the band


We are the Panther Hollow String Band, a Pittsburgh-based traditional Appalachian old-time string band. Our name refers to a particularly beautiful and spooky hollow in the city’s Schenley Park.

Our repertoire includes traditional fiddle tunes and old ballads that stretch back before the birth of recorded sound, as well as “newer” songs from legends like the Carter Family and the Stanley Brothers. Formed in Fall of 2010, we’ve since played at an eclectic mix of events in the area, including the Harmony Old-time & Bluegrass Festival, WYEP’s Holiday Hootenanny, the Saturday Light Brigade radio show, the Pittsburgh Public Market, the Polish Hill Arts Festival, and Earth Day at Frick Park. We’ve also opened for national acts such as The Tillers, Gangstagrass, The Dust Busters, and Holy Ghost Tent Revival.


The Panther Hollow String Band are:

  • Chad Hunter, banjo. Chad is a clawhammer banjo player and singer, originally from Michigan. He previously played in a string trio in NYC, and co-founded the Panther Hollow String Band in Pittsburgh in 2010. By day Chad is director of the Hollywood Theater in Dormont, and lives in the city’s East End with his wife, daughter, and a cat.
  • Gene Gelblum, fiddle. Gene started learning fiddle from Mark Tamsula back in 2007 and began playing with the Mon River Ramblers after meeting them busking outside a bar in Bloomfield later that year. A frequent attendee of the Starlite Bluegrass jam in Blawnox, Gene joined the Stillhouse Pickers in 2010, where he further developed his bluegrass and old-time repertoire. Gene and Chad formed the Panther Hollow Stringband in the Fall of 2010.
  • Dan Mudry, bass. Dan has been an active musician for many years. His main instrument is the bass, and is proficient in either bass guitar or upright bass. He also plays other instruments: guitar, keyboards, banjo, and a few more. Old-time music has always been a favorite of his, although he has spent most of his time playing in rock bands. This is a new chapter in his musical history and he has found it very much to his liking.
  • Dan Simms, mandolin. Dan grew up listening to relatives playing square dance fiddle tunes and country songs at family get-togethers. Although starting out on guitar in his teens, a cousin handed him a mandolin at a family reunion and it was love at first strum. He is a fan of all acoustic string music, and old-time and Celtic music in particular.
  • Annie Trimble, guitar. Annie has been singing and playing guitar for several decades and has been immersed in the old-time and folk music community of western Pennsylvania and West Virginia for over 20 years. Annie has played with several bands, including the Boiled Buzzards old-time band, the folk duo South Wind, and Grand Bon Rien, Pittsburgh’s traditional Cajun band.

    Performances also often include guest musicians or a dancer or two from the Coal Country Cloggers.



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