Monday, July 24th, 2017

Article in La Depeche du Midi 24/08/11 http://www.ladepeche.fr/article/2011/08/24/1152284-leobard-abbaye-nouvelle-soiree-jazz-et-blues.html Gary Brooker and his group supported by  the duo Rag Mama Rag Saturday, August 20, the Association for the Protection of the Abbaye Nouvelle in Leobard, France, chaired by Paul Barrière, offered an evening of Jazz and Blues, with the opening act, the duo “Rag Mama Rag” followed by Gary Brooker and Judy Blair. The first part of the evening was superb. The duo, Ashley and Deborah Dow, using several instruments each (Acoustic... [Read more]

SUTTON BLUES COLLECTIVE Station Pub, Sutton Coldfield 4/10/06 Blues in Britain/issue 59 France based Rag Mama Rag (husband and wife team Deborah and Ashley Dow) put on a superlative performance at The Sutton Blues Collective this Wednesday.  They were exactly the right sort of act for the ambience of this club.  A complex combination of traditional country blues with songs from names such as Tampa Red, Leadbelly, Robert Johnson and Blind Boy Fuller were performed together with original songs penned by Ashley Dow,  and even a Ry cooder tune.  Ashley has a voice ideally suited to singing this... [Read more]

Acoustic duo Rag Mama Rag  comprises husband and wife, Ashley and Debbie Dow, who are English, but live in France.  Ashley sings and plays any number of stringed instruments, including guitars, mandolin, ukulele and bass.  Debbie adds harmonica, washboard, percussion and backing vocals.  I didn’t  know what to expect when I put this CD on , in fact if   I’m honest, I didn’t expect a lot, but life if full of pleasant surprises and Rollin  Mill Stomp proved to be one.  What we have here are 17 tracks of superb country blues, jug band music and the like, including such... [Read more]