The Lime Hollow Boys

the LIME HOLLOW BOYS

Biography

HOW IT STARTED:

The Lime Hollow Boys came into existence when vocalist / guitarist John Wolfe called upon fiddler Floyd Sherman and keyboardist Mchael Hartigan to perform an open house engagement at a local farm machinery dealership. The band was an immediate success, and booked several more jobs on the spot. Mike left the band to continue his musical studies, and bassist Ray Gardner joined the band the shortly thereafter. 


CLAIMS TO FAME:

 

The band has played some prestigious venues, including multiple daily shows at the 2004, '05, '06, '07 and '08 historic NY State Fair; shows in 2003, '04 and '06 at the North American Fiddlers' Hall of Fame, and regular performances fairs and community concerts, including Oswego, NY Harborfest and the internationally recognized Norwood, NY Village Green Concert Series. 

Perhaps the highest recent achievement was the band's 2005, '06 and '07 appearances at the Country Music Association’s Fan Fair in Nashville, TN.  They were one of only 23 bands selected nationally by audition to perform at the CMA's Acoustic Stage and also at the Gibson Showcase Theater at the Grand Old Opry.


While in Nashville the band performed at Layla's Bluegrass Inn, and Robert's Western World; two of Nashville's famed Broadway Honky-Tonk landmarks. The boys are proud to say that they have a standing invitation to appear at the annual CMA event.    

WHY THE NAME, LIME HOLLOW BOYS? 

The name, The Lime Hollow Boys, comes from an actual location at the junction of the townships of Potsdam,Madrid, and Norfolk, NY. This, the original Lime Hollow, is the site of an abandoned limestone quarry and primitive reduction kiln. This picturesque glade, long overgrown and treed with stately hemlocks, is located on John’s property. Even on the warmest day, the hollow is a cool retreat, and the home of many species of wild creatures, including white tail deer and the occasional Adirondackblack bear. 


THE TALENT:


Ray Gardner,  on bass, is from the Brasher-Winthrop, NY area.  Ray is a tool maker now retired from ALCOA. He has played bass and lead guitar with many well-know bands over the years and played professionally with Floyd in years past. Ray has 4 grown children and several grandchildren. Ray’s children are musical. Ray has played swingin’ acoustic bass since his high school days, and is among the very best in the business. His vocal harmonies and occasional leads adds much to the Lime Hollow Band’s sound. Ray’s bass provides an incredible foundation for the band, and much of the drive for the swing of their music. Ray is an avid fisherman and outdoorsman. 


Fiddler Floyd Sherman grew up near the Grasse River on the family farm in Madrid, NY.  Floyd retired from the NY Dept. of Corrections where he worked as a welder.  He resides in West Potsdam, NY, and has a grown son.  Floyd’s composition, The Grasse River Waltz, was the title tune of the band’s 1st compact disc. He has played fiddle and guitar in many popular country bands over the years, most notably, the Ranchmen. Floyd was a “Liberty Fiddler” and played for the 1986 Statue of Liberty Centennial rededication in New York City.  Floyd is an antique car enthusiast and skilled restorer.

  

 John Wolfe, the band’s leader, guitarist, and principal vocalist is retired from 33 years in public education.  He’s had diverse experience including a bit part in a TV commercial, and as a local radio host DJ.  John doubles on tenor banjo, trumpet, and an assortment of chromatic harmonicas. He lives near Norfolk, NY, and has 3 grown children and 1 grandson. His children and grandson are all musical.  John writes many of the band's songs, including the recent hit "Big Bowl of Chili."  

 

 

Also a member of the world-famous Norwood Brass Firemen, John  played on the White House lawn for 1st lady, Nancy Reagan, played for two US Presidential Inaugurations, and for the opening ceremonies of the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia. He opened for, or appeared on the same program with acts diverse as John Sebastian, Helen Reddy, and the US Marine Corps Band!

   

 

 

 

The band is a proud supporter of North Country Public Radio.

 

 

 

 

 

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