Accordion player Fisher
to play at Brownsboro Days
He has been busy playing gigs
since retiring in 2002
BROWNSBORO, Ky. (August 2014) – Lloyd Fisher has been performing some unique genre of music since the early 1950s. Known for singing old country tunes, religions songs and patriotic hymns, he even performs polka and waltz from time to time as well, stocking his musical repertoire with a variety of music.
“The type of music I play depends on where I am,” said Fisher. He performs at churches, summer festivals and many October festivals in and around Louisville and southern Indiana.
Lloyd Fisher often invites other musicians to join in with him when he performs.
“I’ve performed with country bands since the early ’50s at square dances,” said Fisher, 79. Through the late ’70s and ’80s, “I performed with three different country bands in Louisville, Shepherdsville and New Albany.”
Fisher also performs “the kind of polka and waltz’s you would hear at October Fests.” Playing this type of music is “just something I picked up,” Fisher said, relying on sheet music to learn some of the German tunes. He did have a great-great-grandfather that came to America from Germany. His wife, Mary Ellen, had ancestors that came from Germany as well.
He will be a featured attraction at the upcoming Brownsboro Days, set for Aug. 7-8 in Brownsboro, Ky. Fisher used to work for Louisville Switching Service, a trucking company, where he met George Parrish, the festival chairman for the Brownsboro Days Festival. Because Parrish keeps asking Fisher to return, he will once again be part of this year’s musical lineup. Several friends may sit in on his session with him to sing and entertain the crowd.
Fisher plays the electronic accordion, which can produce different instrument sounds and rhythms, he said. “It’s like having a whole band with me,” even when he performs solo. He has also played the harmonica with past country bands.
Since retiring in 2002, Fisher has kept busy playing such venues as St. Luke’s in Jeffersonville, Ind., Caroline’s Alpine House in Radcliff, Ky., West Minster Village in Clarksville, Ind., and the upcoming World Fest in Louisville.
In addition to live musical entertainment, Brownsboro Days will feature game booths, food, hayrides, an auto show featuring The Quads and Antique Iron Club, quilt drawing, arts and crafts booths, cake walk, plant walk, hay rides, hourly door prizes, free drawing for bicycle for ages 12 and under, and a drawing for a 600 pound Angus Beef On the Hoof.
Admission is free. The festival will showcase several different musical acts from 6-11 p.m. Friday, and from 2-11 p.m. Saturday. Friday night’s lineup includes Fisher’s Happy Wanderers, Doc Godby, and several other performers who are still being booked at this time. Saturday’s lineup includes The Allen Lane Band.
Fisher said he liked performing at Brownsboro Days because “it’s a country festival in a small town and my wife and I grew up in a small town.” They both grew up in northern Indiana at Clarks Hill, 10 miles from Lafayette, he said.
“All proceeds go toward the upkeep of the community center,” said Parrish, the festival’s chairman. The festival is in its 43rd consecutive year.
Brownsboro Days is organized by the Brownsboro Community Center Inc, a non-profit organization formed in 1971. The Community Center, which sits on approximately two and a half acres, was built around 1868 and is located at 7701 Hwy. 329 near Crestwood, Ky. The building was first known as Brownsboro College and operated as a public school until 1943 when students were transferred to Crestwood.
“In 1943, when the school closed, my dad and 25 other people leased it from the Board of Education,” said Parrish. The group formed the Brownsboro Civic Club and leased the property for $1 a year for the next 25 years.
When the lease expired, the Brownsboro Community Center was formed and purchased the property from the Board of Education. Extensive improvements were made to the building at that time.
The Brownsboro Days Festival was begun in 1971 as a major fundraiser to help upkeep and improve the building. The first festival was held on July 4, but the date has changed over the years, said Parrish.
Various civic organizations use the facility, such as the Poplar Grove Homemakers, Brownsboro 4-H Club, and the South Oldham Lion’s Club. The center is also open for wedding receptions, company picnics and meetings.
A rain date of Aug. 10 is scheduled in case of inclement weather. For more information about booth rental contact Barbara Parrish at (502) 241-6451. For more information about the festival, contact George Parrish at (502) 817-3463.
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