Scratching the Surface: The Quelbe Music of James 'Jamesie' Brewster
Quelbe music was played with found objects that formed unique instruments, such as the squash, a hollow gourd with notched grooves, that played a significant role in these bands, drawing attention and earning them the name "scratch bands."
In the past, scratch bands included various instruments like violins, flutes, and even accordions for melody, and percussive instruments like squashes, triangles, and tambourines. Today, the lineup is more standardized, featuring saxophones, electric guitars, bass guitars, drums, and more.
Watch Jamesie make a banjo and see him craft other woodworking projects.