Cancelled: Australian Ragtime Music

The Cope Street Parade


Concert Cancellation Notification

We regret to advise Australian Ragtime Music on Friday 30 October has been cancelled.

Melbourne Recital Centre cares deeply about the health and safety of its audiences, artists and staff. We acknowledge that the suspension of normal operations in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a difficult but essential action for the health of the Victorian public. We are committed to supporting our staff during this time and difficult circumstances. We thank our community for its support during this challenging time.

All ticket holders are entitled to a full refund via their original point of purchase. We are currently in the process of arranging refunds.

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Event details

‘This is ecstasy.’ Sydney Morning Herald

America might be the original home of ragtime, but that’s not stopping The Cope Street Parade from giving it an Australian twist.

A well-versed outfit, the band’s spicy rhythms and energetic songs have covered everything from folk to pop, gypsy and swing, resulting in six albums and a European tour. With its tender ballads and rollicking dance numbers, the band captures the spirit and warmth of traditional styles while fusing them with a voice of its own. Original rags bring to mind works of home-grown jazz legends like Graeme Bell’s ‘Rocking Horse Rag’, Allan Browne’s ‘Kookaburra Rag’ and Ben Gillespie’s (The Hoodangers) ‘The Essential Thing Rag’. Capable of turning even the humble ‘tinnie’ into a vessel of poetic inspiration, this larrikin band with a sophisticated sound is the definition of Australian ragtime music today.

‘This is absolutely Australian Ragtime music, unique and powerful, with a reverence for the early masters as well as an individualistic methodology of lyricism and sophistication.’ James Macaulay, musician

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre and The Cope Street Parade