More Roochie Toochie fun at Waterfall Arts

Sep 04, 2017
Roochie Toochie and the Ragtime Shepherd Kings

Belfast — Waterfall Arts, 256 High St., will welcome back Roochie Toochie and the Ragtime Shepherd Kings Sunday, Sept. 17. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for the 7 p.m. concert.

Roochie Toochie and the Ragtime Shepherd Kings perform zany and obscure songs from the 20th century on a variety of instruments including violin, ukulele and found objects including a tuned set of squeaky toy rubber pigs. The ensemble’s repertoire is focused on early songs from New England, where much of America’s early music was written; recorded on wax cylinder; and printed with distinctive New England art and imagery as sheet music.

This all-star, old-time, novelty jazz and pop quintet features members who hail from Nashville, Detroit, New Orleans and in between — including Aroostook County native Timothy Findlin (of Over a Cardboard Sea), with Lindsay McCaw, Aaron Jonah Lewis, Matt Bell and Joy Patterson. All the musicians share a love of antiquated pop tunes.

“These old songs give a voice to a bygone era and reflect the attitudes of their time and no matter how silly they seem, they are historical documents of their time,” said Findlin.

Roochie Toochie’s Belfast stop is part of a two-week tour of Maine. In honor of the Pine Tree State, the performance will include a special segment showcasing songs and sheet music covers from the early 20th century written in and about the State of Maine.

Tickets are $10 general admission, $5 for children age 6 to 12 and free for those younger. For more information, visit waterfallarts.org or call 338-2222. Waterfall Arts, a community arts center with a global view, offers resources to students and arts enthusiasts of all ages including classes, community studios, exhibitions, performances, events and more. This concert is presented in partnership with the Free Range Music Series, which celebrates and presents concerts of original music in Belfast and greater Waldo County.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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