Dusty Jug – 3:42 – written by Justin Branum, 2016 (Instrumental, Celtic, Old-Time, Acoustic, Fiddle Tune)
Justin: I wrote this tune on my Birthday about three years ago. For a while I just called it Birthday Reel. When we put it on the album I decided it was time to give this tune a real name, so we held a fan naming contest, and we thought that the name Dusty Jug was descriptive of the feel. It’s based on the sounds of the Celtic tradition. Thanks to David Sislak for the title!
Vi: When Justin played this tune for me, I knew that it would be a great addition to the album. I think it evokes the mist of Ireland at sunrise.
…They play so beautifully together that it’s hard to imagine these two award winning fiddlers are not twins. I love this!
Folk Singer, Songwriter, Multi-Instrumentalist
…This wonderful album will surely touch your heart and feet!
Dr. David “Doc” Wallace
Violist/Fiddler/Strings Department Chair, Berklee College of Music
About the Album
Bringing together old time fiddling and the spirit of western swing, Vi Wickam and Justin Branum team up to capture that heart and soul of the old west.
Vi and Justin first met playing in fiddle contests around the mid-west, and became fast friends. They each appreciated the other’s musicianship, and musical sensibilities.
When Vi moved back to Colorado in 2009, the one thing he missed about living in Indiana was getting to jam with his fiddle buddies, and particularly Justin.
In 2016, when Justin and Vi formed an impromptu duet at the National Twin Fiddle Championships and finished in the top 5 overall, the inspiration for this album was born.