BAND MEMBER BIOS

 
Linda Thorburn
Banjo
Linda describes herself as a bluegrass veteran, as she has played for 38 years.  
She was attracted to the Scruggs style banjo at age 11. 
In 1980 she bought a banjo and began her musical journey.  
She has played in several noteworthy  bluegrass bands, including:  
Better Times (Port Alberni) 
Island Blue Rose (Qualicum Beach) 
Grassmates (Port Alberni)
Raisin' Cain (Qualicum Beach)
Crazy Hearts (Kelowna), and
* The Dilly RoseBuds most recently.
She has a recording with Grassmates.
Major influences include Earl Scruggs,
J D Crowe, Ralph Stanley, Pete Wernick, 
&  Jeff Scroggins.



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Ramona Ruf
Rhythm Guitar & Vocals

Ramona grew up in a musical family and has 
played guitar & sang  for most of her  life. 
She was attracted to bluegrass music a few  years ago and has
learned many new songs & tunes in a very short time .  
Ramona is the driving force behind 
the band with her loud guitar &
rhythmic chops, and is also the main lead singer. 
Mo makes her home in Qualicum Beach.
Major influences in her playing are Brian Sutton & Tony Rice.




Mimi Shell
Fiddle & Harmonies

Mimi loves the drive & energy of bluegrass music with its multiple roles
for the fiddle player from rhythm to chords to melody
Having played violin since she was
twelve, bluegrass offers a new musical direction to explore.
  Mimi also enjoys playing old time, celtic, swing & blues.  
Singing in harmony with others is another special way to have fun.  
Mimi likes the fact that music can be shared across cultures and soothes the soul.
 



Luann Burton
Bass & Vocals

Luann began attending the Victoria Bluegrass Association in 2002. 
It was there she first experienced bluegrass music and 
became a member of the band "Out On A Limb", playing fiddle.  
She soon learned she had an ear for harmony and lead singing.
In 2006 she began playing bass with the trio "Corner "Grass. 
During that time, she also played bass for "Island Blue Rose" over a span of several years.
Luann went on to be one half of "Harmony Ridge", 
winning 2nd place in the Duet category at the Wickenberg Bluegrass Festival, Arizona in November 2016.
She has written several songs and composed a variety of instrumentals.
Luann makes her home in Sidney, B. C.





Ted Granger
Mandolin, Lead Vocals & Harmonies

Ted has played a variety of instruments
in his life, but his musical strength comes from the fact that he loves to sing. 
In this version of BackPorch Banjo, he plays the mandolin and sings several lead songs. 
He delights in singing harmonies to most of the tunes. 
Ted brings fresh energy to the band, and plays mandolin with passion.
He has been known to play fiddle and guitar as well.




 
Joe Spinelli
Bass & Vocals

Originally from Wayne, Pennsylvania,  
Joe is now residing in Nanaimo, BC. 
Over the past 30 years,  Joe has had the opportunity to perform and record 
with several musicians, compiling a long list of credits, 
performing Jazz to Bluegrass in a wide range of venues.  
He believes one of his greatest privileges was having the chance to perform onstage 
with the Chieftains and Natalie McMaster. 
Now  on Vancouver Island, Joe continues
to expand his credits with other musicians, 
including Celtic Chaos, his other band.