A jaunty jig-a-jig with jug-a-lugs
A band that provided entertainment on the set for the Pete’s Dragon film crew hits town on Friday night.
Members of KVMEJB, or the Kelburn Viaduct Municipal Ensemble Jug Band, pull into the Hokowhitu Bowling Club and pull out kazoos, washboards, squeeze boxes, jugs, and a tea chest bass for a night of full-on foot-stompin’ fun.
Co-founded by Neil Worboys, a former member of the iconic Bulldogs Allstar Goodtime Band, KVMEJB have been delighting Wellington audiences since bursting onto the scene in 2013.
Roger Fox saw the initial lineup and booked the band for Palmerston North’s 2014 International Jazz and Blues Festival before they’d even had their first rehearsal.
The Bent Horseshoe’s Steve Tolley has always been a fan of the jug band genre, and is pleased the five-piece have finally accepted his invitation to return to the city.
‘‘This style of music is what a lot of jazz, blues and country is based on.
‘‘In the late 60s and early 70s there was a great jug band in Palmerston North called Railway Pie. It’s something I have always been a fan of.’’
Playing a mix of rural blues with some original folk style tunes thrown in, augmented by performances on hand-made and ‘found’ instruments, KVMEJB have built a reputation for providing a spirited musical experience.
Last year the band released the live recorded Stomp Around the Floor, capturing the spontaneous essence and joy of a jug band gig.
A newcomer to the KVMEJB lineup is Carol Bean from Wellington bluegrass outfit the Mt Misery String Band.
Growing up in California during the 60s, Bean’s first guitar teacher was none other than Ry Cooder, while she counts Taj Mahal as a family friend.
Bean’s latest album Next Bus Out pays tribute to musical influences Buffy St Marie, Eliza Gilkyson, and Memphis Minnie.
‘‘This will be a great night out with some truly original music and something you might never have heard before,’’ Tolley said.
Bookings for Friday night’s gig can be made through firstname.lastname@example.org and 06 329 8808.
Maurice Priestley, Stevo Carlyle, Bill Wood, Neil Worboys and Carol Bean together make up Wellington’s Kelburn Viaduct Municipal Ensemble Jug Band.