Trading lead vocals, and playing multiple instruments at once, the Ontario-based Ever-Lovin’ Jug Band produces a truly authentic old-time sound. Minnie Heart plays fiddle/banjolin/kazoo and an unusual foot-bass, while Bill Howard plays guitar and jug.
Traveling all over Canada and the U.S., they have played in every imaginable venue, from large halls, to loud bars, to small, acoustic cafes, and have performed at countless festivals, including the National Jug Band Jubilee, the Brooklyn Folk Festival, and the Mariposa Folk Festival, to name a few.
They have released two full-length albums of original material, and are starting work on a third. While they perform many of the songs of, and draw inspiration from the jug bands and string bands of the 1920s and 30s, they are not a throwback or a hokey revival trying to keep this music alive, rather they are proof that it never went away and has been slowly evolving over the course of a century.
“Heart’s old-time voice is a charming throwback to Billie Holiday and her personal music hero, Memphis Minnie. The band’s originals are so authentic, they sound like they are being played fresh off a wind-up 78 RPM record player complete with antique stylus.” Coral Andrews – The Record, May 2017