South Jersey Acoustic Roots Music Society (SJARMS) is thrilled to be hosting Cranberry Jam, a local old-time acoustic band consisting of 2 old- time banjos and one acoustic guitar on Monday, January 9, 2017 at 7:00 pm at the Medford Memorial Community Center, 21 South Main Street, Medford, NJ. Admission $10 at the door. From fiddle tunes to heartfelt ballads, Cranberry Jam creates a unique blend of old- time/traditional/folk music. Info 609-280-4926. More Info about Cranberry Jam and SJARMS membership: www.sjarms.com.
Cranberry Jam’s Bio:
Members of the band include long- time SJARMS members Joe Jones and Donna Feldman playing banjo, and Cathy George playing guitar. In addition to Joe being a long-time member of SJARMS, Joe is a versatile musician and member of the Stone Mountain Road Bluegrass Band. He was also a member of the talented and well-known Jersey Grass Bluegrass band back in the late 70’s.
Joe, Donna and Cathy became acquainted at the SJARMS monthly meetings. When Donna and Cathy first met, they shared their love of old- time music and began playing fiddle tunes. Donna and Cathy began meeting weekly at Donna’s house to play. Donna’s banjo and Cathy’s guitar together resonated a beautiful sound in the living room. They loved it, so they continued playing new tunes and singing new ballads. A year later, Joe Jones, also a lover of old- time music, began playing his banjo with Donna and Cathy. Joe’s extensive music expertise and knowledge helped the band progress further. Since then, the band has developed a large repertoire of ballads and instrumentals.
The Band’s mutual love for the Pine Barrens took them playing outside, and from playing at a cranberry harvest, the name “Cranberry Jam” seemed natural. Since then, Cranberry Jam has played at “Lines on the Pines”, “Hammonton Summer Nights”, “Whitesbog Blueberry Festival”, “Apple Day” at Hill Creek Farms in Mullica Hill and “The Station” in Merchantville. Cranberry Jam also performs frequently at the SJARM’s open mics. They also love to play music in the pines in the summer time. So, if you hear music in the background while taking a walk in the pines, it just may be Cranberry Jam playing their old-time music!
They will perform one set followed by an all-level acoustic jam. Please bring your acoustic instrument if you want to join in jamming.