Friday Links

Keep up ukulele players’ well deserved reputation for kindness and generosity and sponser me for my part in the London Uke Fest’s record attempt. A big thanks to Jeff, Josh, Art and Chris(who was incredibly generous) for opening the pot.

My Fingerpicking Ukulele mini-course is looking a bit tired and will be taken down next Friday. So if you’re interested, get in fast. It might be resurrected at some point in the future – possibly as part of an ebook.

Fantastic Moustaches of the World ukulele: Front, Back.

Play along live with the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain at the Albert Hall as part of the Proms. If you can’t wait until then to catch them, you can hear Hester on Radio 4’s The Afternoon Play on Monday and Peter on the album A Psychedelic Guide To Monsterism Island (The POP! Stereo has a track from it available for download).

A story about the rise of the ukulele in Singapore thanks to the efforts of Ukulele Movement.

Another Martin cropped up on Antiques Roadshow. Much more interesting than the last. It’s a one-off spruce top. If you can buy it for the appraised $4,000 bite his arm off – he is underestimating Martin collector’s craziness. (via Ukulelia)

Boy Meets World ukulele: Part 1, Part 2.

MP3s: Craig Robertson covers Ukulelezo. Fong Songs has two MP3s from Ukulele Force including James Hill’s version of Cantina Band. Out the Other has a couple of JuNu tracks.

Exceptionally easy ukulele quiz. I got 100%, bitches. Although it’s not entirely to be trusted: “That’s right. The next largest is the concert, the baritone and then the tenor.”

The Beatles Fest is going after the same mass-ukulele record as the London Uke Fest. They tried the same thing last year and managed 28.

Vertigo Smyth chords on Uker Tabs.

Bette Midler gives the Obama girls a ukulele.

Supermodel Pania Rose plays naked ukulele. Not particularly well, but it would have been remiss of me not to mention it. And she lists her favourite band as Beirut. Keep her away from me. She’d fall in love and it would be one big hassle.

And a whole bunch of naked ukulele models here.

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6 Comments

  1. Howlin' Hobbit May 29th, 2009 3:59 pm

    Pania definitely could benefit from some uke lessons but first could someone please get her something to eat.

  2. zymeck May 29th, 2009 4:57 pm

    The Pania Rose clip disappoints me in many ways :(

  3. Woodshed May 29th, 2009 7:38 pm

    Hobbit: Always prioritize ukes over food.

    zym: Perhaps I should have an X-rated week so I can unleash my NSFW links.

  4. zymeck May 29th, 2009 8:49 pm

    excellent idea – should i send stuff to your usual address? :D

  5. Ukulelezo May 29th, 2009 11:30 pm

    Subject matter aside, which we all know I’m a sucker for, that Moustache Ukulele is beautiful. Amazing inlay skills.

    I really like Craig’s version of the Scorpion Queen. I like how the virtual sitar makes it sound so exotic and I’m honored that he covered it.

  6. Woodshed May 30th, 2009 7:18 pm

    zym: Yes, in a plain, brown envelope.

    Zoe: And I’m now much wiser about moustache names.

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