|Saturday 24 March 2018 @ 09:00pm : -
Rag Mama Rag
Formed in 1991, the English duo Rag Mama Rag, have slowly and consistently built up their reputation as one of Europes finest Country Blues acts.
With an interesting and wide range of instruments, (Ashley Dow, Henderson Acoustic Guitar, National & Dobro Resonator Bottleneck Guitars, Weissenborn Acoustic Lap Steel, Ukulele and Vocals, plus Deborah Dow, Harmonica, Washboard, Percussion and Backing Vocals), Rag Mama Rag create an exceptionally full and hard driving rhythmic sound which soon has audiences feet tapping.
Their repertoire is 20s and 30s Blues based, but extremely varied, encompassing Mississippi Blues, East Coast Ragtime sounds, early White Country tunes, Original Compositions, and many other regional styles of the 20s and 30s period.
Touring non stop in Europe during the last ten years Rag Mama Rag have clocked up well over 2000 concerts and have played at many major festivals in France, Belgium and Germany
"It was with great pleasure that Rag Mama Rag were welcomed for their second visit to Bluesnights. The duo set out to show us what they are about and it is top quality musicianship! Their sets ranged from slower melodies to fast paced rocking blues, throwing in some superb finger picking for good measure ; talk about jumping in your seats.A wonderful evening, with each set packed full of numbers, amiably presented by an unassuming yet multi-talented couple who did not leave anybody disappointed. There is absolutely no doubt about their calibre! A must see!" ~ Lewis A Harris, Blues in Britain
"Ashley’s multi-guitared prowess, great vocals and Debbie’s harp, vocals and amazing array of things to hit and scrape and tap produce wonderfully atmospheric renditions of old songs of various styles. Outstanding to me, “Take Me Up To The Church” (I believe) was so raw and intimate, I saw people visibly moved. There was lots of fun too and I noticed a very particular attention to sound settings for each song. If you get a chance do see them do" ~ Riley B James, Beer, East Devon - The 5th Beer R&B Festival
"One word that was on everyone’s lips after their set was “Brilliant!” It is a long time since I saw such an entertaining act as RAG MAMA RAG, they really are worth catching. I would urge you to go and see them, you will not be disappointed. Owner of the club, Bowden commented “These really are a cut above the rest, they are welcome back any time" ~ Trevor Knightsmith - The Chicago music Networ
"We got off to a flying start with Rag Mama Rag. Out came the solid steel guitar and straight into “Wing and a Prayer”. The set contained a mixture of their own compositions and songs by the likes of Hank Williams, Mississippi Fred McDowell and Tampa Red. In fact Tampa Red’s “Boogie Woogie Dance” had the audience in riotous applause. Ashley also played an acoustic guitar and a lap guitar, where we were treated to some great slide work. Debbie was a blur of flying fingers and thumbs on washboard, drums and assorted percussion, not to mention harmonica playing. It all went to “rags” at the end with Blind Boy Fuller’s “Rag Time” and, for an encore, “Jitterbug Rag” to tumultuous applause" ~ Tim Porter, Blues in Britain, 15th Banbury Blues Festival