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Ragtime Skedaddlers

by Ragtime Skedaddlers

String band music for mandolin and guitar from 100 years ago.
Genre: Jazz: Ragtime
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1. Ma Ragtime Baby
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2. Whistling Rufus
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3. Bowery Buck
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4. Doc Brown's Cakewalk
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5. Maple Leaf Rag
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6. Impecunious Davis
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7. A Tally Ho Party
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8. Creole Belles
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9. The Entertainer
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10. Peaches and Cream
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11. Dixie Blossoms
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12. Tobasco
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13. That Poker Rag
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14. Dixie Twilight
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15. Temptation Rag
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO, RAGTIME was America's popular music, a blend of African-American folk roots with marches and old-world dances. While usually played today as a solo piano music, in their time rags, cakewalks, and marches were often played by string bands consisting of mandolins, banjos, and guitars.

The RAGTIME SKEDADDLERS continue the tradition of ragtime music played on string instruments, working from original arrangements published during the ragtime era. Scott Joplin, the king of ragtime, dedicated his original piano version of The Entertainer to "James Brown and his Mandolin Club," suggesting that he may have composed with string instruments in mind. This CD features two Joplin rags arranged for two mandolins and guitar and originally published in 1903. The Kansas City, Missouri composer Charles L. Johnson played mandolin in a five-piece string band. Maybe this explains why the Johnson tunes on this CD sound so natural on mandolins and guitar. To round out the set, several cakewalks and rags are included by a diverse cast of composers -- male and female, black and white, midwestern and eastern.

DENNIS PASH (banjo-mandolin) has specialized in ragtime mandolin since founding the Etcetera String Band in 1973. NICK ROBINSON (mandolin) played Balinese gamelan and American old-time music before catching the ragtime bug. DAVE KRINKEL (guitar) also plays with the Tea Sippers.


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Nan Bostick

Authentic Ragtime in Great Fidelity
These fellows really know their stuff, especially Dennis Pash, who is a walking encyclopedia of knowledge about the ragtime era and its composers. This CD will take you back to the true gaslight ragtime era and is just about as authentic as you can get. Plus the CD was recorded wonderfully with great fidelity by someone who obviously knows how to mike string instruments. This is one of my favorite ragtime CDs, an absolute delight that will cheer you up on even the bluest of days, just perfect for long car drives. A wonderful selection of favorites plus some rarities that are hardly played enough, like Charlie Johnson's Tally Ho Party and his gorgeous Tobasco. Bravo to the Ragtime Skedaddlers. May they find themselves releasing another CD very soon!