ABOUT THE EPISODE Brassy, swinging sass to the power of four; ladies and gentlemen we proudly present to you The Nymphs!
Battling the Melbourne wind and the rolling sounds of the nearby Collins Street tram, our crew wrangled together on George Parade in front of iconic Melbourne restaurant, Kitchen Cat. Joining us -- during a brief visit to Australia -- was international director and cinematographer Philip Bloom. Also appearing as a cameo crewmember was comedian Lawrence Leung, who lent some support with camera in hand.
We first caught sight of The Nymphs in 2010, ripping through an a cappella version of Metallica's Enter Sandman on ABC program 'Spicks and Specks'. These Melbourne girls evoke an era of times less complicated, while bringing a more contemporary blend to the nostalgic a cappella sound. Through various introductions, we became well acquainted with their addictive blend of soulful harmonies and WWII-era ditties.
With 50s style dresses blowing in the breeze and four part harmonies a blazing, the ladies performed an unreleased track "It's Been A Long Time Awaiting". Those familiar with our episode of 'The Tiger and Me' will recognise Jane Hendry, who doubles her duties across both bands. Completing the quartet are Clare Hendry, Kel Day and Bek Chapman.
The girls have been kicking their matching heels into the hearts of audiences across the country, including a recent string of dates travelling with the RockWiz Orkestra. It might have been a long time awaiting, but we've got them at last...
ABOUT THE BAND Forged in the swelter of Melbourne's eclectic live music scene in 2005, The Nymphs' addictive blend of big band bombast, WWII-era ditties, soulful harmony and beguiling sense for the theatrical have seen them kick their matching heels into the hearts of audiences around the country.
With a timeless repertoire of their inimitably catchy original tunes as well as a handpicked selection of reinvigorated classics, The Nymphs (Bek Chapman, Jane Hendry, Kel Day and Clare Hendry) have added their own unique flair to a genre far too long ignored by the hoi polloi. With four part harmonies a blazing, The Nymphs' vocal arrangements dish up a unique treat for today's music lovers.
Equally adept at wringing tears from your eyes or laughs from your cockles, The Nymphs' set list is a bejewelled bevy of sparkling gems. From the silly and sassy, to the sensitive and sorrowful, The Nymphs can cut like knives or soothe like a mamma's touch with equal delicacy and finesse, all while keeping their pleats impeccably pressed.
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Sideshow Alley captures performing artists in the alleys and laneways of Melbourne. One song. One take. With no fixed agenda and no rehearsal. Created by a handful of talented film makers, photographers and sound engineers, the Sideshow Alley collective produce amazing videos from these unique moments. http://www.sideshowalley.tv
CREDITS Director: Genevieve Bailey, Philip Bloom Producer: Ty Johnson Editor: Ty Johnson Colourist: Dave Budge Sound: Selwyn Cozens, Jonathon Lee Mixer: Selwyn Cozens Camera: Ty Johnson, Philip Bloom, Genevieve Bailey, Henrik Nordstrum, Caro Macdonald, Linus Koh, James Fleming, Hugh Turral, Lawrence Leung, John Deer Production assist: Tim Melville Artwork: Ty Johnson