Vernon Haddock

Vernon Haddock's Jubilee Lovelies

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Vernon Haddock's Jubilee Lovelies' sole album is an energetic if standard mid-'60s jug band revival set, not too much different from some of the early efforts of American bands like the Jim Kweskin Jug Band, though perhaps a bit more faithfully traditional and old-timey. They're having fun, and that comes across on the record, but the repertoire is kind of shopworn, with just one of the songs -- Sid "Piles" Lockhart's "Vickyandal," about Queen Victoria and Prince Albert -- a group original. Several of the other songs were making the rounds among many folk revivalists, including "Stealin'," "Don't Let Your Deal Go Down," and "Viola Lee Blues," though "I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate" added a vaudevillian bent. The best and most distinctive feature is the wildly whooping, careening swanee whistle, which lends occasional unpredictable wooziness.