Earlier this month, we wrapped up a busy spring, summer and fall packed with outdoor events. We started the season at the Mount Hope Farm Farmers Market in Bristol, RI in June, then played five monthly gigs at the Attleboro Farmers Market in Attleboro, Mass. from June through October.
We provided the soundtrack for the Appalachian Mountain Club/Narragansett Chapter’s Spring Fling at Goddard Park in Warwick, RI in June, performed on the lawn outside the North Kingstown Free Library in RI in July and appeared twice at the Weaver Library Farmers Market in East Providence, once in July and once in August.
On a single day in August, we entertained passersby at Updike Park in Wickford Village, RI, then appeared on the main stage the Marshfield Fair in Marshfield, Mass.
In between all of those outdoor events, we squeezed in an indoor show at the North Scituate RI Public Library in July.
We’re working on filling out our indoor fall and winter schedule now, and looking forward to more outdoor events in 2019!
The weather forecast called for rain, but it turned out to be a nice morning for our first outdoor farmers market gig of the season. It was rather sticky in terms of humidity but thankfully no rain as we played some of our bluegrass standards, a few new (to us) songs, and some of our originals.
This is a great little market in Bristol, Rhode Island. We chatted with some nice folks who stopped by to pick up local products and listen to music. Also enjoyed seeing some of the vendors we met when we played the winter market.
Thank you for having us, Mount Hope Farm farmers market!
We brought our “Listen and Learn at the Library” program to the Newport Public Library on Saturday, May 12, 2018. We played a selection of our favorite bluegrass standards and our own original songs for the folks who came out on this rainy Saturday.
Below is a little taste of the show. More videos are available here.
Bury Me Beneath the Willow
My Walking Shoes Don’t Fit Me Anymore
I’ll Fly Away
All 80 seats were full when we did our “Bluegrass Music: Listen and Learn with the Ocean State Ramblers” show at the Weaver Library in East Providence on February 12, 2018.
Our show included more than a dozen classic bluegrass songs, a fiddle tune and several OSR originals, punctuated with fun facts about bluegrass music and the songs we played.
Folks seemed to have a good time listening and learning. And, we had a blast playing and educating. Here’s a little taste of the program:
Banks of the Ohio
I’ll Fly Away
It was warm and toasty playing by the fireplace at the Mount Hope Farm wintertime farmers market on Saturday, January 13th. We played a selection of bluegrass standards and original songs for shopper and vendors. We even played our special birthday song for one of the vendors who was celebrating her birthday that day.
It’s a lovely venue…the market is held in a rustic, yet nicely appointed barn, complete with roaring fire. Vendors offered a nice selection of locally grown and produced products, from ground beef to root vegetables to soaps.
This was our first time playing at the market, but it won’t be our last. We’ll be back on February 3rd.
We had the pleasure of opening for The Bluegrass Distillery at the Wood River Inn in Wyoming, RI on Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017. We played 14 songs before turning it over to Kathie, Jack, Fred and Gary. We also snuck in three more songs when they took a short break later in the evening.
Many thanks to the Bluegrass Distillery!
The Ocean State Ramblers entertained shoppers at the Weaver Library Farmers Market on Thursday, August 24, 2017. On this lovely summer evening, we played a mix of bluegrass standards and original songs.
Kids grabbed toy instruments and joined in the fun, while grown-ups listened while sitting in lawn chairs.
Here’s a little taste:
And, we were featured in the local East Providence newspaper beforehand:
The Ocean State Ramblers returned to the Attleboro Farmers Market on Saturday, July 8, 2017. It was a hot and humid, but beautiful day at the market and there was a good turnout of customers.
We played a mix of bluegrass covers, original songs, and kid-friendly songs that got the kiddos singing, dancing and shaking toy tambourines and maracas.
We also introduced our new original Happy Birthday song, which we sang to a couple of little tikes who had a birthday coming up that week.
We’re looking forward to playing this market again sometime in the near future.
The Ocean State Ramblers provided the soundtrack for a festive opening day at the Attleboro Farmers Market on Saturday, June 17th. According to the market manager, the 2017 opening drew a record crowd of 9,000 customers who patronized the local farmers and other vendors selling at the market.
We played a variety of bluegrass standards, took a few requests and let some of the little ones join us in making music with toy shakers and tambourines. We had just as much fun as the kids and market goers.
Read an Attleboro Sun Chronicle article about the market opening that mentions the band…