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Ryan & Brennish Thomson

Updated Feb 2, 2024

Opening for Ricky Skaggs at the 

Augusta Civic Center in Maine

by Ryan Thomson

I had been playing weekends with the Country Tradition band led by Paul Main. We were happy to get an opportunity to be on the bill with Ricky Skaggs. (Another fun gig that we did was to back up Hank Thompson when he toured in Maine.)


The Augusta Civic Center seats several thousand people. I found it exciting to be playing fiddle with the nine piece band in front of such a large audience. Our grand finale tune was the inevitable "Orange Blossom Special," which I fiddled at the maximum speed of our drummer. After Ricky's band performed, I got to spend some time visiting with him and he gave me a picture of himself autographed to "Captain Fiddle." What fun!

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Fiddler Ryan Thomson discusses repertoire with Paul Main while preparing to open for Ricky Skaggs at the Augusta Civic Center.
Ryan Thomson's back stage pass as fiddler for the Country Tradition band opening for Ricky Skaggs at the Augusta Civic Center in Maine, April 20 , 1988.

Ryan Thomson’s back stage Access Pass 

Ricky Skaggs autographs his picture to “Captain Fiddle.”

Ricky Skaggs autographs his photo to Captain Fiddle(Ryan Thomson" who opened for him in the Augusta Civic Center, Maine, April 20, 1988

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