While doing those two earlier female band posts I came across The Flamin' Mamies and was so impressed I decided they really needed a complete post.
The Flamin' Mamies are a 5 piece, all-girl jazz string band who hail from Liverpool in the UK. They have been playing together for just over 2 years and they were mostly beginners when they started.
Their line up is:
Lil' Mamie Brown - Vocals and Guitar
Kirsty Walker - Double Bass
Mandy 'Banjo' Bailey - Banjo and vocals / scat sounds
Chantilly Lace - Ukulele and vocals / scat sounds
Cress the Goddess - Washboard and Percussion
Ahhh, those Flamin’ Mamies. The toe tappin’ deco dames from the jazz age! Syncopated rag time rhythms and old time hokum sauce, hotter than a gilded pistol!
From their poundin’ big bass fiddle, to their blue vampin’ guitar. Fiery four string flailin’ banjo and a ukulele so hot it needs cooling with a fan stroke! These gals burn ‘em down with searin’ scat vocals that’ll melt the wax clean off your old victrola!So
So set your phonographs to 78, roll back the carpets, shine up your fanciest dancin’ shoes and let these hot stompin’ first ladies of North western swing buck n’ wing you back across that old hard wood dance floor…
When I get low I get high! A music video for a Liverpool based all girl Jazz band (the Flamin' Mamies) made in four days from start to finish as part of Liverpool Kino Cabaret, by Digital Production by Disabled People
Directed by Max Zadow
Art Direction by Jessica Prince
Camera and Editing by Daniel Davies (system-x)
Shimmy Like My Sister Kate Shimmy!! This is the Flamin' Mamies version of the 1915 song 'I Wish I could Shimmy like my Sister Kate' (written by Clarence Williams and Armand Piron). This song is a bit of a work in progress but they thought they would still share it with us anyway!
Their lyrics have been gathered from many different versions of the song.
If You're A Viper This song was written by Stuff Smith and first recorded by Smith with his Onyx Club Boys in 1936.
Not to be confused with the Fats Waller classic
The Viper Drag The Flamin' Mamies playing in the Free Rock & Roll gig in The Cellar Club at Threshold Festival
Finally today a true Western Swing classic.
Cow Cow Boogie Yee-Haaa! This country-boogie song was written for the film Ride Em Cowboy (1942) and first recorded by Ella Mae Morse, and shortly afterwards by Ella Fitzgerald with the Inkspots.
The music was written by Don Raye and the lyrics by Benny Carter and Gene De Paul.