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.
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.
“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).