Maniacal. Brilliant. Belligerent. Legendary. Comprehensively in your face. Like a Muppet with a real bad attitude. These are just some of the words used to describe the utterly intoxicating Juke Baritone as he's been travelling the world with his rascally troupe of manic noise-makers, assaulting audiences with his tall tales of bad love, good times and the evils of the world. Accordions wail. Horns scream. Guitars screech. And the room goes wild as they dance and chant along to this uniquely Australian sounding psycholonial stomp. It's certifiably, incurably insane and it sounds bloody marvellous.
If you can think about Tom Waits and Cab Calloway drinking themselves into a stupor before moving to New Orleans and forming a punk band then you might be getting close to a hint of what Juke Baritone & The Swamp Dogs sound like. It is impossible to pigeon hole. Gypsy, jazz, rock, dub, punk, folk, reggae, blues and everything in between are mashed together into a completely unique and original sound.
Festival regulars at home in Australia, they have played in The Spiegeltent at Sydney and Melbourne Festivals, The Sydney Opera House, Adelaide Fringe Festival along with the National Gallery Victoria, Art Gallery NSW, Woodford Folk Festival, The Harvest Festival, Peats Ridge, Corinbank Festival and many more.
What the press have to say:
“...unlike other acts riding on the revival of all things vaudeville and cabaret, Baritone certainly holds his own.” - Beat Magazine
“...the Spiegeltent favourite careens from drunken Romany ringmaster to incensed back-alley street-preacher to lecherous, crazed hobo.” - Rave Magazine
“Juke Baritone creates perfect quaffing music.” - Time Off Magazine
“Tom Waits has got nothing on these guys!” - dB Magazine
“...must be sick of people telling him he sounds like Tom Waits, as just leaving the comparison there fails to adequately describe The Salted Man.” - Rave Magazine