Van Wagner w/Mike McMonagle
Twang Tuesdays feature the best in bluegrass, folk, Americana, roots & Appalachian music.
August 12, 2014 · 7:00pm
Van Wagner. Born in Pennsylvania. Lives in Pennsylvania. Makes music. Mined coal. Logged trees. Teaches kids.
Van Wagner is an educator. In the classroom, he teaches Environmental Science at Lewisburg High School. He has been selected as Conservation Educator of the Year in 2005 from Schuylkill County and in 2007 and 2009 in Union County. In 2012 he was awarded the Sandy Cochran award for natural resource education from the Pennsylvania Forestry Association.
Outside of the classroom he educates audiences with his music and programs on Pennsylvania History. His music has been featured on the History Channel, WVIA tv, as well as Country Music Television (CMT). He has released 16 original albums and published his first book entitled “Coal Dust Rust and Saw Dust.” His music and programs not only entertain but inspire audiences to become involved in learning more.
The first day Mike McMonagle picked up a guitar was a Saturday (presumably). The Pennsylvania sky was blue and cloudless (probably). The first chord he ever strummed was an E minor, and to this day, Mike still plays that very same chord – along with others – to craft an array of folk-inspired ditties about riding trains, drinking wine and the Commonwealths of Virginia and Pennsylvania. Meaning exists below the surface, however, as Mike sings to inspire hope, reconcile loss and make good on his existence in this world. He also sings to make money.
Mike is currently recording his debut album that is yet to be titled.