Welcome to the site of
Dave Matsinko
Traditional Folk & American Heritage Music
Dave Matsinko brings a love of music and an interest in history together by performing traditional folk and American
Heritage Music. Dave interprets music from the folk and old-time American traditions on modern instruments with
fine vocals, lively instrumentals, and great joy in bringing this music to modern ears. The program is performed with
vocals, guitar, old-time banjo, mandolin, and mountain dulcimer. Dave connects people with music that is woven into
the fabric of the United States.
Through his music, Dave carries forward the stories and musical legacy
of the people and history of Pennsylvania
Minstrel of the Mountains
"He feels music deep inside and shares the experience through song. Not just any song. But music of the
mountains, the tunes of our ancestors, and the inspiration of men and women who built America. Matsinko was
born with a warm gleam in his eye and a story to tell. He uses music to do it. He sings
to us and tells us the story of ourselves. He is the minstrel of the mountains with a message of harmony.
And all we need to do is listen".
Donald R Serfass, Feature Editor, Times News. 10/2/15.  Click here to read the entire article.

                                Due to the Corona Virus Pandemic,
                the 2021 Schedule will be posted when it becomes available
Performances-  2020-

Solo/acoustic- No. 9 Coal Mining Festival, Lansford, PA 11 am - 3 pm.
7/18: Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm. Music in the Valley 10 am - 4 pm.

Solo/acoustic- Nesquehoning, PA- Maple Shade Meadows Senior living facility.

Solo/acoustic- Lansford, PA- House Concert.
9/20: Solo/acousric- Emmaus, PA- Farm Market. 10 am - 12:30 pm.
9/26: Solo/acoustic- Lehighton, PA- Songs & Stories in the Mausoleum, with Stories by Kathy Long
3 pm & 5 pm.

10/3: 2020 (Virtual) Folk Art & Community Makers Festival. Live stream 2 pm.
10/4: Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm. Harvest Festival.  10 am - 4 pm
10/14: Solo/acoustic- Lansford, PA- House Concert

11/11: Solo/acoustic- Nesquehoning, PA- Maple Shade Meadows Senior living facility.
      Veterans Day Program.

Solo/acoustic- D & L Heritage Corridor, Easton, PA (Podcast)

** Because of the Covid 19 virus, all the performances listed below have been cancelled**
3/14: Faculty Brass- Irish Festival- Jim Thorpe PA (1-4)
3/15: Solo/acoustic- Trinity Evangical Lutheran Church, Lehighton, PA. 9:30 am service.

4/24: Solo/acoustic, Coal Miner’s Bar & Grill, Lansford, PA (6-8pm).

: Faculty Brass- Jim Thorpe Birthday Celebration, Jim Thorpe, PA (2:30-4:30)
5/17: Faculty Brass- Jim Thorpe Birthday Celebration, Jim Thorpe, PA (2:30-4:30)
5/23: Solo/acoustic- Anthracite Heritage Festival, Shamokin, PA (10:00am - 4:00pm)
5/24: Taps, First Cong. Church, Coaldale, PA
5/31: Solo/acoustic- D&L Heritage Corridor/National Canal Museum Canal Boat cruise.

Please check back. More dates will be added.
Just added for 2020- How about having Dave for a House Concert!
There are still dates available for the spring & summer of 2020!
Click here for more info

For a complete list of future performances, go to the schedule page.

What are people saying-

"Through his music, Dave carries forward the stories and musical legacy of the people and history
of Pennsylvania."
- Jenna Winton, Folklorist, WIAC

"Made my day to see you Dave! You bring such joy thru your music to everyone who is blessed
enough to cross your path!
- Nancy B,  after the MCLP Heritage Festival, Jim Thorpe, PA

"By far, the best event of the entire day!"
- Annabelle. Earth Day Festival, Jim Thorpe, PA

"I love the music you play. I was a music producer and I love it"
- Stephano

"Dave is awesome"
- Chris C, manager of the Coal Miner's Pub, Lansford, PA

"Thank You! Loved the local songs"
"The kids always stayed interested and entertained, great fun songs!"
"Dave always does a wonderful job with the children. He holds their undivided attention from
beginning to end. Everyone loves and looks forward to his story hour at the library. Thank you"
-Parents and staff from recent Tunes & Tales at the Dimmick Memorial Library, Jim Thorpe, PA

"Live music rocks! I have three students who now want to play guitar and a teacher ready to dust
off  her banjo and take lessons again. That was really fun. Thanks so much for sharing your talent
and time".
- Lisa, Teacher at CCTI, Jim Thorpe, PA

What is Old-Time Music?
Old-time music is traditional music that developed in rural and often isolated areas of the  
Appalachian and other regions before radio, record players, and other modern inventions. The
two main strains of the music come from the banjo brought with many of its common playing
styles from Africa by Africans, and from the fiddle, which came from western Europe,
particularly Germany, Scotland and Ireland. The fiddle and banjo were played separately and
together, particularly for dancing, in the nineteenth century when music was used for house
raisings, husking bees and community entertainment. It was played by persons with ordinary jobs
for their own entertainment. Songs and ballads, many imported from the British Isles and many
written on these shores, are also an important part of old-time music.
New CD!   
Dave's newest release celebrates
the Anthracite coal minerand his

Please go to the Merchandise page for
more info and to order!  
New Videos, songs, &
photos have just been
added! Check them out
on Reverbnation
& YouTube.
click on the links below.
Please click on the above poster
here to watch the virtual
festival that includes a one hour
live performance by Dave of
Traditional Folk and American
Heritage Music.