London Ukulele Lessons: Friday Links

I’m back!

If you’re in the London area, there are going to be beginner and intermediate ukulele workshops from Martin Wheatley and Colin Tribe in February and March. Here’s a pdf with all the info (dates and contact details on page two):

Ukulele Workshops (PDF)

New free recordings from a few Uke Hunt favourites:

– Jake Wildwood has a new album out Destoyers of Venus. It’s a bit of a step away from his albums about trees and woodland creatures. It’s a sci-fi concept album set on Venus. You can download the whole thing free here. Essential tracks: Bully War, Give Up the Ghost.
– New EP from Todd Baio which you can grab free here. He also argues a good case for Tiny Tim.
– New album from Matt Kresling. Grab it from the sidebar of this video.

You can pre-order Bosko and Honey’s Ukulele Safari Compilation CD.

Sebi has had his YouTube account suspended by WMG because he covered a couple of Chili Pepper songs. That’s right, COVERED.

The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain will be appearing in the latest series of Skins. Pictures from the set here and here via UOGB fans.

Printable ukulele tags from Shelley Rickey.

Tongan ukulele legend Sione Aleki has died. Watch him doing his wild thing here.

Tom Courtenay and Harry Hill play ukes to save the Half Moon.

Garfunkel and Oates with some hilarious news anchors.

Mark Occhionero expounds on his approach to jazz theory.

Bill Cosby gets together with KoAloha.

Flight of the Conchords and The King Blues on Uker Tabs.

Ukulele pictures: mcbess (if you’re not familiar with mc bess you have to watch WOOD), FOTC poster, Portland Ukulele Project win at being cool, Howlin’ Hobbit’s promo technique, Americana: Uke, not finish

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  1. cardboardfrog January 22nd, 2010 2:39 pm

    welcome back al,
    poor sebi, thats such absolute crap.
    and is it just me who doesn’t recognise the UOGB without their suits on?

  2. Donnie Bubbles January 22nd, 2010 3:18 pm

    Welcome back! What happen to the new design?

  3. Nick B-C. January 22nd, 2010 3:23 pm

    …Hooray! Welcome back Al, Bon anniversaire and all that…It’s a shame that a concern as big a Warner feel the need to come down on someone such a Sebi…Hope to see him back soon!…

  4. Acilius January 22nd, 2010 3:43 pm

    Three cheers! Hooray and hallelujah.

    Chilling news about Sebi, though.

  5. Woodshed January 22nd, 2010 6:42 pm

    cbf: It is a little strange. In other UOGB news, I just bought tickets for their Derby gig later this year.

    Donnie: It’s on its way.

    Nick: I hope Sebi manages to get his account back. Other people have managed it before.

    Acilius: Thanks!

  6. Ian Emmerson January 22nd, 2010 6:57 pm

    Good that you’re back Al. It’s unlucky to leave Christmas stuff up too long!

    I x

  7. byjimini January 22nd, 2010 7:25 pm

    I won’t wish you a happy new year, because I’m already sick of people doing the same to me, but I’m so glad you’re back. :)

  8. todd January 22nd, 2010 9:48 pm

    Mahhh! (takes a big breath) finally…great to have you back Al.

    hope your break was excellent,


  9. Ron Hale January 23rd, 2010 12:08 am

    The blood transfusion worked wonders for Keith Richards, too, I hear.

    On to Sebi –

    Seems some lawyers must not have met their quota on screw-jobs, and maybe they’ll get big bonuses for this. I’ll bet they’re celebrating
    at some obscenely expensive restaurant, prissily consuming the
    barely-there portions of something none of us would ever consider eating, even as we post and complain here. You could fit the common sense and simple decency displayed by WMG into a thimble and still have plenty of room left over for Leona Helmsley’s heart and Bernie Madoff’s scruples. Never ever underestimate the potential for the damage that those who go to work wearing suits can wreak on good people.

    Yes, the laws favor the money changers, but someone once put those laws into proper perspective. Have the RHCPs said anything about this? Recording artists, and not just ukulele artists, should tell their labels that this sort of thing is not what they are all about and will cause them to change labels. And if they agree with WMG, it’s boycott time.

    This cannot go unchallenged. There should be some sort of unified ukulele world response and show of support. It’s high time for the big names and powers-that-be in our world to justify their big name and powers-that-be status and come up with something. Well, I’m waiting. Mess with one of us like this, and you
    mess with all of us. We need to make a big enough stink that this becomes a real news item seen by everyone, and not just something confined to ukulele blogs and forums. I plan to tell some people about this to get the news spreading.

  10. cardboardfrog January 23rd, 2010 12:27 am

    derby you say? i shall have to investigate the new tour

  11. Woodshed January 23rd, 2010 11:01 am

    Ian: Thanks!

    byjimini: Glad to be back.

    todd: To be honest, the break was pretty horrible.

    Ron: I think the most corrosive part of all this is that it results in huge swathes of people living their lives against the law. When the law is so much at odds with the way people live their lives and what is seen as morally correct, it can’t be sustained. Certainly not in the way WMG and RIAA are acting.

    The RHCP must know what’s going on, the same thing has happened to enough people. I certainly won’t be buying anything of theirs (not that I’ve done so since Blood Sugar… anyway).

  12. Bossarocker January 23rd, 2010 1:54 pm

    Yay, so glad you’re back, I’ve missed Uke Hunt!

  13. todd January 23rd, 2010 8:33 pm

    ‘To be honest, the break was pretty horrible’

    sorry to hear that Al, here’s to ‘better’ days up ahead…


  14. zym January 24th, 2010 12:04 am

    glad you;re back Al ;)

  15. Howlin' Hobbit January 24th, 2010 5:55 am

    Lawsy… good thing I’m vain and have google alert me when my name’s mentioned because I completely missed that mention of my sticker campaign when I read this entry earlier.

    Thanks, Al! And welcome back.

    BTW… the sticker’s on the end of a very talented glassblower’s handtruck. You can see his name on there too.

  16. Woodshed January 24th, 2010 2:07 pm

    Bossarocker: Thanks!

    zym: Cheers!

    Hobbit: Ah, that’s good to hear actually. Google Alerts weren’t picking up my posts before Christmas.

  17. Jake Wildwood January 25th, 2010 4:58 am

    Sweet! My daily netsurfing can continue in full…! And thanks for the props, monsieur! I love ukuleleland.

  18. Woodshed January 26th, 2010 10:09 am

    Jake: Thanks for the album. It’s nudging its way to being my favourite Wildwood album.

  19. Spicemaster Fresh March 4th, 2010 11:24 pm

    UOGB were amazing on skins! That was the highpoint of the series so far. Great job!

  20. Woodshed March 5th, 2010 11:43 am

    Spicemaster Fresh: It’s was greaet to see them. It’s the first time I’d watched Skins and I enjoyed it as a whole too.

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