Traditional Music for a New Day

The musicians of DayBreak have been harmonizing together since at least 1990 in and around Lehigh and Bucks Counties of Pennsylvania. We enjoy applying our rich blend of acoustic instruments and voices to Celtic jigs, reels, hornpipes and ballads; American folk tunes and songs, folk hymns, original pieces, and seasonal songs. Our uniquely-woven sounds, as well as innovative arrangements, bring warmth and freshness to an uncommon range of traditional and current genres.

DayBreak includes:
Cliff Cole playing the hammered dulcimer, guitar, and percussion
Anna Lisa Yoder on the violin, viola, mandolin and bouzouki
Rob Yoder on concertina, guitar, bodhrán, harp and mountain dulcimer.

DayBreak occasionally includes our adult children:
Emily Cole on tin whistle
Seth Yoder on hammered dulcimer, piano, and accordion
Lydia Yoder
on violin, mandolin, ukelele, djembe and bodhrán
Trudy Yoder Gojeski
on cello, guitar, bodhrán and mountain dulcimer

Everyone lends their voice to a growing repertoire of winsome and compelling songs.

Anna Lisa, Rob & Cliff

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DayBreak performs at weddings, parties, church services and other private functions throughout the year. Public performances and happenings are listed below.

Sunday, September 10, 2017 – Saucon Valley Farmer's Market

DayBreak will be playing from 9 to 1:00 at the Farmer's Market, located at WATER STREET PARK at the Saucon Rail Trail in Hellertown, PA.

Come out for some good music and find the finest local purveyors and producers of local goods. You'll feel good about being part of something bigger. As an added bonus, you can witness Saucon Valley Farmer's Markets annual Sunflower Contest.


catThis Old-Time Festival takes place in Maiers Grove, Grove Road, Blandon PA.
Rob and Anna Lisa along with friend Norm Williams will be playing a selection of tunes from 2 to 3 o'clock in Tent E.

Norm will be leading workshops in Unaccompanied Ballad Singing (10 to 11:00), Advanced Mountain Dulcimer (3 to 4:00), and Old-Time Back-Up Guitar (4 to 5:00), and Rob will be leading a workshop in Singing With Confidence (3 to 4:00).

They will also join the other workshop leaders for the festival evening concert from 6:30 to 8:30.

Saturday July 8, 2017 – Music in the Valley

QuietValleylogoAnna Lisa and Rob along with Norm Williams will be playing at Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm in Stroudsburg, PA.

Music in the Valley features various groups performing traditional music at different locations on the farm. There will be a sing-a-long for the children and storytelling. This is a wonderful opportunity to speak to the musicians and learn about folk instruments and traditional music. Enjoy a special day of wonderful, old-fashion entertainment. This event will be held under tents, rain or shine. The day ends with a jam session around 3:30.

Music in the Valley is included in historic farm tour admission {Admission – $10 Adults, $5 Children ages 3-12}; Rain or shine; 10am to 5pm
Sponsored in part by a Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts – Project Stream grant




Where We Play

DayBreak has performed in various settings including The Bethlehem MusikFest, Longwood Gardens, Godfrey Daniels Coffeehouse, The Allentown Mayfair, Foy Hall at Moravian College, Celtic Classic, Perkasie Patchwork Coffeehouse, Kutztown Pennsylvania German Festival and at various clubs and churches.

Along with their five recordings, DayBreak supplies the soundtrack for Expressions of Common Hands, a Time-Warner folk art documentary. The group recently released its fifth and sixth recordings. Little Steps highlights their musical journey through the last several years, and LOST CAVE was a special project recorded inside Lost River Caverns in Hellertown, PA.

We are also experienced celebration musicians (weddings, anniversaries, etc.) with a repertoire ranging from folk to baroque, O'Carolan to Bach, Handel, and Pachelbel.


Places we play

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To contact DayBreak for bookings or to order recordings:

DayBreak c/o Cliff Cole

Email Cliff

DayBreak c/o Rob & Anna Lisa Yoder

Email Rob & Anna Lisa


You can buy our CDs online at
CD Baby CD Baby

Or if you've gone digital,
buy it on iTunes,
or other
digital music stores

Lost Cave on CD Baby
or pick up a copy at Lost River Caverns in Hellertown

Little Steps on CD Baby

Autumn Calling on CD Baby

Unity on CD Baby

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