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The String Band's first gig L - R Bobby Macindoe, Roger Young, Issie Morse, Sarah Morse, Jeremy Alsop and Noel Kennedy
The Indelible String Band
This is/was always an incredibly ambitious project when I reflect on it. It first came to light in 2019 when I began receiving prompts from maestro Noel Kennedy in the form of mp3s that purported to be songs from my vintage repertoire, but beautifully rearranged for a string quintet. It all culminated in a valiant performance at the Brunswick Ballroom in late 2021, (pic) which was nearly aborted when the maestro suffered a heart attack and underwent an operation to insert four stents only days before the scheduled performance!
Given the circumstances I still have trouble judging the merits of the concept, even after reviewing the videos provided by the always-supportive Peter Lamont who filmed the entire show.
As a result the String Band project is in hiatus at present while Noel and I consider various possibilities.
It's such a noble concept - there were moments I actually teared up, it all sounded so beautiful - and the support and generosity of everybody involved was overwhelming.
No damn it! The Indelible String Band has to step up once more and re-present a fully realised version of Noel's vision to an adoring public. Let it be so!

*See the String Band in rehearsal on YouTube

Noel Kennedy 
Noel Kennedy began playing keyboards in rock bands around the Ballarat region in the early seventies. His frequent trips down to Melbourne enamoured him of the young bands of the era, like Carson, Daddy Cool, Chain and Spectrum.
He has played with numerous bands over the years including Supernaut and Peter Blakeley. In 1992 he moved with his wife Kathy and family to Auckland, where his music was featured on tv commercials and documentaries, in addition writing scores for children books with Radio NZ and Scholastic.
In 2006 -2009 he attended Auckland University studying Jazz Piano and Arranging.
He now resides in Melbourne and, as well as preparing arrangements for the anticipated Mike Rudd’s Indelible String Band, performs with the Jazz trio, Green Dolphin Street.
Noel is also currently working on the score for the up coming Australian feature film The Ninth Order.
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