Ken Middleton, Jake Wildwood: Friday Links

Ken Middleton has released his first ukulele ebook: 12 Tunes for Bluegrass Ukulele. If you’ve been following his videos and his tabs, you’ll know he makes great arrangements and this ebook is definitely no exception.

Last chance to sign up for my How to Play Fingerpicking Ukulele mini-course – it’ll be taken down tomorrow (Saturday).

Jake Wildwood has a new album out and you can download it for free on his website.

The London Uke Festival people are keeping tight-lipped about who’s on the bill. They have a couple of acts listed here. My team of private investigators reveal the expected presence of The Bobby McGee’s, Joe Brown, The Re-Entrants, The Sugarsnap Sister (including Tricity Vogue and Cousin Alice) and a “smattering” of the UOGB. But the most interesting part for me is that I’ve always felt there’s a big disconnection between the London ukulele scene and the online ukulele scene. So it’d be nice to get together and be one big family. Or, failing that, have a Sharks-vs-Jets style dance-fight. If you’re feeling generous, you can sponsor my part in the festival here.

If you missed Dent May’s debut EP first time around, you’ve got a second chance to download it here. And you can watch a performance and interview from SXSW.

Armelle’s fascinating trip around the world of ukulele languages continues with Girls Aloud in Latin and a trip to Oceania. You can catch up with the full list here.

At the risk of starting a bidding war between Emily and Zoe, last week’s moustache ukulele is available to buy here.

This new uke website has popped up. Not much there yet but thought I better mention it before I forget.

Build your own ukulele speakerdog (via Ukulelia).

KDUS has animals doing people things – including playing the uke.

I usually only link to photos I can say something droll about. But I’m linking to these because they’re rather beautiful and they give me a light boner*: You might sleep, but you’ll never dream, Untitled, Ukulele.

*Yes, that link is safe for work. What’s going on in your head?

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  1. Dan June 5th, 2009 7:52 pm

    That Zoe girl appears to be wearing a Ukulele Hunt t-shirt in her latest video. Where are these sold?

  2. Fiona June 5th, 2009 8:33 pm

    hahah i totally skipped over the “light boner” link because i’m at work… good thing you clarified! :)

  3. todd June 6th, 2009 2:47 am

    “Or, failing that, have a Sharks-vs-Jets style dance-fight.”

    …..classic…..tight jeans, dirty sneakers, greasy hair, glossy gang jackets, choreographed moves, tough show tunes, and……ukes!

  4. Woodshed June 6th, 2009 6:44 pm

    Dan: It’s still at the prototype stage. I don’t even have one myself yet.

    Fiona: I’m glad I did clarify. It’d be a shame to miss it.

    todd: I tend to avoid both dancing and fighting. But the two of them together is dangerously alluring.

  5. Go Team Yam June 8th, 2009 1:03 pm

    I noticed Julia Nunes is playing a gig in London 3 days after the London uke fest; do you reckon she’s playing the fest as well or is it just a crazy coincidence?

  6. Woodshed June 8th, 2009 6:33 pm

    Go Team Yam: I have no idea, but I doubt it. I wish they’d be a bit more forthcoming about who’s on the bill.

  7. Joshua Timmins January 19th, 2010 11:03 pm

    As far as paper toys related to the ukulele go you could do worse than checking out these of avid ukers bret and Germaine here

    or this ukulele playing alien here (he also has a monkey playing uke on his site but it isn’t free)

  8. Woodshed January 23rd, 2010 11:03 am

    Joshua: Thanks for the links.

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