Barnum Jack is an acoustic music duo currently based in Portland, Oregon and Bellingham, Washington. They play old-time family-style, fiddle tunes, and traditional-tinged contemporaries and originals. Barnum Jack was born out of a musical friendship dating back about seven years between Matt Novak and Allegra Ziffle, when they met in Bellingham and started playing music together. In March 2003 they formed Quickdraw String Band and started performing together on a regular basis. Now, as of March 2009, they two are Barnum Jack.
Barnum Jack pays homage to old-time tradition but bring it to a contemporary American experience with their innovative twists. Their repertoire consists of wide-ranging covers, traditional songs and tunes, as well as their own originals. Between the two of them, Matt and Allegra have released four full-length albums and have been included on two compilation albums, both by major record labels Righteous Babe Records and Shut Eye Records.
Barnum Jack will be playing in the Boundary Bay Brewery beer garden every other Monday in June, so come down on the 1st, the 15th, or the 29th to catch some old time, fun time music!