Sandy River Ramblers Photo by Liz Keach

The Sandy River Ramblers plan to perform a bluegrass concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 26, at the Union Meeting House, 22 Church Road, in Readfield.

The Ramblers are, stylistically, a traditional bluegrass band, but their specialty is original songs about Maine, mostly written by bandleader Stan Keach, who is a nationally-known bluegrass songwriter. Keach, the guitarist for the band, started the Ramblers in 1983, so the band has had a run of 39 years, the longest run ever for a Maine bluegrass band.

The bluegrass band’s recent CDs include “Cry of the Loon” and “Home in the Heart of Maine” which feature songs about Maine exclusively. Stan Keach, the band’s chief songwriter, is a nationally-known bluegrass songwriter, as well as a published poet. The Ramblers also boast gorgeous 3-and-4-part harmony singing, and the lead vocals of Keach, Dana Reynolds, and bassist Julie Davenport, who Keach says is “the best bluegrass lead singer in Maine.”

The instrumental playing of banjoist Bud Godsoe, fiddler Brendan Hickey, and mandolinist Bobby St. Pierre are also featured by the band, which mixes serious and poignant songs with sidesplitting comedy numbers.

Admission will cost $15.

For more information, visit unionmeetinghouse.org, or call Flo Drake at 207-685-4662.

 

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