Wed 5 May 2021

For over 15 years The Pearly Shells have been an institution here in Melbourne. Led by bassist Steve Purcell, the ensemble is constantly adapting to its musical environment – from intimate trio settings, to big band RnB, and even a full swing orchestra.  Back in 2007 The Pearly Shells came to PBS and squeezed themselves into Studio 5 for a killer set of blues, roots and swing. 

With Melbourne’s live scene re-opening, The Pearly Shells are back where they should be – hitting the pubs and clubs of our city just as they’ve done for a decade and a half.  On May 14 the full Pearly Shells Swing Orchestra hit the stage at Brunswick’s Jazzlab and to celebrate the gig we’re excited to return to 2007 when Melbourne was first discovering a group that would become one of our most revered roots ensembles.

The Pearly Shells Studio 5 Rewind, 1pm Wednesday May 5 on Jumpin’ the Blues with Tom Sianidis. PBS Studio 5 Rewind is made possible due to the ongoing support of Mountain Goat beer.