The Virginia Ramblers
The Virginia Ramblers are a traditional bluegrass band from Albemarle County in central Virginia. They honor the legends of bluegrass, such as Jimmy Martin and the Stanley Brothers, and strive to carry on in that tradition. A band of bluegrass veterans, they focus on rich, vocal harmony and strong instrumentation. They perform secular and gospel bluegrass, with some original tunes. Their mission is to provide a professional performance every time they play. Whether you need a band for a private event or a public venue, we promise you will not be disappointed with The Virginia Ramblers - they have the reputation to prove it.
The Virginia Ramblers have performed on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, the Grass Valley, California Festival, and at festivals throughout Virginia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, New York, Delaware and Maryland.
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Charlie started out playing with Alvin Breeden in the 70's. He has also shared the stage with the likes of Don Reno, Charlie Waller, and Jimmy Martin, just to name a few. Charlie lays down a powerful rhythm guitar, matched in intensity only by his high lonesome, heartfelt singing. He makes his home in Earlysville, VA.
Troy, from Madison, VA, has been singing and playing the mandolin since his teenage years. He does most of the tenor singing for the Ramblers. When it comes to mandolin pickers, few can get their instruments out of the case and hit the ground running like Troy. Troy is a big fan of fiddle tunes, and it shows on his breaks - he makes it all look so easy, too!
Donnie started out playing with Charlie and Alvin over 20 years ago. Donnie likes to call his instrument the "bull fiddle," and if you hear him play, you'll know why. Not only is his hard thumping bass a perfect compliment to Charlie's guitar, but he is one of the best baritone singers in bluegrass. He is also a fine lead singer and songwriter, to boot. He hails from Dyke, VA.
Originally from Gloucester, VA, Tom now makes his home in Ruckersville, VA. He can make that Stelling banjo talk! He does a little bit of baritone singing, and will occasionally sing lead on some old favorites. He and Troy played for 12 years together in The Courtney Hollow Band.
Guitar player and lead singer Charles Frazier and Bass player/singer Donnie Shifflett played for many years with the late, great Alvin Breeden and The Virginia Cutups. When Alvin Retired around 2005, Charlie and Donnie carried on with the same traditional, hard driving sound as The Virginia Ramblers. The band has now been recharged with the addition of Troy Gooding on mandolin and vocals, and Tom Hogge on banjo and vocals (both former members of The Courtney Hollow Band).