The Spindle Rock River Rats
  •         William “Woody” Underwood on fiddle and vocals
  •         Polly Gardner on bass and vocals
  •         Steve Brauch on mandolin and vocals
  •      Borden Snow on five-string banjo and vocals and
  •         Ransom Griffin on guitar and vocals

The Rats enjoy playing with many other fine musicians in the Southcoast area. 

Occasionally, the Rats will be joined by one or more of the following talented players on stage.

  •          Maury May on guitar and vocals
  •          Brad Jenkins on tenor banjo and vocals
  •          Juergen Hallemeier on accordion and vocals

The Spindle Rock River Rats take their name from the Spindle Rock Club on the Westport River, the site of some their earliest performances.  Woody, Maury and Borden are Westport residents; Polly hails from Little Compton, Rhode Island, and Steve is from Somerset.  Brad and Juergen live in South Dartmouth, while Ransom calls Providence home.

They’ve played for local organizations including the Common Fence Point’s Fiddlers and Fishermen concerts, The Second Half - Lifelong Learning Institute of UMass Dartmouth, Westport’s Spindle Rock Club, and the Bayview and Sakonnet Bay Manor Senior Residential Communities.  Woody, Polly and Steve are also members of the acclaimed New Bedford Harbor Sea Chantey Chorus and will occasionally play a few warm-up tunes at their concerts.

The Rats play an eclectic blend of bluegrass, old-time, folk, popular, western and fiddle tunes.  They play instruments found in old-time string bands and modern bluegrass bands, but their repertoire is not limited to those genres.  So after a Bill Monroe bluegrass classic such as “Blue Moon of Kentucky,” you might hear them play Buddy Holly’s “It Doesn’t Matter Anymore.”  Next to the Carter Family’s “Gold Watch and Chain” might be the western swing classic “San Antonio Rose.”

It’s clear that the Rats love the music they play.  Their audiences can’t help being caught up in their enthusiastic performances.