Tour: Dent May & His Magnificent Ukulele – January 2010

Dent May   Dent May was discovered last year by Animal Collective when they were recording Merriweather Post Pavilion in nearby Oxford. Dent’s ebullient debut, The Good Feeling Music of Dent May & His Magnificent Ukulele – released on Animal Collective’s label Paw Tracks and locally through Mistletone – was one of the most feel-good indie-pop delights of 2009.

As you may guess from the title of his act, Dent indeed plays a ukelele, and 1950s through to 70s-style pop numbers are his game. Dent cites Prince, Serge Gainsbourg, and Lee Hazlewood as some of his favorite singers and comes highly recommended to fans of The Zombies, The Bee Gees, Jonathan Richman and Van Dyke Parks.

On his first ever Australian tour, Dent will perform as a duo, accompanied by his trusty sidekick Robert Chisolm. If you love clever, romantic, elegant and witty pop songs delivered by a charming young crooner who is 101 percent showman, then Dent May is your man!

With excitement reaching a fever pitch a new term has been coined: Dent Maynia. Catch it.


Jackson, Mississippi native Dent May grew up singing in local church groups, acting in school plays, and performing at nursing home gigs with a recorder choir. In high school, he wrote synthy power-pop with his band The Rockwells while recording erotically charged novelty tracks with friends on the side. After three unsuccessful semesters at NYU film school, May moved to North Mississippi where he helped found the Cats Purring arts collective and formed a country-rock band called Cowboy Maloneys Electric City. In late 2007, inspired by Serge Gainsbourg and Lee Hazlewood, he began performing as Dent May & His Magnificent Ukulele and released a digital E.P. of cheeky lo-fi tunes, A Brush With Velvet. The title is a reference to The Partridge Family, episodes of which May obsessively collected and organized on VHS tapes as a teen. His debut album, The Good Feeling Music of Dent May & His Magnificent Ukulele, was recorded with Rusty Santos in May’s home, a double-wide trailer in Taylor, Mississippi (population: 300). He continues to perform with Cowboy Maloneys Electric City, and recently began recording dance music under the moniker Dent Sweat.

Dent May & His Magnificent UkuleleDent May & His Magnificent Ukulele is available at iTunes

Tour Details:
16 January 2010 – Corner Hotel Melbourne
19 January 2010 – The Empress, Melbourne
20 January 2010 – Spectrum, Sydney Get Tickets here!
21 January 2010 – The Troubadour, Brisbane