By KAYLA PONGRAC
Our Town Correspondent
Folk, blues and roots singer-songwriter Hannah Bingman is scheduled to perform at Venue of Merging Arts on Aug. 22 as part of VOMA’s 2015 Folk Series. She has been performing for years along the East Coast and opening for musicians such as Kaki King, Michael Glabicki and Jeffrey Gaines.
In 2006, Bingman won the Susquehanna Folk Music Society Songwriting Contest, and in 2011 she was selected as a Regional Round Finalist in the Mountain Stage New Song Contest.
Hailing from Lancaster, she has released three studio albums. “Loam,” her most recent release, focuses on small-town roots and rural themes.
Event organizer Micah Mood said that he’s looking forward to Bingman coming to Johnstown and performing a selection of songs from her new album.
“Hannah is a very talented songwriter and singer, and I’m glad for this opportunity for folks to see her and hear some new songs from her just-released album,” Mood said. “I am not fully certain that this is Hannah’s first appearance in Johnstown, but if she has played here before, it hasn’t been for quite a while, and I know this will be her first performance at VOMA. For the past several years I have been seeing Hannah on the schedule at several great folk venues in (Pennsylvania), and I’m glad to finally have her on the VOMA schedule for a Folk Series show.”
Opening for Bingham that evening will be Laurel Harrison of Johnstown.
“Laurel Harrison is a great young singer from Johnstown,” Mood said. “She’s been performing a lot lately and honing her sound. I thought she was great the first time I saw her, and she keeps getting better.”
This will be Harrison’s first time performing as part of a Folk Series show.
Mood encouraged community members to mark their calendars for Aug. 22.
“I think this will be a great opportunity to hear great songs from two talented performers,” he said. “I know that I call VOMA’s atmosphere ‘intimate’ a lot, but it really is; the Folk Series audiences are attentive and appreciative. Bands have remarked that it’s great to play a slow song, a song that would get drowned out by the background noise if they played it at a club or bar. At VOMA, every song has the audience’s attention and appreciation.”
The all-ages BYOB show is to begin at 7 p.m. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. A limited number of reserved seating tickets are available for purchase.
VOMA is located at 305 Chestnut Street in Johnstown’s Cambria City neighborhood. The 2015 VOMA Folk Series is supported in part by a grant from the Robert Waters Charitable Trust of the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies.
“I’d like to thank the Robert Waters Charitable Trust of the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies for their support of the 2015 Folk Series, which has helped enable us to bring in more new artists to perform in Johnstown,” Mood said.