About the Band

Timmy Findlen

Timmy Findlen is a ukulele player from Aroostook County, Maine, but is currently based in Nashville, Tennessee. He is the former bandleader of Over A Cardboard Sea: Portland, Maine’s premier ukulele novelty act. When in Maine, he plays in The Vododeyos, a ukulele duo with Joel Eckhaus, with whom he also builds and repairs ukuleles. He also likes ukuleles. He currently plays electric bass with the honky tonk group J.P. Harris & The Tough Choices. See his work with Over A Cardboard Sea.

Tim Findlen

Lindsay McCaw

Lindsay McCaw has been playing American old time music and calling dances for over 15 years. She is also part of several theater and puppet companies, including her own, based in Vermont called The Dolly Wagglers. She has won several musical distinctions such as two-time winner of the Minneapolis Jug Band Contest and four-time first-place winner of the Sheffield Field Days Fiddle contest. See her work with the Dolly Wagglers and The Corn Potato String Band.

Lindsay McCaw

Matt Bell

Matt Bell is a guitarist from New Orleans, where he is the bandleader and arranger for Bustout Burlesque, a troupe that recreates 1950’s style nightclub entertainment at the House of Blues. In 2012, he received a Master’s Degree in Jazz Studies from The University of New Orleans, and he now works exclusively as a musician and teacher of the guitar and lap steel. Learn about Bustout Burlesque.

Matt Bell

Joy Patterson 

Joy Patterson is an Artist, Musician, Foley Artist, Clown and Mr. T impersonator living and working in New Orleans. Her mastery of the kazoo and washboard are rumored to exist, and her fashion sense impresses the world via her Etsy Store.

Joy Patterson
Portraits by Aurelien de St. Andre via Afghan Photo Booth

Our mission is to perform the weirdest songs from the early days of tin pan alley on the format on which they were first recorded—wax cylinder

“From the first recordings made on tinfoil in 1877 to the last produced on celluloid in 1929, cylinders spanned a half-century of technological development in sound recording. As documents of American cultural history and musical style, cylinders serve as an audible witness to the sounds and songs through which typical audiences first encountered the recorded human voice. And for those living at the turn of the 20th century, the most likely source of recorded sound on cylinders would have been Thomas Alva Edison’s crowning achievement, the phonograph.” -Cylinder Preservation and Digitization Project; Donald C. Davidson Library, University of California at Santa Barbara

We all share a love of antiquated pop tunes, and we recently took on the challenge of recording them in the only medium that does them justice. These old songs give a voice to a bygone era and reflect the attitudes of their time, and no matter how silly they seem they are historical documents of their time.

We aim to mine the zaniest and most obscure songs from the early 20th century and record them for a new audience to underscore both the absurdity and importance of popular music in American history.