• News – September

    September 2021

    To quote the lyrics of that fabled song – “I question my perceptions…query my existence… but I cannot deny…”  Yes Covid-19 is still with us.

    Some have lost close ones and others seemingly suffer endlessly the long term physical and/or emotional effects. Most of us in this state look across the borders and thank god we are not them. Others bemoan we are not them. For most of us in Western Australia it messes with our lives here only in trivialities such as the time it takes for our Amazon packages to be delivered or our limited travel options.

    It does manage to twist and turn our lives in other ways as well. I notice our last newsletter back in June was spruiking an upcoming gig for the Jook Joint Band at the Perth Blues Club – well that didn’t happen did it. But fear not the opportunity re-presents itself this coming Tuesday 7 September at the Charles Hotel. The renowned ‘Midnight Jammers’ will be preceding JJB to the stage so ensure you get there early to catch them.

    Prior to the Blues Club gig we play at the Australian Men’s Shed Association Long Lunch. All the guys in JJB are members of the Fremantle Men’s Shed. We regularly use the studio at Freo Men’s Shed for practice and are honoured to support the men’s shed movement in this small way.

    We follow up on the Blues Club gig with a show at the Pirate Bar, Mt Hawthorn on Sunday 10 October at 5:00 pm.

    Following the Pirate Bar gig we are looking to have an extended break. Some of the boys will continue their in-depth exploration of this wondrous state. Sean and Bill are off to explore the goldfields. Peter makes further forays into the south west disguised as a wine and food connoisseur. Nick intends to make some serious inroads into getting he and Biddy’s Albany abode shipshape. He has the architects plans to hand and is awaiting shire approvals and is chomping at the bit to get down there to be consumed by the endless works and labour involved in bringing back to life one of Albany’s historic landmarks. Larry…. well… he has been developing a somewhat unhealthy internet relationship with Brian. Now it is all Brian says this, Brian does that, see how Brian does it. Larry is living the life of Brian we thinks. Well he has certainly picked up quite a few tricks from him. Guitar tricks that is – Brian is Larry’s guitar teacher guru. And we have been blessed with the fruits of their association. May their relationship continue to be long and bountiful.

    So for those who are not stick in the muds and manage to get themselves out and about midweek we look forward to seeing you this Tuesday night at the Charles Hotel. The rest of you we will be expecting to see Sunday 10 October at the Pirate Bar.

    Stay well, stay safe and enjoy!

    P.S. The fabled song mentioned above is “Gilding Penguins” – written and performed by the Jook Joint Band – well it’s not likely to be claimed or played by anyone else is it!


  • News – April 2021

    April 2021

    Hi all! It has been a little while since the last Jook Joint Band Newsletter however we have been reasonably busy. In the interim we have  played a number of times at both the Swallow Bar and at the National  Hotel.

     

    In February we had the pleasure of attending the studios of KCR102.5 for an interview/chat and  live recording of three songs. There were a few nerves going in but they were soon allayed by the gracious and professional attention from Pat and Greg. We had some positive feedback from family and friends  who listened to the broadcast so it was a good experience all round.

     

    Also we got in a gig at the South Beach Sunset Markets. The night was balmy, the air filled with aromas of a dozen or more food trucks. The crowd was relaxed and appreciative of the event, the setting , the food and the music. Plenty of little (and big) kids up dancing. It was a good gig. But next time we will be taking the full PA system so all those fire twirlers and youngsters hanging out at the back can hear us properly.

     

    We were then off to play at Rotto …it was to be a swim through. Larry and Nick were to start out from South Beach. Peter and Sean booked a couple of seats at the Gov’s Sports Bar for a heavy morning session. Bill was swanning around the island somewhere trying to get a selfie with a quokka.

    But NIck and Larry abandoned the swim over and settled for a leisurely couple of laps of the main beach at South Beach before jumping on the ferry. Sean and Peter ended up missing the morning imbibe altogether. However Bill was successful in getting his selfies – albeit minus any quokkas. Bill said he couldn’t understand why all the quokkas would scamper off on his approach ( we can relate to that).

    The band was fortunate to have Josh Johnstone on hand to assist with setting up the PA. Thanks for your assistance Josh, by all reports the sound was great out front.   There was a good crowd at the Gov’s and all were intent on having a good time.  As the night progressed the crowd got collectively drunker, the dance floor was crowded out and we even had some in the crowd joining in on our choruses. It was loud, it was raucous, it was fun. And thanks to those generous persons who were buying the boys beers during the evening.

     

    We had a week or two to recover before fronting up at the National Hotel for a Sunday arvo session. Once again we enjoyed the company, the food and the great range of beers.

     

    This Friday we are playing at Rodney’s Bait ‘n Tackle. We kick off at 8:00pm but invariably we get there before 7pm to make sure we get our tickets in the biggest and best fish raffle in WA- Australia- the world! This bar goes off on a Friday night so get on down there and join us for some fun.

     

    Check out our web site www.jookjointband.com for full details of all our upcoming shows.


  • News – October 2020

    October 2020

    With a community aroused and coupled with an economic stimulus the year continues quickly to its somewhat satisfying climax. “We are so lucky” will echo about the burbs as we look aside from our felicitous position to the less fortunate world. And we have been lucky, as for most of us life has returned to normal after such a bad start to the year with the virus disrupting so many aspects of our lives.

     

    Jook Joint Band was quick to take advantage of the relative freedom allowed in the West and lined up some great gigs. Since the last newsletter we played at the Perth Folk and Roots Club. Keith and John organise a show the fourth Sunday of each month at the Inglewood Bowling Club as well as other gigs so have a look at their website www.perthfolk.org and see what is on offer.

     

    In August The boys followed up with a great gig at Rodney’s Bait ‘n Tackle. Those western suburbs guys and girls know how to have fun of a Friday night. There would have been more than half of the (restricted) crowd of about 100 up and dancing by the end of the evening. It’s understandable why this bar has maintained its position as one of the top bars in Perth as the bodacious atmosphere prevails and the choice of ales, wines and food is constantly top shelf.

     

    We followed up that gig with a road trip to Albany with the excuse that we were going down to assist Nick doing a bit of work on he and Biddy’s place down there. We didn’t do much work as the weather wasn’t permitting but we did enjoy the hospitality of Nick and Biddy. Jook Joint Band played at the Albany Blues Club @ 6 Degrees. We were preceded to the stage by The Wayward Earls. They were a hard act to follow as they are a well-known and very talented local band. We thank the club members and the bar staff and management for their warm welcome. Those guys are lucky to be located in such a hot spot of musical talent and creativity. If we get another chance to play there in the future we will jump at it.

    Last week we played at The National Hotel in Freo. It was like coming home. Daniel Low, our number one fan, had been salivating in anticipation of enjoying his regular chicken parma – and he was not disappointed. Thanks to all the crew who came along. It was good to get the support.  The National Hotel continues to be one of the prime supporters of local Western Australian music and presents a range of musical styles from cover bands, rock and roll, blues, original artists, duos, ska bands and of course jug bands (JJB). Larry, our lead guitarist, plays with Special Brew one of Perth’s pre-eminent ska bands, so he gets to play additional regular gigs at The National.

     

    Our next gig will be at the Swallow Bar this Sunday. If you find yourself at a loose end come along. We will be playing from 4:00-6:00 pm. This is one of our favourite places to play…it’s intimate atmosphere is conducive to working oneself into an intoxicating frenzy which results in one indulging in fine wine and great food.

     

    At this point we have a couple of more gigs booked to finish off the year at The National Hotel on the 8th November and the 13th December. Get down there and whilst you check out the band make sure you take the time to get up and see the spectacular Rooftop Bar.

     

    We look forward to seeing you soon. Especially those of you have found it hard to shake the hermit like existence imposed/excused by covid.

     

    Check out our web site www.jookjointband.com for full details of all our upcoming shows.


  • News – July

    Are we there yet? In our last newsletter the comment was made that time was speeding up and the years passing faster and faster. Then we get to annus horribilis,  2020, and does it flash past? No. But the good news is the pace is picking up.

    In the meantime the lads in the band have been whiling away their lockdown time doing constructive activities, or so they say. If you push them to give an example of those activities of the past five months or so- they’ll tell you truths and lies. You’ll be regaled with stories of instrument skills increased by earnest lessons and bleeding fingers, of reaching suburban nirvana by the practice of esoteric yoga postures (misguided forms of lessons past), gardens planted and houses painted (funny how it exactly matches in with the old paint job), and so on.

    The pubs and bars have reopened for business, musicians are back playing and it’s time to get out and support those bringers of fun, leisure and pleasure. The lads in the Jook Joint Band have been practicing and they are about to get out and about playing gigs.

    Click on the image to view our Quarantine video

     

    Our next gig is the Perth Folk and Roots Club at the Inglewood Bowling Club at 5:00pm 26th July. So draw back the curtains, throw open the doors, dust off your dancing shoes and come on down and enjoy yourselves. Catch up with friends, meet someone new, sit in the corner and clap loudly or with one hand if you want to show off – we don’t care- just be there.

    In early August Bill is seeking the warmth and is heading up to Broome.

    Back in time for Rodney’s Bait ‘n Tackle gig on Friday 21 August…be there for the fish raffle, every Friday at 7. Next one is yours!

    Nick is heading south to Albany for a few weeks at the end of August to continue renovating the grand old house (future tense) that he and Biddy purchased with the view of retiring to in the fullness of time. The rest of the guys are heading down there to give him a hand putting up a verandah. And we have been fortunate to be offered a gig at the Albany Blues Club (5 Sept) at the Six Degrees which is literally just up the road from Nick’s place. So take a road trip and come join us. ‘The Wayward Earls’ will playing on the same night so that is real bonus as they comprise of some very talented and experienced blues musos.

    Then we are looking forward to playing back at The National Hotel in Fremantle on Sunday 11 October. And are booked for follow up gigs there in November and December.

    Hoping you are all keeping well and look forward to seeing you soon.

     

    Check out our web site www.jookjointband.com for full details of all our upcoming shows.


  • News – March

    It’s a bit of a heavy heart moment but Jook Joint Band won’t be able to play our next few gigs at Rottnest Gov’s Sports Bar, South Beach Markets and Rodney’s Bait ‘n Tackle in March.

    Our drummer and vocalist Pete, has just returned from New Zealand yesterday and as such he is now subject to the Federal Governments mandatory self-isolation decree due to COVID-19 Corona Virus.

    We are really disappointed of course but more so sorry for the inconvenience its caused for you and the venues that support live music.

    We will be in touch in April and hopefully they will be able to slot us back in the near future.

     

    Stay Safe

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  • News – December 2019

    Ho Ho Ho. Wishing you all a very Merry Xmas. Crikey – this one has come around even faster than the last one. But it is a season most of us look forward to, given the excessive eating and drinking that comes with it.

    Jook Joint Band has been out and about on the hustings bringing its version of joy to the community at large. We may not be Father Xmas (more like Grinch – me thinks) but we try and do our bit.

    We have recently played at the Freo Harbour Bar, the Pirate Bar and The National Hotel. The Pirate Bar was a new venue for us and it was a blast with a small but warm crowd. Our latest gig at the National really went off. The full house were screaming for more. We had the pleasure of being joined by the crew from one of the local dance studios. With their talented and enthusiastic dance moves they really helped set the scene for what was one of the most enjoyable gigs we have played.

    Pirate Bar, Mount Hawthorn

    We are rounding 2019 off with a gig this coming Friday night at Rodney’s Bait ‘n Tackle in Mosman Park (Stirling Hwy, near Glyde St, across the road from the Mosman Park rail station carpark – plenty of spots available). If you get there early, by 7.00 pm, you can participate in what has to be the best and most iconic fish raffle in WA. It is strange that a fish raffle can be so much fun! It sets the scene for a night of rowdy merriment.

    We have quite a number of gigs booked for early 2020 which we have managed to squeeze in between the hectic holiday and travelling commitments of the lads. But we look forward to seeing you this Friday at Rodney’s to round 2019 out.

    The JJB boys – Bill, Pete, Larry, Nick and Sean wish you and yours the very best for Xmas and the New Year.

     

    For more information on JJB go to www.jookjointband.com  and  Like our page on Facebook to keep up to date.

    Look forward to seeing you all up on the dance floor.


  • News – September

    September 2019
    Top of the morning to you all from the Jook Joint Bands boyo’s. Bill has returned from the emerald isle, green behind the ears and with a very suspect Irish accent.
    He said a visit with his 102 years young Aunty made him realise he still has a few years of Jug Band Music left in him!

    The guys from the band mentioned that they often get asked the question of the type of music the Jook Joint Band plays. The answer to that is the wind. Because whilst we consider ourselves primarily as a jug band we do delve into many genres- basically any song that takes our fancy whether it be kick or country blues, folk, rockabilly or old R&B tunes.
    We put our own arrangements to borrowed songs usually applying the jug band edge. So what is jug band music?

    Well…
    Jug band music has its origins in the 1890’s with African American vaudeville and medicine show musicians playing their home made instruments in their travelling shows. Instead of using the tuba, sax and trombone they used instruments such as the jug, wash tub bass, kazoos and fiddles. The playfulness of the instrumentation such as washboards, spoon and jug allowed for an informal and humorous rhythmically bouncy music. The type of music varied considerably but began to morph into the down homey music that underpinned the basics of old time jazz, ragtime and blues.
    By the early 1900s’ the roots of jug band were firmly established in Memphis and Louisville and then continued to gain popularity across the USA in the 1920’s and 30’s. By then blues, jazz, gospel and ragtime had gone their own way and developed into separate (if not still overlapping) genres. As with all things jug bands had had their day in the sun and were overtaken by bands that played ‘real’ instruments.

    The USA had a revival of jug band music in the 1960’s with the likes of Jim Kweskin Jug Band. They played a combination of folk, jazz and blues tunes. Popular bands such as the Lovin’ Spoonful and The Grateful Dead also introduced new audiences to the sound of jug band music through a number of their early recorded songs.

    On the other side of the Atlantic in the UK the Brit’s were having their own jug band revival when in the 1950’s skiffle music started. This music was heavily influenced by the early US jugs bands and country blues music from the 20’s & 30’s. Lonnie Donegan stepped forward to become a best seller. The Quarrymen also had their start as a jug band (“When I’m 64” by The Beatles still resonated some years later with that jug band feel).
    Jook Joint Band continues the tradition of the those early jug bands and whilst we don’t play the spoons or saw blades we do still capture the essence using the jug, kazoos, washboard, harmonica, upright bass, stand-up drums and acoustic guitars. Many of the songs we play come from the 1920’s and 30’s exponents of the genre. We also give a jug band twist to the originals we write and the latter day songs we include in our gigs.
    So to get a taste of yesteryear (and the next big thing!) come along to some of our upcoming shows.

    See you down on the docks at the Freo Harbour Bar on the 13 October.
    Check out our web site www.jookjointband.com for full details of all our upcoming shows.
    Look forward to seeing you all up on the dance floor.


  • News – June

    June 2019

    The shortest day of the year is upon us- the sun is going down just after 5:00pm and the nights are long and chilly. Well the good news is, the days are about to get longer and the Jook Joint Band has lined up gigs at some of the hottest spots in town. But more details of those gigs directly.

    You may have noted in previous newsletters that the lads in the band have a habit of taking off on holidays often and randomly throughout the year. Well Peter (-san) has just returned from a trip up to Japan. Larry dusted off his surfboard and hit the waves in Bali. He returned calling himself Made and telling tall stories about how he surfed all day, every day, and actually caught some waves. We asked to see the photos but they haven’t been forthcoming. We didn’t ask Peter for photographic proof that he had in fact sighted Mt Fuji as he would threatened us with a five hour slide night presentation.

    Nick tag teamed with Larry and flew up to Bali as Larry was returning. He’ll also probably come back with tall stories of surf and excessive eating. Daniel Low, our number one fan and occasional roadie, is also currently in Bali and he will no doubt return telling outlandish tales of adventure and fine dining. Sean is touring the southern wheat belt taking in the tourist highlights, eating pies and burgers and drinking Carlton Draught. Not sure if Bill is in town this week, as he is constantly taking off for a few days down south and has just returned from sunny Broome. He has advised that he has booked tickets for Ireland so that he can catch his auntie’s birthday- she will be 102!!

    So between the lads travel adventures they have managed to play recently at the National Hotel, the Freo Harbour Bar and a Pavement Party in South Freo, which included should great boot scooting …we hope to see them all again soon!

    Coming up this Sunday we will be playing at the Swallow Bar in Maylands. Congratulations to Team Swallow for once again receiving well deserved accolades for being the 2019 Small Bar of the Year as voted by the people in WA! The competition is stiff, yet year after year the Swallow is always listed up at the top. So if great company, food, wine and beverages are your thing then get there on Sunday to see JJB or if you can’t make it on Sunday try out the Saturday arvo jazz session.

    Keeping with the small bar theme we are fortunate to be once again playing at Rodney’s Bait ‘n Tackle, another of Perth’s acclaimed bars. We kick off after Rodney’s Famous Friday Night Fish Raffle at about 7.15 on Friday 5 July – but we can recommend you get there earlier to get your tickets to the best fish raffle in WA. Have a bite to eat, enjoy a beer or a fancy cocktail and listen to some great music- what better way to get the max out of your Friday nights.

    The band is then playing a few gigs at The National Hotel in Fremantle before playing at the Pirate Bar in Mount Hawthorn. The Pirate Bar is a new venue for us and we are looking forward to playing there as it has a great reputation.

     

    Looking forward to seeing you soon.

     


  • News – March

    After completing a dynamic 2018 season, Jook Joint Band opened 2019 strongly…Tthe lads have played a half a dozen performances to date in this year and have some great gigs lined up.

    The rapid growth of new bars and taverns over the past few years has opened up many opportunities in the Perth live music scene. There have been many stalwarts over the years such as the Charles Hotel -the home to the Perth Blues Club, the Rosemount Hotel in North Perth (check out the great rockabilly on a lazy Saturday afternoon) and Mojo’s in North Freo- these regularly feature frontline acts. Then there are the idiosyncratic places such as Rodney’s Bar in Mosman Park, The Ellington Jazz Club in East Perth and of course the Swallow Bar in Maylands (any Thurs/Sat/Sun).

    These and many others have nurtured and supported the lively and growing base of blues, jazz and folk music in Western Australia. New bars such as the Duke on George in East Fremantle and the recently opened Freo Social (in the old Parry Street Fly by Night Club army hall premises) have joined in supporting and promoting live music.
    Also the number of blues festivals and concerts organised by shires and councils around the state seems to be on the increase. So the local music scene is varied and vibrant. Get out there and have a taste.


    The band played at the Boddington Music Festival in February. It was a well organised festival with a strong line-up of bands. Although I think the highlight for the JJB guys (and the lads from the Josh Johnstone Band) was the absolutely fantastic breakfast feast we were provided with the next morning. Our grateful thanks to Mark and Sandy Gordon for their wonderful hospitality.

    JJB were fortunate in playing a couple of gigs at The National Hotel in Fremantle- this is another venue that have actively supported a cross section of local live music over the years. We also played at a new venue for us, the Freo Harbour Bar at the E Shed Markets . That gig was a hoot – it was great being joined by all the visitors disembarking the Rotto ferries (each secretly smug with the knowledge that their recent selfies with a quokka were going to be the next big thing on Facebook). We enjoyed some great people, great pizza and yet another fantastic sunset with the Fremantle docks as the backdrop. It’s a good arvo outing – visit the markets, easy parking, plenty of food and great music. We are looking forward to playing there again on Saturday the 2nd June and again for a few dates at the end of the year.


    We also played at the South Beach Sunset Markets. It was a bit windy with a howling Freo Doctor for the earlier part of the gig. But it was a good crowd and where better to play (and eat) than a place where you are surrounded by twenty of the best food trucks Perth has to offer and yet another stunning Indian Ocean sunset.

    We will be playing at Yagan Square in central Perth this Friday night at 7.30pm as part of the WAM Beats and Bites event. Looking forward to the opportunity to amaze a new, unfamiliar and unprepared audience with the finger clickin, leg slappin, high kickin , dance music that we are gunna give to them.
    Come along for some fun – get a selfie with a startled audience member. See you there!

     


  • News – December 2018

    December 2018

    Hello, Hello –hope your world is treating you fine. 2018 is coming to a close and another Xmas and New Year are soon to be celebrated. To get you into the partying mood for the Xmas break- present yourself front and centre on the dance floor at one of JJB’s upcoming gigs. What better way than that to warm up for the silly season. Christmas is for giving so don’t hesitate to buy the band a beer. Also you can solve all your Xmas gift selection problems by bulk buying JJB album sets- you will thrill the oldies and chill the young’uns’. And any following gifts you give will surely be well received.

     

    The crowd at The National Hotel last Sunday were certainly getting warmed up for the party season. They were a raucous mob who were obviously out to enjoy themselves and they made a great audience. It is always good to play to a receptive audience. The National is looking pretty good these days and now boasts three floors of entertainment. The new roof top bar is definitely worth a visit as it gives you a perspective of Fremantle you would never have experienced before. You won’t find a better spot in Freo to enjoy a meal and a few drinks… ahhh the sunsets.

     

    The gig we had prior to the National was a fund raiser at the Fly by Night Club, Fremantle. That was on Sunday 21 October 2018. It was an honour to play at the Fly by Night as in its 30 year history it has become a well-loved musical institution and has woven itself into the fabric of Western Australian life. Sadly the Club has wound up and now finished (in its present form at least). So the JJB has the somewhat dubious honour of being the last band to play at the Fly by Night Club!

    JJB at the Fly by Night Club

     

    For those who have caught our recent gigs you would have had the pleasure of hearing Shane Bradshaw on slide guitar. We would like to thank Shane for his support and contribution as it certainly adds to the bands musicality and Shane has been well received by the band and audience alike. Hopefully at some time in the New Year we will be able to entice Shane back up to gig with us again.

     

    2018 has been one the busiest years for the Jook Joint Band. By the time we see the New Year in we would have performed a couple of dozen times in the year. This is a pretty good effort for a “garage band”. To take you out for this year please check out our upcoming gigs for 2018 as displayed in the column to the right.

    To kick off 2019 we return to The National Hotel on the 20 January and 24 February. In addition, on the 9 February we travel to the Peel region to perform and the Boddington Music Festival along with Andrew Winton, Josh Johnstone and Matty T Wall.

     

    Anyhow, all our very best wishes to you and yours for the festive season and the New Year. We look forward to catching up with those of you who can get along to our upcoming gigs. Thanks for your continuing support.

     

    For more information on JJB go to www.jookjointband.com  or  Like our page on Facebook to keep up to date.