen or sixteen Northern Weeks at Ashokan and hundreds of fiddle tunes later, he finally had accumulated the skills (& courage) needed to play for dances. He has a rhythmic style that dancers find irresistible and uplifting. He has been playing for local & regional dances for over 30 years.
In real life, Howard is a Computer Network Engineer, and runs a Computer Service, Internet Hosting & Design business from his home in Bradford, Pa. Contact info: firstname.lastname@example.org 814-338-4057.