Jug Band Ensemble

with Lloyd Thayer

Thursday, March 7, 2024


Jug Band Ensemble

  • Blues
  • Folk
  • In-Person Classes


Jug Bands were wildly popular in the American South during the 1920’s and 30’s. Bands like the Memphis Jug Band, Canon’s Jug Stompers, The Cinncinati Jug Band and the Five Harmaniacs wrote and  recorded some of the most unique and creative music in our country’s history. We will study the music made by the creators of this sound, who used guitars, fiddles, mandolins, harmonicas, washboards, washtub basses and of course the all important JUG! We will follow the progression of these songs over time as they made their way to our own Club 47 (now Club Passim) and were the inspiration for bands like the Jim Kweskin Jug Band, The Even Dozen Jug Band, and the Lovin Spoonful. Jug Band music continues to thrive today as seen in bands like the Carolina Chocolate Drops, The Busted Jug Band, The Barehand Jug band and many more. 

The class will be equal parts FUN and musical exploration.

What more could one ask for? 

Students should have a basic facility on their instruments, although all with a spirit of adventure are encouraged to sign up, and to help us revive one of the most popular classes of all time!

This class will be held from 6:30-7:45pm ET on Thursdays, March 7, 14, 21, 28, April 4 (makeup: April 11)

Please note: The class will be held at The Passim School of Music which is located at 26 Church St. Cambridge, MA. Classrooms are located on the third floor and, unfortunately, we do not have an elevator. 

Limited to students 16 yrs of age or older; Pre-sales are highly encouraged! Online sale end 2 hours before the class begins. Tickets can be purchased at the door. before the class begins. 4 students are required for this class to meet. If a class is cancelled due to low enrollment, you will be notified and receive a full refund.

Lloyd Thayer

  • Blues
  • International
  • Roots

Lloyd Thayer puts the ‘multi’ in multi-instrumentalist, playing a mind boggling assortment of stringed intsruments including but not limited to: Dobro and Weissenborn lap steel guitars, Turkish Oud, Saz and Cumbus, Indian Chaturangui and Mohan Veena, Ragmakamtar, Ukulele and more. A recovering street performer and determined songwriter, his indoor shows combine a mixture of American folk and blues with elements of Indian, Arabic, Turkish, and Southeast Asian musical ideas, often all in the course of the same song. 

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