Multi Award Winning Vocalist & Violinist

Australian living in Paris

Australia Autumn 2020 Tour OFFICIALLY CANCELLED - Tuesday 17 March - The Dirty Ragtimers


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daily update - by heather. TOUR IS OFFICALLY CANCELLED

Tuesday 17 March 2020

I've spent a huge amount of stressful time in the last few weeks and delayed cancelling every concert for this tour until it was deemed necessary.  With current efforts to isolate and prevent spread of Covid 19 as our best method of defence, the responsible decision is clear.


The Dirty Ragtimers Autumn Tour is officially cancelled. There will be no gigs from the duo, or larger orchestra and no substitute concerts this Autumn possible with regards to the growing concerns regarding Covid 19.



In an effort to maintain positive community spirit, I am selling the limited number of the new albums with me. CD format only. Email my WEBSITE CONTACT PAGE:

Pay what you want, minimum $25 plus postage. Send an email with your name, address, phone number and I'll put aside album(s) to post when logistically possible.




Yes we're selling our album, in the effort to share this music as we cannot bring you a live concert. And I cannot share an Online Ragtimers Concert until I'm in the same country as my dear colleague Lucas.

***Currently planning ideas for an online live concert...

Thanks again for your support and sending out warm wishes for safety, health and community support. I hope to share some beautiful music in better circumstances in the future.

Heather Stewart




Monday 16 March, 2020


This is something I hadn't thought I'd have to do. I'm going to post daily - about what's happening for each gig.

I arrived before the Australian Gov enforced curfew, and have put myself in self -isolation. I made the call not to risk any contact with audiences and people working in venues for fourteen days. Lucas (the other half of The Dirty Ragtimers) after much discussion and assessment of the many risks and associated costs decided to stay in France.

I will be contacting venues, organisers and audience members daily as the "tour" doesn't go ahead... It is possible though slight, that some concerts might still happen.  Keep checking as I'd love to play for you, and have healthy Australian musicians to join should something be possible.

...All the satisfaction of more organising and not getting to share the joy of the music we had prepared. It is a very trying time and please be patient if I haven't replied quickly.

I don't know if I'll get any compensation/cancellation fees at all, so I'm hoping to start a buy a cd campaign - and you can choose to donate a little extra if you can. Info very soon about this.

Cancellations are added to the events listing below once confirmed.


The Dirty Ragtimers - Fairytales of Montmartre TOUR AUSTRALIA

Current tour status = CANCELLATION


This March and April 2020, The Dirty Ragtimers will be touring Australia. WRONG  It's time for Heather to see her family and friends, RIGHT, BUT ONLY ON SCREENS! and for The Dirty Ragtimers to bring their brand new album "Fairytales of Montmartre" to Australia. ONLY THING I WROTE THAT IS STILL CORRECT AND TRUE...


• If you would like to listen to or maybe even purchase our beautiful new album. Please click this link:  BANDCAMP

• If you would like a hard copy of the disc, as a smallish number made it over with me, please email The Dirty Ragtimers from the CONTACT PAGE of this website.  $25 plus postage, and pay what you want option if you'd like to contribute to tour costs. I'll begin posting cds after two weeks.

• If you just wanna hear some of our recorded tracks, see recent photos, videos and read our short but sweet biography:  click to our PRESS page

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Australian Album Launches

Fairytales of Montmartre

Melbourne - Spotted Mallard Cancelled

Canberra - March Smiths Alternative Bookshop Cancelled

Sydney - Woollahra Hotel, Bistro Moncur


IN LEIU of all these beautiful venues and concerts... WE will do an online streamed concert and a tour cd sale. Details soon.

*concert will happen when we're both in same country and once we pass this current challenge.

May creative use of time help fill our lives with recordings and videos, films and books,  phone/online conversations with loved ones and supporting those in the community who need help.


Album Launch @ Le Bal Blomet

The Dirty Ragtimers

Tickets for The Dirty Ragtimers' The Fairytales of Montmartre launch were sold out this December in Paris's illustrious venue Le Bal Blomet. The Bal Blomet was the place every famous or infamous person of the 1920s came to perform or to be seen. Duke Ellington, Josephine Baker, Sidney Bechet are some of the top musicians who shared this stage.

Enormous thanks to everyone who came out. Paris was in full strike mode so it wasn't easy to get there or to get home afterwards. Thanks for buying so many albums too and we hope you're loving listening!

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The Dirty Ragtimers present:

Fairytales of Montmartre

Bandcamp  -  listen/buy

Once upon a time in the streets of Montmartre the sun was shining and The Dirty Ragtimers were playing. From their violin and guitar an old melody rose into the air, heard by Alan the chevalier as he rode by in his great white truck. Suddenly transported to another era, he ferried the minstrels up the hill to his cosy Tavern Chez Camille. So began the Dirty Ragtimers’ Sunday Montmartre fairytale…

Heather Stewart and Lucas Montagnier

Latest Jazz - digital release

Leigh Barker and Heather Stewart

• Listen / Buy  BANDCAMP 

• Videos  YOUTUBE

Great collection of blues, hot jazz and bewdiful originals written by Leigh Barker.

"Heather Stewart's ability to stretch phrases subtly over the bar line gives her vocals a seductive, slightly world-weary quality, and her fiddle playing contains echoes of old-time country and folk styles."   Jessica Nicholas - THE AGE

Heather Stewart presents

city with no name

Featured at Spotted Mallard 11th April 2018
Stories of country roads and city blues, Heather Stewart's album City With No Name is a collection of beautiful songs and instrumental music played with Heather's original trio Dan Dinnen, Danny McKenna and Heather Stewart. Also joined by UK songwriter Julia Turner for vocal harmonies. Dan and Danny have formed masterful settings and Heather leads the band with skill and humour.
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Heather Stewart's career as a jazz musician is deeply influenced by early acoustic blues, country and folk music. You can hear these musical roots in the original songs and fiddle tunes of this album. Heather has won multiple awards for song writing, fiddle tunes and collaborations with world class musicians Ewen Baker, Jim Green, Andrew Baylor, Dan Dinnen, Jimi Hocking, Danny McKenna and many others. With many album collaborations, City With No Name is her second album under her own name that follows album Get Your Fingers Off It! - live multiple award winning tribute to the great women blues and country singers. This new album weaves itself further into and from that music. Mostly originals written and arranged by Heather, City with no name leaves impressions of far ranging musical experience and reaches out to touch the heart.