Press Kit

The Half Moon Jug Band is a 21st century jug band rooted in the Downeast humor and dry wit traditions of their home State O’ Maine. Upbeat and positive, the Half Moon Jug Band does whatever it takes to get you singing along and dancing in the aisles. They firmly believe that “Louie, Louie” is every bit as real a folk song as “She’ll Be Coming ‘Round the Mountain.”

Before you ask: There’s no jug. It’s implied. Jug band music is the homemade music friends make sitting ’round the kitchen table. You won’t hear it on the radio, you won’t see it on cable TV and you can’t get it at Wal-Mart. Labels don’t apply here. If it sounds fun, if the audience claps in time, if it feels honest, then it’s jug band music.

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The Half Moon Jug Band are progressive and contemporary, frenetic and crazed… the silliness is infectious and intellectual, the music is heart-pounding.


Perhaps no one associated with HMJB has ever even seen an alcoholic beverage, but in any event, they do not appear to be hobbled by sobriety.


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The Half Moon Jug Band, from right, Steve Brewer (bass and saxophone), Troy R. Bennett (guitar and banjo) and Dean Clegg (percussion and quality control).
The Half Moon Jug Band, from left: Dean Clegg, Troy R. Bennett and Steve Brewer.

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The members certainly aren’t folk purists, using drums and electric bass, and there’s none of the sanctimony the folk scene has become famous for.