Steel & Wood, a traditional bluegrass band from Petoskey MI, offers an upbeat, heartfelt string and vocal harmony- based repertoire spanning the works of Bill Monroe, Jim and Jesse McReynolds, Ralph and Carter Stanley, and others. Steel & Wood harkens back to American railroad culture and enduring musical traditions rooted in Southern Appalachia. The band members feel blessed and excited to share the songs they love!

Members include:

  • John A. Neiswander - Lead guitar and vocals. From Petoskey and now Oden MI. John's mother was a native of Kentucky. John started performing on the guitar at age 8 and has played in bluegrass and other bands since 1978.
  • Irene Kazmers - Fiddle, vocals, guitar. From Berkeley CA originally and a resident of Petoskey, started playing the violin age 6 and guitar since high school. Interest in bluegrass and fiddling was fostered while residing in Lexington KY 1988-1993.
  • Bruce Walker - Mandolin, vocals. Based in Mason MI with a cabin in East Jordan. Started on harmonica while enlisted in the Army, and has played mandolin and guitar since the mid 1970's.
  • John Hussey - Upright bass. Orignially from Scranton PA and grew up in Metro Detroit. Started playing music in the early 1970's and joined his first bluegrass band in Napierville IL in 1978. Also plays the banjo.

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Upcoming Events:

May 26-28, 2018: Planting Weekend

Each spring, the greenhouse fills up with amazing plants promising great organic food choices for us at Farmfest. Come help us plant the gardens, and earn a weekend pass to Farmfest. Bring a dish to pass, your camping gear and instruments for campfire jamming.

June 23-24, 2018: Get ‘er Done Vounteer Work Weekend

Preparing the farm for Farmfest is always a very rewarding experience. This is the time we can get creative. What is it that you would like to see added to the land? Let us know and help manifest it. Of course there are the usual annual items that need to be done: Cow barrels, butt cans, prepping the stages and clearing the trails. Weed whacking and mowing. Organizing the kitchen. Etc etc etc.

August 9-12, 2018: Farmfest 2018!

Come enjoy a weekend of fun, family and music. Bring a camper, or a tent, or sleep under the stars!

October 20, 2018: Halloween Bash

Celebrate the change of seasons with food, music and costumes.

February 2019: Sledfest!

Lit trails for snowshoeing and cross country skiing. Great food and pub. Music starts at 3:00 with many bands performing. Winner gets a main stage booking at Farmfest 2018. Snow Art winner gets two weekend passes. Winter camping if you dare. Bonfire to light a small city. Inner child fun!!

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