A night of old-school blues

Rag Mama Rag
Rag Mama Rag

Glendale audiences can enjoy an evening of American roots music when country blues duo, Rag Mama Rag, tour to Wooler later this month.

The double act will perform at the Cheviot Centre on Saturday, October 25, as part of the Highlights Rural Touring Scheme.

The duo’s repertoire is based on ‘20s and ‘30s blues, but extremely varied, encompassing Mississippi blues, East Coast ragtime sounds, early white country tunes, American folk and many other regional styles of the between-the-wars period.

Rag Mama Rag’s Ashley and Deborah Dow create an exceptionally full and hard-driving rhythmic sound using a diverse range of instruments including ukulele, washboard, Hawaiian guitar, acoustic guitar, harmonica and national steel guitar.

Formed in 1991, the duo has slowly and consistently built up a reputation as one of Europe’s finest country blues acts.

Touring non-stop in Europe, Rag Mama Rag has clocked up well more than 2,000 concerts and has played at many major festivals in France, Belgium and Germany.

They are now on the road performing a series of intimate shows on the rural network with the Highlights Touring Scheme.

Highlights is a network of 90 volunteer groups.

Together, they organise more than 160 high-quality professional events in village halls, schools and community centres in Cumbria, County Durham and Northumberland. This includes theatre, dance, music and childrens shows.

The scheme has already seen one show come to Wooler this autumn season as the Cheviot Centre hosted An Evening with Mervyn Stutter on Saturday, September 20.