The Ramblin’ Rovers are a group of highly diverse musicians performing a wide range of acoustic music. They bring to the stage the joy and intimacy of the “campfire” experience immediately extending the circle to include the audience in their musical journey.
Although they do not declare themselves a Celtic band, the Ramblin’ Rovers enjoy performing the ballads, sea chanteys and sing-a-longs of England, Scotland and Ireland. As Living History enthusiasts, the band has focused on this Anglo-Scots-Irish synthesis for it is the very cornerstone of our American folk heritage. The Ramblin’ Rovers diligently strive to capture the essential informality of the acoustic experience thus retaining the very heart of folk music, uncomplicated, unsophisticated,and unrepentant.
Founding member Steve Keefer has been playing folk music since 1985. Steve provides the rhythm and drive for the band on guitar and bouzouki, as well as vocals. Bruce Ruppert shares vocal duties and plays mandolin and tin whistle with a flair developed over time playing a variety of musical styles. Lee “Spanky” Adams attacks the washtub “gut bucket” bass with a ferocity that simply defies description. One must see it to believe it! Rounding out the Ramblin’ Rovers sound are Trent “Woody” Hornbacker and Thomas Norton-Smith. Trent throws in a bevy of nuanced runs, fills and harmonies into the musical brew on fiddle and harmonica. Thomas provides a percussive grove on bodhran, spoons and his “magic” gourds.
The Ramblin’ Rovers enjoy bringing grass-roots music to the public through folk festivals, living history events and local pubs promoting and preserving our musical heritage and having way too much fun doing it! The band’s unique spirited renditions, high energy, sharp wit and talent to deliver make them a must see!
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