Jug band will get your toes tapping

The Jugbandits perform Saturday.

On Saturday, May 21 the Sooke Folk Music Society is pleased to be bringing you an evening of toe tapping music with the Jugbandits.

It’s like Vaudeville.  It sounds like your neighbors’ kids are playing with the kitchenware. But they have older voices, singing sounds like the Deep South.  There might even be a harmony in there somewhere. I see a lot of ukuleles, a few kinds of guitars, a washtub bass, a string bass, kazoos, harmonicas, they’re all going at it like the place is juiced up on happy food. It’s joyous, you might say.

Graeme Card, who shares what might be called lead vocals with Colleen and John, comes from that historic artifact of sound Humphrey and the Dumptrucks, a legendary prairie jugband of the 70s that virtually began the string band movement in Canada’s west.

Colleen Switzer-Talson, originally from Horsefly, B.C., has sung since the first time she fell off a horse, plays washboard, kazoo, guitar, ukulele and feet, and sings in a voice that might melt the chocolate off your sundae.

Victor Talson, the resident genius, who can fix anything, play anything, do anything, and has done just about everything, brings his string bass and a repertoire to knock your wellies off.

And then there is John Taylor, the “professor,” who looks like he stepped out of The Bishop’s Wife movie, is in the process of mastering just about every four-stringed instrument in the world and can croon out trad songs and Rolling Stones songs with equal gusto.

What does the future hold for the likes of Jugbandits? Well, when you hear them, you’ll suspect that wherever fun is, they‘ll be there.

Please join us at Holy Trinity Anglican Church on Murray Road this Saturday, May 21. Doors  open at 7 p.m. with open stage at 7:30 and the lively music of the Jugbandits at 9.