Mel Green is a Boston-based Singer/Songwriter who grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa. He began making music when the Beatles and the 60s Folk Revival coincided. He appeared regularly at the Johannesburg Troubadour coffeehouse and also at the Nite Beat in Hillbrow. He was a favourite feature at the Gorrelpot and the Minstrel in Pretoria.
In the mid-60s he and Mel Miller formed Mel & Mel, and performed regularly at The Troubadour.
Going professional in 1965 they soon recruited Julian Laxton to form Mel, Mel & Julian, which soon became possibly one of South Africa's leading, if not groundbreaking folk groups...
Mel Green was the essential harmony voice and fingerpicker. Mel Miller the strong lead tenor-baritone. Julian the exceptional lead guitarist.
Their combined skills boosting them to the top of of the South African folk-scene made them special during those halcyon days They performed in hotel residencies, as well as headlining concerts in Durban, Cape Town, East London and Johannesburg.
He acted and sang in a literary review called "What is Love" in ’68/69, which got positive press, for his acting, although he was hired as the interlocuter and singer of songs between literary bits! The show was a success for 2 seasons in Johannesburg, also toured for a 3rd.
He emigrated to the USA in 1970. On his way there, he sang at the Cecil Sharpe House in London and at Gerde's Folk City and The Gaslight in Greenwich Village. He moved up to Boston in '72, and opened for Rosalie Sorrels at famous Club Passim (formerly Club 47) in Cambridge. He has been active on the Greater Boston folk scene since then and has become an enthusiastic singer-songwriter.
He appeared at The Loaded Dog Folk Club in ’04 in Sydney, Australia … giving him the dubious distinction of playing in four continents! He played a few gigs in 2018 in Cape Town & Johannesburg, South Africa.
Mel is available for gigs & house concerts. Yo ucan Listen to his music here, or to get the full effect of his well-produced recordings purchase a CD.
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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
“A terrific musical sense, an evocative sound, and a classic folk voice!” – Nick Noble, WICN-FM, Worcester, MA
"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
“At last Mel Green has released his solo CD “I’m taking my time”. Well, the wait was worth it ! Mel’s voice leads our way through original, melodic, meaningful and expertly crafted songs. His expert guitar playing provides the perfect platform for his haunting leads and harmonies and vocal virtuosity. Talk about breaking the mould? They sure don’t make them like this anymore!” – Ron Newman, Johannesburg, South Africa
"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