As The Splashing Pearls sing their first note at Sully's Irish Pub this Saturday, many patrons will automatically notice there's something peculiar about the Bear-based trio.
That's probably because it'll be the first time they see a three-piece where the frontwoman (Larkin Salemi) sings and handles steel drums at the same time, as her uncle (Peter Scobell) simultaneously plays drums (with his feet) and ukulele (with his hands, of course), while the final member of the outfit (Cooke Harvey) performs a mix of pizzicato and bow styles on upright bass.
"If you look at the band, it's kind of unique instrumentation," said bassist Harvey, 57, of Landenberg, Pa.
But the outfit's distinctness doesn't end there. The Pearls — which intertwine genres of island folk-rock, blues and pop, meshed with Salemi's soulful voice — do something most bands in the state avoid at gigs: "We only play original stuff," beamed Harvey.
The trio's songs are penned by Scobell and include light to serious tales ranging from relationships with people to "relationships with drinking," he smiled.
Sully's owner Chuck Sullivan is a big fan of The Pearls and said he believes "they can become a national band."
What's up 'Homey'?
The Pearls are currently nominated in four categories for the 7th Annual Homey Awards, presented by Hometown Heroes WSTW (97.3) in Wilmington, which will celebrate achievements in the local music scene from 2012. The Pearls are nominated for best song of the year ("Bailin'"), best bassist (Harvey), best album ("Stories from the Bottle") and best producer (Scobell). Winners for the Homey Awards will be announced on Hometown Heroes on Feb. 17. The show runs from 8 to 10 p.m.
IF YOU GO
WHAT The Splashing Pearls in concert
WHEN 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9
WHERE Sully's Irish Pub, 12 W. Main St., Middletown
INFO sullysirishpubdelaware.com or (330) 727-2725