Manton Apple Festival


Music Schedule




  9:30 – 10:45 Down Home String Band
11:00 – 12:15
Major 7th
11:30 – 12:00 Pie contest, announcements and music
12:30  –  1:45 Loosely Strung
  2:00  –  3:15 The Mountain Messengers




Down Home String Band


The Down Home String Band is a five piece acoustic band from Northern California. Their upbeat performances include everything from Old Time Fiddle and Bluegrass, to Old Favorites, Western Swing, and Celtic.


They have performed throughout the North State at both small and large venues. Their members include Nicki Carlisle (California State Fiddle Champion, on fiddle mandolin, and vocals), Lee Brushett (guitar, mandolin, vocals) Don Nichols (tenor guitar, vocals), Lloyd Raeg (guitar, vocals), and George Fredson (guitar, vocals).


For information about the band, their upcoming performances, or booking information, contact George Fredson by phone at (530) 604-8706 or email at or Nicki Carlisle at (530) 474-4427 or email



Major 7th


Major 7th


Major 7th is a band from Redding, CA. Comprised of Jacob Akana on guitar, Emily Stolz on sax Daniel V. Lindberg on bass and Rob Trent on drums, M7 plays a wide range of music including jazz, funk, rock, folk and indie. M7 was formed 3 years ago by members of the Shasta High School Jazz Ambassadors. They began performing at school during lunch which eventually led to more gigs around downtown Redding. This year they were featured in the Summer Nights with Major 7th Music Festival and were the headlining band at the 22nd Redding Beer & Wine Festival.




Loosely Strung

Loosely Strung:

Loosely Strung has performed throughout local counties for many social and community events for a few decades. They also enjoy playing regularly at local senior homes. Their sets include old time fiddle tunes, bluegrass, country and folk classics, and more.  It features Rich Reynolds on guitar, Pat Scott on fiddle, Tom Spence on Bass and mandolin, and Becky Huskey on mando-guitar, accordion and penny whistle. Their beautiful 3 part vocal harmonies highlight their performances.

For upcoming appearances or to book performances, contact

Rich Reynolds 530-646-9682 or email

The Mountain Messengers

The Mountain Messengers are a six piece acoustic band from the far north of California consisting of Jade Johnson (lead vocals, guitar), Don Palmer (banjo, resonator guitar, vocals) Lloyd Raeg (guitar, vocals), Tom Spence (mandolin, bass fiddle), Mark Nesby (mandolin, guitar) and George Fredson (guitar, fiddle, vocals). Their playlist consists of mainly Americana/Traditional American Music - from Bluegrass, Southern Gospel, and Old Time Fiddle.

Their performances have been at both small and large venues all over the Northwest. They have played at music festivals, veterans groups, school assemblies, service clubs, granges, and churches just to name a few of their performance experiences.
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For upcoming appearances or to book performances contact George Fredson by phone at (530) 604-8706 or by email at: