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Focal Point Benefit: The Ill-Mo Boys/Rum Drum Ramblers
The Ill-Mo Boys – Geoff Seitz on fiddle and vocals, Curtis Buckhannon on mandolin and vocals, and Jim Nelson on guitar and vocals – officially got together in summer of 1985 and played their distinctive brand of old-time country music for square dances and concerts at festivals, clubs, and music camps coast to coast across the country for 20 years. The instrumentation of the group – fiddle, mandolin, and guitar – gives it a sound that somewhat unique among contemporary string bands. As their name indicates, the Ill-Mo Boys drew much of their material from the surrounding region, though they never felt particularly limited by either geographic or musical boundaries. In addition to the Missouri fiddle tunes that have won Geoff Seitz many a prize in fiddle contests, the Ill-Mos play mandolin rags, blues, and early country songs learned from 78s in Jim Nelson’s stash of 78 RPM records. The Ill-Mo Boys are pleased to be able to reunite and play at Focal Point.