The Barnstormers & the RockCandy Cloggers
The Barnstormers & the RockCandy Cloggers, featuring multi-instrumentalists Slim Harrison and Tom Jolin with flatfoot dancers Rock Howland and Candy Ranlet, are keepers of Appalachian old-time music and dance traditions in western Maryland. When not on stage, they’re often found playing and calling community barn dances. Howland, who received a 2020 Maryland Heritage Award from the Maryland State Arts Council, is a master of Appalachian flatfooting, a dance style that combines Scots-Irish, African American, and Indigenous solo dance traditions. Rock is a well-loved teacher and performer throughout the Mid-Atlantic. In addition to leading several interactive “flatfooting frolics” in the festival’s Maryland Traditions Family Folklife Area, the ensemble is performing with the Critton Hollow String Band, one of West Virginia’s most acclaimed old-time bands.