THE DARTFORD RAMBLERS started out as a five piece acoustic band. 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.
For many years the line-up featured 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, both excellent exponents of the art of flat picking and finger style, Malcolm a long time "old timey music devotee" and fine solo performer while Jim, a star name in the UK's harmonica circles. Mike, a member of the former 'Riversiders' band, was the last member to join the Ramblers. Led vocally by either Alan, Colin or Malcolm, the band performed its own favourite songs, embellished by the rest of the group's fine harmonies.
Over the years, The Rambers have played solo, duo or as a band encompassing folk clubs, Bluegrass events, music shows, private functions and charities, such as local Hospices, attracting a loyal following wherever they perform!
The Dartford Ramblers' current format is now just Colin Searle and Jim O'Driscoll, with occasional guest appearances by Malcolm Rees.
To read more about former and current members of the Band please click on this link The Dartford Ramblers' Blog