Road to Lisdoonvarna
When it seems everywhere you go, everyone is talking about the "good old days," it's a welcome sight to have someone like Ross Moore come along and give us the kind of music and entertainment that we all miss so much. He runs the gambit from singing old time Appalachian/Celtic favorites on instruments popular before and during the Civil War days to picking some of the hottest Bluegrass coming out of Nashville. He plays twelve different instruments, including the Hammered Dulcimer, Mountain Dulcimer, Banjo, Mandolin, 12 string Guitar, Dobro, Celtic Harp, Irish Pennywhistle, Concertina, Autoharp, Bowed Psaltery and Harmonica. Along with strong vocals and his brand of down home humor, Ross put on a show that captures the imagination of old and young alike. Ross has been in the entertainment business for over twenty five years. In 1972 he composed and performed the musical score for the nationally televised series, From The Hills for PBS, with film star Martin Sheen. Additionally in 1974 he composed and performed the musical score for the Charleston Arts Festival in Charleston, West Virginia for readings by Earl Hamner, creator of the television series "The Waltons," and series star Richard Thomas, famous for his portrayal of the character 'John Boy.' The next year (1975) Ross performed with country singer and songwriter Billy Edd Wheeler and film star Patricia Neal at the festival. Later that year and into 1976, Ross attended Ohio University where he obtained his Master of Arts degree in music and theater. While there he served as composer, singer, instrumentalist and actor with the Appalachian Green Parks Project, (the Official Bicentennial Touring Group for the State of Ohio) which toured the U.S. In 1977 he performed a solo act as singer, instrumentalist and humorist at King's Island Theme Park in Cincinnati Ohio. Two years later he took his show to Bob Evans Farm, a popular tourist attraction in the Appalachian Mountains. Always looking for a new challenge, Ross accepted the position of director, actor and musician for the summer stock presentation of "River Country" in New Harmony, Indiana in 1980. In the spring of 1982, Ross was invited to share his talents with the legendary folk group "The Seekers" based in Chicago. For the next two years he toured the United States and Canada, where he performed with such entertainers as Loretta Lynn, Jerry Reed, and the one and only George Burns. After moving to Nashville, he signed on with the famed Twitty City Music Village in nearby Hendersonville, performing his show daily from 1984 through 1987. Ross was then hired by Opryland Theme Park to perform with Grand Ole Opry stars such as Porter Wagoner, Little Jimmie Dickens, and Bashful Brother Oswald. In the winter of 1996 he was asked to bring his show to one of the grandest music halls in the country. The Ryman Auditorium invited Ross to do a six-week engagement for the Christmas holidays. The new show was such a success that his show was held over for two additional seasons! During 2002 Ross was chosen to be one of the performers at the Grand Opening of the new Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville. Since the closing of Opryland Theme Park, Ross has entertained as a solo artist primarily in the southeastern United States at concerts, Living History festivals, conventions, reunions and fund-raising events. Additionally, Ross is an arranger, published songwriter, and to date, has four CDs which reflect his music over the years, namely Appalachian Sunset (folk music from the Appalachian foothills); Road to Lisdoonvarna (a musical journey celebrating Ross' Celtic heritage); Southern Son (a musical collection that encompasses the joy, sorrow and pride of the Southerners during the War Between the States); and An Old Time Christmas (a magic combination of beloved Christmas songs and the instruments that knew them first).