2019 Musical Performers
Thanks to Bernie Stapleton from Coyote Music for putting this amazing list of talent together for us!
June 5, 2019 & October 16, 2019
John Sheehan is back for another year at the WMFM! John is a finger style guitarist, singer and songwriter who has won many accolades throughout his career due to his unique talent. He has worked and performed with famous musicians and showcased his ability to convey the sound of the finger guitar style from genre to genre. John’s album “Modern Man” has been nominated three times for indie CD of the year. He has also received recognition from Noma Music and Kweekvak.com. We’re excited to have John at the market this year!
June 12, 2019
The WMFM welcomes Don Elliker to our market this year! In addition to performing at our market, Don enjoys playing throughout the tri-state area. From concerts to festivals, Don has played with many of the local legends. Don won the MTV Beach House Band Search competition, so you know he’s good. We’re excited to hear some of his original songs this year at the market!
June 19, 2019
We are thrilled that Ed Seifert will be at the WMFM this year! He’s known throughout West Milford from performing at local hot spots like Coyote Ridge and the New Weis Center. His music genre is friendly for all ages, taking inspiration from Van Morrison, Neil Young, and Elvis Costello. Ed’s band, Ed Seifert and the Stimulus Package features many local artists and one familiar face, Bernie Stapleton on the bass!
June 26, 2019
We love having Tony Penn at our market, and he’s back for another year! Tony has the ability to engage the entire crowd through catchy lyrics and familiar melodies, as well as some original music. He is well rehearsed but has the ability to play a spontaneous set when the timing is right. We’ll be tapping our toes along with Tony this year!
July 3, 2019
He has written over 500 original songs, receives recognition from the entire music community, and has the energy to play for hours on end. Ron Renninger is always a pleasure to have at the WMFM! His music career spans five decades and three continents. His finger style guitar ability and melodic lyrics have been featured on television and in popular movies. Ron’s last album, “The Man Who Became a Song” spent months at the top of the Roots Music Contemporary Folk Music Chart. Welcome to the WMFM, Ron!
July 17, 2019
Marty is no stranger to the WMFM and no stranger to performing! He started playing guitar and singing when he was in college. After one memorable performance in front of 1,300 people, Marty was hooked. He’s been creating music ever since. His album, “Vernon Town” named after his hometown, has been critically acclaimed as one the best albums from 2007. Marty continues to write new music and hopefully we’ll hear something new at the market!
July 31, 2019
Bernie Drury is a longtime supporter and member of the singer/songwriter community. He got his start on a trip to Europe; he played throughout French and Italian night clubs and cafes. Bernie used his experiences abroad with influential musicians like the Eagles and James Taylor to create his original sound. He ranges in genres from country and the blues to rock and a hint of jazz. Bernie is stopping at the market as part of his ‘Social Insecurity Tour,’ which includes songs from his first ever EP, “Tools of a Songwriter.”
August 14, 2019
Dani is a local legend. She’s been performing in the West Milford area since she was a little girl. Her signature style is a blend of indie rock and pop, creating a contagious melody. She has recorded with famous producer Tony Black in NYC and released five different songs. We’re excited to hear about her future projects! Dani isn’t a stranger to the market. We love having her every year! She also has a list of performances throughout the area so make sure to show your support!
August 21, 2019
Marji is back! We love hearing her ‘angelic’ voice and ‘sublime’ guitar abilities cover familiar and original songs. Marji’s genre is a hybrid of contemporary folk, rock and jazz and she performs all over the Catskills and Hudson Valley region of New York. Marji is a vocalist for two different music groups, an acapella group known as Sister Sound and the GaiaWolf trio, who performs original music. Marji has performed with many different great musicians, and we cannot wait to hear her beautiful voice serenade us at the WMFM!
August 28, 2019
Peter is a singer/songwriter from the NJ/NY area. He got his start in NYC in the 1960’s in the band Gandalf, a folk music group who quickly caught the attention of local producers. They released one self-named album in 1969, where Peter sang lead vocals and wrote two songs. Peter continued to write and record songs after the band separated. He released two albums in 1991 and 1999. Recently, Peter has released songs from 1971-2001 which were previously unpublished. They’re on his website for digital streaming now!
September 11, 2019
Joshua Tree is an acoustic roots, folk, American and bluegrass band from the northern NJ area. They were found in 2015 and have been thriving ever since. Deborah Anne Fisher, Stephen Vecchiotti, and Al Muller have been performing at local hot spots including the Castle Cove on Greenwood Lake, local wineries and have an upcoming performance at Heartbeat Music Hall of Grahamsville. They’re also performing at our market! We’re excited to welcome Joshua Tree!
September 25, 2019
A West Milford music trio comprised of Su Walenta on percussion, Bernie Stapleton on bass, and Tony Christopher on guitar and vocals. Recognize anyone? We’re looking forward to familiar vocals as well as new songs! RootHand was established in 2017 and has a growing list of performance dates, including two this year at the market! Their style is Americana, which encompasses both blues and rock tunes. You’ll recognize a few songs and you’ll hear some original tunes as well. Welcome to the market, RootHand!