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The Sound of the Bayou Beckons You to the Bandstand

Press Releases - July 30, 2012

Two distinct regions of the country will collide at the Wolfeboro Community Bandstand on Saturday, Aug. 4.

JimmyJo and the Jumbol’Ayuhs will make their bandstand debut as part of the Friends of the Wolfeboro Community Bandstand Concert Series, bringing with them the music of Louisiana’s Cajun country with the accent of Downeast Maine.

Hailing from the “bayous” of coastal Maine, JimmyJo and the Jumbol’Ayuhs feature a unique blend of cultures to provide a unique music experience to all who step out to see the show.

Jim Joseph and Pam Weeks are the founding members of the band. Joseph plays accordion, percussion and fiddle and lends his vocals to the band. He is also part of two other bands, Scrod Pudding and T-Acadie, but spends his daytime hours toiling as a carpenter and teaching banjo and button accordion. He is also the father of two.

Weeks is well-known as a solo Appalachian dulcimer player and singer, with several recordings, including music featured on historical documentaries on PBS. In her role with this band, Weeks plays the fiddle and adds her vocals to the mix. She performs with groups and in solo shows around the country and teaches all strings, flute, clarinet, sax, piano and voice in her home and studios in Maine.

Bill Olson is the band’s guitar player and also lends his vocals to the band’s sound. He has been playing guitar for 45 years and upright bass for 19 years, but comes from the traditional dance and contra dance scene, where he has been dancing for 30 years and calling dances for 20 years. As a contra dance choreographer, his compositions have been called all over the world.

Elna Joseph plays bass and adds vocals to the band’s mix. Her past includes dancing with the Appalachian clogging group “The Buck and Wing Steppers,” which performed at fairs and festivals around New England. While she works in the social work field during the day, she enjoys accompanying her husband Jim with JimmyJo and the Jumbol’Ayuhs and with Scrod Pudding.

Keith “Kit” Garavoy is the band’s drummer and also chips in with some vocals. A graduate of the Hart School of Music, he has taught percussion in Connecticut and Maine for many years. He plays a variety of different percussion instruments in numerous Maine groups and has performed on several recordings, including Weeks’ CD.

The band will be making its Wolfeboro Community Bandstand debut on Saturday, Aug. 4, as the fifth concert in the free concert series presented by the Friends of the Wolfeboro Community Bandstand every Saturday night in July and August.

The concerts run, weather permitting, from 7 to 9pm in the bandstand, located in Cate Park in downtown Wolfeboro on the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee. While the shows are free, a pass-the-hat offering is taken at intermission to help support the Friends of the Wolfeboro Community Bandstand’s mission to bring quality free concerts to the bandstand each and every summer.

If the forecast is for rain, the concerts are not held and a sign will be posted at the entrance to the park near the town docks, notifying the public of the cancellation. 

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