Sandy River Ramblers, from left, are Brendan Hickey, Stan Keach, Julie Davenport, Bobby St. Pierre and Bud Godsoe. Photo by Liz Keach

A Sandy River Ramblers Bluegrass Brunch concert is set for 1-3 p.m. Sunday, April 16, at Gem Theater, 48 Cross St., in Bethel.

The Ramblers are a uniquely Maine-flavored bluegrass band; their most recent two CDs, “Cry of the Loon” and “Home in the Heart of Maine,” feature songs about Maine exclusively.

Stan Keach, the band’s chief songwriter, is a nationally known bluegrass songwriter, as well as a published poet and an inducted member of the Maine Country Music Hall of Fame. The Ramblers also boast gorgeous 3-and-4-part harmony singing, and the lead vocals of Keach, and bassist Julie Davenport, who Keach says is “one of the best singers in Maine in any genre,” according to a news release from Keach.

The stellar instrumental playing of banjoist Bud Godsoe, mandolinist Bobby St. Pierre, and fiddler Bobby Kelley, all virtuoso pickers, will be prominently featured in the show. There will be a mix of serious and poignant songs, blazing bluegrass breakdowns, and sidesplitting comedy numbers.

According to Keach, the Gem Theater is one of the Ramblers’ favorite venues. “The sound system is great, the food is gourmet quality at great prices, and the people who run it are fantastic.”

Tickets are pay what you Can benefiting BAAM.

For more info, contact The Gem Theater at, or the Gem Theater on Facebook, or call 207-824-8248.



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