The Ragtime Willi Band got its start in the spring of 1977 when the backup players for Bob & Debbie Sue & the Sunny Southerners - Jim Penta on harmonica, Irv Rathman on fiddle and mandolin, and Jack Roberts on bass - took over after Bob & Debbie Sue headed south to sunnier climes. Over the years, other players have come and gone, but Jim & Jack are still playing out with a little - make that a lot - of help from their friends, Joel Henry on banjo and David Hinkel on guitar.
Available CDs and EPs
Our most recent EP - Lookin' Back - Our 40th Birthday Compendium of favorite tunes.
Ragtime Willi Band - Funky Folk Music
The RAGTIME WILLI BAND is a funky folk group performing an eclectic mix of traditional folk, blues, bluegrass and old-time country tunes, as well as covers by such artists as Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, The Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, and Creedence Clearwater Revival, plus an ever-expanding array of original songs.
Band members include: Jack Roberts, bass and vocals; Jim Penta, harmonica and percussion; and Joel Henry, 5-string banjo and vocals.
Join us for a rockin' good time with favorite songs, fun friends and great sound.
Ragtime Willi Band is currently booking for the Winter 2019 season. Please use the following form to contact Jack Roberts.
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