Paris Uke Fest 2010 Off, Ukulele Loki: Friday Links

There won’t be a Paris Uke Fest 2010 (via Armelle).

And speaking of Armelle, she’s interviewed me – using her crafty techniques to drag a few neuroses out of me.

Ukulele Loki is giving away his whole album for free this week only.

Bosko and Honey announce the Safari winner and here it is.

If you’re reading this in the UK before 5:30PM on Friday – you might be able to hear my uke playing on Radio 4. Update: Well, they used my version, but they didn’t give me any credit for it. Here’s the MP3.

U900 release a Christmas album. interview Jake Shimabukuro.

UKDad has been asked to design a new Fluke. See some of his ideas here. If you were designing a Fluke, what would you go for? I think I’d be all zeitgeist and go for a moustache.

Quiz yourself on ukulele chords.

Podcast interview with Rock That Uke director.

Laura Veirs’s Spelunking on Uker Tabs.

Marvin Gaye ukulele in Midsummer Night’s Dream.

MP3s: Circles of Concrete has Christpher Bell’s rather lovely Robert L. Sinclaire. Boston Band Crush has one from The Sound of Growing Up.

Amy Crehore has some new sketches and Tickler 3 is on the way.

Would young Patak have been able to get his hands on a Lisa in those days? Even if he didn’t think it was a guitar. (Thanks to Tom for spotting that).

Photos: At home with the Swainsons Part 1 Part 2 (check out the rest of that guy’s photos as well – like this guy). Model with uke.

Adorable: Cory McAbee and his daughter duet. Go to Behind the Scenes, Rocket Ship, 2min30.

Chipswow interviewed by WAF!. She’s a lot less cutesy-wootsy when she’s speaking French.

In the comments: There was a great deal of discussion about how the hell James Hill was playing Billie Jean so I asked him.

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  1. zym November 6th, 2009 5:32 pm

    yay! Al on Radio 4!! (although Tony got the credit :( )

  2. Nick Bardy-Chivor November 6th, 2009 7:45 pm

    … downloaded the Loki album…MAN it’s good…Toopi man has got it going on and no mistake…

  3. todd November 7th, 2009 12:10 am

    Excellent interview Armelle….

    ‘I’m sure I’ll deal with it. I’ve got a shirt with a big 2 on it ready.’


    ‘there’s only one uke player i want to kick in the crotch….’

    and many other quips had me giggling like a nerdy little boy….oh wait, i am a nerdy little boy…

    here’s to that loony shack in the mountains of Slovenia Al!,


  4. Ron Hale November 7th, 2009 2:46 am

    So, just how do you represent the sound of a ukulele strum in words?
    The subtitles for Jake’s interview show that the French
    do so as “Dzinnnnnnnnnnnng,” and “Bloiiiinnnnggg.” Couldn’t have said it better if I tried.

    The ultimate Safari winner was my third choice, behind Tim Sweeney’s entry & my first choice, Alexander’s Lullaby, from
    Germany. I thought the song itself (very good) was better than
    the video presentation, but that’s just nitpicking about a very deserving winner.

    Designing for Flukes & Fleas is a tricky thing. Should the design make visual sense when the instrument is standing on end or when it’s being played? The designs that I’ve seen usually do one or the other, i.e. the Tiki Flea looks like a tiki when the instrument is standing on end, but looks much less impressive when it’s being played & the tiki is sideways.

  5. Woodshed November 7th, 2009 10:04 am

    zym: Oh well, at least I’ve been on Radio 4. I was hoping Eddie Mair might say ‘Uke Hunt’.

    Nick: Excellent album. And free!

    todd: I really, really do want to kick him in the crotch.

    Ron: I thought Max the Ukulele Punk would win for sure. Partly because he’d be so entertaining on the Safari.

  6. Armelle November 7th, 2009 11:46 am

    @Al : I quite liked the Galaxy Fluke Design by UKDad.

    Chipswow definitely sounds completely different when she is speaking French !

    @Todd : glad you’ve enjoyed the interview. I giggled too when I received Al’s answers :)

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