Mad River Railroad is a Dayton, Ohio bluegrass / newgrass band comprised of a banjo, bass, mandolin, fiddle, and guitar. The band, has been described as “…a new progressive bluegrass band with tight harmonies, good licks, and lots of fun” by Dayton

Pat Carine Banjo

Pat Carine, Banjo

Pat Carine has been teaching private banjo, guitar, mandolin, and fiddle lessons near his home in Medway, Ohio for over 10 years. He is proud to be a part of the more progressive sounds of Mad River Railroad. Pat has played guitar at his Church for the last 15+ years. He hosts jam groups for students and others in the Dayton, Ohio, Miami Valley area, and has been certified by Pete Wernick as a Jam Class teacher. Visit Pat’s site, PWC Music.

Nora Heink Mandolin

Nora Heink, Mandolin

A native of Central Kentucky, Nora Heink grew up joining in on all types of music with her family. Her interest in mandolin emerged several years ago from her love of traditional, old-time, and bluegrass music. Before relocating to Cincinnati and then Dayton, Ohio, Nora provided mandolin and vocals for the Fort Point Ramblers of Boston. She teaches Latin at an area high school and enjoys backcountry camping, reading, and Reds baseball.

Gary Ridgeway Fiddle

Gary Ridgeway, Fiddle

Gary Ridgeway grew up in the Dayton area and was introduced to the fiddle and traditional bluegrass at the age of eight by his father. In the early 80’s, Gary played mandolin in his father’s bluegrass band. He later discovered “Newgrass” and is greatly influenced by artists such as Tony Rice and Sam Bush. Gary is excited to be a member of MRR whose set list includes the traditional “Foggy Mountain Breakdown,” 1st generation Newgrass “Steam Powered Aeroplane,” and current hits like “Wagon Wheel.” Gary serves the community as a detective with a local police department.

Dave Younkin Guitar

Dave Younkin, Guitar

A long-time Miami Valley Resident, Dave Younkin was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. After retiring from the heavy construction equipment business, Dave turned his focus to music, and eventually converted from folk to bluegrass. Dave’s major influences include Doc Watson and Tim O’Brien. He especially enjoys the signature harmonies of Mad River Railroad.