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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Special thanks to Chuck Elliott of for playing our music on WXPN Sleepy Hollow.

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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.


"Saturday, June 17, 2017 at 8PM - Godfrey Daniel's Listening Room

Cliff's other band, TACHYONMETRY will be joined by Cellist extraordinaire Trudy Gojeski (also of DayBreak) at Bethlehem, PA's premiere listening establishment.

Daniel Nicoh, Songwriter, singer, guitarist, will open the evening.

Download a poster for the event: PDF  





Friday, March 17, 2017 at 5:30PM >> St. Patrick's Day at McCoole's

Anna Lisa, Trudy, Cliff, and Rob will be joined by LA Williams as we entertain diners at McCoole's (at the Historic Red Lion Inn) with Celtic music. Come celebrate St. Patrick's Day while enjoying good music and all the culinary delights McCoole's can offer. We'll be playing from 5:30 on.

Call 215.538.1776 for reservations (recommended) and visit McCoole's website.

Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 7PM >>TACHYONMETRY at the State Theater, Boyertown, PA

TACHYONMETRYmusicians Cliff Cole and Brian Pearson will be joined by musicians Cindy Ruenes, Dan Faga, and Trudy Gojeski for this concert.

The Dulcimer Boys ( Norm Williams, Cliff Cole, & Rob Yoder) will open the evening.

Download a poster for the concert here: PDF



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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