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Front Porch Folk is an all woman acoustic band based in Oil City, Pennsylvania.  They entertain with a unique blend of unusual instruments while playing many familiar folk songs, American tradititional music, spirituals and fun kids songs.


Core members of the group include Holly Gibbons, Kathy Bartlett, Gail Beck, Lea Jolly and Linda Henderson, but the group often includes friends who love to join in when available.


For everyone in Front Porch Folk the group represents a renewal and celebration of a love for music.  Holly Gibbons studied piano and organ, played clarinet and sang in the choir.  Kathy Bartlett was the drummer in a rock band in what she calls her “hippy days”.  Gail Beck played flute and has enjoyed singing in school and church choirs.  Lea Jolley played her baritone uke and sang with another all woman group “some” years ago.  Linda Henderson has been strumming guitar most of her life, sang in Madrigal and church choir and studied voice at  Slippery Rock Univeristy.  The group met several years ago on Holly’s front porch and it’s grown into Front Porch Folk.


“Playing and singing on the front porch is an open invitation for folks to bring an instrument, pull up a chair and join in,” says Linda.
Expect Front Porch Folk to arrive with a bag of fun instruments that may include a washboard, tamborines, homemade clappers, shakers, and little drums.  Audience participation is encouraged, not only with singing but also learning to play something new; perhaps a handmade cigar box ukulele.


“Encouraging people to pick up an instrument is part of what we do,” says Kathy.  The band enjoys teaching ukulele workshops and canjo building workshops.


The group coordinates UkeLadies and Gents, a free monthly ukulele group that meets at 7PM the 4th Tuesday each month at Venango College in Oil City.

“Music brings people together in a unique way,” says Holly.  “Folk music speaks to the soul.  It’s just fun!”


Front Porch Folk (our core band members):

Holly Gibbons– Ukulele, Banjolele, Strumstick, Dulcimer and vocals
Kathy Bartlett – Acoustic & Upright Bass, Strumstick and Ukulele
Linda Henderson – Guitar and lead vocalist
Gail Beck – Dulcimer, Ukulele, Strumstick, many percussion instruments and vocals
Lea Jolley, Baritone Ukulele and vocals

For more information about FPF, call 814-657-6800


Front Porch Folk