July 19, 2010

Ragtime Ralph - Concert Ephemera & More

Today we have some very cool stuff sent to me by Ragtime Ralph.  This is a collection of ephemera that was recently discovered and returned to him.  Enjoy!
A painting/collage done by Ralph's youngest brother. 
Ralph on the moon playing an early 1930's Dobro purchased in San Francisco in the early 1980's

From the first(?) release of Ragtime Ralph Vol. 4

Original poster for the first time Ralph opened for Fahey.
The photo was taken by a friend of Ralph's, Malcolm Kurtin at a previous show.

Ralph played the La Quena a lot, nearly as often as the Soft Rock Cafe.

The photo on the Guitar Night poster was taken at the
Camp Alexandra Folk Festival in Crescent Beach BC,
just down the road from White Rock.
Ralph did a lot of shows with Tracy Moore.
They opened for Fahey a couple times in Seattle
where Ralph was also the MC of the show.

Ralph's dad did this sketch.  It was to be the cover of his first LP
but only 2 songs got released.
Released as Ralph Cameron Johnston was "Harbinger"
and "Half a Prayer Won't get You There."
Ralph had these pressed as a 7" 45 on his own River Records. 
They were pressed off center and he was so
devastated that he dumped them in a dumpster. 
But somehow copies got out as a friend of his found one way up
on Vancouver Island.

More Soft Rock Cafe!
Tracy Moore still lives in Seattle and still releases recordings.
More art by Ralph's dad.

An actual review in the local paper.

Yet more Soft Rock Cafe.

A fun night with the Backporch Drifters.