Sweet Mountain Sound has traveled throughout Ohio and for over 32 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.Recent Feedback From Schools"We enjoyed their music. I feel that it represented our area and the pride we should feel with our unique little corner of the world. I'm glad that there are still people out there teaching historical, fun, and musical programs.