Banjo player wins talent contest

By on January 16, 2013

Instrumental Solo Intermediate division winners of the Talent Show at the 2013 PA Farm Show in Harrisburg included: Alex Koser from Mt. Joy, Kenny Barley from Manheim, Conlan Kerschner from Adamstown, and Judge Cosette Gobat.

Twelve-year-old banjo player, Conlan Kerschner of Adamstown won first place in the 2013 Farm Show’s Got Talent competition on Jan. 6 at the Farm Show Complex. He competed in the Instrumental Solo Intermediate Division, ages 12 to 15.

Conlan played two classic banjo tunes "Cripple Creek" and "Foggy Mountain Breakdown" within his four-minute time period.

Judges were Mrs. Christine Greig, Cosette Gobat and Mr. Mark Dubravec.

The other winners in the Instrumental Solo Intermediate Division were second-place winner Kenny Barley of Manheim, who also played the banjo and third-place winner Alex Koser of Mount Joy, who played the bass.

Conlan was first introduced to the sound of the banjo by his grandfather, Randy Steffy, who used to play bluegrass music on the radio in his garage. When his grandfather offered to pay for Conlan’s lessons, Conlan replied, "Why not!"

Since the summer of 2008, Conlan has been taking banjo lessons at Kupp-Tone Music Studios in Adamstown. He was first taught by Cookie Texter and then advanced to become a student of Keith Kupp.

The Pennsylvania Farm Show is the largest indoor agricultural event in the nation, featuring nearly 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive events and 300 commercial exhibitors. It took place Jan. 5 -12.

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