Friday Links

Pam ‘Nerd’s Eye View‘ Mandel has a lovely little story about travelling with a ukulele.

William King has been making some very sexy, solid body electric ukuleles.

The Bobby McGee’s crop up in the new Dizzee Rascal video (not the first time he’s had a uke in his video) thanks to cardboardfrog for spying that.

Whilst I was working on the updated Buy a Ukulele section, I realised I hadn’t seen a Black Bear ukulele for sale in a very long time. So I actually did some investigative journalism and got in touch with Duane. Turns out the eBay rules and fees got too high and he now sells them on Flea Market Music.

Rumour has it my version of Upstairs, Downstairs will be on Radio 4’s PM next week.

Help Ukulele Movement find 101 reasons to play the ukulele.

The Qatari royal family are learning to play ukulele.

Tiny Tim Overdrive are a new uke covers band from Vancouver. There’s a recording of their rehearsal in the sidebar (including covers of Sam Roberts and Eddie Vedder) and I can’t wait to hear more.

Photos: Sophie Madeleine shoot, Bongolele (thanks to byjimini), ukulele swimming pool (via Shelley).

Ukulele spotting: in the intro to Neighbours.

Billy Connelly has been uking it up with Jack Black and Emily Blunt.

Megg Farrell hooks up with the Beatles Complete on Ukulele guys.

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  1. Armelle October 30th, 2009 2:39 pm

    Always nice to hear stories on how a ukulele can change one’s life.

    I really hope to see ukulele videos from Qatar one day. I haven’t found any ukulele video in Arabic for U&L yet.

  2. Vincent October 30th, 2009 4:47 pm

    Those William King ones are awesome. They look like LP juniors

  3. Byjimini October 30th, 2009 6:44 pm

    Love the second WK uke, looks incredible.

  4. Shelley October 30th, 2009 8:09 pm

    Whoa, i’ve never seen a solid body that i liked but this one is really beautiful. Thanks for posting. Makes me want to get electrified.

  5. Woodshed October 31st, 2009 10:36 am

    Armelle: You should leave her a comment and get her to put some videos up.

    Vincet, Byjimini and Shelley: I’d love one of those but I’m guessing they’re way out of my price range.

  6. Armelle October 31st, 2009 8:19 pm

    Excellent idea, Al ! I’ve just done so.

  7. Woodshed November 1st, 2009 2:36 pm

    Armelle: Looks like no luck :(

  8. Armelle November 1st, 2009 3:00 pm

    Ah well, at least I would have given it a try.

  9. pam November 14th, 2009 12:31 am

    Hey, just getting around to saying thanks for including me in this issue of the Friday links. And I gotta tell you this too. The uke you hear in the background of that story? It’s mine. :)

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