Feel free to listen to high-quality samples of ragtime, boogie, stride, and ballads courtesy of Ross MacLachlan.

Ross MacLachlan

I've been playing piano since I was a very young. I've played professionally for 25 years and continue to promote the styles listed on this page.

My prime interest is early jazz. Below are acoustic samples of classic ragtime, boogie-woogie, stride piano and ballads.

We had a lot of fun recording these tunes. I hope you will hear that in the performances.

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Vitality Rag

My own rag with lots of energy. Inspired by Scott Joplin and other classic ragtime writers.

Ragtime Nightmare

A pure novelty rag written by Tom Turpin in 1901. Turpin wrote many catchy rags. Bob Arlidge adds bass and Gary Barratt adds drums to give this rag an excellent grove. My favourite rag to play!

Harlem Rag

Another rag written by Tom Turpin. The Harlem Rag is significant in ragtime circles in that in 1897 it was the first published rag by an African-American. Recorded in 1987 by "Doctor Drums and the Ragtime Kidd" (Ross Maclachlan and Gary Barratt)

Happy Cat Rag

My first ragtime composition was inspired by Scott Joplin. The bluesy intro and walking bass in the middle strain set this apart from traditional ragtime.

Ragtime Jalopy

My first novelty piano rag. The Jalopy starts its engine and then putts along with a few honks along the way. Gary Barrat adds the Jalopy horns while he's drumming. Hope you like it!

Nightingale Rag

A very Chopinesque rag written by Joseph Lamb in 1915. This is Classic ragtime at it's finest.

Possum and Taters

A simple but beautiful piece of Classic piano ragtime written by Charles Hunter in 1901. This style is actually called "folk" ragtime. It's still one of my favourite rags of all time.

Boogie Woogie Samples

Monday Struggle

Classic Albert Ammons. What's not to like about the rolling boogie-woogie piano bass that was Ammons' trademark?

Kidd's Boogie

My boogie has that 50s influenced sound that the old rock'n'rollers borrowed from the boogie-woogie masters. Tim Roberts doubles up the sax to add to the groove. It's called Kidd's boogie because I've called myself the Ragtime Kidd for several years.

Spann's Boogie

Otis Spann wrote this boogie in 1964. The addition of bass and drums and my own styling give this catchy tune a different flavour than the original.

Stride Piano Samples

Farewell to Riverside

I've always loved Errol Garner's version of this Joe Sullivan stride piano composition. I added the extra instrumentation and changed the feel slightly. I really enjoy playing this song!

Let'em Jump

Pete Johnson's stride piano style is what I consider the forerunner of rock'n'roll.

Ballad Samples


December is a quiet ballad with piano, cello and bass. This melody came to me in my living room during a gentle December snowfall with large flakes floating down around the house. It was haunting at the time. Jess Lindeman's cello fills the room full of sound.

Little Bird

A day in the life of a little bird. Starts off with a sleepy ballad, has a busy day chirping with all of his buddies and then calls it a night. Spencer Evans on clarinet does a great job conveying the mood of the little bird.

Novelty Piano Samples

Recorded in 1987 by "Doctor Drums and the Ragtime Kidd" (Ross Maclachlan and Gary Barratt)

Camptown Races

Written in 1850 by Stephen Foster, known as the "father of American music". Gary Barratt and I have tried to capture the excitement of the Camptown Races with a real upbeat version of this American classic including the sound of the horses running.

Thanks for listening,

Ross MacLachlan

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