The group began in 1981 when church member Lorene Jones, at the age of 76, organized a Mother’s Day performance with several other parishioners. It wasn’t long before they were singing and playing to enthusiastic audiences all around Richmond. Over the years, the band attracted more members – some could play instruments, some could sing, others clapped along, danced or told jokes. The only talent required was that of spreading joy to others. Players perform on electric guitars, piano, maracas, tambourine and auto harp. Their repertoire consists of about 40 songs, mostly tunes from the 1920’s and 1930's such as “Yes, Sir, That’s My Baby” and “Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue.” The band always includes selections that many in their audiences recall from their younger days. When you're listening to the rollicking sounds of the Hardy Central Ramblers Rhythm Group, it can be difficult to remember that these musicians are senior citizens. Members of this high energy group range in age from 57-84. They recently warmed up on a chilly morning in the fellowship hall at Hardy Central Baptist Church on Darbytown Road in Varina. Decked out in the matching maroon vests they wear to performances, the group gathered around a piano and launched into a rendition of “He is my Everything.” The song has become a favorite with audiences at the numerous appearances the group makes at area assisted-living facilities, church functions, civic organizations and clubs. The group’s members consider the joy they bring to others their own special ministry.
Contact the Hardy Central Rambler's at 804-795-1329 or 804-795-4965
4655 Darbytown Rd Henrico, Va 23231 804-795-1329