Ghosts of Johnson City
The Ghosts of Johnson City seek to take listeners on a musical journey to some of the darkest hollows of America's greatest historical calamities and personal tragedies, from the battlefields of the Civil War and deepest Kentucky coal mines to the whaling grounds of the North Atlantic.
An archival project as much as a musical endeavor, the repertoire consists of seldom-heard traditional songs from a wide variety of historical archives, oral traditions and collective memory.
Based in Maine with musical roots in Appalachia and the Deep South, the group presents simple and soulful versions of old mountain music, Civil War songs, coal-mining melodies, disaster chronicles, haunting murder ballads and tunes of love and loss in times of poverty.
Amos Libby / Banjo, Lead Vocals
Douglas Porter / Guitar, Vocals
Erik Neilson / Baritone Ukulele, Vocals
Erik Winter / Harmonium
Ian Riley / Upright Bass
14 Maine Street
Brunswick, ME 04011