A jaunty jig-a-jig with jug-a-lugs

The Tribune (NZ) - - WHAT'S ON - RICHARD MAYS

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 steve@ben­thorse­shoe.co.nz 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.

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