He's affectionately known as "America's most famous unknown folksinger", and he's bringing his talents to an intimate concert in Westman.
As part of the 'Nearly Spring' Home Routes Concert series, folk singer Mark Ross will be performing in Polonia tomorrow night, Thursday, March 6. Ross' music promises to give an evening of blues, train songs, mountain ballads, banjo melodies and early jazz.
An optional pre-concert potluck supper is set for 6 p.m. while the concert begins at 7:30 p.m., with admission at $20. There is limited seating available by calling (204) 966-3532.
Mark Ross's musical journey began when he left at home at age 17 because of illness (his parents were sick of him).
Armed with a loud voice and a guitar, 35 years ago he made his way to Greenwich Village just in time to catch the last of the Great Folk Music Scare of the '60's. Yodeling, singing, cracking bad jokes, making execrable puns, and picking up a storm, he's been making his way at this trade ever since.
Over that time, he's learned to play about a dozen instruments - guitar, banjo, fiddle, harmonica, mandolin, Hawaiian guitar, autoharp, jews' harp, bass, dulcimer, tenor guitar and 12-string guitar - all with varying degrees of proficiency.
His reportoire includes close to 500 songs and includes everything from hobo ballads to train songs and American roots music.