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On Thursday 13th December, at Club Sapphire, the Down South Jazz Club will take much pleasure in presenting, for its Christmas festivities night, “The Jugalug Stringband”. Formed in 2006 for a quick gig in an Eastern suburbs restaurant and when everyone go into the music and even the cooks abandoned the kitchen to join in, it was decided to stick together and the Jugalug Stringband was born! Ever since then Jugalug has performed regularly for the Sydney Jazz Club and at packed houses at major East Coast Jazz Festivals. They have released three successful albums, "Waltz Mysterioso, "Six Pack" and "Wabash Blues".

The Jugalug Stringband plays a  repertoire of pre-western swing music based  on the styles of early string and jug bands of the 1920's and 30's. The band is outrageous, cheeky, engaging and entertaining. It swings like crazy and the instruments, dating back to the early part of the twentieth century, include National guitars, uke and lap steel, banjo, strohviol, mandolin, washboard and double base, The members are all veterans of the acoustic music and jazz scene and include:

Phil Donnison, playing National ukulele, National guitar, National and Rickenbacher steel guitars, kazoo, nose flute as well as handling the vocals. He also performs with Captain Matchbox Whoopee Band, Mic Conway's National Junk Band and has played with The Old Blokes String Band, The Original Sweaty Palms Ochestra, The Gladesville Sheiks, The Stovepipe Spasm Band and the Emancipated Rampart Footwarmers Jug Band. He and Stewart also performed with Tiny Tim.

Stewart Binsted plays tenor banjo, National guitar, ukulele and jug, Stewart has played with The New Wolverine Jazz Orchestra since its inception and has a background in jug band music and jazz. He and Phil established The Emancipated Rampart Footwarmers Jug Band in 1963 and they later formed the Gladesville Sheiks, a hot jazz band featuring the late Nat Oliver on trumpet.

Marcus Holden plays the strohviol, mandolin and National tenor guitar. Marcus also plays with Mic Conway's National Junk Band and his own group, The Fiddlers Feast. He has performed with Diesel and the Adelaide and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras, He is an arranger and recording engineer, and has a background in classical, jazz, country and Irish music.

Adam Barnard plays washboard and traps. Adam, being the son of the late drummer Len Barnard and the nephew of well-known trumpet player Bob Barnard, has kept up the family musical tradition and has been involved in jazz, jug and rhythm and blues groups, playing with the Mudsteppers Jug Band, Mic Conway, King Biscuit Blues Band and currently with the Radium Club Hepsters.

Stan Valacos plucks, strums, slaps and blows the double bass. He is in great demand and performs regularly with George Washingmachine, Ian Date, Bob Barnard and Geoff Bull. He has played with Tom Baker, was outstanding in The Straight Back Fellows and won gold with the Young Olympians.


This will be a real fun night and a great way to finish a year of excellent jazz, bringing back the fun and excitement of traditional stringband jazz of the tween-war years.  Cost is $15 for jazz club members and $20 for visitors with music commencing at 7.30 pm.  Bookings can be made with Aileen/Kevin Walsh (64959853), at , or will be available on the night at the door. The Club Sapphire bistro opens at 6.00 pm if you would like a meal before the show.