A group of friends who share a love of old-time music will open the first Third Sunday Concert Series on June 17 in Frank Fetch Park.

The Wayfarers, who formed eight years ago in Zanesville, will perform from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the park on East Beck Street between Fifth and Sixth streets.

The concert is free. If it rains, the concert will be moved into the German Village Meeting Haus, 588 S. Third St.

Brandon Bankes, who plays mandolin for the group, said the music is often confused with bluegrass but it's actually much older, and also called Appalachian, traditional American folk or mountain music.

"We did not expect anything to happen with it," Bankes said. "It really blossomed within a year we were playing almost every weekend. It's really turned into something we never expected."

Other members of the quintet are Josh Hartman on acoustic guitar; Matt Opachick, fiddle; Justin Rayner, banjo; and Nathan Zangmeister, upright washtub bass.

The song list will include a mix of traditional mountain tunes and original compositions.

All members sing and show off their individual skills but the music is fiddle-forward, with many up-tempo songs, mid-tempo and slow numbers, too, Bankes said.

"We're known for some pretty ripping songs," he said.

Audience members usually dance -- and it is encouraged, Bankes said.

"It is pretty common," he said. "All kinds of people enjoy this music, from kids to adults to seniors."

Ashleigh Lemon, vice president of the German Village Garten Club, which sponsors the concerts, said the Wayfarers are a good way to start the season.

"These guys are from my hometown area in southeastern Ohio, and I cannot wait for them to share their music talents with the concertgoers in Frank Fetch," Lemon said.

"The fiddle is one of my favorite instruments, and they make a point to highlight he fiddle in their bluegrass mountain music," she said.

"You will surely be tapping your toes at this concert."

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