Fidelma, the 'Elder Honey', started it all! She formed 'Girl-Talk' back in the day, specialising at first in 3-part close harmony swing music, and later extending to a more pop feel. The band has come full circle, and marked its return to vintage Swing/Boogie-woogie/Jazz style with a new name, The Honeydews.
Over the years the band has worked in many settings, starting with the Hot City Orchestra, a Dublin based big band, with whom they were the vocal act. They also toured extensively with Frank McNamara’s Peach County Big Band. Later came concerts in Sweden, Denmark, London, Poland, Portugal and Italy, as well as all the top venues in Ireland, with among others the RTE Concert Orchestra, the BBC Concert Orchestra and the Danish Symphony Orchestra.
The band has played at all major festivals and gala events in Ireland, like the Cork Jazz Festival where they headlined in the Opera House, The Rose of Tralee Ball, the ISPCC Ball, the Oyster Ball, Galway, The Models Ball, Mansion House, The Trinity Ball, the Blind Date Ball, the Horse Show Ball, and at the Special Olympics opening night of competition in DCU.
Currently The Honeydews perform happily with line-ups including 2- and 4-piece bands, solo keyboard player, and even solo double-bass, as well as guesting with The Hothouse Big Band, a 17-piece jazz big band.