2020 is in the history books

It’s a wrap! Our 2020 gig year came to a close on Saturday, October 17th at the Southcoast Open Air Market. We were missing one Rambler and it was windy and cold, but thankfully the sun came out and it turned out to be a fine October day, and we were happy to be playing music together in person. All four of us made our debut at SOAM on September 19th.

Ironically, 2020 got off to a great start. On New Year’s night, we played the Bluegrass Throedown show at Nick-a-nee’s in Providence. That was followed by appearances at the Mount Hope Farmers Market on January 11th and the Wood River Inn on February 9th. We booked gigs at libraries, concert series, a bluegrass festival and farmers markets into the spring, summer and fall.

Then, the COVID-19 pandemic changed almost all of our plans, as it did for musicians everywhere.

Thankfully, we were able to continue rehearsing remotely using an online platformed called JamKazam. And, we were able to play a few outdoor gigs at SOAM and the Weaver Library Farmers Market during the summer and fall.

We hope that you and your loved ones are safe and well. And, we look forward to seeing you at a venue next year. In the meantime, stay tuned as we have plans for virtual projects in the coming months.

Ocean State Ramblers wrap up busy season of outdoor events

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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!

Our first outdoor farmers market gig of the 2018 season: Mount Hope Farm

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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!

Ocean State Ramblers bring their “Listen and Learn” program to Newport

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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.

Cripple Creek

Bury Me Beneath the Willow

My Walking Shoes Don’t Fit Me Anymore

I’ll Fly Away

Angelina Baker

 

Great turnout for “Listen and Learn with the Ocean State Ramblers” at Weaver Library

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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

OSR entertains at the Mount Hope Farmers Market in Bristol, RI

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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.

Ocean State Ramblers open for The Bluegrass Distillery at the Wood River Inn

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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!