A traditional music label based in southeastern Massachusetts has set out to revolutionize the way folk musicians and audiences get together. Every spring a group of Wepecket Island recording artists performs in a revue format, with some individual performances and lots of opportunities for jam sessions, as well.
The all-ages show, which begins at 8 p.m., will feature Don Barry, Dale Robin Goodman, Hilary Hawke, Russ Mello Phil Minissale, ‘Ragtime’ Jack Radcliffe and The Ruckus Brothers Jug Band. At the end of each show the troupe will invite all players and singers in the audience to join in a closing jam session, campfire-style.
“If you have a recognizable musical instrument, we want you to play with us,” said “Ragtime” Jack Radcliffe, Wepecket’s self-styled “President, Packer/Shipper and Dishwasher.”
“And if you have an unrecognizable instrument, we want you to come with us on next year’s tour,” he added.
Based loosely on the Theater Owners Booking Association that booked African-American performers in the 1920s, the tour will strut its stuff on stages in more than a dozen cities throughout the East. “We’re trying to reconnect more directly with our audiences, and in a less structured, more fun way,” said Radcliffe, who also plays ragtime piano with the troupe.
Tickets are $7, available at the door.