The Goodhues Band
The Goodhues Band

We are five, with Kim Goodhue on vocals and autoharp; Geoff Goodhue, vocals, guitar and mandolin; Nick Vandenberg, vocals, string bass, and guitar; Ryan Goodhue on keyboard and hand drums, and Derek Hayden, on drum set. Our repertoire covers American “roots” country, Appalachian, bluegrass, Southern gospel, contemporary folk, traditional Celtic, Irish “pub” songs, and original compositions. We emphasize close two- and three-part harmonies, polished instrumental arrangements, and sincere, energetic delivery.

We started out in 2002 as a duo, with Geoff and Kim playing a lot of old timey type songs — pre-bluegrass, mountain, brothers’ duets by the Louvin Brothers, Stanley Brothers, and others like them — along with a few originals, some folk, parlor songs, and some Grateful Dead/Old and In the Way material. We played at a few festivals, churches, restaurants, and in 2002 at a special music reunion concert at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, where Geoff and Kim are alumni. Around March of 2006, Geoff and Kim were joined by younger son, Ryan, on piano, hand drums and accordion; then, three years later, by Nick and Derek. We have been playing happily as a quintet since then.

Kim has played traditional music since high school and was a finalist in the 2005 national autoharp championship at the Mountain Laurel Autoharp Gathering in Pennsylvania. Geoff co-founded Lobster Clinic, a popular jazz/rock group that was voted America’s best high school rock group in an Internet poll in 2000.

Having begun Suzuki violin method at age 5, Geoff Goodhue transitioned his focus to drumming at age 10 and went on to graduate from Ohio University in 2004 with a B.F.A. in Percussion Performance plus a certificate in Environmental Studies. Following a season of stewardship at Maine's Baxter State Park, Geoff began mentoring drum and guitar students out of his childhood home in Boxford, Massachusetts.

Since moving to Vermont in 2008, Geoff has served as a G.M.C. Caretaker on the Long Trail and has worked and performed with the Bread and Puppet Theater. Goodhue is currently the drummer of Vermont Vaudeville’s house band and mandolinist/​vocalist in Granite Junction. Geoff has appeared on Mountain Stage in Morgantown, West Virginia and at Appleton Wisconsin’s Mile of Music with Composer and Producer Nick Vandenberg. Geoff’s family outfit The Goodhues Band has performed with autoharp legend Bryan Bowers and was featured at the 2016 Mountain Laurel Autoharp Gathering in Newport, PA. As a member of Athens Ohio’s Realbilly Jive, Geoff played drums on “You and the World Outside,” an album comprised of J.D. Hutchison’s original songs and released September 2016 on Howdy Skies Records in collaboration with folk, country and bluegrass icon, Tim O’Brien. You can also find Geoff on the web at Beg, Steal or Borrow.

Geoff also makes a living responsibly composting humanure as a representative of Clivus New England and resides on 20 acres in East Charleston, Vermont.

Nick, too, has a music performance degree in percussion from Ohio University. A multi-talented instrumentalist, Nick is also a prolific songwriter, whose compositions inspire the band. Ryan has concentrated since childhood on piano, keyboard, and percussion, has played in orchestra competitions, and is a 2012 graduate of Northeastern University with concentrations in music industry and keyboard performance. Derek, our drummer, is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts in music percussion and music education. The Goodhues have three CDs, Short Time Here . . . Long Time Gone (2005), with Geoff and Kim as a duo; Root & Branch, which was released in June 2007; and Songs from Inside, released in 2012.

The Goodhues Band has been featured at worship services at a number of churches in the Boston area, at private functions, area festivals (Yankee Homecoming in Newburyport, Mass.; Boxford, Mass. Music Festival 2005, 2008, and 2009, Essex Music Festival 2006; 25th annual Bread & Roses Festival, Lawrence, 2009), at area pubs and restaurants, at the Crossroads Coffeehouse in North Andover, and the Me&Thee Coffeehouse in Marblehead in 2009. We seek engagements wherever traditional acoustic music is played — at pubs, restaurants, coffeehouses, churches, music festivals, community events, and private functions.

Contact Kim Goodhue at 978 887-8348
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Contact Geoff Goodhue at 802 751-9757
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