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buddhuu
09-17-2012, 12:34 PM
I'm pretty sure this has been done before, but...

Those of you who play in bands, what is your band called, what kind of music do you play, what's the line up and what is/are your role(s)?

My current band is 'The Inexcusable String Band'. Anyone who's heard us will know why. For those too young to get the gag, there was, many years ago, a group named 'The Incredible String Band'.

I do vocals, guitar, mandolin, fiddle, 'ukulele and tin whistle. There are four of us and we mix up various combinations of vocals, guitar, bass, percussion and the other instruments listed above.

Repertoire is folk, blues, rock, ballads, reggae, soul etc.

So, come on. What do you do?

ukegirl
09-17-2012, 12:44 PM
Harrison Street Ukulele Players....I play Uke and sing. We do weddings, funerals, tiki huts, private parties etc...we stay pretty busy around the Chicago area..we do Tin Pan, Beatles, and Hawaiian of course!

weerpool
09-17-2012, 12:47 PM
Heparins - guitar/eletric keys/ vocals

lennymac
09-17-2012, 01:13 PM
FC Ukulele, concert uke, bass uke, electric uke & vocals! We play in central Scotland and DI everything from 40s jazz to current chart music!

ukes_in_the_wire
09-17-2012, 03:16 PM
Myself, my brother and sister play together when we're all in the same place as 'Quivering Sphincter and the Foreign Objects'. Naturally we play unplugged. I play bodhran, vocals and now starting to bring some uke in.

jwieties
09-17-2012, 03:53 PM
SideKicks
I play ukulele, my 8 year old plays guitar and my 6 year old plays percussion/keyboards. The youngest loves soccer and came up with the name when he was thinking of "soccer phrases". He didn't appreciate that it had another meaning, which of course made it all the better. Here we are at an open mic where we played Joshua Fought the Battle and Shady Grove.
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ricdoug
09-17-2012, 04:34 PM
Out here in the San Diego area, I commonly get a call to show up and play Hawai'ian and island music with musicians I've never met. If there's no itinerary, I have no clue as to the name of the group or songs to be performed. Since I play by ear, that's a non issue. Three of us performed unrehearsed at the clubhouse of a 55+ community for their annual luau in Encinitas, California. We had a half dozen hula dancers which always helps. When asked the name of our "band" I replied "Calvin and the Cruizers". My friend Calvin Tom invited me to play this gig. Kani ka pila style. Ric

mds725
09-17-2012, 06:06 PM
My Wednesday evening Hawaiian music ukulele class has been performing as the J-Town Hui. The group takes its name from the fact that the class meets in San Francisco's Japantown.

If I had my own band, I'd want to call it Buffy Needs Backup(TM), especially if we had a female lead singer, after a comic moment in the musical episode of Buffy The Vampire Slayer ("Once More With Feeling") that appears in the video posted below from about 1:00 to 1:07.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_4yVFUixgwA

dash213
09-17-2012, 07:22 PM
The last band I was in about 2 years ago, I was the drummer (let the flaming begin!). We were rehearsing several times a week but still didn't have a name. After one rehearsal, the bass player said "That sounded better than yesterday", and we decided that Better Than Yesterday would be our name.

We mainly played 60's, 70's and 80's main stream rock.

Cheers
Darren

mds725
09-17-2012, 07:33 PM
The last band I was in about 2 years ago, I was the drummer (let the flaming begin!). We were rehearsing several times a week but still didn't have a name. After one rehearsal, the bass player said "That sounded better than yesterday", and we decided that Better Than Yesterday would be our name.

We mainly played 60's, 70's and 80's main stream rock.

Cheers
Darren

Great name. It reminded me of a bit on Saturday Night Live's Weekend Update a while back, when the anchor (I believe it may have been David Spade) announced that the sixth spot in this week's top ten song list was occupied by a group called Better Than Ezra. Then he said, "In seventh place? Ezra."

ukulelecowboy
09-17-2012, 11:45 PM
The Ukulele Cowboy Society. Our logo and website are below in my signature. We play jazz and swing standards from 1900 to about 1960. Some Western Swing as well. Main influences are Billie Holiday, Gershwins, Cole Porter, Judy Garland. I play Baritone Ukulele. My wife, Jesse, is a jazz vocalist and plays percussion. She also plays Tenor ukulele sometimes as well. We play bars, clubs, festivals, restaurants, and also an occasional retirement community.

Mike

23skidoo
09-18-2012, 01:04 AM
decaturcomp and I play together privately on a regular basis, usually with another friend who plays fiddle and guitar - both of us switch between ukulele and guitar. We've had one somewhat official gig at an Hawaiian BBQ place here in Atlanta, with plans to do some more this fall.... we don't have a name, maybe so no one knows what to yell at us to tell us to get off stage......

The Big Kahuna
09-18-2012, 01:34 AM
I used to be the lead guitarist in a band called "Live Sex and Free Beer"

We used to get a lot of people come to our gigs based purely on expectations. They were invariably disappointed.

connor013
09-18-2012, 03:16 AM
I used to be the lead guitarist in a band called "Live Sex and Free Beer"

We used to get a lot of people come to our gigs based purely on expectations. They were invariably disappointed.

I'll settle for the beer!

Uncle Rod Higuchi
09-18-2012, 07:59 AM
Flip Flops

Loco Moco

Da Odda Guys

I'm supposed to be in the Coconut Humus, but I've never been to a performance, nor a practice session! :)

Ukulele and vocals in each of the 'Bands'

keep uke'in' everybody,

Plainsong
09-18-2012, 09:31 AM
I'm the uke player/anything else player/producer in The Rocking Dodars. If you speak Swedish, you might get where that name comes from. The band is myself, my husband Anders, and Joeybug. We didn't know what our name should be, and she started joking about how crazy Swedish looks to her. She was in Sweden and saw this pack of cigs and thought the warning label said Rocking Dodar. Anders is a Swedish-speaking Finn and so I know a little Swedish as well, and that struck us as hilarious! The pack of cigs actually says Rökning dodar: smoking kills. Joey and I instantly picked it up as a group name, and Anders - being the avid pipe smoker he is, loved it. So we're The Rocking Dodars!

So far we only have one song, but the next one is mostly done. Watch out folks Joey's got a proper mic on the way, and she can do some killer vocals. Nice deep low voice. :) - but broken pelvis, I want her to lay off vocals for a bit.

OldePhart
09-18-2012, 12:01 PM
A few years ago...well, six or seven now, I guess, I fronted a little gospel trio for a while. We jokingly called ourselves "The Backwoods Brothers." Not really a paying gig, just played nursing homes and what have you, mostly.

Currently I play bass in our church's worship band. We don't have a name, though I've recommended Joyful Noiz... :)

I fronted the band last Sunday while our Worship pastor was out and quickly found out how far my vocal range has collapsed since I've stopped singing regularly. I had to discard several of the songs I wanted to do because I just couldn't get up there anymore. Wasn't quite as rusty on guitar as I'd feared, though - at least I can still bang out three chords on the ole acoustic, anyway. :)

John

OldePhart
09-18-2012, 12:05 PM
decaturcomp and I play together privately on a regular basis, usually with another friend who plays fiddle and guitar - both of us switch between ukulele and guitar. We've had one somewhat official gig at an Hawaiian BBQ place here in Atlanta, with plans to do some more this fall.... we don't have a name, maybe so no one knows what to yell at us to tell us to get off stage......

Heh, heh. I recall reading an interview with Ian Anderson years ago where he claimed that Jethro Tull was so bad when they were starting out that they kept changing their name every week to get gigs because they never got call backs. Jethro Tull (a guy who'd invented a plow or something) was the name they were using the first time they got a call back. Don't know if it's true, but it's sure a good story...

John

KamakOzzie
09-18-2012, 01:50 PM
I play upright bass and sing tenor in a bluegrass band called STRING TIES. That's a play on words about the ties that Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs and the Foggy Mountain Boys wore. If you aren't familiar with them, think Colonel Sanders Chicken. We do not wear string ties. There is also fiddle, guitar and banjo. We play private parties, local concert venues and festivals.
Our fiddle player set up a Face Book page for us. Like us at "String Ties Bluegrass Band".

Bill

garyg
09-18-2012, 02:13 PM
Heparins - guitar/eletric keys/ vocals
hmmm, either a bunch of cardiologists or a bunch of heart patients <g>.

peewee
09-18-2012, 02:17 PM
In my addled twenty-something garage rock days there were several "bands" though none of us ever played a gig.
"Quality Family Time" and "Hideous Cackling Scavenger" are probably the best two names. I was the "problem drummer."

OldePhart
09-18-2012, 04:15 PM
When I used to hang out on guitar forums it seems like every week or so some kid would post a request for suggestions for a name for his new band he was putting together.

For some reason my suggestion of "Vacuum of Creativity" was never taken seriously...

Heidi Litke
09-18-2012, 04:22 PM
My husband and I have been play under "Jumping Flea Social" since about 2007. We play traditional celtic, classical and some gospel music for local retirement communities. I play lead uke and my husband plays a KALA bass.

bazmaz
09-18-2012, 10:43 PM
Ours is called the Nantwich N'Ukes. Not been playing that long, and mixed abilities! But several gigs under our belts. 9 of us, plus a saxophone, and one of our players adds licks on electric uke. We are currently mainly covers, but it's quite a broad church - everything from Johnny Cash and Hank Williams to Paul Simon and The Doors

My role? Play uke and take most of lead vocals, but we are trying to encourage others to step up and take vocals too to share the load.

Loads of fun, and we are hosting a ukulele weekender this weekend in Cheshire, UK

https://www.facebook.com/NantwichNukes

roswellj
09-18-2012, 11:09 PM
I haven't been in a band for years but the last one I was in was called the jetrocket bananas. We played covers but found people laughed at us so we quickly morphed to a comedy trio and played the comedy circuit for about 5 years. I played guitar and sang.

RevWill
09-19-2012, 01:15 AM
I'm in a band comprised entirely of ordained United Methodist clergypersons called the Rivers of Life Clergy Band. I play lead guitar and sing harmony vocals (occasional lead).

Yestyn The Great
09-19-2012, 03:34 AM
I'm not in a band techniquly but I am in the Ukulele Club Of Basic High School. There are 5 of us. 4 with ukuleles one that sings and one that dose bolth. We music that fits into the Crater Boys catagory. I do all of the solo picking stuff.

seeso
09-19-2012, 06:23 AM
Cool thread!

1st band in high school was called Anthem, and we were horrible. I played keys.
Throughout high school I was in a few more bands, either playing keys or guitar. The best band name of that era was Saba Jones and the Nickel-Bags.

In college, I was in a funk-grunge band called, IMADOG. I played guitar.
Tail end of college, I was in a band called Pineapple Man, which morphed into Hometown Motorcar. I played guitar in both.

After college I took a break, then started the best band I've ever been in, Stuntcat. I switched to bass.
Around the same time, I was in a hip hop band and played guitar first, then bass. It was called Public Housing.

Now, I'm not in a band. I'm thinking of starting one up, though.

kaizersoza
09-19-2012, 11:07 AM
Great thread

My band is called 'The Ukoholix' we were previously known as 'The Shed Heads' and we play anything that floats our boat, from punk to 50's and 60's music, my roll in the band is ukulele player and bass singer, we play weddings, funerals, churches, care homes, charity gigs, pubs and clubs, we will be touring South Wales in January next year with Cheryl Beer in a production based on Dylan Thomas

garyg
09-19-2012, 02:40 PM
I'm not sure that I can say that I have a band, but a group of musician friends and I are writing/playing/producing songs as study aids for my Georgia Natural History class and also for our own pleasure. Given that the band composition will vary and the type of music as well, I thought the name "Assorted Pieces" (youtube channel assortedpieces) was appropriate. First two songs don't have a uke in them although the second was written on a uke but given that we were on a tight schedule for production and my uke playing isn't that good, we went without the uke track. The songs are difficult to understand without the lecture behind them but they should be amusing. The first is on Speciation http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zuG2wxH-zyg and the second is on Natural Selection http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJBZoA-oefc enjoy.

buddhuu
09-20-2012, 10:51 AM
Ours is called the Nantwich N'Ukes. Not been playing that long, and mixed abilities! But several gigs under our belts. 9 of us, plus a saxophone, and one of our players adds licks on electric uke. We are currently mainly covers, but it's quite a broad church - everything from Johnny Cash and Hank Williams to Paul Simon and The Doors[...]

LOL! That sounds a bit like the band I used to be in before - The Ploughmen. At one point we had 9 regular members with occasional extra personnel! Pretty crowded on stage. Here's an example of a more streamlined incarnation of the band...

(See if you can spot the hidden pink Makala Dolphin!)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=553fFTo4QWU