Vose Library presents...

Ragtime Jack Radcliffe to perform early jazz, blues and Appalachian music

Posted:  Monday, June 19, 2017 - 8:00pm

UNION — Vose Library in Union is hosting musician Ragtime Jack on Friday, June 23, at 7 p.m. Jack Radcliffe's early jazz, blues and Appalachian music is delivered with intelligence and positive energy.

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 back roads of our 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.

Radcliffe has been performing for more than 40 years. He was 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 -1976. Jack 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 is a master of traditional country blues and ragtime and stride piano, and a powerful singer of songs from the Great American Songbook. He also accompanies himself on the guitar and fiddle.

Radcliffe was inducted into the Old-Time Music Association Hall of Fame in 2014. His performances always include a lot of uplifting wit, historical anecdotes and connections with local lore, wherever he performs. His background in journalism amplifies a lifelong quest for the cultural framework of his music and the places he performs.

The library is located at 392 Common Road in Union, 04862. Tickets are $15 at the door and part of the proceeds benefit the library. For more information, call the library at 207 785-4733 or email librarian@voselibrary.org.

Event Date: 
Fri, 06/23/2017 - 7:00pm
Event Location: 
Vose Library