Wahoo Skiffle Crazies

Wahoo Skiffle Crazies

 Brooklyn, New York, USA
BandFolkAmericana

The Wahoo Skiffle Crazies are an 8-piece acoustic jug band from Staten Island, NY. Including washtub bass, bowed saw, washboard and jug, among other things, the Wahoos offer a home-made, post-modern, time-traveling, gonzo-folk take on traditional jug band tunes and originals.

Biography

We like to call ourselves Staten Island's premier jug band. Of course, some like to point out that we're Staten Island's only jug band, but we don't mind.

The Wahoo Skiffle Crazies formed in the Spring of 2003 when Rob Yuzuk, Frank Williams, and Laura Bruij-Williams started playing folk songs in the park with some friends. For over eight years now, we've been growing and changing, with new friends coming and old friends going, but we think we're ready to settle down with the current line-up.

Along the way we've played all over the New York City area (The Bell House, The Rock Shop, Mercury Lounge and Southpaw to name a few), eastward to Boston and westward to Pennsylvania, and shared the stage with some wonderful people. But our home and our hearts remain on Staten Island, where we are a fixture of local arts and culture.

In 2010 we released our second full length album, Strange Tales of the Amazing Platypus. Our goals for 2011 include recording a new EP, filming a music video, and expanding our fan base out beyond the NYC metropolitan area. Our long term goal is to be the first jug band in outer space, and thereby lay claim to the title of universe's premier jug band. If that doesn't pan out, we at least hope you enjoy listening to our music as much as we enjoy making it!

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Where We Play:

The Wahoos play regularly in our home base, Staten Island, at venues such as Full Cup, Martini Red/ADG and the Cargo Cafe. In addition we play annually at events like the Historic Richmondtown Tavern Concert Series (6 years in a row!), The Richmond County Fair, SI Chili Cookoff, Staten Island St. Patrick's Day Parade, and Van Duzer Days street festival. We've also played fundraisers for local Assemblyman Matt Tittone and State Senator Diane Savino (they love us!)

We've also played Musikfest in Bethlehem, PA three years in a row (2006-09)

Some Other Notable Appearances

3/4/11 - Brooklyn, NY -The Rock Shop w/ Astronautalis, and Sims (from Doomtree)

8/14/10 - Brooklyn, NY -The Rock Shop w/ Tim Fite, Young Empires, & Jirapah

5/25/10 - New York, NY -11th Street Bar w/ Julia Haltigan & the Hooligans

3/5/10 - Brooklyn, NY -The Bell House w/ Lauren Ambrose and the Leisure Class

1/27/10 - Brooklyn, NY -The Bell House: Strength through Unity, Haiti Benefit w/ Jimmy Fallon, New York State Senator Diane Savino, Ted Leo, Eugene Mirman, The Wrens, Sondre Lerche, Todd Barry, Pat Kiernan of NY1, AC Newman of New Pornographers with Rhett Miller of Old 97s and Nicole Atkins as The Seekers, Here We Go Magic, Lauren Ambrose and the
Leisure Class, The Walkmen, Michael Showalter, Freelance Whales, FUN, Jim Gaffigan, The Blow, etc.

12/29/09 - New York, NY -Mercury Lounge w/ The Headlocks

12/4/09 - Staten Island, NY -St. George Ball at the Staten Island Museum - Here we were named the Official Jug Band of the Staten Island Museum and presented with a "Key to the Museum" (It doesn't open the door. we checked)

5/14/09 - Brooklyn, NY - Southpaw w/ Holy Ghost Tent Revival, Skeleton Breath, and Drink Up
Buttercup

10/2/08 - Brooklyn, NY -Southpaw w/ Outernational, and The Wool Gathering

Discography

Strange Tales of the Amazing Platypus (2010)

LIVE in Brooklyn (2009)

Singles (2007)

The Fox
Which Side Are You On?
(Released on "Jugs Across America!: A Modern Jug Band Compilation," produced by Whiskey for Breakfast Records)

Wahoo Skiffle Crazies (2006)

Set List

Hour set list:

Beach Street Mess Around (original)
Dark Hollow
Rag Mama
Slightly Dancing (original)
George Dubya Blues (original)
Kentucky Derby Day (original)
My Girl's Pussy
Which Side Are you On?
The Fox
My Gal (If I Live)
Crazy Words, Crazy Tune
Why Don't You Do Right
Farewell To Nova Scotia
St. James Infirmry
Preacher & The Slave
Wabash Cannonball
Blues In The Bottle
Nancy Whiskey
Moonshine (original)
Hello, Ma Baby/Dark Side of the Moon

Plus:

Ukulele Lady
Goin' Down The Road
Jambalaya
Adios Pantalones
Bacteria (original)
Tonight, You Belong To Me
Take Your Fingers Off It
Gatherin' Nuts (original)
Lindy Hop (Overseas Stomp)
Jug Band Music
Shady Grove
Black Velvet Band
Finnegan's Wake