This will be a Branford Folk debut not to be missed. Ralph Bodington may not necessarily be a household name to most, but he’s one fine player of old-time banjo — and a fine ballad singer to boot. Hailing from the “hills” of nearby Rhode Island, Bodington has been building a sizeable audience and a ton of respect from traditional folk music fans since he retired a few years back and began performing more fully.
Ralph plays in a laid back, easy Southern mountain style and in his music you’ll hear the influences of mountain music greats such as Tommy Jarrell and Dwight Diller. He’s recorded an album titled Old Paint for Minstrel Records and in 2009 he enjoyed a very successful tour of England (his first) with traditional ballad singer and concertina player Jerry Epstein. More recently, Ralph’s appeared at the Eisteddfod in New York State and the New England Folk Festival.
Mark this one on your calendar, especially if you’re a picker, so we can properly welcome Ralph to the audience friendly confines of the Branford Folk Music Society.