Lorri Shankar will present A Retro Country Experience  at Jane Pickens Theater during Newport BridgeFest on Tuesday, July 26th.

Among those performing at this show will be Mack Johnson, Joann Svendsen and Ragtime Jack Radcliffe.

‘Ragtime’ Jack Radcliffe has been performing for more than 45 years. He is a master of traditional country blues and stride piano, and a powerful singer/songwriter, as well. He also accompanies himself on the guitar and harmonicas and has lately added the fiddle to his arsenal of musical weapons.

He was a fixture on the coffeehouse circuit in the late ’60s and early ’70s. His major early musical partnership was with Georgia country blues guitarist and singer Larry Johnson, in 1968 -1970. His band ‘The New Viper Revue’ pushed the genre envelopes of blues, folk, 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.


He retired from the music business, except for occasional local engagements, in 1987 to raise his sons. Now he’s back full-time in the music, directing Wepecket’s operations, producing other artists’ recordings and touring with the Rolling Roots Revue.

Jack is also touring with Deborah Anne Fisher as the “Fisher & Radcliffe” duo, and plays piano, guitar, fiddle and banjo in their show of “songs from the heart of America.”

Most recently, Jack has joined “The Boston Boatmen,” as fiddler, backup vocalist and occasional rhythm guitarist.

Jack was inducted into the Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame in August, 2014.

We caught up with Jack before the show to discuss music, Newport and much more….

RB: What got you into music?

JR: “Grandfather was first cellist and concert master with Philadelphia”

RB: “What was your first cd, record or album?”
JR: “1961, cut an LP with The Electras, John Kerry was the bass player.”

RB:  What was the first concert that you went to?

JR: “Louis Armstrong and the All-Stars in 1954”

RB: What performance/concert has most inspired you in your life?

JR: “…….. Louis Armstrong and the All-Stars in 1954”

RB: How long have you been performing?

JR: “60 years”

RB:  What musician or band (yes you can pick any) would you love to see perform in Newport?

JR: “Emmy Lou Harris”

RB: Who is the greatest musical influence in your life?

JR: “Louis Armstrong / Jimmie Rodgers / A.P. Carter”

RB: Who is your favorite local musician to watch/listen to in Newport?

JR: “Art Manchester”

RB: Who has had the greatest musical impact in history of Newport?

JR: “George Wein”

Catch Ragtime Jack Radcliffe during  Newport BridgeFest here; 

8:00 pm | $10
at Jane Pickens Theater
Live folk/country music inspired by legends such as George Strait and Patsy Cline – featuring Lorri Shankar, Mack Johnson, Joann Svendsen
(401) 846-5474

Buy tickets for this show at www.janepickens.com.

What’sUpNewp’s 2016 Newport BridgeFest Coverage is brought to you by Midtown Oyster Bar

About Newport BridgeFest

Newport Festivals Foundation will continue the tradition of Newport Bridgefest in 2016, over the four days the festival will aim to celebrate folk, jazz, and the musical heritage of Newport.

Newport BridgeFest was founded in 2009 by the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County to “bridge” the days between the Newport Folk and Jazz Festivals. Earlier this year, the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County transferred the rights to the event to the Newport Festival Foundation.

Bridgefest 2016 will take place in and around Newport from July 25th to July 28th, and will include free and paid concerts, music related films, educational programs and other music related activities.  In addition, Newport Festivals Foundation, Inc, will produce a free family concert at Fort Adams on Wednesday, July 27, 2016. For more information, visit www.newportbridgefest.com.

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Ryan Belmore has been the Owner & Publisher of What's Up Newp since 2012. He also currently works for Mountain News, where he serves as Senior Editor - North America for OnTheSnow. He previously worked for the New England Patriots and American Cancer Society. He currently serves as Vice President of Fort Adams Trust and is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA).