MADRID — The Sandy River Ramblers will perform a benefit concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2, at Reeds Mill Church.

The group, led by nationally-known bluegrass songwriter Stan Keach, has been performing more than 25 years at many of the most prestigious venues in central Maine, including the Kingfield POPS, the Unity College Performing Arts Center and the Stonington Opera House.

The group will sing several songs about Maine, along with gospel songs and hymns.

“We’ll sing a lot of our Maine songs, including ‘Slow Down (You’ll Hit a Moose),’ the song that saved Bud’s life,” said Keach, “but we’ll do a bunch of gospel songs, too, in this concert, including ‘Church in the Wildwood,’ which I understand is a big favorite at the Reeds Mill Church.”

Bud Godsoe of Madrid, the group’s banjoist since 1985, learned to play while he was working on the Alaska pipeline in the 1970s. He wrote the group’s hit song about Fly Rod Crosby, featured in the YouTube video publicizing the Fly Rod Crosby Trail.

Julie Davenport of Leeds has been playing upright bass in the band since graduating from high school six years ago.

The Reeds Mill Church is at 142 Reeds Mill Road.  The concert is open to the public. Donations will be accepted to support the church and the band.

FMI: 207-639-2713, 207-397-2241, [email protected]

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