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Bernie Cunningham
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. He and his wife, Marybeth, live in rural Fombell, PA.

Keith Beaver
Keith Beaver

Veteran banjo player Keith Beaver has been active in the eastern Ohio & northern West Virginia bluegrass scene for many years. He’s from Columbiana County, Ohio, at the point where West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania meet on the banks of the Ohio River. Keith’s joining the band marked his reentry into bluegrass after pursuing other musical styles for several years. He and his banjo provide the “punch” behind The Allegheny Drifters’ smooth vocals. Keith and his wife, Dianna, make their home in Leetonia, Ohio.

Bob Artis
Bob Artis

Mandolinist Bob Artis is a third generation string musician whose family is from Arkansas & Missouri. This grandson of an Ozark coal miner and fiddling preacher has been playing since age 7, and is a master of vocal harmony. In 1968 he began a tenure with veteran Mac Martin, recording nearly 80 songs. He’s appeared on “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” and recorded or performed with Red Allen, Hylo Brown, Clyde Moody & Larry Sparks. Bob’s deep feeling for the music is reflected in his ground-breaking book “Bluegrass” and in his classic modern song, “Blue Ridge”.

Karen Artis
Karen Artis
Bassist Karen Artis has been playing the acoustic upright for over 20 years, and has become an accomplished musician over that time. Besides providing exceptionally solid bass work, Karen sings tenor, high baritone and high lead, adding to The Allegheny Drifters’ soaring vocal blend. An award-winning graphic designer, she’s done cover art – photography, design and illustration – for a variety of high profile bluegrass publications, LPs, and CDs. She and husband, Bob, make their home in suburban Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.

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