Ragtime Jack headed to Vose Library

Jun 13, 2017
Jack Radcliffe performs as Ragtime Jack.

Union — Vose Library, 392 Common Road, will present a concert by Ragtime Jack Friday, June 23, at 7 p.m. Jack Radcliffe delivers early jazz, blues and Appalachian music with intelligence and positive energy.

“Ragtime” Jack Radcliffe has been a newspaper editor, an ethnomusicologist, an author, a tall ship captain, an outdoor leader and an award-winning music producer. He’s been called The Mark Twain of American music and has traveled more than a million miles on the backroads of this nation, gathering, learning, singing and promoting the music of our diverse cultural experience.

Now a resident of Massachusetts, with roots in Virginia and Tennessee, Radcliffe brings his piano, guitar, fiddle, voice, wit and wisdom with him wherever he goes. He has been performing for more than 40 years, starting out as a fixture on the coffeehouse circuit in the late 1960s and early ‘70s. His band The New Viper Revue pushed the genre envelopes of blues, folk, country, rock 'n' roll and jazz from 1972 to 1976. Radcliffe resumed his solo career in 1977, then teamed up with reed player Al Oliveira in 1983 as half of The World’s Smallest Big Jazz Band.

Radcliffe was inducted into the Old-Time Music Association Hall of Fame in 2014. His Ragtime Jack performances always include a lot of uplifting wit, historical anecdotes and connections with local lore.

Tickets are $15 at the door and part of the proceeds benefit the library. For more information, call the library at 785-4733 or email librarian@voselibrary.org.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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