Marilyn & the G Strings, Kirkland’s own original ukulele rock band are in the house! Known for their motto “wine drinkers with a ukulele problem”, Marilyn & the G Strings will get you “boogieing your sneakers away” with their eclectic repertoire of old and new tunes you’ve never heard performed on ukuleles before. Check the Calendar page for the latest performance schedule and goings on.
Marilyn & the G Strings, consists of:
Susan Stearns "Cruisin' Susan" ukulele, keyboard, recorder and vocals
Sherry Calvert "Sherry Baby" vocals, percussion and kazoo
Stephen Hornbuckle "Buck" ukulele and vocals
Jennifer Deak "Jennifer Juniper" vocals, percussion and kazoo
Dannie McKeown "Dannie 2 Scoops" vocals, flute
Rachel Gardner "Peaches" ukulele and vocals
Marshall Winget "Wolverine" cello and vocals
Timothy DeHan "Timmy!!" u-bass, ukulele, harmonica, guitalele, banjo & vocals
Marti Bartlett "Smarty Marti" - honorary band member vocals, percussion and kazoo
Chuck Bartlett "Boy Toy Chuck" - honorary band member vocals, percussion and kazoo
The band came together on a whim back in 2009 to perform a couple tunes for a New Year’s Eve gathering of friends from the Grape Choice Wine Shop and Wine Bar in Kirkland. Band member Susan Stearns who is an accomplished pianist came up with the idea of learning to play ukuleles for the performance. None of the group had touched a ukulele before…and so it began. They played only 4 tunes that first performance and were so well received decided to push on to greatness, riches and stardom, build a “huge” repertoire and continue to perform. The rest is ukulele history heaven.
While the band instrumentation is predominantly ukuleles your ears will be treated to the sounds of keyboard, banjo, harmonica, various percussion instruments, fun harmonies and a hefty dose of bass played on a bass ukulele of course!
The band's repertoire encompasses all era's and styles, from the 1920's, to Beatles, Rolling Stones, Queen, Jimmy Buffett, One Republic and everything in between!
You do not want to miss an opportunity to catch Marilyn & the G Strings, even if it's just one of their typical Wednesday evening or Sunday afternoon practices at the Grape Choice Wine Shop & Wine Bar in Kirkland, WA.
For a complete list of this year's performances visit our Calendar page.
Cheers and keep on uking!