Dexter Fiddles

KC Moaners

Jug band music originated in Louisville, Kentucky in the 1890's, when groups formed making music on common household items like washboards, washtubs & jugs. Heavily influenced by Ragtime and early jazz , these bands created a rhythmic, rough, rollicking sound that was perfect for street performance, and entertaining crowds at the the Kentucky Derby ... As the sound caught on, jug bands traveled on the riverboats up and down the Mississippi, from Louisville to New Orleans .. Memphis, Tennessee, a major hub, was where jug bands had their heyday .. The Memphis's Beale Street district in the early 1900's became a mecca for blues musicians and the perfect place for jug band music to take hold.. Gus Cannon's Jug Stompers, Memphis Jug band, Mississippi Sheiks, to name a few...

We, the K.C. Moaners, try to stay as close to this traditional sound and energy as we are able, honoring the time, place & people who created it...

--Jim Chapin


"Chattanooga Shoe Shine Boy"
featuring Deck Nieforth on Harmonica and Vocal.

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2018-19 Season

DexterFiddles was on display at BankRI on Pitman Street from June 15-30. The exhibition included handcrafted sign, Fiddle #37 in a Dexter crafted mahogony stand, handmade wooden musical spoons, and lots of business cards. The bank honors some of their business clients in this very personal way. Thanks BankRI!
Saturday, July 28, 2018
Private Party

Saturday, August 18, 2018, 2-10pm
KC Moaners and Too Tight Jug Band.
Private Party in Holland, MA

Saturday, August 25, 2018, 1-5pm Free.
KC Moaners - South County Picnic (BYO)

Location: South County Museum, 115 Strathmore Street, Narragansett, RI
Friday, September 14, 2018, 7:30-9:30pm $10 Performance
KC Moaners

Location: The Pumphouse, Wakefield, RI
Thursday, September 20, 2018, 6-9pm Free
Fox Point Gardens Harvest Buffet Dinner Dance with Community Goods and Services Raffle

Location: Portuguese-American Social Club, 35 Sheldon Street, Providence, RI 02906
Directions: From downtown Providence, take Wickenden Street East, first left onto Benefit Street, first right onto Sheldon Street. (No parking in the driveway, please.) Street parking and at Adler’s.
Saturday, December 15, 2018, 7-9:30pm $15, or whatever
KC Moaners Performance

Location: Not-Just-Another-Coffee-House, Unitarian Church of Sharon, 4 North Main Street, Sharon, MA 02067
Directions: Rte. 95N to x8. Turn right at end of ramp. The Unitarian Church of Sharon is on your left at the third full set of traffic lights. Some on-street parking and in church lot; additional parking available across the street at Eastern Bank.
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