• Bridgetown Blues Festival


    Since the last newsletter the Jook Joint Band has been out and about on the road and playing around. Yep we have been back to the South Beach Hotel on the 29 October and played before a good crowd who were out to enjoy themselves.

    We were almost upstaged by a couple who danced up a storm and put on a great show on the dance floor, they were a great act and everyone enjoyed their energy, verve and style. It was great to catch up with our friends and supporters, old and new. Everyone had a smile on their faces and were tappin’ their feet or shakin’ their booties and that is always a good vibe.

    Our next set of gigs was down at Bridgetown for the Blues at Bridgetown Festival. What an event that is. The whole town turns itself into an all weekend blues and roots happening. If you haven’t been down for a festival make sure to put it into your diary for next year as it promises to be a big one as it will be the 20th anniversary of the festival.

    JJB played at Scotts Tavern on the Friday night and it went off. There was a capacity crowd at around 400-500 – with about a hundred up dancing. It was loud raucous and rocking (in a jugband, dancing blues way of course). From the band point of view it is great to see so many bodies getting into the groves.

    Saturday was a big one for us as we played at the Festival Club which is great acoustic venue and is frequented by the serious blues aficionados (a smaller crowd that got into it after a bit of a warm up). We finished off the day at the Freemasons Hotel and that was a hoppin’ place. It is a tight little venue and we had a great time playing up to an interactive and close audience. It was good to see the Johnstone boys there and jivin.

    Our next and last gig planned for the year will be next week (Sunday 27 Nov) at the East Fremantle Festival. This will be in George Street East Fremantle. It’s a great place to take yourself and the family for good entertainment, arts and food. We kick off on the main stage at 2.15pm for a short sharp 45 minutes.

    We look forward to seeing you – so get down there and say hello. http://www.eastfremantle.wa.gov.au/uploaded/pdf/festivalprogram.pdf

    The boys from the Jook Joint Band – Bill, Peter, Paul, Pas and Sean just want to take this opportunity to say thanks for all the past and future support. It wouldn’t be happening for us at the same level without you guys being there and we thank you. See you up there dancing soon. In the meantime get onto our website www.jookjointband.com for our latest photos and music clips.

  • Newsletter October 2011


    Greetings once again from the Jook Joint Band. Since our last newsletter we have been on a bit of a road trip. The band took to the road and went to Mukinbudin, Bill took to Highway One and went around Australia. He always has to go one better!

    We played at the Mukinbudin Spring Festival last year and were looking forward to getting back there to play again. We had to fly Bill back from the Gold Coast to join us in Muka. It was touch and go for a bit as he just couldn’t seem to get himself off the beach and onto a plane. But the trip to Muka was well worth the effort and we weren’t disappointed. The country out that way was looking a treat after some good rains. The dams were full and sheep were fat and given good finishing rains the wheat and canola are threatening bumper crops. All a pleasant change after the past few very dry years.

    We played at the sports club on the Friday night and at the train station for the festival /street fair on the Saturday. Once again the people of Muka were really hospitable and made us feel like old friends who were returning to visit. We had the opportunity to see close up just how generous the Muka community really is when it came together as one to launch search parties for a four year old girl lost in the bush at one of the area’s rock feature locations which attract quite a few tourists and campers. We lost some of our audience but gained an insight to good ol’ country spirit and generosity. The young girl was found safe and sound so it all turned out well. Thanks from all of the guys in the band to the Muka community for a great weekend.

    Our next gig will be at the Waroona Show on Saturday the 15th October. We start the entertainment for the Show and will be playing the main stage at 10.00am. So get yourselves out of bed early that day and head on down to what from all reports is a great day – better than the Perth Royal Show and Disney combined.

    On Saturday the 29th October we will be playing at the South Beach Hotel in South Fremantle. We will start playing at 8.30pm so get your party dresses and put your dancing shoes on and get on down there for a big night of good music and frivolity.

    We have been fortunate in being asked back to play at the Bridgetown Blues Festival. This is one of the premier annual blues festivals held in Australia. This year we will be playing three gigs. The first gig is on the Friday night at Scott’s Tavern kicking off at 7.30pm. The second gig is in the Festival Club Hall at 11.45am. This is a great venue to showcase music acts and we are looking forward to playing there(admittedly with some trepidation) . We then kick onto the Freemasons Hotel at 8.30pm to get that ol’ jook joint jivin’.

    So we are looking forward to seeing you at one or all of our upcoming gigs. In the meantime get onto our website www.jookjointband.com for our latest photos and music clips.

  • Mukinbudin Spring Festival

    The Act-Belong-Commit Mukinbudin Spring Festival 2011
    The guys are heading back to Muka in 2011 to play at the sundowner on Friday 9th September and throughout the day on Saturday 10th September at the Market Day.

    Check out the Jook Joint Band’s website and see a video of us playing at the Mukinbudin Spring Festival in 2010.

  • Newsletter June 2011

    Welcome to the Jook Joint Band’s first newsletter. We will be bringing out newsletters periodically to keep you updated on what’s happening with the band.

    We have just launched our own website. Check it out: www.jookjointband.com you’ll find music, videos, photos and gig information on JJB.

    JJB’s last gig was a resounding success. It was held on Saturday night 28th May 2011 at the South Beach Hotel, South Fremantle. This is a great venue set in the main dining room of the impressive old federation pub which has become a regular base for the band over the past few years. We played to a very responsive enthusiastic audience – a boisterous mob. They were dancing on the dance floor and between the tables.

    We performed three sets which included quite a few new songs we have been working on and which were well received. We were fortunate in having Stella, Paz’s sister, get up and join us for a few songs in the last bracket. Stella has been singing professionally for some years and she certainly brought an extra dimension to the gig. Thanks Stella.

    Thanks to all those that came along for a great night. The guys in the band (Peter, Bill, Paul, Paz and Sean) really appreciate your support and the energy you bring to our gigs.

    You can look forward to having a good time next time you come along to one of our gigs.

    In the meantime get on and have a look at our new website www.jookjointband.com …there might be a photo of you at the gig!

  • South Beach Hotel

    By way of an overview of our music see the set list below as performed by the Jook Joint Band and guests at the South Beach Hotel on the 28/5/2011.

    1. I want to be seduced
    2. Sanitised Blues
    3. Morning Blues
    4. She wouldn’t give me none
    5. Step it up and go
    6. My Girl Josephine
    7. Crippled Inside
    8. If you take me back
    9. Don’t sell it, don’t …
    10. Jug band music
    11. Jean Harlow
    12. Cake walk
    13. Wild about my lovin’
    14. Mama got a girlfriend now
    15. Squeeze Box
    1. James Alley Blues
    2. Maybe So
    3. I’m thru with you
    4. Shake it and break it
    5. Train
    6. Cocaine Habit
    7. Denomination Blues
    8. Johnny B Bad
    9. Fashion is a TV show
    10. Pack up your sorrows
    11. Going up the country
    12. Hit the road jack
    13. It’s all over now
    14. Move it on over
    15. Get Rhythm


  • We’ve gone online!

    Jook Joint Band have bit the bullet and created their own website!

    Come check out our new site and be sure to sign up to our Newsletter.

    You can check out photos from our gigs, look at some videos and even listen to some tracks.