Aug 17 2014

Interview with a pirate

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The HMJB will be on hand this Labor Day weekend as pirates from nearby Eastport descend on Lubec, Maine for their yearly invasion. We’ll help defend Maine’s easternmost town (Lubec) from those sea-going scallawags from Maine’s easternmost city (Eastport). But then again, we’re not to be trusted when booty and treasure are lying around for the plundering. I wouldn’t be surprised if we didn’t join in the pillaging. You’ll have to come to Lubec to find out for yourselves. In any case there will be a street fair and all sorts of pirate-themed shenanigans going on all day on Saturday — including music by the HMJB. Look for us downtown. On Sunday night, we’ll put on a concert at Crow Town Gallery, just outside of town, presented by Cobscook Bay Music.


WHAT: The Half Moon Jug Band at the pirate invasion of Lubec, Maine

WHERE: Downtown Lubec and Crow Town Gallery

WHEN: Downtown Lubec on Saturday August 30, at Crow Town Gallery on Sunday August 31

HOW MUCH: The Saturday pirate invasion is by donation and the Sunday concert is a suggested donation of $15

TICKETS: $15 for the Sunday concert Cobscook Bay Music (207) 733-4570

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Aug 3 2014

Defending Lubec from a pack of scurvy dogs, or maybe cheering them on

The Van Gogh of the Banjo

The HMJB will be on hand this Labor Day weekend as pirates from nearby Eastport descend on Lubec, Maine for their yearly invasion. We’ll help defend Maine’s easternmost town (Lubec) from those sea-going scallawags from Maine’s easternmost city (Eastport). But then again, we’re not to be trusted when booty and treasure are lying around for the plundering. I wouldn’t be surprised if we didn’t join in the pillaging.

You’ll have to come to Lubec to find out for yourselves.

In any case there will be a street fair and all sorts of pirate-themed shenanigans going on all day on Saturday — including music by the HMJB. Look for us downtown.

On Sunday night, we’ll put on a concert at Crow Town Gallery, just outside of town, presented by Cobscook Bay Music.

Half moon jug band pirate invasion of lubec maine

 

WHAT: The Half Moon Jug Band at the pirate invasion of Lubec, Maine

WHERE: Downtown Lubec and Crow Town Gallery

WHEN: Downtown Lubec on Saturday August 30, at Crow Town Gallery on Sunday August 31

HOW MUCH: The Saturday pirate invasion is by donation and the Sunday concert is a suggested donation of $15

TICKETS: $15 for the Sunday concert Cobscook Bay Music (207) 733-4570

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Jul 14 2014

Happy Birthday Woody Guthrie!

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Look all over the world, to every nation on Earth. You’ll find musical giants. Germany’s got Beethoven. Over in Russia you got your Tchaikovsky. France is proud of Bizet. Italy boasts a whole gaggle of opera geniuses. Here in the U.S. of A. we’ve got Stephen Foster, Johnny Cash, John Prine and a small, curly-headed fellow from Oklahoma named Woodrow Wilson Guthrie. That little guy stacks up higher than any of them in my book. He gave us “Pastures of Plenty,” “I Ain’t Got No Home,”

“Hard Traveling,” and, of course, “This Land is Your Land” — a song that I think should be our national anthem.

He Said:

“I hate a song that makes you think that you are not any good. I hate a song that makes you think that you are just born to lose. Bound to lose. No good to nobody. No good for nothing. Because you are too old or too young or too fat or too slim. Too ugly or too this or too that. Songs that run you down or poke fun at you on account of your bad luck or hard traveling.I am out to fight those songs to my very last breath of air and my last drop of blood. I am out to sing songs that will prove to you that this is your world and that if it has hit you pretty hard and knocked you for a dozen loops, no matter what color, what size you are, how you are built, I am out to sing the songs that make you take pride in yourself and in your work. And the songs that I sing are made up for the most part by all sorts of folks just about like you.I could hire out to the other side, the big money side. And get several dollars every week just to quit singing my own kind of songs and to sing the kind that knock you down still farther and the ones that poke fun at you even more and the ones that make you think you’ve not got any sense at all. But I decided a long time ago that I’d starve to death before I’d sing any such songs as that. The radio waves and your movies and your jukeboxes and your songbooks are already loaded down and running over with such no good songs as that anyhow.”

Today is Woody’s 102nd birthday. He may be dead. But he ain’t gone. Please enjoy the Half Moon Jug Band’s version of “This Land is Your Land,” recorded a few years back on the Get the Show on the Road.

A couple days ago, the HMJB played a gig at a summer camp here in Maine. This year, just like every year, we played “This Land is Your Land” and the kids sang along. We never have to teach them. They’re city kids, mostly, from Boston and New York. They’re diverse. They were born decades after Woody died. But they know the words. They sing loud and they dance, too. That gives me hope.

TROY.

Buy this poster over at Woody's website.

Buy this poster over at Woody’s website.

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Jul 13 2014

Tasty tunes and anti-oxidants on tap at the Summer Blueberry Festival in Freeport

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Did you know blueberries contain just 80 calories per cup, virtually no fat and they’re chock full of anti-oxidants, too?

Were you aware laughter decreases stress hormones while increasing your immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies?

Me neither, but I read that stuff on the web, so it must be true!

In any case, join the Half Moon Jug Band for a healthy dose of both at the South Freeport Congregational Church Summer Blueberry Festival Saturday night August 2 at 7 p.m. Tickets are just $10 for the show. A portion of the proceeds will help parishioners take care of their lovely old church building, built in 1884.

Buy your tickets here.

– TROY.

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Jul 13 2014

We’re headed to the East Benton Fiddlers Convention

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7563612_origWe’re a late addition to the lineup, but we’re downright honored to be asked to perform at the 42nd Annual East Benton Fiddlers Convention on July 27. It’s an all-day affair with food and ice cream and dancing and fiddles in a big field on the Littlefield Farm in East Benton. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair. Bring a cooler. You’ll hear the best old-time, Downeast fiddling around. They’ll saw away, competing for cash prizes and bragging rights. While the judges tabulate the scores, we’ll be doing our thing on stage and we guarantee fun will be had by all. Admission is $10. See you there. – TROY.

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Jun 19 2014

Some new gigs. Details coming soon.

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Details are sketchy at the moment, but mark your calendars and stay tuned for the details. JULY 27 at the 42nd Annual East Benton Fiddlers Convention Here’s some photos Troy took at the 40th annual EBFC.

AUGUST 2 South Freeport Congregational Church

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May 18 2014

Follow us to Johnson Hall in Gardiner, Maine on June 7

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johnson_hallCome see the show on Saturday night June 7 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $16 adults, $14 seniors, $12 children 12 and under.

For tickets…

-Call the box office at (207) 582-7144

-Or visit the link below:

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/446518

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