Lancasters to perform at Greencastle’s First Friday

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot

First Friday in Greencastle on Nov. 6 welcomes Blues musician Pete Lancaster and his daughter Megan. These Greencastle residents of three years will be performing at Fran Kenawell’s State Farm office on the square. Pete will be showcasing the various styles of Blues music and Megan will be performing acoustically.

Peter, a Bowie, Md. native, started is music career and lifelong love of the Blues in Cleveland, Ohio. He was a one-man band — singing, playing guitar and harmonica and stomping on a tambourine-filled crate.

From Cleveland, Pete moved to Hagerstown, Md., where he immersed himself in the music scene. He participated in the last Hagerfest music festival and immediately began playing solo around the area. Soon, he and neighbor Carl Disque formed the duo 2 Blue. When Disque wanted to start a Blues fest in Hagerstown, Pete was on board. And so, the idea of the Western Maryland Blues Festival was formed.

To drum up interest in the festival, Disque and Lancaster began reaching out to the public and providing an education in the blues. Disque would set up engagements with local organizations, and Pete would perform, explaining and playing different styles of the blues, such as Delta, Texas, Piedmont, La., and “train ride to Chicago” or electric blues.

Pete also put out the call to his fellow blues musician and was able to line up several blues greats for the first festival — first generation blues artist Robert Lockwood Jr. (stepchild of the legendary Robert Johnson), The Nighthawks and Mr. Downchild.

Currently, Pete performs with his band, Stack O’ Blues. Members also include Arnie Helmick on bass, Alan Mason on guitar and keys, Bart Lay on drums and Duane “D.C.” Carnes on guitar.

Megan Lancaster has been singing with her father since she was 4-years-old and has been playing drums, bass, piano and guitar since she was 6. Megan is currently a student at the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts where she is enrolled in the music department for voice.

Megan is influenced by those whose hearts are completely in music and lives life through music. Her passions are acoustic and worship music, and she is a member of the Christian band, The Ground Between You and I. The band plays instrumental compositions in the ambient and shoegaze styles.