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When

Aug 10, 2018
2:00pm

Venue info

The Araxine Wilkins Sawyer Memorial

The Araxine Wilkins Sawyer Memorial, 371 Sawyer Road, Greene, ME 04236

Price

Free

Contact

946-5311

The Sandy River Ramblers at the Sawyer Memorial

The Sandy River Ramblers will be performing at the Sawyer Memorial on Friday, August 10th at 2 and 7 PM.

The Sandy River Ramblers play Bluegrass music with a distinctly Maine flavor. Their 2012 CD, Cry of the Loon and other original songs about Maine, has been called “a gift to Mainers” by writer/journalist George Smith.

With titles like Donn Fendler; Slow Down (You’ll Hit a Moose); Cliffs of Acadia; Boots From L. L. Bean; and Trout On the Line, listeners can expect to hear a lot about the history, flora and fauna, landscape, and lore of Maine at a Sandy River Ramblers concert, along with a few bluegrass standards and some clever versions of songs from the country, rock and blues genres.

Banjoist Bud Godsoe and mandolinist Dan Simons provide stunning virtuoso instrumental solos, and young fiddle prodigy Finn Woodruff usually rounds out the lead instrument section on major concerts.

All the Ramblers are good singers, but the Ramblers are particularly proud of the lead singing of upright bassist Julie Davenport and 16-year-old Dana Reynolds. Guitarist Stan Keach, who also sings a lot of lead, does most of the songwriting for the group.

Keach has had many of his songs recorded by world-famous bluegrass bands, and won the Maine Songwriters Association 2017 Song of the Year contest/award. Godsoe, a retired building contractor who learned to play banjo while he was working on the
Alaska pipeline, and Keach, a retired educator, have been playing together since the Ramblers’ inception in the mid-1980’s. All of the full-time Ramblers except Godsoe have ties to Maranacook Community High School. Keach taught there, and Simons, Davenport and Reynolds were part of the Marancook String Band, an outreach project of the gifted/talented program. Reynolds still attends Maranacook, while Simons is a homesteader in Vienna, and Davenport is a forester and operates a small farm with her husband in Leeds.

The Ramblers play many concerts in grange halls, colleges, and other venues around central Maine and beyond.

Shows will be on Friday, August 10th at 2 and 7 p.m. at the Araxine Wilkins Sawyer Memorial, 371 Sawyer Road, Greene. Free admission! FMI call 946-5311, visit sawyer-foundation.com or www.facebook.com/sawyer.foundation1937