Ukulele Video of the Year 2008: Your Nominations

Man, there are a lot of ukulele videos being uploaded. It seems like the rate their being added goes up every week. Which makes the choice of Ukulele Video of the Year even harder than it was last year (when Sweetafton came out on top).

Luckily, it’s not down to me.

For the first stage, everyone gets to nominate up to 5 videos – leave them in the comments. From those nominations, I’ll cobble together a list of ten (ish) to go to the big vote.


– The ukulele must be the primary instrument.
– Videos must have been recorded and uploaded in 2008.
– Videos must be publicly available online.
– Maximum of five nominations per person.
– Post your nominations in the comments.
– Nominations close midnight Tuesday 27th January (Hawaii time).
– Ten acts with the most nominations go into the final vote with their most nominated song going forward (this stage took a bit of fudging last year).
– No prize. Just the love and admiration of the heaving masses.

Don’t panic if your comments don’t show up right away. When a comment contains a few links it gets held back for spam checking.

My Nominations:

The Barnkickers – One Less Tear
Kelli Rae Powell – Some Bridges Are Good To Burn
Max the Ukulele Punk Rocker – Jade
Rod Thomas – Same Old Lines
GUGUG – Surfin’ Bird

Other stuff I loved:
Bosko, Honey and Ukebox – If I Didn’t Care
James Hill – Ode to a Frozen Boot
Poopy Lungstuffing – Oh Demon Alcohol
Michael Wagner – Love Song
Rio en Medio – Kill the Messenger
Timesbold – All Readymade
Ukulelezo – Optional Accessory
Maddi J* – Away

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  1. Will January 21st, 2009 6:39 pm

    In no particular order:

    GUGUG: Loser

    GUGUG: Surfin’ Bird

    SweetAfton: I Believe She’s Lying

    Julia Nunes: Maybe I Will

    Bud And Kurt: Just Friends

  2. McMolly January 21st, 2009 8:29 pm

    Philip and Dustin – Banana Phone!

  3. cardboardfrog January 21st, 2009 8:54 pm

    no competition, Rod thomas ftw

  4. Donnie Bubbles January 21st, 2009 9:22 pm

    Agathe and Fine – Green Grass and Crazy Hair –

    Danielle Ate The Sandwich – Dream a Little Dream

    TheGentleSurprise – Brandy (You`re a fine girl)

    Ukebucket – Who Are We

    Thomas Garoche – What the world needs now (is love)

  5. zym January 21st, 2009 11:14 pm


    Completely agree.

    I cant think of any other video i loved as much in 2008

  6. Woodshed January 21st, 2009 11:33 pm

    If there’s only one nomination, this is going to be a very easy vote.

  7. zym January 21st, 2009 11:49 pm

    yep – and no doubt i’ll be first one to bitch about it :D

  8. Carol (Uke Gal) January 22nd, 2009 12:22 am

    Ralph Shaw and James Hill – Yodelele Lady

    I’d prefer to argue that Ralph’s voice is not a primary instrument. I was there for this performance and it was really great.

  9. MoUke January 22nd, 2009 12:26 am

    Anything by James Hill, but he’s from a completely different ukulele dimension, and probably should have his own category. Followed by:

    FinRaucous “Whatever Happened to My Rock and Roll”

    NealPaisley “Gossip”

    Manitoba Hal “Who Do You Love”

    BaronK69 “Mary had a little lamb”

  10. LonnaB January 22nd, 2009 1:01 am

    Alright, I’ll play.

    Woodshed, I’m hoping you miskeyed and that the deadline was not the day before you made this post. Otherwise, I’m calling shenanigans.

    seeso- I Wish

    hoosierhiver- King Bee

    Adelle the Great- Brokedown Palace

    Bosko and Honey (with seeso)- Ukulele Safari USA episode 6

    My kid’s version of Elephant Town

  11. Brian January 22nd, 2009 1:42 am

    This is a little pathetic (considering all the really talented musicians out there), but I’m going to nominate myself:

    At least it’s a song I wrote.:) Feel free to delete this comment if I don’t qualify…

    P.S. Great website. Thanks for helping to add some cheer in the world.

  12. irvingjohn aka Link January 22nd, 2009 1:57 am

    Jason Arimoto – Little Wing

    Narciso Lobo (seeso)- Hotel California

    The Barnkickers – Night Song

    Aldrine Guerrero(ukuleleoversoul) – Scitzophrenic Snowflakes

    puremarska and evilhamster95 – Zephyr Song collab

    I am not 100% sure these are all from 08. Cannot check, at work. Thank you.

  13. Brian January 22nd, 2009 2:08 am

    “We are going to the seashore”


  14. Amber January 22nd, 2009 2:30 am

    This was tough, but here are my nominations, in no particular order:

    Julia Nunes-Maybe I Will
    KokoKaina-Just You and Me
    TheGentleSurprise-Gimme That Wine
    Caruke-The Maltese Ukulele

    Good luck choosing!

  15. DeG January 22nd, 2009 2:56 am

    Hoosierhiver – King Bee

    Seeso- Leader of the band

    Krabbers- I wanna bump uglies wit choo (bushman entry)

    Kamalei3759 (posted on 101red808) – Moon Dance

    Facemeltinguke – Little Wing

    Wow, that’s an eclectic group.. but these I the ones I keep rewatching…just good fun and good jams!!

  16. lizziye January 22nd, 2009 3:12 am

    I nominate
    sweetafton23’s Poisoning Pigeons in the Park
    Wadejohnston’s Barrel of a Gun – Guster cover

  17. krabbers January 22nd, 2009 7:08 am

    looks like i missed the deadline

  18. Pompon January 22nd, 2009 7:11 am

    But… But… Nobody has nominated the amazing Be Arthurs yet ? Guess I’ll have to do this myself.

    The Be Arthurs – Sweet Child O’Mine :

    The Be Arthurs – Bohemian Rhapsody (Live) :

  19. Woodshed January 22nd, 2009 7:16 am

    krabbers: No, just me messing up the dates. It’s 27th January.

  20. Greg Brown January 22nd, 2009 12:56 pm

    Declan Brown singing I’m Yours in his naturally created wild voice.

  21. zymeck January 22nd, 2009 1:06 pm

    The Bea Arthurs is a good choice,

    and how can we forgot the WIUO

  22. MerryL January 22nd, 2009 9:48 pm

    I would like to nominate:
    1. Rod Thomas ‘ Same Old Lines’ – as above
    2. Teddy Thompson ‘In My Arms’ – ‘In My Van’

  23. Donnie Bubbles January 23rd, 2009 1:29 am

    I second:

    Kelli Rae Powell – Some Bridges Are Good To Burn
    NealPaisley “Gossip”
    Jason Arimoto – Little Wing

    PS – sorry for the triple posting – wasn’t showing up and thought I was using illegal characters…

  24. ukulellama January 23rd, 2009 6:01 pm
  25. Dan B January 24th, 2009 5:55 am

    I second:

    Kamalei3759 (posted on 101red808) – Moon Dance

    (And not just because she has great legs and appears to be using her perfect right breast to hold her uke in place. I barely noticed that.)

  26. ronhale January 24th, 2009 9:38 am

    Patti Plinko & Her Boy: Dada Noir (Part 3) – from the Edinburgh Fringe 2008.

    Victoria Vox: Le Vent l’emportera – from Paris Ukefest 2008

  27. Hello Jodi January 25th, 2009 3:55 am

    thegentlesurprise Gimme That Wine

    ukebucket No Doz & Booze
    and Fourth Thursday…

    Seeso Song We Never Wrote

    KokoKaina Just You & Me

    Joel van Vliet Piano Man–o

    ukulelezo Optional Accessory

    …and maybe not best video of the year, but most uplifting and life-changing (for me)

  28. Alli Bee January 25th, 2009 5:14 pm

    In no order:

    1: Yalego – 5ft2 live

    2: Waitswatcher – How’s It Gonna End live

    3:Gus – Georgy Girl

    4: Bosko & Honey with Patsy Monteleone – Tumblin’ Tumbleweeds

    5:Amber Nash & Jordan Neff – Glow Little Gloworm

  29. Iain January 25th, 2009 8:29 pm

    I’m going for sweetafton’s Still Alive, for the “except the one’s who are dead” bit, and because it turned me onto Portal. Seriously, the best game ever.

  30. Megan January 25th, 2009 8:50 pm

    I’d like to nominate the Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra’s version of Its a Heartache by Tim Capper. He’s a genius.

  31. Ukulele Bartt January 25th, 2009 10:25 pm

    Aw, gee … anybody got some love for a little Flamenco ukulele?
    I figure if Barack Obama can nominate himself, then so can I.

    Here’s Flamenculele:


  32. Sue Page January 25th, 2009 11:19 pm

    Its a Heartache – Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra

  33. ronhale January 26th, 2009 12:13 am

    Too late for consideration, perhaps, posted YouTube on Jan. 7, 2009, but still a lot of fun: Tippy Canoe & the Paddlemen, Music video for Mass Transmissions, (cd Parasols and Pekingese released in 2008).

  34. Ann January 26th, 2009 8:19 am

    Definitely the Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra with It’s a Heartache

  35. ysl January 26th, 2009 8:36 am

    Yes, I agree. It’s gotta be the Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra with It’s a Heartache

  36. Kickchick January 26th, 2009 10:23 am

    Another voter for Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra, for the “It’s a Heartache” video!

  37. zymeck January 26th, 2009 12:00 pm

    Al, will you be checking the IP address of votes cast? ;)

  38. Carrie January 26th, 2009 3:31 pm

    Yep yep.

    It would HAVE to be the Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra “It’s a Heartache” (linking again just for good measure :-) )

  39. Sam January 26th, 2009 4:23 pm

    Definitely The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra’s “It’s a Heartache”.

  40. Marianne Elliott January 26th, 2009 8:22 pm

    I vote for the Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra: “It’s a Heartache”

  41. Woodshed January 26th, 2009 9:23 pm

    Andy: Yes, already done that – checks out. Three votes will get you into the final lot anyways, so there already well there.

  42. Megan January 26th, 2009 10:44 pm

    I reckon Al should def check the IPs.
    …I know they are all legit! (and mostly from Wellington, but there’s no surprises there…)

  43. zym January 26th, 2009 11:09 pm

    cor! They’ve mobilized an army!

    I predict a Wales v New Zealand final :D

  44. Woohooo! January 27th, 2009 12:18 am

    I’m a voter for “It’s A Heartache” from Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra.

  45. Carrie January 27th, 2009 1:35 am

    hehehe… @ zym. the legion of fans it would seem?! Although Iwas told by Ann (hi Ann, thanks again for the heads up) and not by anyone from the band..

    I hope the other folks I have alerted vote.. but then I reckon at this point it is definitely a done deal for it to be in the final.

  46. Ukulelezo January 27th, 2009 3:26 am

    As always Al, you have excellent taste! A lot of my favourites are already on the list. I love Michael Wagner – Love Song, Rod Thomas – Same Old Lines and GUGUG – Surfin’ Bird!
    I also liked:

    Ukebucket – Fourth Thursday

    Sweetafton – I Believe She’s Lying

    Seeso – Hotel California

    mctrmt – That would be awesome

    daniellesmagic – El Paso

    and yes the WIUO It’s a Heartache is great.

  47. Miss Caramel January 27th, 2009 7:01 am

    Nominations for Ukulele Video of the YEAR, CENTURY, EON

    1. Its a Heartache – Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra
    2. It’s a Heartache, by the WIUO
    3. – It’s a Heartache
    5. The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra playing It’s a Heartache on ukulele!

    Vote KIWI!

    x x x

  48. Miss Caramel January 27th, 2009 7:05 am

    I vote for the wellington international ukulele orchestra and it’s a heartache. It’s a damn hurty heartache – I tells ya.

  49. Melanie Holman January 27th, 2009 8:15 am

    The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra gets my vote+++

  50. Ray Shakeshaft January 27th, 2009 2:13 pm

    Barnkickers ‘Nightsong’ They not only played and made a good vid but they also wrote it.

  51. sooty shearwater January 27th, 2009 3:56 pm

    Another vote for Heartache! Brilliant uking, brilliant video. Except I wish he’d accidentally dropped it at the very end, then it would be perfect. (Watch the video to see what I mean).

  52. Ann January 27th, 2009 6:18 pm

    Awww Sooty – he’d had a hard day – he deserved his piece of pie!

  53. Woodshed January 27th, 2009 6:39 pm

    I’m surprised no one has mentioned the Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra yet.

  54. Allison's R January 27th, 2009 7:19 pm

    It is amazing that the Kiwis all have a similar voting pattern . . .

    Seeso and Zoe – Angel from Montgomery

    Neal Paisley – Everything is Perfect

    Max de Benardi + Veronica Sibergia – Se stasera sono qui

    Dorian Michael – Very Blue Hawai

    Loudon Wainwright – Ukulele

  55. zym January 27th, 2009 11:12 pm


  56. Woodshed January 28th, 2009 10:08 am

    That’s your lot. Nominations closed. The final vote will be up later today.

    Thanks to everyone who voted. And spanks to Jodi and Zoe for nominating far too many videos.

  57. Ukulelezo January 28th, 2009 5:54 pm

    Once again, Al posts his spanking fantasies for all the internets to see! :)

    and for the record – I only nominated 5. I just said I like the other ones! Don’t burn me on a technicality!

  58. Woodshed January 28th, 2009 7:42 pm

    Ukulelezo: I think we all know who’s doing the fantasizing here. This is the first time I’ve ever mentioned my Nazi spanking fetish on the blog.

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