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THE DARTFORD RAMBLERS is a five piece acoustic band, originally formed around fifteen years ago. Over the years the band has established its own style and interpretation of the songs and roots music of North America particularly influenced by The Carter Family, Woodie Guthrie, Charlie Poole along with later performers such as Tom Paxton, Nancy Griffiths and Johnny Cash.
Their current line-up features Alan Colls (guitar and vocals), Colin Searle (guitar and vocals), Jim O'Driscoll (harmonicas), Malcolm Rees (mandolin, autoharp, banjo and vocals), and Mike Ryan (bass guitar).
Guitarists Alan and Colin, excellent exponents of the art of flat picking and finger style, are best known in the area as organisers of the very successful Dartford Folk Club. Malcolm is a long time "old timey music devotee" and fine solo performer while Jim, a star name in the UK's harmonica circles, is on harmonica. Mike, a member of the former 'Riversiders' band, is the newest member of the Ramblers. Led vocally by either Alan, Colin or Malcolm, the band performs its own favourite songs, embellished by the rest of the group's fine harmonies.
The Rambers have played solo, duo or as a band for many years encompassing folk clubs, Bluegrass events, music shows, private functions and charities, such as local Hospices, attracting a loyal following wherever they perform!
To read more about each member of the Band please click on this link The Dartford Ramblers' Blog