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SHEL – Live at Berks Country Fest An Americana Music Jamboree: Battle of Evermore

SHEL performed to a capacity, sold-out audience when they appeared at Building 24 – Live, Wyomissing, PA, as a part of the 2016 Berks Country Fest: An Americana Music Jamboree, produced by Pretzel City Productions, LLC, on 6/11/16.

Here they first explain their family background, then a story about meeting Robert Plant, and then they perform their ethereal version of Led Zeppelin’s Battle of Evermore.

Sam Schmidthuber

hay-pic-3Nashville Recording Artist, Sam Schmidthuber, a gifted singer and performer at 15, has been performing locally at different venues since the age of 9.  Sam won the 2016 PA Farm Show Has Talent Contest for vocals. When not performing his own shows, he is frequently a guest singer with local bands.
Sam recently finished recording a new EP in Nashville this month, with many legendary Nashville musicians.  This EP was released Oct. 2 and is now available for purchase through this website:

Sam Schmidthuber’s session in WEEU’s Sound Room can be viewed here:


The SHEL sisters’ sound is filled with infectious rhythms and hypnotic vocals that meld together their classical training and diverse influences. The result is mesmerizing.

The billowing curtains of sound on Just Crazy Enough, the second full-length album from virtuoso indie-folk band SHEL, will be both familiar and far-out to fans of the exciting sister quartet. The classically inspired mandolin, violin and piano are there, along with the band’s glowing vocal harmonies. But we also hear dense, ethereal textures that hover between the digital and the analog. Grooves are deeper, emboldened with electronic ambience and beat-boxing. The overall effect sheds light on their broad collection of influences, from the daring rock bands of the ’60s to the contemplative composers of the 18th century, and even the waves of modern electronica. Because or in spite of this effervescent mashup, Just Crazy Enough is a masterful move for SHEL. It’s the integral, front-to-back album statement the band has been preparing to make since they began making music.

Whether playing folk festivals or with orchestras, SHEL captivates audiences with their distinctive arrangements and energized show.


Credit: Taylor Ballantyne

SHEL is an acronym for their names; Sarah on violin, Hannah on keyboard, Eva on mandolin, Liza on drums, djembe and beatboxing.

The sisters also receive rave reviews for their quirky style and creating all their music videos with Sarah as the videographer and editor.

In addition, SHEL’s songs have been featured in numerous television shows, films, and commercials.

Tickets: $15