High-Low-Jack

The real deal!

Old-timey fiddle tunes, gambling songs, bad guy songs, railroad songs, songs of sin and sadness, real music for real folks, good-timey and bad-timey music. This IS your grandfather's music, and your grandma's grandma's music! Fiddle, guitar, banjo, real old-timey music the old-timey way!  

HIGH-LOW-JACK is an old-time Mom & Pop duo consisting of Sarah Hotchkiss and John Mowad. John and Sarah have been teaching and performing in the Montpelier and Burlington area for many years and are well known and respected for the intelligence and sincerity they bring to their music. Too old to produce much high-testostrogen over-intensity, their music nonetheless is rhythmically driving and full of the the old home-made Saturday Night good-timey spirit. Their plain, simple genuineness conveys the deep love they have for their music, each other and the people they share their gifts with.

HIGH-LOW-JACK is one of several names for an old-time card game that originated in the 1600s in England and is still very popular there. Known as All-Fours in England, it was the most popular gambling game in America until after the Civil War when Draw Poker began to overshadow it. It continued to be popular throughout the 19th century, and was most commonly known as Seven Up or Old Sledge. It is still popular today in various forms including Pitch or Auction Pitch.

Old Sledge is also the name of a West Virginia fiddle tune. Sarah and John originally called their duo Olde Sledge until a band from Virginia called Old Sledge came on the big-time, new-timey old-time scene. As HIGH-LOW-JACK they retain the genuine spirit of real old time folk music. THE REAL DEAL!