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Birdy and the Bow Tie are inspired by early 20th century music, particularly vintage jazz from the 1920s through the 1940s. The duo’s appealing sound is a mix of Alison Marae’s contralto vocals and cheery ukulele with Wil Forbis’ tasty lead guitar and jazzy scat. Thrown into live shows are dreamy harmonies, soft shoe percussion and scat solos. The duo plays vintage acoustic jazz, swing, blues and originals inspired by generations past.

The duo hosts community ukulele events and workshops, where people gather to strum and sing along to different ukulele songbooks that they’ve arranged. They also teach ukulele, guitar, voice and piano out of their home studio in San Diego, CA.

Established 2012
Performance Highlights:

Paris, France: Onze Bar, Culture Rapide/Paris Lit Up. London, UK: Cavendish Arms Honolulu, HI: Station Bar and Lounge, Da Smokehouse. Los Angeles: The Cinema Bar. San Diego: San Diego Ukulele Festival (ukulele workshop and performance) International Make Music Day/Balboa Park (ukulele strum-along hosts) Libertopia Festival at Humphries by the Bay, Adams Avenue Music Festival, Unplugged Music Festival, San Diego Music Thing Festival and Conference,  Art Around Adams, San Diego Pride Festival, Steam World’s Fair, 48 Hour Film Festival, Java Joe’s, music as therapy for the elderly.

Song List

Don’t Do Me Any Good
Don’t Look Away
Gotta Dance
Kiss Me Baby
Little Sunshine
Love Locked in a Vault
Melancholy Moon
My Heart Can’t Take It
My Honey Puts Honey in Her Hair
Night Flowers
Rhythm of My Heart
Run Out Groove
Speakeasy Blues
Wrong For Me

Vintage Music
A Fine Romance
All of Me
Bei Mir Bist Du Schon
Darktown Strutters Ball
Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
Don’t Get Around Much Anymore
Dream a Little Dream
Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue
Georgia on my Mind
Goody Goody
I Ain’t Got Nothin’ But the Blues
I Can’t Give You Anything But Love
I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter
It Don’t Mean a Thing (If it Ain’t Got That Swing)
It Had To Be You
It’s Only a Paper Moon
Love Me or Leave Me
Lover Come Back To Me
Lullaby of Birdland
Makin’ Whoopee
Mean to Me
On the Sunnyside of the Street
Over the Rainbow
Shine on your Shoes
Slow Boat to China
Spreadin’ Rhythm Around
Take the A Train
The Very Thought of You
Them There Eyes
Tonight You Belong To Me
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