Ragtime Willi

Roots and Blues 2018 Performing Artist

Funk Folk

The Ragtime Willi Band is a Central-Pennsylvania-based funky folk group, originally formed in 1977 and reunited in 2007 by three longtime members: Chris Zaffary on acoustic guitar, mandolin, and vocals; Jim Penta on harmonica and rhythm instruments; and Jack Roberts on bass and vocals. Along with our friend Joel Henry on banjo and vocals, we play a wide variety of music in the Americana style: old-timey blues songs, traditional fiddle tunes (played on the mandolin), and a number of originals, plus singer-songwriter classics by such artists as Bob Dylan, John Prine, Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, Credence Clearwater Revival, and Woody and Arlo Guthrie.