Wednesday, April 24, 2013

U is for Ugly Stick




The ugly stick has played a role in Newfoundland party times throughout the years.  It's about four feet long and is decked out in bottle caps, tin cans, small bells,  rubber boots, old sneakers and other assorted noise makers.  Its played by thumping the stick and hitting its attachments.  An ugly stick is a mummer must!


Ugly Stick Demonstration

22 comments:

  1. I'd never heard of it as a musical instrument.

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  2. For some reason the fact that there actually is such a thing as a physical ugly stick has made me really happy.

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  3. That is SO much better than what I thought it was going to be.

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  4. That was really cool!!! I have a couple of walking sticks, I should make one into an ugly stick.

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  5. I've always heard this term used to describe an ugly person...as in 'they got beat with an ugly stick'....

    Never knew it was a real thing.

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    1. I would like to hit a few people with one - purely to see what it would sound like :) wink wink

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  6. Never knew what the real story was regarding ugly sticks. Visiting from A-Z

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  7. Never heard of it, but it was really cool!

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  8. Mark's definition is the only one I've heard, too.

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  9. Gotta love the name...reminds me of why people placed cans on the bumper when they got married. It was to ward off the evil spirits and bring nothing but good to the newlyweds

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  10. Ditto what Mark said...
    Your definition is much kinder though!

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