Ragged Company-RI is a Rhode Island based Acoustic Trio. We pride ourselves on our 3 part harmonies and creative harmonica and acoustic guitar leads. We perform acoustic blues and classic rock covers. We also enjoy opportunities to perform our original songs which fall somewhere in between.
Perfect day the band is superb but they are equally wonderful people!!
Ragged Company played our wedding rehearsal cocktail party / dinner. They did an amazing job. There was plenty of communication beforehand to get the details set. The band even learned two new songs at our request. They sound great - multiple singers, harmonies, two very good guitarists. Solid mix of blues, rock and even a little country when a couple of guests joined the band on the mics. Nice, professional, talented group of musicians who really added a lot to the event. Highly recommend - would love to have them play at a future event of ours.
I celebrated my 56th birthday. I say that as many of the songs that ragged company played were old favorites of mine but they also played a number of originals. They were great from start to finish. They interacted with my friends and really were central to the party. I recommend them without reservation. Kristin
Price Range: $350-$1,000
Gig Length: 120 - 180 minutes
What to Expect
We generally arrive 1.5-2 hours before the official performance time. Setup is generally 45 minutes with an additional 20 minutes for checking sound/balance/volume specific to the venue/event.
Michelle Lavin is both a pianist and a vocalist with a Bachelor’s degree in music from Rhode Island College. She brings years of stage experience having performed regularly with other local bands and for over 15 years Michelle has taught private piano and voice lessons to countless budding musicians (her own children currently among them). Michelle brings rich (will give you chills) vocal tones to Ragged Company as she soars on melodies and weaves her harmonies, all the while projecting her infectious positive energy.
John Wemple, like many guitarists, picked up the instrument as a college freshman and never put it down. With little to no formal lesson exposure, John plays by ear; although he is heavily influenced by 13 years of classical trumpet training. Song writing is a natural extension of John’s music interests and this year has been a productive writing season.
Chris Hadley fell in love with the blues when a friend brought him to see Muddy Waters play at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet at the age of 15. His thirst for the blues continued when he picked up his first harmonica. “I would go into my room for hours listening and repeating the harmonica solos of John Mayall and James Cotton.” While attending the University of Massachusetts Chris worked at a club where national acts came through which gave Chris regular exposure to some of the great influences in blues and rock. “I once sat in the green room with Willie Dixon and John Lee Hooker while a friend interviewed them for the school newspaper. Those two men alone were the influences of Van Morrison, The Stones, The Allman Brothers and many other rock bands of the 60’s and 70’s.” As Chris sat listening to the interview, he knew he was sitting next to the grandfathers of rock and roll. “It was a huge moment in my life and love for music.”
Additional Booking Notes
1 electrical outlet in close proximity to the performance area. A designated performance space approximately 16 feet wide and 12 feet deep.
Past Booked Events
|July 22, 2017 • 1:00pm - 3:00pm||House Party|
|October 06, 2016 • 6:00pm - 10:00pm||Wedding Cocktail Hour|
SAMPLE SET ONE: 1.5 hours
1. Me, Myself, and I – Original
2. Love Me Like a Man
3. Almost Cut My Hair
4. Down by the River
6. Tennessee Whiskey
7. Hard to Handle
9. Stormy Monday
10. Can’t You See
11. Wagon Wheel
12. Cold Shoulder
13. Me and My Uncle
14. If It Hadn’t Been for Love
SAMPLE SET 2: 1.5 hours
1. Deep Elem Blues
2. Tear My Stillhouse Down
3. Boulevard of Broken Dreams
4. I Put a Spell on You
5. Free to Love Me – Original
6. Miss Ohio
7. I Know You Rider
8. Mary Jane’s Last Dance
9. Sweet Home Chicago
10. Angel From Montgomery
11. Dead Flowers
12. Dixie Chicken
14. Wild Horses
15. I’d Rather Not Share - Original
|John Wemple||Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Songwriter|
|Michelle Lavin||Vocals, Keyboard|
|Chris Hadley||Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Harmonica|
|April Marion||Drums - Available as upon request|
We have a full PA system with stage monitors but we are willing to play on house systems as long as a sound engineer is provided.
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