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on 10 September 2008
Kweskin and co, are in superlative form, never taking themselves other than loosely seriously yet producing memorable music - the sort you'll find yourself humming a couple of hours later. All kinds of roots are found here, from the jug bands of the Gus cannon era to the Hawaian ukelele-playing of more modern times.For me this record proved an unforgettable intro to the beautiful voice of the lovely Maria Muldaur. But everyone, even the gloomy-voiced Fritz, has a ball. So will you. Buy it. If you can honestly tell me you didn't love it I'll eat the CD (you pay P&P).

Ukelele Lady, Borneo and Beedle-um-Bum are MY favourites. Tell me yours....
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on 28 December 2012
My copy of this is called Jim Keskin's Jug Band featuring Maria Muldaur and is a 20 tracker probably reissued to cash in on the hit single Midnight At The Oasis and its on the Ace label who I believe now own the Vanguard catalogue.At the time member Maria Muldaur was called Maria d'Ammateo and had been in the Even Dozen Jug Band with a pre Lovin' Spoonful John Sebastian.
Jug Band Music was also known as Hokum and harked back to the 20s and is more or less what was Skiffle in this country. In the 70s Mungo Jerry was the revival of this sort of music even as far as reviving Somebody Stole My Gal
It was the Urban Folk Revival which saw the rise of folk music in the States when both the Rooftop Singers and the Lovin' Spoonful would hit with the music
The earliest known Hokum music was the Memphis Jug Band and Gus Cannon's Jug Band Stompers who were able to cash in on the success of the Rooftop Singers the latter being on the same label as this act.
Leaning heavily on 20s music which was popular via Dorothy Provine both in the States and here where we also had the Temperance Seven mining the same area the music was not influenced directly by the British Invasion though the Lovin' Spoonful certainly were and covered 3 songs including Blues In The Bottle possibly the first song which mentioned glue sniffing
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