Rolling Hill Radio, Episode 92: Mary and Susan Ramsey along with Garnet Rogers at Shawbucks.

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Mary & Susan Ramsey
Mary & Susan Ramsey

Rolling Hills Radio will present the Ramsey Sisters and folk singer-songwriter, Garnet Rogers for Episode 92.

Sisters Mary and Susan Ramsey are both classically trained in viola and violin. Their appearance on Rolling Hills Radio is a rare opportunity to see them playing and singing together.

Mary has worked with the Erie Philharmonic, the Fresno Philharmonic, the Santa Cruz Symphony and the Monterey Symphony in California. She is the front person, singer, viola player for 10,000 Maniacs. With 10,000 Maniacs founding member, John Lombardo, she is in the folk-rock duo, John and Mary.

Susan studied violin and viola at Smith College. She is the Director of the Foxcroft Academy String Program as well as playing viola and violin with David Mallett.

Garnet Rogers began his professional music career as a full-time working musician with his older brother Stan, a noted and well-respected folk musician of his time and beyond. Together they formed what has come to be accepted as one of the most influential acts in North American folk music. After Stan’s tragic 1983 death in a tragic airplane accident, Garnet embarked on his own solo career. Hailed by the Boston Globe as a “charismatic performer and singer”, Garnet is a man with a powerful physical presence – close to six and a half feet tall – with a voice to match. With his “smooth, dark baritone” (Washington Post) his incredible range, and thoughtful, dramatic phrasing, Garnet is widely considered by fans and critics alike to be one of the finest singers anywhere. His music, like the man himself, is literate, passionate, highly sensitive, and deeply purposeful. Cinematic in detail, his songs “give expression to the unspoken vocabulary of the heart” (Kitchener Waterloo Record).

Garnet Rogers
Garnet Rogers, Photo Credit: Bruce Dienes

Host Ken Hardley says of the Ramsey Sisters, “I’ve been in the presence of these two making music together and I can tell you that they personify the old saw that there is a musical simpatico between siblings that is natural and effortlessly beautiful. This indescribable quality can be quite be quite beautiful on recordings, but to be see and hear them together live is an unmatched moving experience.” He goes on, “Rolling Hills is nothing if not a celebration of genuine, heartfelt music presented by people with rare talent. Garnet Rogers is just that. I promise you will leave this show having been moved deeply.”

All live RHR regular season shows take place at Shawbucks, across from Jamestown’s Ice Arena. Doors open — to all those holding or purchasing tickets — at 5:30pm for the “Rolling Happy Hour.” Food and drink are available until 6:15 at which time audience members take their seats and the house lights dim. Audio and video recording begins promptly at 6:30. The bar reopens for 10 minutes at intermission and then again after the show when the audience and performers are invited to a “Meet and Greet.”

There are three options for purchasing tickets; Until the show is sold out, tickets are available at the door the night of each show. If you choose, you can call the Rolling Ticket Hotline at (716) 294-0416. Tickets are also available online at rollinghillsradio.org/tickets. Tickets for the September show are $15.00.

This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by Tri-County Arts Council.