Friday Links

Israel Kamakawiwoole IZ Wonderful WorldIsrael “IZ” Kamakawiwo’ole isn’t going to let being dead for a decade slow him down. He has just released new album, Wonderful World. The album features classic IZ tracks with a full orchestral backing. I’m not sure how much an orchestra will add to his music. He’s at his best when it’s just him and his uke. The video of his performance of White Sandy Beach at Amazon is absolutely captivating.

George Hinchcliff of the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain was interviewed on News 24 whilst images of death and destruction were flashed up behind him.

Showdown and The Ukulele Bandit (or Ryan and Jake to their mums) have set up a new website The Ukulele Connection. Amongst other features, they celebrate the perfect combination of dragon and ukulele.

biggest banjo ukeAre you a 300ft tall banjo-uke player? Today is your lucky day.

Ukuleles on the audioblogs: Old Blue Bus on Ukulele Ike. Cousins Vinyl on Sammy Kaye’s Making Love Ukulele Style. Dublin Opinion has live Beirut tracks. Update: Rewritable Content has a live recording of Beirut including two new songs. Cousins Vinyl also have a uke remix Making Love Ypsilanti Style.

If anything can save the world the ukulele can.

tony blair ukulele ukeBritain no longer has a ukulele playing prime minister.

The Chicago Tribune writes up the Chicagoland Ukulele Jam Festival.

Hawaiian ukulele museum.

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