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Jonathan Ramsey
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Choirboy looks betrayed by gritty, over-the-top musical play. The music is Irish. The genealogy is Irish. The outcome is a definite party - with lots of happy songs about death, mutilation, lost love, and betrayal.

Called upbeat, animated, and often just crazed, Jonathan Ramsey is always in motion onstage. Still, in spite of his highly energetic and playful performances, his musical style remains true to the nature of Irish folk songs.

Not one to weep into a beer, he builds up from warm ballads to rebel songs, then on to pint-banging pub songs. Soon, everyone is grabbing an empty glass and joining the percussion.
Do you play live?
I play live, every week, in Kansas City, and around the US.
I love performing. The highlights of my work always involve sharing the moment with people who love the music, whether in a huge hall, or in a house concert.
How, do you think, does the internet (or mp3) change the music industry?
On the positive, it has certainly leveled the playing field for distribution to a large audience.
On the dirty backside, it has the potential to abet the nationwide slide of good live music. TV, and radio have, in turn, helped as well. The easier it is to sit at home, or in the car, and listen to good music, the easier it is to avoid going out and finding the real thing.
Would you sign a record contract with a major label?
If it was beneficial to everyone involved. I don't see that happening in the near future.
Band History:
Jonathan's love for music began early, from the singing and playing of his granddad and family. He took up the guitar and played with several folk, rock, blues, and jazz groups. In 1993, he narrowed his focus to Irish music with Maid in the Myddle, then with Bully Ruse. In 1996, he began performing solo at several regional Irish music venues, including Harling's Upstairs in Kansas City.

His new self-titled CD of Irish songs bears witness to Jonathan's musical background. Packed with pub songs, rebel songs, and love songs, he performed these "live in studio" to capture the impact of the music.

Jonathan plays live across the U.S. and Canada, and every Thursday night at Harling's Upstairs in Kansas City.
Your influences?
My granddad, Andy Irvine, Christy Moore, the Wolfetones, the Chieftains, Altan, Clancy Brothers, Tommy Makem,
Favorite spot?
New York City
Equipment used:
Taylor 610 and Yamaha LW-5 guitars - in standard, drop-d, and DADGAD tunings.
Chicago tenor banjo - 21" scale - tuned GDAE.
Stomp Box - 16"x24"x3/8" plywood top with 1"x4" whitewood sides.
German-made fiddle.
Epiphone f-style mandolin.
Shure Beta-58 mics.
Miniflex Guitar Microphones
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