The Rongo Band Plays South Hill Cider! (AKA Stone Fence Stringband)
June 24 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The Rongo Ban (AKA Stone Fence Stringband) has been playing together for nearly a decade and is composed of some of Ithaca’s most experienced old-time musicians. Richie and Rosie of the self-titled duo forms the core while it is rounded out by Steve (South Hill Cider’s cidermaker/owner) and Ben Gould (Old Crow Medicine Show founding member).
They played for years at the Rongo (RIP) delivers a high octane mix of traditional and
original tunes and songs. Their unique sounds reflect a deep
understanding of old-time and country music. More info about the artists:
Richie Stearns (banjo) is a legendary banjo player and singer, and has led bands
including the Horse Flies, and Donna the Buffalo. He has also played with countless
others, and tours with Natalie Merchant. He is steeped in the traditions of American old-
time music, Appalachian folk, blues, African, rock, and country music.
Rosie Newton (fiddle) grew up immersed in the rich folk music scene of Woodstock, NY, and began playing the fiddle when she was eight. Newton attended college in Ithaca, NY, where she studied Viola Performance. While in Ithaca, she found herself swept up by the area’s music scene, which infused her with a deep appreciation for the beauty and diversity of roots music. During this time she also developed a love for singing, and this, in addition to playing fiddle, forms an integral part of her performance.
Steve Selin (guitar) began playing old-time American fiddle music with his family, and
has been influenced by the elegant simplicity of it ever since. He is a multi-instrumentalist and professional cidermaker who has been playing with Richie and Rosie for
most of the past decade. Steve appears on Richie’s and Rose and the Bros’ most recent recordings.
Ben Gould (bass) was a founding member of Old Crow Medicine Show, and left the
band to follow his passion for old boats and elusive fish and to build a business in fine
cabinetry. Ben appears on early Old Crow Medicine show recordings, and on Richie’s
most recent recordings.
Rosie Newtons website: https://rosienewtonmusic.com
Richie Stearns website:
Riche and Rosie: https://richieandrosie.com