At the Green Homes, Great Health Festival at the Missouri Botanical Garden in St Louis on September 24, 2011, all the special exhibits focused on greener living, environmental and energy awareness, conservation, sustainability, and more healthy living. As usual, the Garden put on a wonderful festival that was both educational and fun.
Part of the fun was the live music at the outdoor food court area, to entertain all the folk enjoying their healthy, organic meals. The Brothers Lazaroff played from 11am-1pm, but we missed them. The group we heard was the Green Strum Project, which played from 2-4pm. They sure are “green” and they sure can strum!
In June 2011, they released the first local and sustainable full-length recording on CD from St Louis, called Get Along Home. They use only instruments made by local people and from found, recycled or re-purposed items—in other words, with a low environmental impact.
We found the instruments fascinating—a Cigar Box Ukulele, a Cigar Box Fiddle, a Silverware Box Guitar, a Bucket Dobro or Slide, a “Stick-jug Bass”, and a Washboard. The wonderful thing is that if you couldn’t see the instruments, you would think the players were using traditional instruments, the sound is so great. Amazing what a pleasing sound can come from ordinary objects!
They’ve played at a number of local festivals this year, including this one. We’ll certainly look out for them again.