Hurray for the Riff Raff

Hurray for the Riff Raff


Beautifully crafted songs immersed in love, life, and pain. This New Orleans based band consists of Vocals, Banjo, Accordian, Upright Bass, Pedal Steel, and Musical Saw among others. Original music that you can relate to.


Hurray for the Riff Raff began in 2006 as a solo project by Alynda Lee. At the time, Lee was a 18 year-old traveling street musician making simple home-recordings on her banjo in a bathroom in Brooklyn. These songs were intended to only be shared with friends, but they caught the attention of Walter McClements, the leader of the New Orleans band Why Are We Building Such A Big Ship? McClements encouraged Lee to move to New Orleans, where the Riff Raff became a duo, with McClements joining Lee on a host of instruments including accordian, banjo, and toy piano. His careful and heartfelt musicianship filled Lee's songs with essential colors and counter-melodies.

After moving to New Orleans, Lee became immersed in the city’s music. Her banjo skills were honed on the streets of the French Quarter, playing in traditional jazz bands for tips from tourists, a vocation that still pays her rent to this day. It was through these pick up jazz bands that she met Shae Freeman (musical saw), Aubrey Freeman (upright bass, pedal steel), and Aurora Nealand (woodwinds) who now round out the band.

Hurray for the Riff Raff, as it is now constituted, has just finished their debut LP, It Don't Mean I Don't Love You, which was recorded by Aubrey Freeman in his home studio. Lee's ability to craft a goregous melody is what drives the record. The songs range from tender to triumphant, and have a power that rarely comes from the pen of a 21 year-old.


"It Don't Mean I Don't Love You" Self Released 2008

Set List

Drinking Days
Junebug Waltz
Fly Away
Dance With Death
Amelia's Song
Skin & Bones

45 minutes to 1 hour