The Sweet Hollywaiians are based in Osaka, Japan. They were originally street musicians who share a common passion of Hawaiian, Swing, Ragtime, Blues, Calypso and Italian for the 1920s~1930s string band tradition in collecting the music of long forgotten legends like Sol Hoopii, King Bennie Nawahi, Roy Smeck and Eddie Lang. This string quartet contains a dozen of string instruments like a Hawaiian steel guitar (a lap steel guitar), banjo, tipple, ukulele, mandolin, a bass and guitars.
Most of the members are multi-instrumentalists and they change their instruments song by song. Since they founded their band in 2002, so far they have released seven albums.
And they have gone to many over sea live performances and earn the great reputations from the audiences in the U.S.A, Canada, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Australia and of course Japan.
The Sweet Hollywaiians are:
Tomotaka Matsui – Hawaiian Steel Guitar, Guitar, Ukulele, Tenor Banjo, Mandolin,
Vocals Mario Takada – Ukulele, Mandolin, Tenor Banjo, Guitar, Vocals
Takashi Nakayama – Guitar, Ukulele, Mandolin, Vocals
Kohichi Tsutsumishita – Bass, Ukulele, Vocals