The Essex River Rounders Band, or ERR, is a North Shore Massachusetts based group varying in size from three to five members. We cherish our nearby open areas, marshlands, ocean front, and rivers, and our name grew from that love. Our music is anchored in the folk genre, and as we interpret this widely, includes ballads,folk blues, bluegrass, songs and shanty's from the sea and waterways, certain popular numbers, and a few that are just plain hard to typecast.
General Admission Ticket includes the ERR Show from 4:00-6:00 on July 15th at Appleton Farms!
Barry O'Brien, of Essex, precipitated the band, and plays 6 string guitar, mandolin, harmonica, and washboard, as well as doing vocals. Barry brings tunes to the group from near and far, and when he is not singing and playing with the ERR, is likely off somewhere sailing in his Catboat, or singing and playing with a group of bluegrass enthusiasts. In the summer time, Barry is likely to be found playing with the "Q Band" out of Quonochontaug, RI, or with friends in the Adirondacks. Mike Maginn, of Hamilton, provides us with our home base for practice sessions. Mike plays 6 and 12 string guitar, and long neck five string banjo, and sings. Mike brings us numbers from the days of the folk music boom, and from the classic folk blues of the early 20th century and on, and his exquisite finger picking harkens back to the best of those days. Barry met him at a Pete Seeger Memorial Sing, and drafted him as a member of the group that was to become the ERR. Ernie Pigeon, of Newburyport and Ipswich, plays six string guitar with a home grown finger picking style that even he can't quite describe, and does vocals. Ernie has a hard time deciding which genre he likes best, and brings a wide variety of tunes to the group. Barry met Ernie singing in the Sea Shanty group from Gloucester called "Three Sheets To The Wind", and recruited him to join the band. Ernie still sings with Three Sheets, traveling around the New England sea coast areas with songs of ships and those who sailed them. He runs a weekly singing circle in Gloucester called "The Sing", and, with his wife Amy, manages The Along The Way Coffee House in Ipswich. Joe Mansell of Ipswich is the group's bass player, and is our newest member. Joe provides us with an anchor for our tunes, and has the biggest smile amongst all of us. Ernie brought Joe into the group after realizing that this young man, who became his son in law after Ernie married Amy, was looking for a group to play with. Currently on sabbatical from the band, Alice Newell joins us from time to time with fiddle and five string banjo. Alice is a classically trained Cello player, and enjoys playing and singing folk songs.