The Jovial Crew was put together by Cliff Haslam in the mid-1980s to augment his usually solo act. For the first few years it consisted of the man himself along with Paul Elliott (guitar, vocals), Howard Hornstein (concertina), and Joseph Morneault (whistles, fifes, bodhran); Joseph distinctly recalls bragging to his friends about being a part of this during his 19th birthday, which puts it at 1986. That year, Cliff had been hired to play St-Pat’s Day at the Seamen’s Inn in Mystic and had hung out a placard announcing “Cliffy O’Haslam and His Irish Boys”! So on the drive home, we four discussed what name we should adopt, The Beatles having already been taken, the bastards! The following Monday, Cliff announced us as The Jovial Crew, taken from the chorus of one of the songs we often sang. As the years passed, crewmembers would come and go and so the music/songs would be enhanced by new voices and instrumentation. In today’s incarnation, Cliff Haslam still walks his quarterdeck, playing his 12-string Appolonio guitar and singing his robust bass-baritone accompanied by Tim Marth on vocals, Rick Spencer with vocals, guitar, banjo, and concertina, and Joseph Morneault on vocals and pretty much any instrument he can play and reasonably fit in the limited space allotted him for the performance. Come see them every Monday at the Griswold Inn in Essex Connecticut!