The Broad Street Ramblers

Gregg Kimball

Gregg grew up in rural New Hampshire with a deep love of traditional music and an ear for the old stories about family and community. His life-long interest in music inspired him to learn guitar, banjo, fiddle, accordion, and lap steel in a wide variety of styles. After a stint in the Army, he became a public historian, working in museums and libraries. Gregg frequently combines his interests in music and history by creating unique interpretive shows. He has performed at the Richmond Folk Festival, the D.C. Blues Festival, the Landmark Theater with the Richmond Symphony, Colonial Williamsburg, and many other venues.

Cluny Brown

Some of Cluny’s earliest memories involve singing Broadway hits on the swings (you’ve not heard anything until you've heard a five-year-old sing “Let Me Entertain You”) and performing variety shows in her back yard. By the age of 17, after years of singing in school choirs, she was performing as an opening act for the Good Guys and would go on to sing with other local favorites, such as the Bopcats and the Dads. While Cluny’s background is steeped in popular music, her love of history has encouraged her to search for the origins of American music. The Broad Street Ramblers has served as the bridge she needed to elevate her singing and fill her need to know. 

Peter Sims

The newest member of the Ramblers is Peter Sims, the owner of Bravo Music in Richmond, Virginia.  Pete plays guitar, bass, and ukulele and is a  consummate finger-style guitarist in a variety of styles.  He especially excels at some of the most complex and exciting ragtime Blues guitar music from the golden pre-World War II era, interpreting the music of giants such as Blind Blake and Reverend Gary Davis.   

Ron Curry

Ron was born in Front Royal, Virginia, and started playing music around age 11. He followed the rocky road to Richmond in 1984 and has been a key member of many pioneering bands, including GWAR, Hotel X, and the Chiggers. Gregg and Ron met while both were researching the 1929 Okeh Richmond recording session, resulting in Ron's critically acclaimed reissue Virginia Roots: The 1929 Richmond Sessions. Ron plays banjo, mandolin, guitar, autoharp, and ukulele with the Ramblers.