Embracing a fresh expression of creativity, the Bellarine Peninsula based singer/songwriter duo Narelle Jolley (shortlisted for Roddy Read 2014) and Susan Russell (aka Sweet Delores) formed Ukulele Carnivale in mid-2013. Narelle and Susan weave carnival of life stories of cads, gamblers, circus folk, longing, lost love, country miles and musings of beauty and wonder into songs featuring signature harmonies and subtle ukulele instrumentation.
Despite their recent formation, Ukulele Carnivale has already shared line ups with Shane Howard and Dog Trumpet, JVG Guitar Method, Chris Wilson and Sarah Carroll, Tex Perkins and Charlie Owen, Melbourne based duo The Weeping Willows and Tim Woodz. They have also played the 2014 and 2015 Melbourne Ukulele Festival and the inaugural 2013 Deniliquin Ukulele Festival where they were very well received
In March 2014, Narelle and Susan released their self-produced EP “Brightbird” which was recorded live on a hot summer’s day in January 2014 in the quiet, leafy suburb of Rosanna by Marcel Borrack and Tim Harvey. The result; an intimate recording of six lovely, heartfelt songs. In 2009, Martin Jones (Rhythm Magazine) described the music of Narelle and Susan as “… laid back, beguiling and lacking pretence.” Ukulele Carnivale performances are all that and more.