The RJO draw from genres and artists such as

Ragtime and Vaudeville songs

W C Handy, Bessie Smith, Mississippi John Hurt, Rev Gary Davis

Country and city blues of the 1920's to 1950's

Charlie Patton, Willie McTell, Robert Johnson, Skip James,

Blind Boy Fuller, Bukka White, Willie Dixon, Muddy Waters

Songs from the shared tradition and 'white blues'

Jimmie Rogers, Woody Guthrie, Doc Watson

Jug Band, Skiffle and Stringband music

Gus Cannon, Memphis Jug Band, Leadbelly, Mississippi Sheiks,

Elizabeth Cotton, Jesse Fuller

Medicine Show and Hokum songs

Tampa Red, Jazz Gillum, Frank Stokes, Big Bill Broonzy, Bo Carter,

Harlem Hamfats, Memphis Minnie

Silly 1920's pop songs

The Five Harmaniacs, Sophie Tucker, George Formby

1960's favourites

Bob Dylan, Bonzo Dog, Randy Newman, Mungo Gerry


And include an affectionate RJO up-date on originals

The Music

The RJO re-create the spirit of the 'Naughty Nineties' and 'Roaring Twenties'

with their affectionate take on the good-time dance music of

the cabarets and jook joints of the American South.

A mix of material blended for an evening of fun
The real roots of twentieth century music in the spirit of the original