Bernie Cunningham

Lead singer & guitarist Bernie Cunningham has one of the finest voices in traditional bluegrass today.
A born bluegrass singer, Bernie is the product of a West Virginia coal mining family, raised on traditional music. He and Bob have performed together for over 30 years. Bernie’s talents are in high demand; he’s recorded with several regional bands, released a solo CD and is a gifted and versatile multi-instrumentalist. The Allegheny Drifters is the first band in which he takes center stage as lead singer and guitarist. Bernie makes his home in rural Fombell, Pennsylvania.

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Gregg Welty

Banjo player Gregg Welty is the newest member of the band, joining in 2014. A native North Carolinian, he was raised in western New York and lived in Erie Pennsylvania while attending college. A second generation banjo player, Gregg is a veteran of the bluegrass banjo contest circuit, holding many state titles, and has placed near the top at numerous prestigious national championships. A recent graduate of Mercyhurst University, he is currently living in Pittsburgh, enrolled in the graduate program at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Bob Artis
Bob Artis

Mandolinist Bob Artis is a veteran of the western Pennsylvania bluegrass scene. Playing professionally since the early 1960s, he began a tenure with Mac Martin and the Dixie Travelers in 1968, recording nearly 80 songs for the Rural Rhythm and County labels. Bob's deep feeling for the music is reflected in his book Bluegrass, the first-ever history of the music, and in his classic modern song, "Blue Ridge". He's appeared on PBS's "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" and over his long career, has played or recorded with bluegrass legends Red Allen, Hylo Brown, Clyde Moody and Larry Sparks.

Karen Artis
Karen Artis
Karen Artis drives the beat with her rock solid rhythm on the upright bass and is an excellent singer whose high harmonies add warmth and depth to the band's vocals. Also a talented songwriter, she contributed the title song for the "Climb Heaven's Ladder" CD project. An award-winning designer, she handles all the graphics for the band. Karen's outgoing personality and enthusiasm both on and off stage continue to win new friends and fans for the Allegheny Drifters. A native Pittsburgher, she and husband Bob live in suburban Forest Hills.

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