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Great World and Local Folk music, past and present, with a special emphasis on the NE Ohio folk music scene. Enjoy interviews with featured solo artists and Bands interspersed with their songs, and songs by other artists, new and old.


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Brick Road Ramblers New!

The Brick Road Ramblers — named for Akron’s 100-year-old red-bricked avenues — serve up a blend of old-time favorites and contemporary folk classics with a banjo-driven old-time sound that has thrilled festival crowds of all ages since 1996.

With banjos, dobro, fiddle, guitars bass, mandolin, and concertina in tow, the Ramblers present an energetic, unpredictable and unique display of diverse tunes, four-part harmonies, and friendly banter for music lovers of all ages.

Akron, Ohio’s hot, harmonizing string band welcomes you to kick back on your favorite porch some Saturday night and wrap your ears around some old-timey folk music fun, from the first shuffle of Wild Rose of the Mountain to the vocal leads of Mole in the Ground, from the banjo in Colours to the high harmonies of Black-eyed Susie. If you’re nearby, come see the Brick Road Ramblers live at the November 9th Mountain Rose concert!

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Mara Levine

Mara Levine’s “recently released second album, Jewels and Harmony, is received stellar reviews and was the #1 album on the folk chart for January 2013 as well as reaching #3 overall for 2013. The CD also had the two top songs and Mara was named the most played artist for the month. In addition, the album was on the official Grammy ballot for Best Folk Album, 2013, and Cover Lay Down named it the #4 cover album of 2013. Jewels and Harmony features 15 tracks produced with a 60’s folk sensibility, with fresh interpretations, beautiful multi-part harmonies and collaborations with notable artists including Si Kahn, Brother Sun, Pat Wictor, Gathering Time, Joe Jencks, Loretta Hagen, Terry Kitchen and Bob Harris and Caroline Cutroneo.”

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Voted best band runner-up (and top folk band) in the 2011 Long Island Press readers’ poll, Gathering Time is like a high-energy Peter, Paul & Mary or a co-ed Crosby, Stills & Nash, with various parts of The Byrds, Joni Mitchell, the Eagles and America mixed in; a head-turning folk-rock harmony trio described recently as “getting a whole beehive-full of buzz” on the northeast regional folk scene.

Stuart Markus, Hillary Foxsong, and Gerry McKeveny are known for “harmonies that can charm the birds out of the trees” and “having a ball on stage!”

Gathering Time’s 2007 remake of Peter Yarrow’s “Light One Candle” has been spun on stations ranging from NYC’s top-rated WCBS-FM to Israel’s Galilee plains; their 2008 CD Songs of Hope and Freedom won wide acceptance on folk stations nationwide. In 2012 the trio’s second CD Red Apples and Gold rose to #5 on the Folk DJ charts in September and to #12 on the national Roots Music Report radio charts in October, charting at #76 in the year-end Top 100 Albums. Their third CD When One Door Closes… reached #3 on the Folk DJ charts in January 2014.

Mara Levine and Gathering Time will kick off the 2014/2015 Mountain Rose Concert Series on October 12th.

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Long Road

Specializing in 1960s acoustic singer-songwriter fare, Long Road calls itself “Cleveland’s favorite – and only – ’60s-style folk group.” The group’s motto is “Making Old Songs New and New Songs Sound Old” because it performs not only ’60s folk, but folk-y versions of early-’50s rockabilly, late-’60s psychedelic rock, early and contemporary country, traditional folk, ’60s folk-rock, blues, bluegrass, contemporary folk and pop, and a few originals – but all in a ’60s folk style.

Long Road has been a group only since 2007, but its members have a combined total of more than 200 years of professional music experience (though no one member has actually been playing for that long). They are all veterans of rock, folk, blues, bluegrass and jazz groups (with a little classical as well). Enjoy their uniquely pleasing arrangements of older and newer songs!


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Mountain Rose Concerts

Twistin’ Tom Radio is a proud sponsor of this wonderful concert series, which features one show a month from October through May. Come see some of our radio show guests (and other acts) live! Visit our Mountain Rose page for concert schedule, directions and all the good stuff.

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