Vocals, ukuleles, cornet & percussion. This trio plays everything from early jazz to gospel to folk & contemporary tunes. Some great original songs, too. Think Fats Waller meets Freddie Mercury and they go to a party with Billie Holiday. Get the picture?Share
The Honeyville Rascals are a jazz and blues inspired roots trio with the driving rhythms of a tenor and concert ukulele supporting the vocal melodies and harmonies of Sunga Rose and Michael Alexander. Sunga sings and plays a concert “paddlele” while Michael sings and plays a 6-string tenor “liliu”. Soon after meeting in a workshop while endeavoring to improve their ukulele skills the Honeyville Rascals were putting together a list of the songs they always wanted to play. Their separate paths of musical interest led each of them to a love for early jazz and due to the “romantical” circumstances of their fortunate meeting, they tend to play many of their favorite love songs from that era. However, their eclectic repertoire includes popular material culled from 10 decades of songwriting as well as a few tunes of their own.
After playing for a while as a duo, they met Carey Rayburn, who blows one heck of a cornet while multi-tasking on a brush kit, and were happy to welcome him into the band.
The set list is always changing and growing. May include the following:
On the Sunny Side of the Street
Five Foot Two
Bei Mir Bist du Shoen
Swing, Brother, Swing
Island in the Sun
St. James Infirmary
Tonight You Belong To Me
...and lots more - both covers & originals.