Friday Links: Killian Mansfield

15 year old uker Killian Mansfield has been putting together an album in aid of children’s cancer charity Hope and Heroes (Killian himself has cancer). The album includes collaborations with some serious musical heavyweights: Dr John, Levon Helm, Todd Rundgren and John Sebastian. If the music is anywhere near as good as the photos, I’m in. You can keep up to date with the album’s release by fanning him up on facebook.

The bill for New York Uke Fest 2.0 is filling up with acts including Tripping Lily, Ukulele Barrt, Victoria Vox, Bill Tapia and Nellie McKay. Friend of Uke Hunt, Tricity Vogue is hoping to go as well and is looking for free/cheap accommodation. If you can help her out, you can contact her via her website.

If you live in and around London, you can keep up to date with the latest happenings via Mighty Ukulele. And wherever you are, they’re also looking to keep their teacher and club listings up to date, so get in touch if you want to be added.

Kate Micucci busts out the uke for episode 5A of Nick’s Big Show.

MP3s: sixeyes has Elliott Brood busting out the uke for The Valley Town. Culture of Me has Via Tanya’s wonderstranger. Sign up for Mr B the Gentleman Rhymer’s mailing list and get his blasting of Tim Westwood. Some uke action in Carnival Saloon’s Hawaiian roundup.

The Humble Uker directs out attention to the Sontag Jazz-Uke which looks fantastic.

“Thousands of children skipped off to school with a ukulele and I was one of those kids.” Ukulele Mike speaks of his misspent (well-spent) youth.

Ukulele Spotting: Last night’s Samantha Who? had some Fluke action going on (thanks to Jenny for that).

Gonzo bests Kermit at ukes.

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  1. Howlin' Hobbit April 17th, 2009 4:44 pm

    The Sontag Jazz-Uke only looks fantastic if you count a miniature, 4-stringed electric guitar as a ukulele. I don’t.

    Once you’ve put steel strings on it, Tahitians notwithstanding, you’ve taken a left turn from ukulele.

  2. Woodshed April 17th, 2009 5:15 pm

    Hobbit: How come Tahitians get let off the hook?

  3. cardboardfrog April 17th, 2009 5:43 pm

    have you seen how big those tahitian guys can get? i’m not gonna tell them they can’t string a uke right.

  4. Howlin' Hobbit April 18th, 2009 3:57 am

    Tahitian ukes are often strung with wire. The tradition started when the Tahitians knocked the heads off of the missionaries, tore the teeth out and then rolled any fillings they found into fine wire, all with their bare hands.

    I like the sound of the Tahitian ukes and their music. Hell, I’d probably like the sounds of the little electric guitar in skilled hands, but those things just don’t sound like ukes to me.

  5. Nigel Smith April 22nd, 2009 7:29 pm

    Thanks for the link. I can’t promise uke action all the time but if you like good music please do become a regular at the Carnival Saloon. Our doors are always open.


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