Since he was a child, Van Wagner has been singing, strumming, rambling, and picking his way through the hills of Pennsylvania. With more than 100 original songs under his belt and co-production of nine albums, Van has developed a unique style of musical expression. He has performed several times in Europe as well as all over the United States.

Van Wagner

Van Wagner

His style is a hybrid of influences from bluegrass to blues. His songs tell the story of growing up in rural America. Coal mining, iron milling, lumbering, religion, and farming all work their way into Wagner’s songs. His hometown of Danville Pennsylvania is often the focus of his songs. Danville’s people, places, and rich history continue to inspire Wagner to write about small-town life.



Educational Programs by Van Wagner

Tall Timber
Hard Coal
Iron In Their Veins
What Once Was

Videos by Van Wagner

Music Videos
Pennsylvania History Videos

Songs by Van Wagner

Listen to Songs


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Essays and Short Stories

The Worst Water In The World
Not One More Teaspoon
Big Water Big Land (Montour County Fracking)
Hard Coal Navy. Coal Dredging on the Susquehanna
“Fire In The Hole” Black Powder Making in Danville
Expansion (Urban Sprawl Essay for Montour County)
Liberty Iron Furnace
What Once Was
My Time at R&R Coal
We Vote With Our Dollar
Getting Kids Hooked on History
Interview with Cy Kelly
The Jerseytown Coal Mine
The Story of The Montour Log Raft
My Time in the Idaho Timber
The Ore of Montour
Danville Charcoal Making
Buffalo in Pennsylvania by Watershed
Danville Brick-making


Albums and book

Projects (past and Present)

Sour Mash
Monogram Music
Van Wagner Trio
History Alive Boys
Chigliac Feedhorn

News clippings


Photo Album