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Ragged Union (Bluegrass Concert)
Presented by the Louisville Cultural Council
- Date: 01/26/2019 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
- Location: Louisville Center for the Arts
801 Grant Avenue
Louisville, Colorado 80027
Ragged Union is a Front Range Bluegrass band that features a national mandolin champion (Jordan Ramsey), a cult-hero songwriter (Benny ‘Burle’ Galloway), an award-winning banjo player (Chris Elliott), a highly respected fiddler (Justin Hoffenberg), and a creative and driven bandleader/songwriter/singer and flatpicker (Geoff Union).
Doors open at 7:00, concert at 7:30
Tickets $15, available in advance at:
More about the band:
Formed in the winter of 2013, on the Front Range of Colorado, Ragged Union has made a name for itself at renowned festivals and events in the US and the UK, as an ‘updated-traditional’ original bluegrass band. The music sounds of a piece with the bluegrass tradition, with modern and varied songwriting, lyrics, and arrangements that allow it a comfortable co-existence in the trad., progressive, and jam grass worlds. The band has appeared at IBMA Wide Open Bluegrass, Northwest String Summit, John Hartford Memorial Festival, Darrington Bluegrass Festival, Topanga Festival, and major UK festivals including Shrewsbury, Musicport, Didmarton and Purbeck Valley Festival.
In January 2018, the band began working with Benny ‘Burle’ Galloway on upright bass and vocal. Burle has been one of the best-kept musical secrets in the country, with songwriting credits on albums by Yonder Mountain String Band, The Infamous Stringdusters, Greensky Bluegrass, and Drew Emmitt. His songs, both complex and simple, sound like they are a hundred years old, yet connect with the listener on a level that few songwriters achieve. With songs so powerful, Yonder Mountain String Band, after putting at least one of Burle's songs on every one of their albums to date, chose to make an album with Burle, consisting only of tunes by Burle, with special guests like Tim O’Brien, Jerry Douglas, Sally Van Meter, Darol Anger, Casey Dreisen and Dirk Powell. This album, billed as “Yonder Mountain String Band and Benny Galloway”, “Old Hands”, debuted at #5 on the Billboard Bluegrass Charts and is one of Yonder Mountain String Bands best selling albums to date.
Ragged Union is:
Geoff Union (guitar, vocals)
Jordan Ramsey (mandolin, vocals)
Chris Elliott (banjo)
Justin Hoffenberg (fiddle)
Benny Galloway (bass)