Bands and Entertainment



Grateful Gary, 9pm to midnight (Pavilion)


Shanty Irish with Special Guest Hillary Klug, 5pm to 7pm (Cooters)

“OTR Hillbilly Hoedown” (Main Pavilion)
Hillary Klug “Artist at Large” 8-8:30 pm
Hillbilly Gypsies 9 pm to midnight


“Grateful” Gary 12 noon to 2:45pm (Cooters)
Hillary Klug “Artist at Large” 4-4:30 pm (Bonfire)

Jon Yeager: 5 pm to 6 pm
Stewart Huff: 6 pm to 7 pm

Hillary Klug “Artist at Large“, 7:30 pm to 8 pm (Bonfire)

Fleabops 8:30 and 10:30 pm
Rockasonics9:30 pm and 11:30 pm


Jakobs Ferry Stragglers:  2pm to 5pm (Riverstage)
Hillary Klug “Artist at Large” 7 pm to 7:30 pm for free Buck Dancing class, and performance at 7:30 pm to 8:00 pm (Pavilion)
Buzzz City, 9 pm to ???? (Pavilion)

Grateful Gary

OTR 2019 entertainment opens with Grateful Gary, a solo guitarist and vocalist from the
Chicago area who plays a blend of hippie and retro music like Crosby Stills Nash, Pink
Floyd, Grateful Dead and Neil Young. He has entertained at numerous other caver
events like NSS Convention, Kentucky Speleofest, MVOR and previous OTRs.
Gary also is ‘one of us,’ a caver, NSS Life Member, Mammoth Cave Resto Crew
member, chair of the Sub-Urban Chicago Grotto and Assistant Copy Editor for the NSS
News. He also put together this year’s OTR Guidebook!

Grateful Gary also will be playing music on Saturday afternoon at Cooters Pub, 12:30-
3:30pm, where he will feature mostly folk/acoustic songs like Bob Dylan, John Prine,
Jim Croce and John Denver.

Otherwise, Gary can be found at the controls of the Pavilion sound booth for the rest of
the weekend, as he’s a fully-qualified audio engineer.

The Shanty Irish Band

Everyone enjoys a wee bit of Irish music, and perhaps also a pint of Guinness! What
better way to enjoy them both than to check out The Shanty Irish Band. Consisting of
friends, cavers and long-time TRA members, the lads play traditional Irish folk music
that dates back to the 18th and 19th Centuries, what would be heard in the so-named
‘singing pubs’ that are scattered throughout Ireland. Many of the songs, shanties, reels
and jigs tell tales of fighting, revolution, love and the wonders of poitin and porter (–
whisky and beer). Come join The Shanty Irish Band on Friday at Cooters Pub.

Here is a video of Shanty Irish doing what Shanty Irish does best!

Hillary Klug

Old Timers Reunion 2021 welcomes one of the most unique performers to perform at OTR, the great Hillary Klug.

Hillary is a one-of-a-kind singing/buck-dancing/fiddle-playing phenom from Nashville. Ms. Klug has been the National Buck Dancing Champion and started out spending a great deal of time honing her craft as a hugely successful street performer in Nashville. She now plays at venues all over America where she is a magnet for all Traditional American Music and Dance lovers, has appeared on national TV and even did a video with the original Celtic Woman dancing fiddler, Máiréad Nesbitt, in Ireland.

Hillary has over 12,000,000 views of her  “Cotton Eyed Joe” videos alone on YouTube as well as quite a substantial Social Media following.

Hillary will be doing 2 independent scheduled performances at OTR on Friday, Saturday and Sunday each not to be missed.

As our “OTR Artist at Large” Ms. Klug is sure to pop up on stage with any of the talented performers at Old Timers 2021 to join them for a song or two.

Comedian: Jon Yeager

Jon Yeager comes to us from Baltimore and is by day a professional wine expert. He has a formal title of “sommelier”. He manages the wine at many “wine” formal events.   Jon is an master at wine and all of the connections it has to food in a formal setting.

By night he is a Comedy Show Producer and a Comic himself who produces dozens of shows throughout the year in the DC area.

Stewart Huff


Stewart Huff was born in Campbellsville, Kentucky and grew up in Knoxville, Tennessee. He has been performing comedy for over 20 years, beginning when he decided to drop out of college to become a writer. Currently living in Atlanta, he tours theatres, comedy clubs and anything in between across the country. Huff reaches past the norm for his genuine — and genuinely unexpected — comedy. His knack for embracing the foibles of humanity and his refreshing originality make him as likeable as he is hilarious. A storyteller at heart, Huff continues to amaze with his clever material and personal wit.

Huff has performed in comedy clubs nationally and internationally, including the Improv in Los Angeles and New York, the Punchline in Atlanta and the Funny Bone in Omaha, as well as countless others.

A true ‘redneck from Kentucky’ Huff could consider himself an ‘enlightened hillbilly’ himself, and has insights and commentary about Mountain Life and often finds humor in everything including his family, friends and himself. He is the perfect artist to close out our Hatfields and McCoys Peace/Truce Dinner with insights that can make us both laugh and think at the same time.


Hillbilly Gypsies

Hailing from the beautiful Mountain State of West Virginia, The Hillbilly Gypsies have been making and performing their own brand of old time bluegrass and original mountain music for almost two decades!

The Hillbilly Gypsies will be hosting the stompin’, hootin and hollerin’ of we Old Timers at the OTR Friday Night Hoedown at the Pavilion Stage in 2021.  Y’all come…..hear!”

Flea Bops and Rockasonics

The Rock-A-Sonics play Rockabilly, vintage Country, and atomic age Rock ‘n’ Roll in authentic style. They’re sure to make you smile and dance!

The Rockasonics are fronted by up and coming Rockabilly superstar Willie Barry, who recently headlined an exciting night of all Rockabilly music at the prestigious Maryland Theatre in Hagerstown with his 4 piece group Willie Barry and the Chaperones.

The Rockasonics will be sharing the bill at the Saturday Night Rockabilly Hootenanny with their Rockabilly brothers in arms, The Fleabops, for a double-bill night of authentic Hillbilly/Rockabilly fun.  Visit them on Facebook.

The Flea Bops is a rockabilly band playing at OTR. The band initially went under the name of the Twilite Ramblers but soon evolved into the Flea Bops. The members are Ronnie Joyner (vocals, rhythm guitar), Preston Lebeau (electric guitar) Lance Lebeau (drums) and Lance’s wife, Wendy on double bass. Both Ronnie Joyner and Preston LeBeau previously played in Red and the Pepperpot Boys with Bill Hull (guitar player for Go Cat Go) on drums.

Read about them in the Rockabilly Chronicle.  Be sure to check out their Facebook page and visit their shop on the web.

Jakob’s Ferry Stragglers


Hailing from the mountain towns of Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Maryland, The Jakob’s Ferry Stragglers draw freely from Old-Time, Bluegrass, Rockabilly, and Swing music to create their own brand of high energy, Appalachian Bluegrass. Gary Antol (guitar/vocals) and Libby Eddy (fiddle/vocals) founded the band in 2014 with a very simple goal: write good songs, honor the music, and take it to the road.  Fortunately for us, that road leads to Old Timers Reunion on the Riverstage Sunday afternoon.   Be sure to come on down for a high quality, unique acoustic experience as you soak up the music while you soak up the Tygart River in 2021.


Buzzz City​

Buzzz City is a loose confederation of caver-musicians who have played group
performances for years at OTR. They formerly played at their campsite, at Cooters or
wherever they could. In recent years, Buzzz City began performing at the First Aid
Station as a thank-you and to raise money to fund medical supplies. The ‘Band-Aid’ (get
it?) fundraiser started eight years ago. Buzzz City performed at the Pavilion the past two
years, and the band has proved to be a big hit (not to mention the money raised for the
First Aid Station)! This year’s performance once again will immediately follow the
Sunday Awards Ceremony at the Pavilion, and once again will be a benefit for the First
Aid Station. You’ll hear lots of good old-timey songs, including their crowd favorite, The
OTR Anthem!