Mark Fletcher of the Steel City Rovers – 2/5

Mark Fletcher got his musical foundation on the piano after which came classical and flamenco guitar styles.  The complex finger work of thesthesteelcityrovers-ridgeway2014-5e styles allowed Mark to adapt to other instruments quickly.  Mark is known for his multi-instrumental skills and in any given performance with the Steel City Rovers can glide from Scottish smallpipes to mandola, accordian or Irish Whistle.


Mark has been active in the music industry for close to 40 years, playing his first professional gigs at age 16. Over time he has performed the music of many genres, been the architect of many well known Celtic ensembles and contributed his musical skills to nearly 40 recordings.

The Steel City Rovers will be at Chestnut House Concerts on Thursday, June 18, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.  Prior to the show at 6:00 p.m. will be a potluck; reservations can be made by a text/call to Tim at 71794 09311, or an email to

I don’t care where the water goes if it doesn’t get into the wine. (GK Chesterton)


I am one of those readers who likes to be hooked in the first few pages of a book.  Once I’m drawn in I can read for hours oblivious of all else. Sometimes, though, getting into a book is a struggle.  I once heard a review  of GK Chesterton’s novel first published in 1908, The Man Who Was Thursday: A Nightmare.  I asked for the book and received it at Christmas, never to read it.

I get hooked on albums much the same way – a song or two will pull me in and then I want to know more about artist, the producer, who wrote each song, and all the instrumentalists on each selection.

The song that hooked me on The Bombadils‘ album “Fill Your Boots!” was “Noah’s Song” – based on the poem Wine and Water by none other than…GK Chesterton.  Sarah Frank (violinist, vocalist) put the words to music and the rest of The Bombadils helped with the arrangement; Luke Fraser (mandolin, guitar, vocals), Anh Phung (Irish whistles, flute), and Alan Mackie (upright bass).  This humorous poem about Noah’s concern for his wine cellar during the Great Flood gave me a renewed commitment to trying Chesterton’s nightmare book again – perhaps with a glass of wine.

The Montreal based band The Bombadils will be at Chestnut House Concerts on Saturday, May 17, 2014.  Potluck at 6:00 pm, Show at 7:00 pm. Contact Tim at 717-940-9311 or by email at to reserve a seat.  Suggested donation of $15/20.