Sandy River Ramblers, from left, Stan Keach, Dana Reynolds, Bud Godsoe, Julie Davenport and Dan Simons Submitted photo

The Sandy River Ramblers will perform their first concert since their hiatus being forced by the pandemic at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 12, at Lakeside Orchards, 318 Readfield Road in Manchester.

The Ramblers are Maine’s longest-lasting bluegrass band, having been performing regularly since 1983. “As far as we know, we’re the only bluegrass band ever to play continuously for 38 years,” said bandleader Stan Keach, who plays guitar and sings lead and harmony parts for the Ramblers, in a news release.

The Ramblers also feature two outstanding female lead vocalists, upright bass player Julie Davenport, and Dana Reynolds, currently a student at UMO. Mandolinist Dan Simons and banjo player Bud Godsoe carry most of the lead instrumental load, and they do it with ferocious velocity and stunning technical prowess. Keach, a nationally-known bluegrass songwriter and an inductee in the Maine Country Music Hall of Fame, writes many original songs about Maine, which the ramblers feature regularly in their concerts and on their CDs.

There are a few picnic tables available, but attendees are advised to bring lawn chairs or picnic blankets (as well as picnics, snacks and beverages).

Admission will cost $12 for adults, and is free for those 12 or younger.

For more information, call 207-397-2241.

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