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.
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.
Aaron Jonah Lewis is a multi-instrumentalist, performer and educator. He has won awards at the Clifftop Appalachian String Band Festival, including First Place Neotraditional Band in 2008, and at the Galax Old Fiddlers Convention, including First Place Bluegrass Fiddle in 2007, and he has performed at major festivals from the US to the UK and from Italy to Finland. Lewis has appeared on dozens of recordings from bluegrass and old time to swing jazz, modern experimental and Turkish classical music projects. He has taught workshops at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow and at the English Folk Dance and Song Society in London. He also plays and teaches banjo, mandolin, guitar, and bass and is currently based in Detroit, Michigan. Aaron’s Website.
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.
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.