Strung Out in the Pacific

As we travel musically through Oceania and the Pacific Islands this season we’re going to find a supreme amount of pleasure in Pacific string bands. Pacific string bands, like as this one in this video, from Vanuatu, are groups of several performers playing guitar/ukelele/mandolin and singing in sweet multi-part harmony. The stringed instruments may be relatively recent additions to the Pacific musical array — within the last couple centuries for sure — the harmonies seem so much a part of the islands’ nature, as if they rise from the ocean itself.