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Bluegrass banjoman: Mark Allnatt brings his band to Marcellus Sunday

The Mark Allnatt Band, (from left) Henry Jankiewicz, John Dancks, Allnatt, Karl Paisley and Ted Williams, will perform bluegrass tunes at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, at the American Legion Post 297, at 131 Main St. in Marcellus.

The Mark Allnatt Band, (from left) Henry Jankiewicz, John Dancks, Allnatt, Karl Paisley and Ted Williams, will perform bluegrass tunes at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, at the American Legion Post 297, at 131 Main St. in Marcellus. Provided

— For the past decade, Mark has been a member of The Lost Boys, and he recently started playing with the Easy Ramblers, a country combo from Tipperary Hill. Back in the 1980s, Mark Allnatt partnered with Pennsylvania’s Stuart Family to record his own CD of original gospel tunes, “Answering the Call.”

In Marcellus, Mark’s band will play a handful of gospel numbers such as his song, “Goin’ Up to See My Lord.”

Fiddler Henry Jankiewicz, also an accomplished songwriter, marvels at Allnatt’s authentic old-time sound. “Mark has an extraordinary ability to write songs in the country bluegrass tradition that sound like tried-and-true classics,” Jankiewicz said. “He has a great forward-driving rhythm on the banjo and a stentorian singing voice which you wouldn’t think goes with such a humble guy.”

A couple other Allnatt originals include “The Road Less Traveled,” based on the poem by Robert Frost, and “I’ve Been Thinking.”

Snacks, dessert and coffee will be served between sets on Sunday at the American Legion. Admission costs $10, or $8 for CNYBA members, and is free for those ages 15 and younger accompanied by a paying adult. For information, call 572-2247, or visit cnyba.com.

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