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It's mid-summers night eve. Mind you stay out of the woods!

Here we were at McCleary's last week.

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No, Nancy's not photoshopped in, it's the new lighting in there. (it's actually Chris who's been photoshopped in)
That bearded fellow playing bass is Everett, who is learning how this crazy band works. Threw 'im right into the fire, we did.
Sadly, Big John has had to lay off playing, as his hand gets all cramped up these days after an hour or so. End of an era.

Ah- we just figured out that John and us had done a St. Patty's Day show here for ten years running. An award of some kind seemed in order, but it came in a little late.

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That big X stands for ten, just like the Romans.


When Big John speaks, Ramblers listen!

We were informed that the web page was getting a little dated. As it happens, we had just learned that the band had achieved the coveted 99.9% freedom from jamming level toward which we had been striving, so it seemed like a good time for an update.

Wishing you and yours a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Wear!

We will probably be appearing at McCleary's Pub on January 10, 2018, because it will be the second Wednesday of that year.

Important news! It is possible to follow Rambler's tweeting. Simply search for Horst Oxenbinder@sportinghill and choose "follow". You'll be glad you did.

We are considering releasing podcasts, which will reveal the fascinating secrets behind the miracle which is the Sporting Hill Ramblers, which has been functioning for something like 8 years now. It's time.

Meanwhile, the Ramblers will be appearing live this evening at McCleary's Pub in Marietta PA, beginning around 7:00, because the second Wednesday of each and every month (unless we tweet otherwise) is Sporting Hill Ramblers night. Plus, because it's Wednesday, it's wings night, and you know what that means.

Thanks to the few and the proud who attended our last gig. Freddy says it's always slow the day after election day.

In December, we will be appearing, all or in part, at Shenks Tavern on the second Wednesday- and the third Wednesday (or is it the fourth?) will be at McCleary's. Check their schedule.

Wishing the best for our far-flung Rambler in Florida. Keep your feet dry!

On another note, I've learned that we may now refer to ourselves as heritage performers.
I suppose if you request a song, and we actually play it, we can call ourselves bespoke.

Thanks to everyone who helped ring in half-way to St. Paddy's Day at McCleary's with us last night.

Until further notice, the Ramblers will be appearing there on the second Wednesday of each and every month, beginning at 7:30 PM, with occasional forays into weekends. Check their schedule!

The Ramblers in their entirety will be appearing at McCleary's this upcoming Wednesday, July the 8th. You may depend upon it.


Some of the Ramblers will be out rambling this upcoming Wednesday (the 21st of August), but at least two of them will be appearing at McCleary's Public House. Expect the unexpected.


It is likely that some or many (most likely, all) of the Ramblers will be playing this Saturday night (the 27th of July) at McCleary's Public House.


Very big fun last night- it was Bonus Beverly night! Thanks to everyone who came and kept us onstage for 2 1/2 hours. Lucky thing we had a bucket of beer on ice up there...


There's an exciting action shot of the Ramblers in action on the lower right. Can you guess what town we were playing in?

There is a rumour of some or many (or perhaps, all) of the Ramblers playing this Saturday night (the 11th of May) at McCleary's Public House. Call to confirm, or just stop in for a quick one anyhow...


Happy day after tax day. It has been confirmed that Turn The Page will be switching evenings with us, so they are on for this coming Wednesday night at McCleary's, and we will be performing the following Wednesday. That is all.


Happy tax day. Here's something important...

The Ramblers show at McCleary's pub for Wednesday, April 17th has been cancelled due to scheduling conflicts. Check back, we may be rescheduled soon. We will still be appearing at the Conestoga Museum, Sunday, April 21, from 3:30 til 5:00 or so.

Our first band pictures.
We all wanted to be holding drumsticks, but we didn't have any.

The Ramblers will be appearing at McCleary's pub Wednesday, April 17th, beginning around 7 PM, and at the Conestoga Museum, Sunday, April 21, from 3:30 til 5:00 or so.
Sunday, March 17th, McCleary's Pub will have Malone and Byron and friends on stage at or around 6:30 pm.

Wednesday, March 20th, McCleary's Pub will have the Sporting Hill Ramblers on stage at or around 7:00 pm.

Saturday, March 23th, McCleary's Pub will have the Sporting Hill Ramblers on stage at or around in the evening.

Yes, it's all about the Dave this week...
Wednesday, February 20th, McCleary's Pub will have the Ramblers on stage at or around 7pm.

Meanwile, here are seven things (more or less) you should know about the Sporting Hill Ramblers-

The Sporting Hill Ramblers are a Lancaster-based four-piece band consisting of Dave Malone on Bouzouki, acoustic guitar & vocals; Doug Riley on mandolin, acoustic guitar & vocals; Jeff Coleman on accordion, acoustic guitar, mandolin and all other instruments that exist on the face of the earth (and he can sing as well). Lastly, we have John Eshelman on electric bass guitar with occasional back-up vocals when he feels like it.

Offering a wide variety musical genre, the SHR’s are currently concentrating their efforts on Irish music; however, expect to hear some cover songs from the likes of John Prine, Warren Zevon, the Beatles, Lyle Lovette, Tom Petty and of course, Da Dead during the show. With 200 years of combined musical experience, this band can pretty much do it all!

Wednesday, January 16th, McCleary's Pub will have the Ramblers on stage at or around 7pm, welcoming the accordion player back to the fold.


Welcoming may be too strong a word. Let's just say tolerating...
It seems that the Ramblers will be appearing at McCleary's Public House, Wednesday, December 19th, at or around 7pm. We generally appear there on Thursdays, but on this occasion we will be playing our instruments.
The next scheduled appearance by the Ramblers is at McCleary's Public House, Wednesday, October 24, 7pm. This should give us plenty of time to "rehearse" our material.
Autumn. Many consider it a beautiful season. Leaves are turning, geese are flying.

Have you ever noticed how, most of the time, the "V" formations of flying geese are uneven? One side of the "V" is usually longer. Have you ever wondered why that is?

Well, we have the answer.

It's because there are more geese on that side than on the other.