Linda Ralph and her husband Butch are well known throughout New England and northern New York. As proprietors of Danby Four Corners Store and vendors at bluegrass festivals throughout the region, they sell and service fine instruments with grace and friendliness. They also perform at festivals in a classic country and bluegrass band composed of their Family & Friends and featuring many songs written by Linda. Their son Harry IV is a fine fiddler with regional band Cabin Fever. With quiet dignity they have represented Martin guitars and Gibson instruments at fair prices and provided excellent and reasonable service at festivals and in their picturesque rural store. Now Linda has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. A benefit to assist her and her family meet their medical expenses is being held on Saturday, December 13 at the Weston Playhouse in Weston, VT.
Performers at the benefit will be led by the Gibson Brothers, Leigh and Eric along with their long-time bass player Mike Barber. In addition, Cabin Fever, the band from Latham,NY near Albany, in which young Harry Ralph plays and Acoustic Blue a first rate band from New England and The Seth Sawyer Band from Vermont will all perform. A number of items will be raffled off at the benefit, led by an Employee Night Shift Martin Guitar donated by Steve Thurston, and including pairs of tickets to Grey Fox, Podunk, Jenny Brook, Norwich, Brandon, Bluegrass in Greenville, Upper Hudson, Danby, Lake Champlain, and Pemi Valley festivals and tickets to the Claire Lynch Show coming up in Hartford. Tickets can be purchased on-line at the Jenny Brook Bluegrass Festival site where there is also further information. People not able to attend this event can mail donations to Linda Ralph, c/o Fernan Parker.363 Piper Hill Rd., Weston, VT 05161. Raffle tickets may be purchased on line. Tickets cost $15.00 or $5.00 for children 12 and under.
Cory Zink & Mike VanAlstyne
The necessity for this benefit sadly highlights the plight of bluegrass musicians who provide so much entertainment for so many but still can’t afford to provide themselves with adequate medical insurance to meet their needs in times of illness. This event offers an opportunity to hear great bluegrass music donated by four bands and to contribute generously to a most worthwhile cause.
Martin Night Shift Guitar (raffle)