Morning Star is an acoustic string band of four players that specializes in Bluegrass, Gospel, and Americana music. Our performance style is reminiscent of the 1930s and 40s Bluegrass groups with one large microphone at the front of the band and everyone leaning in to provide lead vocals or instrumentals. And because we all sing, multipart harmonies are arranged into most of our songs. This interplay of multiple singers and leads around a single mic stand allows for a lively performance with on-stage activity and plenty of visual appeal.


Morning Star began several years ago with Lindsay Thomas and his daughter, Jen Stancil, playing at jam sessions, open mics, and other public venues. Lindsay sings lead and backup vocals, and plays both dobro and guitar. Jen is the band’s primary lead vocalist as well as guitarist and fiddler. Banjo player, guitarist, and vocalist Dave Nicholson brings that Bluegrass sound to Morning Star that we all love so well. Upright bass and mandolin player Tom Schurr also provides supporting vocals.


Morning Star would love to play at your venue! We perform regularly at many locations throughout Northeast Ohio - including restaurants, cafes, events, festivals, and the like - and we are always looking for opportunities to share our music with others. Our performance is family and event friendly, and we can provide the sound equipment needed to play both indoor and outdoor spaces.

We appreciate your consideration and look forward to playing at your venue!