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Unusual musical instruments generate cool sounds

Michael “Mr. Eck” Eck of Ramblin Jug Stompers demonstrates how to play an instrument of his own invention, the jug and broom, backstage at McGeary’s Irish Pub. (Brian Mcelhiney/Gazette Reporter)
Michael “Mr. Eck” Eck of Ramblin Jug Stompers demonstrates how to play an instrument of his own invention, the jug and broom, backstage at McGeary’s Irish Pub. (Brian Mcelhiney/Gazette Reporter)
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When Greg “Wild Bill” Haymes of Ramblin Jug Stompers goes shopping for instruments, he isn’t usually going to a music store. Haymes calls himself a “utility infielder” in Ramblin Jug Stompers, responsible for many of the unusual sounds that don’t come from the typical stringed instruments in acoustic bands. At the band’s shows, he’s armed with washboards, mouth harps, nose flutes and an assortment of other toys — literally — that he packs into a ...


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