Even though we can't be together doesn't mean we can’t all come together online in honor of Sue Cunningham to raise awareness and support the music scholarships which were created in her honor.
Join us Friday, Saturday and Sunday online for a special presentation of music each day.
On Friday at 7pm we will go all the way back to Hickory Fest 2003 for an amazing set of music from the Hickory Fest Archives by Sue and the Hickory Project... you will not want to miss this nostalgic look back to what started it all and grew into the Hickory Fest we know and love today.
Saturday at 7pm we will have a special set of music from our dear friend, and Little Hickory Productions, Inc. board member, Verlon Thompson. This is sure to be a special evening of music!
On Sunday, please tune in at 3pm for what will be a very special presentation, with more details to be announced shortly.
These special performances will be available to view on the Hickory Fest FaceBook page as well as here at at LittleHickory.org.
Since Sue's passing in 2015 we have continued the festival, which she co-created, and it is now the main fundraiser that supports the numerous music scholarships established in her name in both Pennsylvania and Florida, as well as continuing to provide support to the Tioga County Relay for Life, and several other organizations related to Cancer care and research.
In 2019 we became a Not for Profit organization in order to better raise funds and support these various projects which include the newly formed Sue Cunningham Endowed Music Scholarship at Mansfield University in Mansfield, PA.
With all that has transpired over the past months with a Global Pandemic, and out of an abundance of caution, we made the difficult decision to postpone this year’s in-person Hickory Fest which would have been held August 14-16, 2020 until to August of 2021. In doing this we not only postponed a beautiful weekend of music, but we were forced to eliminate our main vehicle to raise the funds needed to support the causes we have committed to.
Our main goal this coming weekend is to not only honor Sue but to also raise awareness of the many things we have been doing in her honor, as well as raise funds to help support the scholarships we are continuing to award.
We are extremely grateful to those who were kind enough to donate what they had paid for their 2020 Hickory Fest tickets rather than request a refund. And also our tremendous gratitude to Sue's MIT class of 2000 who made a very generous donation to the Endowment at Mansfield University in Sue's name.
We thank all of those who have given their support over the years and encourage you to make a donation of any size.
this show originally aired on Friday August 14 2020
VERLON THOMPSON FROM BARNEGIE HALL IN TENNESSEE... thjs show originally aired on Saturday August 15 2020
Steep Canyon Rangers from 2010, In This Together - Hickory Fest 2020
Join us as we kick off the Road To Hickory Fest 2020 with this video from the Hickory Fest archives, Vassar Clements with Sue Cunningham and Hickory Project from when they all played together at Hickory Fest in 2004.
Thank you to our friend Van Wagner for sending us this video of a song he had played with Sue in the past, "Churches and Bars".
Big thanks to our friends the Steep Canyon Rangers as they perform ’In The Next Life’ the first single from their upcoming new album ‘Arm in Arm’, a song written by Graham Sharp, Michael Ashworth and Frank Serio.
Thank you to our friends the Jakobs Ferry Stragglers for this heartfelt performance of ‘St. Anne’s Prayer’ sung by Libby Eddy and written by Sue Cunningham and Frank Serio.
Thank you to Dan Shipe and Molly Cary of Dan Shipe & Friends for their special contribution to our Road to Hickory Fest. Dan was one of Sue's close friends and played with her for over 15 years. Here they are performing a beautiful rendition of ‘Lorena’ by Verlon Thompson and Frank Serio.
Here's one from 2009 when Verlon Thompson and Sue Cunningham played a dazzling version of "Banjo Clark" written by Verlon and Darrell Scott.
A very special thank you to sisters Valentina and Annabella Paolucci for helping us to honor Sue. Valentina was the 2017 winner of our Sue Cunningham Memorial Music Scholarship at the Dreyfoos School of the Arts in West Palm Beach, Florida and Annabella is the 2020 recipient. We are very proud of these girls for carrying on Sue's legacy in a beautiful way.
One of the great parts of Hickory Fest every year are the music workshops... here's a great video from a few years ago of Sue playing a fiddle workshop.
Here's a great campground Jam with Sue, Danny Shipe on Guitar, Billy Gilmore on Mandolin, Davide Cavage on Banjo and Steve Belcher on Bass from 2008.
To honor Sue Cunningham on Saturday nights at Hickory Fest we have started a Fiddle Jam, the 2019 Jam was a special one with Sue kicking it off via recording.
The mission of Little Hickory Productions Inc. is to carry on the legacy of Sue Cunningham, renowned violinist and Ph.D. Mechanical Engineer, and to continue to support those causes that were dear to her heart while sharing the music that she loved.