The ugly stick is a traditional Newfoundland musical instrument fashioned out of household and tool shed items, typically a mop handle with bottle caps, tin cans and small bells and other noise makers. The percussion instrument is played with a crafted stick (bow Included in sale) and has a distinctive sound.
Playing - The ugly stick is held in one hand at about ¾ up the shaft and the musician would hold a stick (bow) in the other. The percussion instrument would be lifted and dropped on the floor in a rhythmic fashion while the musician would strike the attachments to embellish the sound.
All of our Ugly sticks are crafted from sticks selected and harvested from Newfoundland's boreal forest, and each is unique in shape. All our BOWs are now made from Maple or Birch.
If you wish to order a similar UGLY STICK from the Catalogue then quote the name of the UGLY STICK of interest.
Origin - In outports and remote villages gatherings such as concerts, mummering and kitchen parties, were an important part of the rural culture. The principal melody instruments were accordians' and fiddles with rhythmic accompaniment from the Newfoundland Musical Ugly Stick.