the grubbiest urchins in town

'the grubbiest urchins in town'
Daniel Bornstein and Joe Hillel are The Grubby Urchins, The Grubbiest Urchins In Town
On the nebulous intersection of trad jazz, sea shanty and good ol’ fashioned folk sit The Grubby Urchins, a duo of happy-go-lucky young Melburnians with dirty feet, useless degrees and a penchant for the eclecticly bizarre.

Armed with heady harmonies and intrepid instrumentals, the Urchins wage their reckless stylistic war on songs old and new, leaving audiences grinning in politeness and confusion and wondering where the youth of today went wrong.

Book us, we're really good.
The Grubby Urchins are Daniel Bornstein and Joseph Hillel. 


Sea shanties are maritime work songs, designed for synchronising manual exertion upon ships. High morale and rambunctious good cheer are known side effects.

Our shiny new sea shanty album, Futtocks in the Fo'c'sle is now available for purchase online at our Bandcamp page. For less than a dollar a shanty you could be singing along with 25 acapella shanties in beautiful three-part harmony, recorded live on Melbourne's very own Tallship Enterprize. An opportunity not to be missed!

Regrettably, as of 2020, it will be impossible to run our weekly Sea Shanty Session at The Brothers in Fitzroy. Please follow our Facebook for the latest updates re. the session and COVID.

We run shanty sessions and workshops at many music festivals around Australia, and privately by request. If you are interested in knowing more, please do get in touch.


Autographed copies may be had upon request.

From christenings to kaddishes, we have you covered for any occasion.

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