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Our 2019 festival begins Friday, September 20! We're still working on the rest of schedule, our list of performers, and our ticket prices. Check here and on our Facebook page for updates! See you then!

2018 Performers

2016 performers
Tenth-anniversary festival participants at the Orbisonia Presbyterian Church, with Sunday afternoon's audience members: Kneeling — Bryan Wright, Domingo Mancuello, and Danny Coots. Seated — Brian Holland, Adam Swanson, Frederick Hodges, and Richard Dowling. Standing: David Brightbill, the festival founder and director. Photo by Lawrence Biemiller.

The first Central Pennsylvania Ragtime Festival took place in 2009, drawing Adam Swanson, Bryan Wright, and a number of other performers to the tiny "twin boroughs" of Orbisonia and Rockhill Furnace. The festival — by far the most intimate of the ragtime gatherings — was spearheaded by David Brightbill, the East Broad Top Railroad's conductor and proprietor of the Iron Rail Bed & Breakfast, and it took place at historic venues scattered around the two towns, including the EBT station platform. Although the railroad has been shuttered in recent years, the festival continues to thrive, attracting longtime fans as well as newcomers for concerts, musicales, lectures, and open houses. In 2015 and again in 2016, thanks to generous gifts from friends of the festival, we've been able to add additional performers to the mix. Come join us for some great music!

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