Male & female vocals, dueling ukuleles and a bit of banjo, too. This duo 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?
The Honeyville Rascals are a jazz and blues inspired roots duo with the driving rhythms of a tenor, concert and baritone ukuleles 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”. Both take turns on Baritone uke as well, and Michael has been known to bring his banjo along. 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. Their eclectic repertoire includes popular material culled from 10 decades of songwriting as well as many tunes of their own.
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.