A rare opportunity to enjoy this band! They don't play together very often and it's always special when they do.. // THE IRWELL STREET STRING BAND Sam Lemann (guitar / ukulele)
A rare opportunity to enjoy this band! They don’t play together very often and it’s always special when they do..
// THE IRWELL STREET STRING BAND
Sam Lemann (guitar / ukulele)
Andy Baylor (guitar)
Leigh Barker (double bass)
Hetty Kate (voice / ukulele)
The sweetest string band in town.. Irwell Street features two guitars, occasionally some ukulele, and of course swinging double bass, led by the delightfully vintage voiced jazz vocalist Hetty Kate.
We play sparkling, sentimental and sassy songs plucked from the scrapbooks of Tinseltown, the well trodden paths of wartime Britain and the colourful beaches of South America and Hawaii – songs you’ll remember, and songs you may not have heard before. Showcasing a beautiful repertoire from the 1930’s to the 1950’s, curated and arranged to be fresh and original, yet staying true to the memory of those that went before.
Always weaving a special magic when they play together, founding members Hetty Kate and Sam Lemann tip their caps to the popular jazz duo’s of the past.. Peggy Lee and Dave Barbour, Julie London and Barney Kessell, Mary Ford and Les Paul. With two sell out albums under their belts and having performed all over the country, this band is worth a listen – guaranteed to have you smiling and tapping your feet!
“Hetty Kate’s voice overflows with a natural musicality.” Richard Fields, 3CR Radio Melbourne AU
Sam Lemann has appeared on over 60 recordings, and is one of Melbourne’s musical gems. A regular at Tamworth Country Music Festival, Sam switches easily from guitar to ukulele (and mandolin) and travels to Hawaii each year to learn about secret ukulele strums from the masters. His beautiful guitar and ukulele “Winky” are hand crafted by Melbourne luthier Phil Crickmore.
Hetty Kate and Sam share a love of old songs, long brunches, ukuleles and champagne. Their friendship blossomed beachside over five years ago and from that came this band, Irwell Street. They hope that you enjoy the music, and come along to the show. Aloha.
(Saturday) 8:30 am AEST
Paris Cat Jazz Club
6 Goldie Place, Melbourne VIC 3000