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                                                 IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 1, 2011

CONTACT: K.E. Schwab




‘Banjo Pickin’ Girl’ concert brings lost art to Old Stone House


SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – An afternoon of folk music will be offered April 30 when Slippery Rock University’s Old Stone House presents “A Banjo Pickin’ Girl,” featuring folk artist Judy Marti.

The free, 3 p.m. concert brings the Commonwealth Speaker program to the history museum, one of Butler County’s most recognized landmarks.

            Marti is the last apprentice of venerated musician Ola Belle Campbell Reed and is one of only a few musicians still performing Reed’s traditional banjo style. Marti is the author of “A Banjo Pickin' Girl — The Life and Music of Ola Belle Campbell Reed.” She has performed at festivals and concerts around the country.

            Seating is limited and reservations, which may be made by calling 724.738.4964 or e-mailing, are recommended.

            The Old Stone House, a reconstructed 1822 stagecoach tavern and history museum, is owned and managed by Slippery Rock University. The house is located at the intersection of Route 8, Route 173 and Route 528, 12 miles north of Butler.

            The performance is being made possible through a grant from the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, a nonprofit organization that inspires individuals to enjoy and share a life of learning. The Commonwealth Speakers program is supported, in part, by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania’s premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.