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Highwater Jug Band
Sat, Jan 9
Wolf's Den - Lethbridge


Time: 8 p.m.

Tickets: $20 for Folk Club members, $25 for non-members.  or

Some long time friendships fuelled by a common zeal for old time blues, jug band music, vintage acoustic instruments, and the sounds of scratchy old phonograph records has sparked somewhat of a southern Alberta roots-music super-group.

The collaborative project taps a deep pool of performing experience, vocal abilities and song writing talent featuring some of the provinces busiest and most accomplished blues and roots musicians. Mark Sadlier Brown, Tim Williams, Cedric Blary, Suitcase James and John Rutherford form a rag-tag team of musical sharp shooters set on having a ball.

The band’s rehearsals resemble a front porch moon shine session - 78 rpm records spinning on the old Victrola, musician pals recalling road tales, showing off their latest flea market guitars - all the while rattling the floor boards with an endless repertoire of old favourites and newly penned originals churned out with a playful glint and jug band fervour.

The live stage set looks like a garage sale from the heavens as the Highwater Jug Band conduct a cacophony of instrumentation and musical styles boasting extraordinary musicianship and a flare for the absurd. Amidst an arsenal of vintage instruments, an assortment of household items and home made devices HJB creates a sound fresh yet nostalgic, sophisticated yet silly.

Laced with a foot stompin’ good-time groove the Highwater Jug Band perform with an array of instruments including ukuleles, guitars, banjos, mandolins, clarinet, washboard, kazoo, harmonica, musical saw, tambourine, drums, bells, whistles, toys, a home made wash tub bass contraption called a “muck-bucket” and yes – jugs.

In the spring of 2006 HJB captured a brief glimpse of its mischievous fun loving spirit in the recording studio releasing two sides to radio on a special limited edition CD single. The recording garnered immediate air play on CKUA and CBC radio just as the band set out on a string of concert and festival dates throughout Alberta. In the midst of all the excitement CBC Radio recorded and produced a one hour live concert special that aired across the province of Alberta.

The resulting buzz about the groups live shows and anticipation of a full length CD set the course for a January 2007 release of the debut self-titled Highwater Jug Band recording and an extensive CD release tour of the band's home province. The HJB disc attained the distiction of being included in the top 20 of CKUA Radio Networks top 100 of 2007. The CD is in stock at MegaTunes in Calgary and at all HJB shows.

Each of the band members continue to pursue solo careers, individual projects and other professional commitments while striving for a balance between these endeavours and the sheer fun and frivolity of hanging out with friends and making music as the Highwater Jug Band. HJB continues to perform at concert series and festivals as well as their favorite roots music venues.




Wolf's Den   -   Website
1502 - 2nd. Avenue South
T1J 0G1
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The Wolf’s den  has a new location.

 Lethbridge folk Club  hosts a bluegrass jam on the first and third  Friday of the month as well as an open mic in the second and fourth Friday of the month at their new location 1502 - 2nd. Avenue South, or MJ’s Cycle