Adam Swanson is the foremost young ragtime enthusiast in the United States. He has been performing since he was ten years old and graduated with a bachelor's in classical piano and a master's degree in musicology at the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University in 2015. Between 2008 and 2015, he became the only four-time winner of the World Championship Old-Time Piano Playing Contest. Adam made his New York debut at Carnegie Hall when he was nineteen. This is Adam's first Australian trip.
RAGTIME MEMORIES - THURSDAY 25 OCTOBER 11AM
Do you remember the honky tonk piano playing of Winifred Atwell and Joe “Fingers” Carr (Lou Busch) in the 1950s? It was based on ragtime, the dance music of the day, when the steps were cakewalks and two steps. There was a revival in the late 1940s and during the 1950s driven by bands mainly in the US and UK, and locally by Graeme Bell’s Ragtime Four. The 1970s film The Sting saw another resurgence of interest. Come along and relive the ragtime days.
“Adam Swanson has accomplished more feats in his young musical career than many artists dream of achieving in a lifetime’s work.”
THE DAVIS ENTERPRISE