New Errington music ensemble

A new musical group that includes some familiar names debuted at the Errington Coffee House Saturday, March 3.

Phil Harmonic’s Jug Band Orchestra made up of Gerry Barnum

A new musical group that includes some familiar names debuted at the Errington Coffee House Saturday, March 3.

Phil Harmonic’s Jug Band Orchestra performed some down home music to an appreciative audience.

Led by Errington’s own Gerry Barnum and featuring a few of the finest folk musicians in this area, Phil Harmonic’s Jug Band Orchestra presented a style of music popular in the ‘20s and ‘30s.

With Barnum on vocals, soulful guitar, harmonica, and vintage washboard, John Hamel on acoustic and bass guitar, Dean Williams on assorted guitars, mandolins, and kazoo, Fahlon Smith of Marimba Kumbana and the Nanaimo Chamber Orchestra on fiddle, Kerri Brown of Skewlines on mandolin, Doug McLean on claw hammer banjo and authentic jug, and Rod Sauer contributing his exceptional harmonica stylings, the three-song set by the talented group was just a taste of what’s to come later this month at the hall.

The jug band will be appearing at the 90th anniversary celebration of the Errington War Memorial Hall on March 24.

The big birthday bash at the hall includes an old timers tea and get together at 2 p.m. and a 1920s-style evening of music and memories.

Another highlight of The Errington Coffee House was a performance by Parksville duo Lemon Tree.

The young coffee house favourites Chloe and Sidney Ellston played two original songs, written by Chloe.


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