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Mel Green is a Boston-based Singer/Songwriter who grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa when the Beatles and the 60s Folk Revival was happening. He was a fixture at the Johannesburg Troubadour since 1964, and has also played at the Nite Beat in Hillbrow, and he was a favourite feature at the Gorrelpot and the Minstrel in Pretoria. 

In the mid-60s he was an essential cog in the wheel that was Mel, Mel & Julian, possibly one of South Africa's leading, if not groundbreaking folk groups... the quiet, sharp straight man and the group's essential harmony voice, making that band very special during the days of that folk-scene. They set the scene in Durban, Cape Town, East London and Johannesburg.

During 1968/69 he acted and sang in a literary review called "What is Love" conceived by Fiona Frazer and Bill Brewer, two of South Africa's theatrical luminaries. Mel received positive crits in the media, especially for his acting, even though he was originally hired to be the interlocuter and singer of songs between literary bits! The show went on for 2 seasons in Johannesburg and also with PACT, touring the Northern Transvaal. A very positive experience. 

He married an American girl, and they moved to America. On his way to the USA, he sang at the Cecil Sharpe House in London in 1970. He has sung at Gerde's Folk City and The Gaslight in Greenwich Village and opened for Rosalie Sorrels at the famous Club Passim (formerly Club 47 of Dylan and Baez fame) in Cambridge. He gigged at The Sword in the Stone in Boston in the early 70s, and appeared at The Loaded Dog Folk Club in ’04 in Sydney, Australia … 4 continents! (And recently, 2018 in Cape Town & Johannesburg.)

Mel is available for gigs, & house concerts. Listen to his music here, purchase a CD to get the full effect of his well-produced recordings, or buy and download mp3s from CDbaby and iTunes.

“His album is something of a gem, with songs that reverberate long after the CD has finished spinning." Maverick Digital Music Magazine, UK

“A lot of hard work and effort has gone into this! A unique neoclassical/folk/baroque style... Much variety in the instrumentation. The people chosen to play really add to the overall sound. Mel's voice is clear and true... a beautiful end product! Nice work.” Mac McLanahan, Artistic Director, Rose Garden Coffeehouse, Mansfield, MA

Buy "I'm Taking My Time" for only $10 plus S+H 
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“Mel Green has released his own CD “I’m taking my time”. Well, the wait was worth it ! Mel’s voice leads the way through original, melodic, meaningful and expertly crafted songs. The expert guitar playing provides the perfect platform for his haunting harmonies and vocal virtuosity. Talk about breaking the mould? They sure don’t make them like this anymore!”
 Ron Newman, Johannesburg, South Africa

“A terrific musical sense, an evocative sound, and a classic folk voice!” 
Nick Noble, WICN-FM, Worcester, MA


 "Great listening to you again. The voice hasn't changed in forty years. Just as great as I remembered it. Lovely melodies... Don't ever stop writing." Mel Miller, South Africa's Grandpa of Comedy and co-founder of Mel, Mel & Julian

Quotes from Far & Wide

I was there… and you brought class to the stage with your instinctive ensemble skill.
And then your solo set…. beautiful, thoughtful songs, sensitive guitar playing, clean, crisp vocal delivery… you have it in abundance (as you always did.) It was a MELODIOUS set! 
Des Lindberg

“Mel’s voice is like fine, painted, beautiful china. Far-reaching life experiences in different parts of the world have illuminated his lyricism, as he sprinkles his words and narrative with humor and humility."
Angela Masciale, King Hooper Cafe, Marblehead, Massachusetts

"We were lucky to hear Mel Green, visiting from Boston, USA. Singing traditional and contemporary songs with clever, melodic arrangements and delicate guitar accompaniments ... we would love to hear him back again.
The Cornstalk Review : Mel's Loaded Dog Folk Club appearance, Sydney, Australia, 28 February, 2004

"The guy on the end who looks like a cross between Ben Franklin and Bill Clinton"
Christine Lavin at Summerfest '05 before urging us "Sensitive New Age Guys" on stage

"Thanks for singing for us and making us welcome. You have a great voice."
Don Everly, of the Everly Brothers in 1969 after seeing Mel & Mel at The Johannesburg Troubadour Coffeehouse, taking a break with his band on the Everly Brothers South African Tour

”There were singers and guitarists that would take my breath away. Mel Green sang like a bird and played some of the cleanest guitar..."
Colin Shamley, South African Folksinger / Top 40 Songwriter