After years of playing on Pat and Rosemary's porch, at festival jams, and the occasional gig, Jillian tried to convince Pat to cave in and put a band together. That didn't work until Dave came along and twisted his arm (it's healed up now, and seems to have improved his banjo playing!). CCE spends their band time together picking at Pat's house, mostly because his wife Rosemary is an awesome hostess and pretty much a goddess in the kitchen.
Over the last few years, CCE has performed a steady number of festivals, concerts, private events, and fund raisers. Some recent engagements include opening for Rhonda Vincent and The Rage, Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and Claire Lynch. Some festivals played by the band include Musikfest, Hickory Fest, Out Among The Stars Bluegrass Festival, AFBA Bluegrass Festival, NEPA Bluegrass Festival, Pocono Mountain Bluegrass Festival, Lehigh Valley Bluegrass Festival, Carbon County Bluegrass & Anthracite Heritage Festival, the Summit Hill Hootenanny, and the Harvest Jam. Coal County has also played at fund raisers for local bluegrass organizations and the Cancer Telethon at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe, PA.
CCE has recorded two CD projects. Welcome To Coal County was released in 2011, and Old Coal Town in January of 2017.
Pat comes from Summit Hill, PA, and began playing musical instruments when he was just a boy. As one of 8 children in a musical family, he took up the banjo first and later also learned to play guitar, harmonica, mandolin, and bass. Pat has played in many configurations, but mainly as a solo performer. Pat and Rosemary have a very talented son, Shane, who plays guitar, drums, bass, and piano.
Located in Reading, PA, Dave also began playing guitar as a youngster. He has worked in country, rock, and bluegrass bands, and also played as a solo performer for many years. Over time, Dave has added dobro and upright bass to his repertoire, and fools with the banjo and mandolin when nobody is listening.
Jillian also lives in Reading, PA, and started her musical career singing Bonnie Raitt tunes with her sisters into a hairbrush. Jillian has been playing bass since 1996, and has two children; Chelsea (guitar) and Mason (drums, bass, mandolin).