Susquehanna String Theory
Jean Lumpkin, a retired Marriage and Family Therapist, has been singing since she was in grade school and has sung in choirs throughout her life. She had lessons on piano, organ, and trumpet as a kid, but lost interest in playing those instruments. In college she taught herself to play guitar and began singing folk music. In 1988 she revived a childhood dream and began playing harp (a Celtic or folk harp). She’d played a bit of banjo off and on and got more serious about the banjo in the late 1990s.
Jean began performing in college and in Greenwich Village in the 1960s. She was part of several bands in Colorado in the 1970s - a trio called “J, G, and Me,” a duo “J and G,” and a duo called “Good Measure.” The various groups appeared at restaurants, lounges and military bases in Colorado and Arizona.
Since moving back to her hometown of Danville, Pennsylvania, in 1985, Jean has performed as a duo with her husband, Al Lumpkin. They have played at several national conventions with several of Al’s colleagues in a band called East Northeast. They have played locally at the O.A.T.S. Bluegrass Festival and at Brews ‘n Bytes with Mary Hermann and Mark Doncheski.
Jean is most frequently seen singing and playing banjo and Celtic harp with Susquehanna String Theory. The group began as friends who wanted to get together every week to play music and soon decided to perform around the area.