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, December 18, 2016 at 3:40 >> An Old-Fashioned Christmas

Perkasie Mennonite Church and Patchwork Coffeehouse invite you to an Old-Fashioned Christmas on Sunday, December 18, at 4 pm. Music by The Kreider Family, Tachyonmetry, The Druckenmillers, and The Dulcimer Boys (Cliff, Rob, Trudy, & Seth from DayBreak with Norm Williams). Rob Yoder will lead the audience in a Christmas carol sing. Seth Yoder will provide a piano prelude beginning at 3:40 pm.

A free-will offering will benefit the ministries of Perkasie Mennonite Church. You can also drop off donations of non-perishable food to be donated to Pennridge FISH, our local food pantry. Enjoy coffee and homemade cookies with us following the concert. For more details, see

Saturday, December 10, 2016 OLD TIME CHRISTMAS at Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm

Cliff and Rob will be leading Christmas carols for tour groups in the old schoolhouse starting at 2:30.

Enjoy a 19th Century pastoral Christmas as guides take you by candlelight to see a Victorian-period skit, live Nativity, storytelling, caroling, Belschnikel visit and more. Groups go out every 15 minutes from 3:00pm to 7:00pm, with the last session starting at 7:00pm. Groups with reservations (12 or more people) receive a discount when going out between the hours of 2:30pm and 3:30pm.

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Sunday, July 10, 2016 » Maidencreek Old-Time Music Festival

Rob will be teaching at this great little festival at Maiers Grove, Grove Road, Blandon PA. We'll also be playing a mini-concert along with our buddy Norm Williams. Check out the Maidencreek website for the workshop schedule and directions.

Saturday, July 9, 2016 » Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm - Music in the Valley

We will be playing throughout the day at Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm near Stroudsburg, PA. This is the farm's Music in the Valley event with lots of old time musicians playing around the farm. There are also craft demonstrations and farm animals to see. So, come step into the past at Quiet Valley.

May 1, 2016 – 9:00 to 1:00 > Saucon Valley Farmer’s Market

Come support our local farmers and craftspeople while enjoying some folk music. Cliff and Rob will be providing the entertainment. There’s more info available on the Saucon Valley Farmer’s Market website.The market is held at 90 W. Water Street, Hellertown, PA 18055 ((610) 392-4704)

Saturday, April 23, 2016 >> Winter Dulcimer Fest (postponed from January)

Cliff will be teaching this weekend, Saturday, April 23 at the Pocono Winter Dulcimer Fest at the East Stroudsburg United Methodist Church, 83 S. Courtland Street, East Stroudsburg, PA. This is a great annual dulcimer festival with workshops in Hammered Dulcimer, Mountain Dulcimer, and this year, ukulele and native american flute. Spend a snowy day with your dulcimer! Registration begins at 7:30 am.

Saturday, April 16, 2016 >> Tachyonmetry at Perkasie Patchwork Coffeehouse

Tachyonmetry, which includes Cliff Cole and classical guitarist Brian Pearson will open for John Kirk and Trish Miller at Perkasie Patchwork Coffehouse. Cliff and Brian start at 7:30.

Saturday, March 19, 2016 » Congregational Church of Bound Brook, NJ

The church celebrating their 140th anniversary! Please join us for a delightful evening featuring the music of The Dulcimer Boys (and our honorary dulcimer girl, Anna Lisa) .

History and Tour (with appetizers) at 5:00 p.m.
Free Dinner starts at 6:00 p.m., followed by
Concert in the Sanctuary at 7:30 p.m.

209 Church Street, Bound Brook, NJ | | Download the flyer HERE

Thursday, March 17, 2016 » St. Patrick's Day:

Join us to celebrate St. Paddy's Day at McCoole's AT THE HISTORIC RED LION INN, in Quakertown, PA. We are scheduled to play from around 6:00 - 9:00 with breaks now and then. We'll be joined this year by LA Williams and Norm Williams. You should call ahead for reservations if you plan to join us.


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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