Strand Theatre

Ken Waldman, and Kit Haymond., Shelbyville, IN 46176

Ken Waldman, Alaska's Fiddling Poet with special guest Kit Haymond and Jan Bell Sunday, April 2, 3 pm, as part of the Strand Theatre's spring schedule, Alaskan Fiddling Poet, Ken Waldman, makes his first Indiana appearance in a decade. Ken brings a local special guest, singer/songwriter/guitarist, Kit Haymond and Jan Bell.

April is National Poetry Month! Ken Waldman's 20 books include 16 full-length poetry collections. His 12 CDs combine Appalachian-style string-band music with original poetry. He promises an afternoon full of fun, inspiration, and surprises that will take you from Shelby County to the Real Alaska and back.


Brooklyn Americana Music presents: Loretta Lynn Birthday Show Flood Relief Fundraiser in aid of Appalshop, KY Live Music by: Queen Esther, Christian & Cole, David Russell, Olivia Ellen Lloyd, Squiretown, and special guests!. Hosted by Jan Bell

Join us for a Flood Relief Fundraiser to help Appalshop recover from the devastating July 2022 flooding. Based in Whitesburg, Kentucky, Appalshop is a community media and arts center dedicated to preserving and sharing the rich cultural heritage of Central Appalachia. Since 1969, they have been committed to creating a more just and equitable society by empowering Appalachians to tell their own stories—through film, radio, theater, music, reproductive justice work, and community development.

Come early and join the Bluegrass Jam with Hilary Hawke at 6 pm! Details here:

Sliding Scale $10 - $20

Opening for Melissa Carper. After the success of her critically-acclaimed 2021 release Daddy’ s Country Gold, Melissa Carper, dubbed “HillBillie Holiday” by friend and collaborator Chris Scruggs, was eager to get back in the studio. With co-producers Andrija Tokic (St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Hurray For The Riff Raff) and Dennis Crouch (The Time Jumpers) behind the boards again at Tokic’s analog paradise The Bomb Shelter in Nashville, Carper assembled that same crew of magical music makers - plus a few more - to embark on her newest effort, Ramblin’ Soul, released via Thirty Tigers. The Maybelles began as a duo in Eureka Springs, Arkansas and Melissa and Jan went on to busk in New Orleans, and just down the street at the Bedofr L train stop in Williamsburg many moons ago.

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(Above) Hilary Hawke on banjo, Tina Lama on upright bass.

Sunny's Red Hook, Brooklyn Winter 2022


Hi Fi Indy Opening for Sierra Ferrell Fall 2021 (Backwoods Films)







(Below) The Maybelles at Brooklyn Americana Music Festival in Brooklyn Bridge Park 2021



Independent Music Awards, Lincoln Center


Listen on Sound Cloud or Listen on BandCamp

Album Release Show at Barbes, Brooklyn NYC 2019.

From a coal-mining village in Yorkshire England, Jan Bell made her name as a songwriter in NYC. Over the last twenty years recording seven critically acclaimed albums made in New Orleans, Eureka Springs AR and Brooklyn NYC. Her band "The Maybelles” started out in The Ozarks as a duo with Melissa Carper. 

Along the way opening for Wanda Jackson, Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Odetta, and Ramblin’ Jack Elliott. Independent Music Award for Best Alt. Country album. Nominee Best Concept album ‘Dream of the Miner’s Child’. 


“Maybe growing up in Nottinghamshire is what sets Jan Bell apart from the run of local lady folkies. Or maybe its the slide guitars, harmonicas, mandolins and banjos. Dark, old timey spareness......gorgeous ” - Chuck Eddy, The Village Voice


“Bell's music isn't strictly bluegrass, but her reworking of old-time country and jug-band blues is remarkably nuanced. It embodies the wide-open spirit of what has become an antic, hybrid genre.” - Edd Hurt, The Nashville Scene


Beautiful blend of old timey folk and  alt. country - 4 1/2 STARS American Roots UK


The Carters, the Cashes & the Course of Country Music

Opening Night at International Film Center, NYC. THE WINDING STREAM Part history, part performance, part family saga.



Galapagos, Dumbo. L - R: Philippa Thompson fiddle, Tim Luntzel bass, Hilary Hawke banjo. Filmed by John Ensor Parker (Above)

Emcee and co-producer of A Musical Extravaganza to Restore Red Hook Brooklyn. 

Duets with Jolie Holland - City Winery, NYC. World Cafe, Philadelphia.

Brooklyn Arts Council September 11th Memorial Sing at Powerhouse Arena.

 Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, ITR on the Masters Stage with Claire Lynch, and The Gibson Brothers.

Brooklyn Country Music Festival, opening for Ramblin' Jack Elliot  at The Bell House,

International Bluegrass Music Awards, IBMA Nashville - Official Artist - Roots and Branches Stage

MacDowell Colony100 year celebration in Central Park.

WINNER! Independent Music Awards for Alt. Country Album of the year