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Sweet Mountain Sound

Artist's Narrative

Sweet Mountain Sound has traveled throughout Ohio and for over 31 years, performing at countless schools, festivals, fairs, performing arts organizations, promotional campaigns, grand openings, dedications, churches, and civic organizations. In addition to the Artists-in-Schools program, these folklife artists have also worked with the Ohio Arts Council, the Riverbend Arts Council, Ohio Theater for Youth, Athens Children\'s Theatre, River City Players, and the Ohio University Theater Department.

Roger and Mary Gilmore are natives of Meigs County, Ohio. Raised in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, they have had the opportunity to learn the music and folklore of the hills firsthand. They are self-taught musicians who reside in Pomeroy, Ohio.

A prolific songwriter with more than 600 songs in his repertoire, Roger’s Buckeye Hills and Bramblewood was chosen to be included in the Library of Congress’ Bicentennial Local Legacy, and is a permanent part of the National Folklife Center in the Library.  The same song was a winner in Ohio’s Bicentennial Song competition in 2003.

The Gilmores\' off-beat humor, tight harmonies and instrumental diversity make this show a delight to any audience.  Their passion for music is a driving force in their lives, and they are always eager to share, promote and preserve their Appalachian heritage.

Availability

Upon request.

Programs Available

School Performance (Grade levels K-6)
This entertaining and educational program is a lively treasury of old-time Appalachian songs, customs, superstitions, ghostlore, and tall tales. Instruments featured are the Appalachian plucked dulcimer, hammered dulcimer, banjo, guitar, fiddle, zither, courting dulcimer, autoharp, jaw harp, jugs, spoons, and penny whistle in many interesting combinations. Audiences are invited to participate by singing and clapping. A question-and-answer period can be held after the performance. The performance is very well-paced and is geared toward grades K-8.
Activity Options:
School Performance
  • Duration: 45-50 min.
  • Fees: $300/ $200 each addt'l
  • Requirements: Artists will bring all equipment, including P.A. No limit on audience size. Artists need at least 45 minutes set up time. Set-up area should be cleared prior to their arrival

Concert Performance (Families and Adults)
This entertaining show is adapted to the target audience.  Whether family gatherings, senior centers, or festival venues, the Gilmore’s have a unique talent in tailoring their presentation to the group before them.  Blending traditional Appalachian tunes with original songs, the audience is treated with a delightful recipe of interesting instrumental combinations, harmonies, historical tidbits and humor.  Selected audience members may be invited to join the Gilmores on stage to become a part of the Sweet Mountain Sound Jug Band.  This performance is suitable for ages two to infinity.
Activity Options:
Concert Performance
  • Duration: 45-60 min.
  • Fees: $300/ $200 each addt'l
  • Requirements: Artists will bring all equipment, including P.A. No limit on audience size. Artists need at least 45 minutes set up time. Set-up area should be cleared prior to their arrival