The Ramblin’ Valley Band in the news:

CBC Ottawa

Fans of bluegrass, take note: The Ramblin’ Valley Band will woo you with its songs about long, empty roads and relationships in the rear-view.

The five-member Ottawa band’s debut six-song EP, Farm Days, is a seamless blend of dueling guitar and banjo, brimming with back-porch harmonies. With a roomy and organic sound, it’s as if someone pressed “record” on an impromptu jam session, capturing all the spontaneity and celebration of the moment. Read More

The Humm – November 2015 Edition

The last time I wrote about the Ramblin’ Valley Band, back in the February 2015 issue, they were a four-piece who were starting to develop a local following. At the time, I was impressed not only by their musical skills but also by their work ethic. I predicted at the time that these boys were going to go far.

Fast-forward to early October 2015 when I caught up with RVB once more at the Barley Mow in Almonte. They are now a fivepiece, having added drummer Pat Gray to their mix. They have also added a few more instruments — Matt Armitage plays organ and keyboards on a few tunes. And the gig that I was attending was the release party for their excellent 5-song EP, Farm Days. Read More (Page 32)

The Humm – February 2015 Edition

Sometimes I get philosophical. Recently, I was watching and listening to the Ramblin’ Valley Band play a great set at the Barley Mow in Almonte, and I got to wondering about what makes a band really shine in a pub setting. What was it that these guys were doing that was working so well?

Clearly, they are a talented bunch. The quartet consists of Joe MacDonald on electric and acoustic guitar, Matt Armitage on acoustic guitar and harmonica, Trevor Lubin on mandolin, banjo, and acoustic guitar, and Zack Ledgerwood on bass. Joe, Matt and Trevor all share vocal duties and harmonize together really well. Read More (On Page 5)