Sisters Mary and Susan Ramsey are both classically trained in viola and violin. Their appearance on
Rolling Hills Radio is a rare opportunity to see them playing and singing together.
Mary has worked with the Erie Philharmonic, the Fresno Philharmonic, the Santa Cruz Symphony and
the Monterey Symphony in California. She is the front person, singer, viola player for 10,000 Maniacs.
With 10,000 Maniacs founding member, John Lombardo, she is in the folk-rock duo, John and Mary.
Susan studied violin and viola at Smith College. She is the Director of the Foxcroft Academy String
Program as well as playing viola and violin with David Mallett.
In a darkened bedroom, lit only by the amber glow from an old floor model radio, two young brothers aged 6 and 12 lay in their beds, listening to the country music broadcasts from the Grand Ol’ Opry, and practiced their harmonies. Two years later, the youngest one was playing the definitive 8-year-old’s version of “Desolation Row” on his ukulele. He soon abandoned that instrument to teach himself the flute, violin and guitar. Within ten years, and barely out of high school, Garnet Rogers was on the road as a full-time working musician with his older brother Stan. Together they formed what has come to be accepted as one of the most influential acts in North American folk music.