Mountain Rose Concerts

The Mountain Rose is a small-hall concert series featuring local and regional artists with more talent than exposure. We pride ourselves on presenting high-quality performances to an audience that really LISTENS. That is the beauty of a concert setting. Our performers are primarily acoustic artists, mostly in the folk, traditional, and singer-songwriter categories. The concerts are run in Kent, Ohio, with the normal season running October through May. We occasionally (twice a year) produce all-day festivals at the Happy Days Visitor Center in The Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

2015-16 Concert Schedule

Light refreshments will be available at all shows.

Showtimes: 6:30; Tickets: $7.00; Location: Roy Smith Shelter House in the Fred Fuller Park, Middlebury Road, Kent, Ohio.

jim stone, kathy johnson, mary starbuckKathy Johnson Trio

Sunday, May 1st, 2016

The Kathy Johnson Trio’s performance on May 1 will include a special Downton Abbey tribute. With Kathy Johnson on lead vocals and guitar, Mary Starbuck on harmony vocals, and Jim Stone (also of the Smokin' Fez Monkeys) on stand-up bass and guitar, this engaging trio plays an entertaining selection of acoustic music ranging from heartfelt to hilarious. Their eclectic repertoire is drawn from folk music (including old cowboy songs), Joni Mitchell, the Beatles, Hank Williams, etc., and some of Kathy's well-written originals, like the inspiring Follow Your Dreams and the humorous Well-Tanned, Hairy-Chested, Bare-Armed Men and Nancy Drew. Kathy’s four CDs have all gotten great reviews, and her latest was up for a Grammy for Best Folk Album. Visit Kathy's website to learn more:

"Covering a wide gamut of subjects as well as styles, Kathy moves seamlessly from serious to hilarious." — Kent State University Folk Festival, Kent, Ohio

"Kathy Johnson sings with a voice that evokes the openness of the American Midwest. She chooses her material…with a particularly good sense of what fits her voice." — WGMC-FM Radio, Rochester, NY

"Her songs are memorable, filled with wit, substance and humor...She has a way of grabbing ordinary moments and working them into something that everybody can relate to no matter what their background." — Country Songwriter Magazine


bill schilling, rich and kathy smallBill Schilling | Rich & Kathy Small

Sunday, April 10th, 2016

Bill Schilling is a folk-style singer and multi-instrumentalist from Salem, Ohio. He has been singing and playing various folk instruments for over 45 years and has performed for audiences of all ages in many settings from coast to coast. As the founder and leader of Dulci-More: Folk & Traditional Musicians, a leader of the Canton Folk Song Society, and an officer of Folknet, he is active in keeping folk music alive throughout northeastern Ohio and beyond.

Rich & Kathy Small are from Canton, Ohio. They have been performing and giving workshops together for several years with lots of harmonies in their combined voices while Rich may add autoharp, guitar, mountain dulcimer, ukulele, and harmonica and Kathy may add bowed psaltery, ukulele, and mountain dulcimer.

They have enjoyed giving workshops and performing together (and with others) for a few years at several festivals and concert venues including Mountain Rose Concerts, Lantern Tours at Hale Farm & Village, Canton Folk Song Society's Winterfest, Central Ohio Folk Festival, Coshocton Dulcimer Days, Dulci-More Festival, Fort New Salem Dulcimer Festival, Montani Semper Liberi, Music Along the River, Music in the Valley, and others.


Bob SammonBob Sammon | Ken Moody-Arndt

Sunday, March 13th, 2016

When Bob Sammon "picks up his Guild dreadnought guitar," according to the Dayton Daily News, "his song rings out, a story set to music." Starting in New York then honing his musical craft in Southwest Ohio, Bob now resides in Cleveland and performs for audiences young and old alike. Bob is deeply involved in music on the North Coast whether he’s performing in concert halls and taverns, for benefits or in schools. He promotes folk music all over northeast Ohio. His shows feature original music that many listeners have called "heart-felt" while others say it truly comes "from the heart" telling stories both personal and universal. His appearance as part of the Mountain Rose Concert series will feature songs from his first CD, Here’s To You Friends, along with songs composed since its release and scheduled for inclusion on the next record. See a short video on Bob's website; get a glimpse of the variety of music you’ll hear in an hour spent in concert with him.

Ken Moody-ArndtKen Moody-Arndt started out in music early, taking lessons at age eight, earning spending money playing in garage bands during high school in his hometown of Newtown, CT. After high school, many life paths took him away from music for over thirty years. There were seven years in the U.S. Army. There was a long stretch spent in various institutions of higher education, at which he earned (as he puts it) "an embarrassing number of graduate degrees." He found his true calling later in life, as an ordained United Methodist minister, and served as pastor for fifteen years at various congregations around Northeast Ohio. It was during his time as a pastor, in the late '90s, that he was led back to music when invited to "sit in" in a church praise band. He has been "sitting in," in one way or another, ever since! He retired from ministry in 2013, and slipped unobtrusively into the Cleveland area music scene, to which he now devotes most of his time, playing open mics around the area, and an occasional show. Ken sings of the highs and lows of hard lives experienced to the fullest, his story-telling informed by his deeply felt conviction that faith, hope, and love reach out to embrace every life.


Joe Rollin PorterJoe Rollin Porter

Sunday, February 14th, 2016

Joe Rollin Porter is a fingerstyle guitarist and vocalist, performing primarily folky blues, bluesy folk, a handful of Irish tunes, and a few other surprises. Joe is a full-time musician living in Cleveland, performing throughout Ohio and Indiana and Kentucky as well. He recently released his 3rd CD: "Live at The Spider", which was recorded live at The Barking Spider Tavern in Cleveland. Read about Joe: Scene Magazine Article and Alternate Root Article.

Videos: Police and High Sheriff, Stingy Mama, Truckin’ My Blues Away, Run Mollie Run, The Cuckoo Bird, Whiskey in The Jar, Kassie Jones.


The Chicken FarmersThe Chicken Farmers

Sunday, January 10th, 2016

Bill Thomas & Dave Bender will play classic country favorites for our January Mountain Rose event!

jan hammond and paul conrad


Jan Hammond & Paul Conrad | Ed Amman

Sunday, December 13th, 2015

Jan Hammond is a lifetime resident of Ohio. She has four solo CDs and one duet CD with guitar master Tom Conner. Jan is a two-time Kentucky State Mountain Dulcimer Champion, the only four-time winner at the Mid-Eastern Regional Dulcimer Championships, a Top Five Finalist and a 3rd Place winner at the National Mountain Dulcimer Championships held each year in Winfield, KS. She is also a Certified Music Practitioner. Jan has presented at the Buckeye Dulcimer Festival, Dulcimore (OH), the Southeast Ohio Dulcimer Festival, the Phoenix Folk Festival, the Kent State Folk Festival, The Swannanoa Gathering, Interlochen Center for the Arts and Kentucky Music Winter Weekend. Visit Jan's website at

Paul Conrad is a mountain dulcimer builder and performer from Millersburg, Ohio. He has been creating playable works of art since 2005. Paul primarily uses storm-down timber and while he is known for his beautiful intarsia designs, it is his attention to tone and resonance that have set his instruments apart from others. Paul and Jan have combined their songwriting talents, co-writing many of the songs on Jan's latest CD, Connected. The two have performed together and never fail to entertain and engage their audience. Visit Paul's website at Timbre Hill Dulcimers

photo of ed amman

Opening for Jan & Paul, Ed Amman started with guitar for the music in 1963, but got a lot more interested when he found out musical types were attracting more girls. Ed started playing in public at The Needle's Eye in Kent, Ohio and played with bands while in the Army in Texas and toured with The Elmore Brothers Band in the mid '70s. Ed has played with a lot of commercial bands around Akron over the years.

Ed started playing as a single in 2001 in order to get his songs out to the public. Ed writes in many styles. The albums are mostly performed as solo acoustic, pretty much like a live show. The recently added singles are much more electric, channeling the band Ed hears in his head.

Ed's solo shows celebrate the oral tradition of folk music. All songs, original and cover are performed from memory. There is no set list so it is never the same show twice. Songs are selected in real-time as Ed responds to his audience. Visit Ed's website at


Bill Thomas & Buck Andrews

Bill Thomas and Buck Andrews

Sunday, November 8th, 2015

Kent resident Bill Thomas, guitarist and singer, will be joined by guitarist/bass player Buck Andrews (Stow) to deliver Old Style Country Classics for November's Mountain Rose Concert. (Catch them on Just Plain Folk Show #693.)

Andy Cohen


Andy Cohen & Friends

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Andy Cohen grew up in a house with a piano and a lot of Dixieland Jazz records, amplified after a while by a cornet that his dad got him. At about fifteen, he got bitten by the Folk Music bug, and soon got to hear records by Big Bill Broonzy and the Jim Kweskin Jug Band, both of which reminded him of the music he grew up to. At sixteen, he saw Rev. Gary Davis, and his course was set. He knew he had it in him to follow, study, perform and promote the music of the southeast quadrant, America's great musical fountainhead.

Andy calls his current show "a sort of Country Blues 101. It's broader than that, of course, covering material from before the twenties to about the fifties, and ranging over the several states to which Memphis is adjacent. I grew up during the Sixties Revival in Massachusetts, but I'm a Southern boy at heart. I made a point of acquainting myself with all the blues players I could, on record and in person. In my shows, I do material by Rev. Davis, John Hurt, Big Bill, Gus Cannon, Frank Stokes, Memphis Minnie, Bukka White, Barbecue Bob, Charlie Patton, Ted Bogan, Henry Spaulding, or any of a hundred other blues people."

Concert Venue


Fred Fuller Park

Concerts are in the (heated) Roy Smith Shelter House at 497 Middlebury Rd in Kent, Ohio. Middlebury Rd. is the third light west of Water St. off Haymaker Parkway (Rt. 59). Fundraising concerts and other event locations will be announced.


We would like to thank and acknowledge our own board members who volunteer their time to make the Mountain Rose a success. Our goal is to continue to promote local and regional acoustic musicians in concert settings such as those above on a regular basis. We hope you will make plans to support our concerts as well as our excellent local and regional performers.

If you would like further information, please e-mail us or call Tom Ball at (330) 733-8845.

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