A REUNION? We have been researching venues...


Occasionally we hear from old fans, who invariably ask:  Wouldn't a re-union of Mel, Mel & Julian be wonderful?

A REUNION?
The band was planning to re-unite in South Africa in 2018 for a few dates in the Johannesburg area... Due to complications that will not be happening as we had hoped,
although some research is still going on...

 

Mel, Mel & Julian from an interview in a Durban newspaper, drawn by Jock Leyden, who got it right!

 Mel Miller continues his stellar career as Grandfather of South African comedy at shows around South Africa.

   Julian Laxton continues to make his own great music, plus sessions, sound-tracks, commercials around South Africa.  
   Mel Green is a Graphic Designer, Painter, and Illustrator. He still makes music as a songwriter and performs regularly  around Boston, USA...
 
  Watch this space and your local media for news of future shows!
We are pleased to announce our South African Booking Agent:To inquire about future shows, please contact Rael Birns at Rael@raelbirns.co.za  or at 081 452-1100

Once upon a time in the 60s...

How Mel & Mel met: where they performed; when Julian joined the band; who they met along the way; their influences and the key people in their brief, but sweet career ... and what they're up to today. Enjoy!

Links in the M,M&J Chain...

Influences & Earworms...

Two young guys singing in an art school classroom at lunch hour to appreciative listeners, and the realization that they had something special.

Key people and places in their career:

The Troubadour Coffee/Steakhouse in Johannesburg, THE folk club where it was happening!

Gary Bryden, Brit folkie, who got Little Mel up on stage at the Troub in the first place.

Keith Blundell, who auditioned Mel & Mel and who without hesitation offered them a weekly gig at the Johannesburg Troubadour..

Des Lindberg who kept them on at the Troubadour as headliners, when they weren't playing full-time at their long hotel residencies.

Ben Segal, quiet folk fanatic and founder of SAFMA, the South African Folk Music Association, and 3rd Ear Music, who opened his vast collection of music and his hospitality to the guys. 

Johnny Kongos, friend and a hit-making rock & roller, who encouraged them & introduced them to...

John E. Sharpe, a wonderful bluesman, who was managed by...

Billy Forrest, South Africa's greatest C&W singer and mentor to many young musicians, who became their manager, friend and guiding light.

Brenda Newfield, a wonderful folksinger, who gave Mel  & Mel some of their first gigs, and who opened up her home & her record collection to them, thus helping them expand their repertoire. 

David Sapire, a photographer and a fan who also helped with their repertoire, and who most significantly... introduced Mel and Mel  to his brother Julian!

Mike Dorsey, entrepreneur & club owner on the Durban music scene, became a fan, a mentor and helped the band in many ways.

Their influences. They  listened to everything possible, at parties, record shops, friend's living rooms, records and reel-to-reel tapes... absorbing everything that appealed to their evolving musical tastes and their developing musical skills. 

See the BLOG PAGE which has a list of recording artists and songs which first caught their ear(s) and whose styles and genres were adapted to suit their style, carrying on the "the folk-process" down in South Africa.

 

Historic Reference

In 1994 Mel, Mel & Julian were acknowledged and included in the book, "History of Contemporary Music in South Africa"...taking their place as one of few notable folk groups to make an impression on the evolving contemporary music scene.

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Visit these websites for more info about Mel, Mel & Julian...

Mel Green's new  solo CD "I'm Taking My Time" is available here. A 2010 collection of original tunes, written by Little Mel. You can also visit his website: www.melgreensings  for Solo Booking information. 

http://www.sarockdigest.com/lists/sa_folk_albums.htm
Yes indeed, Mel, Mel & Julian rate up there amongst the Top 10 SA Folk LPs!

Mel Miller is still at the top of his game.... one of the funniest and smartest comedians anywhere!
He was recently awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award in South Africa
and also sold out the Sydney Opera House!
You can also see and hear him on YouTUBE, and find him on FaceBook.
http://www.entertainment-online.co.za/melmiller.htm

http://www.artslink.co.za/julian laxton
Julian still spanks the plank like nobody else! When he isn't involved in composing
original soundtracks, commercials and jingles... he is still playing gigs around Johannesburg.

http://www.3rdEarMusic.com/hyarchive/hywhere/hywhere5.html#mel
Visit 3rd Ear Music, a great source for the current indie South African music scene ...
read about the Hidden Years & how so many great South African performers had their
voices stifled during the Apartheid regime.

http://www.sarockdigest.com/book
We're also in the History of SA Pop Music!  It happens to be a great source of info
about personalities and musicians in the SA music scene from the late 50s to the 90s.
(Of course Julian is in it all over the place!)