Saturday, June 03, 2006
'Ragtime' Bob Darch featured in Tribune article
A couple of years ago, the rock/country band I am a member of, Natural Disaster, followed the legendary "Ragtime" Bob Darch at the Newtonia Fall Festival. We didn't know it at the time, but it was the last concert Mr. Darch would play after performing for more than a half a century.
At one time, Mr. Darch owned the Ritchey Mansion in Newtonia, a Civil War-era structure that has always been a big drawing card for the town. Mr. Darch's son, Tim, was one grade ahead of me at East Newton High School, while his daughter, Abby, was a year behind me.
Mr. Darch has been gone for a while, but he plays a prominent role in a column in the Columbia Tribune, which traces a piano once owned by legendary ragtime musician "Blind" Boone.