The Almost Original Synthetic Swampgrass

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Time period: Present day

Date nominated: May 11, 2010
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A.K.A. - Son of the Original Synthetic Hickey Goodtime Rinky Dink Jugband Inc. - Urban Swampgrass.

The Almost Original Synthetic Swampgrass Jug actually began many years ago. Rumor has it, that the boys got together for a high school talent show, since at that time no one could play any real instruments, kazoos, jugs, washtub bass, and other household implements were used. The Jug Band was an instant hit and it was decided that it would be a good idea to learn to play some real instruments, so they did.

Over the years the group has had many names (ask Jim, the bass player for proper chronology). During the late 1970's and early 1980's the band played all over the New York metro area. They played with Vassar Clements,Jay Unger, Del McCoury and many others.

The band can be found at



Name Instruments Birth Death
Doug Bowen Guitar, Jug, Kazoo, Saw, Voice
Jerry Fabris Guitar, Harmonica, Voice, Washboard
Jared Grubow Spoons, Washboard
Dave Rubin Guitar, Harmonica, Jug, Kazoo, Spoons, Voice
Jeff Tyler Fiddle, Jug, Kazoo, Mandolin, Voice
Jim Vasconcellos Jug, Upright Bass, Voice, Washtub Bass


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