Ukulele Video of the Year 2009: Your Nominations

Time to look back on the ukulele videos of last year. And it was a bumper crop. If you need any proof check out the list of some of the contenders below. And – to be honest – that’s the real purpose of the vote: to get people watching excellent musicians. So if there’s a video you think has been cruelly overlooked, be sure to give it a nomination because I’ll be watching anything I missed first time round.

For the first stage, everyone gets to nominate up to 5 videos – leave them in the comments. From those nominations, I’ll cobble together a list of ten (ish) to go to the big vote.

The rules remain as ramshackle as ever:

– There has to be a ukulele in there.
– Videos must have been recorded and uploaded in 2009.
– Videos must be publicly available online.
– Maximum of five nominations per person.
– Post your nominations in the comments.
– Nominations close midnight Monday 1st February (Hawaii time).
– Ten acts with the most nominations go into the final vote with their most nominated song going forward.
– No prize. Just the love and admiration of the heaving masses.

UPDATE: New rule: no sucking up by voting for me.

Don’t panic if your comments don’t show up right away. When a comment contains a few links it gets held back for spam checking.

My Nominations:

John King and James Hill – Larry O’Gaff & Swallowtail Jigs
Sophie Madeleine – Take Your Love With Me
Peggy Sue – Lover Gone
The Bobby McGee’s – Go, Tiger, Go!
tUnE YaRdS – “Hatari” Part I – Pastport Office

Others you might like to consider:

Michelle Blades – Rie Rio
U900 – Diamond Head
Miss Jess – Philadelphia
Rocky and Balls – I Heart You Online
Mr B the Gentleman Rhymer – Chap-Hop History
Arborea – Beirut
Gensblue with Bosko and Honey – Earthquake
L’Uke and GUGUG – Girl U Want
Kalei Gamiao – Mach 4
Honeycomb – Cough Syrup
Craig Robertson – Wrong’s What I Do Best
Todd Baio – No Tears in Heaven
Dent May – Meet Me in the Garden
Victoria Vox and Boulder Acoustic Society – America
Ukulolo – Ravel’s Bolero
Garfunkel and Oates – Present Face
Tiny McItchyFace – I’m Yours
Agathe and Fine – Pirate’s Gospel
Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra – Dreaming of You
Elliott Brood – Valley Town
Ukulelezo – Looking Down the Barrel of a Gun

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  1. Armelle January 27th, 2010 7:28 pm

    Here are my nominations :

    Agathe and Fine : The Pirate’s Gospel :

    Woodshed : Music for a found Harmonium :

    Herman Vandecauter : 3 Andina pieces

    Todd Baio I’m a uke aholic :

    Janin Lia : Maszynka Do Swierkania

    Patti Plinko and Her Boy: Hey Ho Deepest of the Darkest.

    I would definitely have included Patti Plinko and Her Boy’s performance of Hey Ho Deepest of the Darkest at the Paris Uke Fest only I didn’t dare because I have uploaded it myself.

    Picking only five videos out of a year of ukulele uploads is really tough !

  2. Woodshed January 27th, 2010 8:00 pm

    Thanks for the nominations, Armelle. But a new rule: my videos aren’t eligible so no sucking up ;)

  3. Ron Hale January 27th, 2010 10:35 pm

    Al, Mad Tea Party Every Way is 2008, or it would be one of mine. The rule that the video has to have ukulele in it is a vast improvement over the rule that the uke must be the main instrument. That open’s things up considerably for us. Can a solo uke be playing in the background, but never show in the video? I don’t know how to put the links into my comments, so people will have to go look for mine.

    Vagabondage – Raise Your Glass
    from: vagabondageband

    This is the music video of this song, and can be found here on-site on Jan. 23, 2010, Uketube, part 1.

    Tony Boland picked this up for Uke Ireland after you showed it here and he just sent me a nice email inviting me to drop by if I were
    ever over there. The band are amazed by the two-week run their
    video has had through the uke world. I told John he was part of our world now, and he says he’s glad to be part of it. He would be very excited if you ever wanted to interview him as one of the introductory pieces you do. No need to pick one of your videos to suck up…

    My others to follow soon.

  4. Ron Hale January 27th, 2010 11:42 pm

    Emily Wells @ SXSW 2009 (on ukelele) Buffalo Billiards

  5. Ron Hale January 28th, 2010 12:40 am

    Tippy Canoe & the Paddlemen – Mass Transmissions Music Video
    from: michelekappel

    The Corner Laughers: Stonewords
    from: DHeffington

  6. MoUke January 28th, 2010 12:42 am
    Neal Paisley – Blue Uke. I think it’s perfect, pretension-free ukie bluesness.

  7. MoUke January 28th, 2010 12:46 am
    doogey9 – Stepstone. Deserves a vote for introducing me to Bascom Lamar Lunsford.

  8. Ron Hale January 28th, 2010 12:57 am

    Peeping Tomette: NY Uke Fest 2009, Victoria Vox
    from: rickbrunernyc

  9. Michelle January 28th, 2010 2:26 am

    I’d like to nominate RussBuss415 for his original song, “Good Cheese Hunting”. It’s a fun catchy song, with a great video. I can’t stop watching it.

  10. krabbers January 28th, 2010 7:25 am

    Sophie Madeleine – Take Your Love With Me
    The Bobby McGee’s – Go, Tiger, Go!
    Todd Baio – No Tears in Heaven
    Ukulelezo – Looking Down the Barrel of a Gun
    Mr B the Gentleman Rhymer – Chap-Hop History

    and anything by me

  11. S.miles Thomas January 28th, 2010 7:45 am

    The best uke video has to be MISS MONROE by JOUIS – Jouis are 5 incredibly talented lads from Brighton / New Milton – the uke is an ovation applause, like mine! I urge you to watch the video – on myspace and youtube – its a great song and a wonderful video!

  12. S.miles Thomas January 28th, 2010 7:47 am

    here’s the link

  13. Pompon January 28th, 2010 8:06 am

    In no particular order :

    Mr B the Gentleman Rhymer – Chap Hop History (

    U900 – Walk Don’t Run (

    Ukulili – Dr Who ? (

    Old Blind Mole Orkestra – Pink Elephant (

    Sunt1o – Monkey Island Theme

    + Extra supporting vote to all Sebi videos !

    How come nobody nominated the irritating Mraz kid yet ?

  14. Grace S January 28th, 2010 8:27 am

    Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra – Dreaming of You.

    It’s such a great song and video, and, well, it’s the WIOU

  15. Mike Woodhouse January 28th, 2010 10:29 am

    Chap hop history

    Kazookelele The final countdown

    Rocky and Balls – I Heart You Online

    Gugug William tell Overture

  16. Nick B-C. January 28th, 2010 11:59 am

    For me HAS to be:-

    MrB the gentleman rhymer – Chap hop history.

    WIUO – Dreaming of you.

    U900 – Diamond head.

    Sophie Madeleine – STARS.

    Franny Deschanel – Not there.

    I Thank you x x x

  17. Beth L January 28th, 2010 4:54 pm

    1. Sophie Madeline – Take your love with me
    2. Sophie Madeline – Take your love with me
    3. Sophie Madeline – Take your love with me
    4. Ukulele Boy – Japanese Song (Ma-I-Na-Ku-Ma-Ma)
    5. Rocky & Balls – I heart you online

  18. Nornb January 28th, 2010 5:04 pm

    Uketube nominations;

    ST JAMES INFIRMARY – Francesca

    Sarahsukulele – Original – Object Of The Game

    Ukulelezo – Earworm into my Heart (Ukulele Original)

    Ericadreisbach – Way to the Sun (original)

    brenna maccrimmon | CORKTOWN UKULELE JAM

    And anything by Sophie Madelaine.
    Anything by Sebi – “free the Uketube One”

    I really enjoy looking through UkeTube at the weekends.

  19. ryan January 28th, 2010 6:02 pm

    The Bob’s
    Michelle B.
    Mr. May


  20. Woodshed January 28th, 2010 6:55 pm

    ryan: You might have to be a bit more specific.

  21. Robbie Giblin January 28th, 2010 8:01 pm

    Hey Al, did you forget Katzenjammer – Cherry Pie – sooo great! Thanks for all your excellent work.

  22. Iverrrrrrr January 28th, 2010 8:25 pm

    Ooh! “It’s Time to Get Laid” with William H. Macy and Kate Micucci needs to be on the list, according to me!

  23. Acilius January 28th, 2010 8:45 pm

    My five, in no particular order:

    Ukulele Loki and the Gadabout Orchestra, “Prague:1998”

    Poopy Lungstuffing, “Dolly Got a Haircut”

    Ukulelezo, “When I Grow Up I’m Gonna Wear a Bikini”

    Gensblue, “All That Ukulele Xmas”

    Ken Middleton, “Time After Time” on a Howlett tenor ukulele

  24. David January 28th, 2010 8:52 pm
  25. Didier TURGIS January 28th, 2010 9:32 pm

    1_ John King (The ukulele boss)
    2_ Ukulelezo (Looking down the barrel) So “gonflé” as we say in french

  26. Jim Bunch January 28th, 2010 9:47 pm

    Difinitely Miss Jess doing her original PHILADELPHIA!

  27. teejay January 28th, 2010 9:52 pm

    5 videos of U900 — or failing that
    U900 Diamond Head
    Ukulollo Bolero
    Sophie Madeleine Take your love
    John KIng Larry O’Goff
    Peggy Sue Lover Gone

    Great , Thanks.

  28. CatMac January 28th, 2010 9:54 pm

    “I’ll be Seeing You (Ukulele Song)” is a lovely song by Carol Anne McGowan. The video is made up of old moving images, so maybe it doesnt count:

    I’ll be Seeing You by Carol Anne McGowan

  29. Jim Bunch January 28th, 2010 9:56 pm

    Here is my second nomination:

    The Sweater Set doing AWAY. With uke and banjo uke:

  30. Jim Bunch January 28th, 2010 10:00 pm

    My third nominmation:

    The Sweater Set singing their original “It’s Not Me” with banjo uke

  31. jamie January 28th, 2010 10:34 pm

    the Bosko and Honey new years video was sweet generous great……………… but was probably uploaded in 2010 … but performed in 2009 … is it eligible??? if not it wont be next year either ? a ruling appreciated :)

  32. jamie January 28th, 2010 10:37 pm

    ok i actually checked youtube its ok :)

  33. Woodshed January 28th, 2010 10:38 pm

    jamie: The upload date is December 31, 2009 so it’s eligible for this one.

  34. Bossarocker January 29th, 2010 12:52 am

    In no particular order:

    tUnE-yArDs at the Secret Garden:
    Mr B the Gentleman Rhymer – Chap Hop History
    Brenna MacCrimmon – yagmur yagar tas ustune:
    daddystovepipe – Ukulele Blues – Ragged and Dirty:
    gadaya – Dock Boggs’s “Country Blues” on ukulele:

    So hard to pick just five!

  35. Jim Bunch January 29th, 2010 1:12 am

    And then there is of course Ravel’s Bolero by Ukulollo that he submitted for the Bushman 2009 Ukulele Contest. It is just awesome !!!

    Here is the link:

    This is my fourth entry.

  36. Jim Abbott January 29th, 2010 1:48 am
  37. Dan January 29th, 2010 4:28 am

    Bill Tapia and the Pre-War Ponies at New York Uke Fest.

    There are several videos of this performance posted but this was the least shaky.

  38. CedricWA January 29th, 2010 4:42 am

    Friends of Old Puppy – Broke Ass Thing:

    Craig Robertson – Wrong’s What I Do Best

    Ukulolo – Ravel’s Bolero

    Todd B – I’m A Ukeaholic:

  39. ukulele misfit January 29th, 2010 1:22 pm

    There was so much to choose from! From your suggestions:

    Sophie Madeleine – Take Your Love With Me
    tUnE YaRdS – “Hatari” Part I – Pastport Office
    Dent May

    What I think you missed:

    The Fancy Dress Party –

    Franny Deschenel – Telescope

    I also think that these should be looked at:

    Francois Peglau – Sundays Ukulele Song

    The Half Sisters – Flying Show

    There are more, but I’ve already exceeded my quota!

  40. nurupen January 29th, 2010 6:40 pm

    U900 – Walk Don’t Run
    U900 – Diamond Head
    U900 – Sleigh Ride
    U900 – Happy Xmas(War is over)

  41. Herman Vandecauter January 29th, 2010 9:09 pm

    thanks Armelle!
    I want readers to listen to this one!

  42. CharlesHugh January 29th, 2010 9:32 pm

    Here we go
    Sophie Madeleine – Take your love with me

    Dent May – Love Song 2009

    Mr B – Chap Hop History

    Craig Robertson – Better Liar

    James Hill – Billie Jean

  43. Kazui January 29th, 2010 9:39 pm

    U900 – Walk Don’t Run
    U900 – Diamond Head
    U900 – Sleigh Ride
    U900 – Happy Xmas(War is over)

  44. Woodshed January 29th, 2010 9:40 pm

    I appreciate the enthusiasm, but no matter how many times you vote for the same artist it only counts as one vote for them.

  45. Bossarocker January 29th, 2010 9:41 pm

    Damn, how could I forget My Walking Stick by plexophonic???

    The Final Countdown by kazookelele deserves special merit too.

  46. tomoko January 30th, 2010 4:09 am

    They are so cute, so lovely!
    So, absolutely
    U900 : Diamond Head
    U900 : Sleigh Ride
    U900 : Happy Xmas War is over
    U900 : Jingle Bells
    U900 : Walk Don’t Run

  47. maki hoshizaki January 30th, 2010 4:39 am

    U900 – Diamond Head
    This song makes me fan and happy.

  48. Yoshimean January 30th, 2010 5:08 am

    2 cuties!

    U900 -Walk Don’t Run (Isogabamaware)

  49. Mrs. Uke January 30th, 2010 12:45 pm
  50. kennedy January 31st, 2010 2:10 am

    I had to submit these before I choose yet another five:

    Witchger Brothers/Katian Wiitchger – War on War:
    Also recommend Bizarre Love Triangle, Saginaw Michigan, Jerry’s Breakdown, and the rest on the You Tube channel

    The Pyles – Grave’s Refrain:

    exoticorn – Message in Bottle:

    Brian Hefferan and Lil’ Rev – Pig Ankle Rag:

    Sheep Entertainment – Piriki:
    Catchy tune, a happy cat, and I have no idea what the lyrics mean.

  51. crocodile_baby January 31st, 2010 12:14 pm

    U900 – Walk Don’t Run
    U900 – Diamond Head
    U900 – Sleigh Ride

  52. Ron and Jeanne January 31st, 2010 11:21 pm

    Our nominations for Uke Video of the Year 2009:

    1. Sophie Madeleine- Take Your Love With Me- The Ukulele Song
    2. Ukololo- Bolero
    3. deach69- Please Come Home for Christmas
    4.Victoria Vox – Peeping Tomette
    5.uke3453(Tiny McItchy Face)-I’m Yours

    Thanks, Al! And, welcome back. We missed you.

  53. Amy February 1st, 2010 12:28 am

    my favorite video of 2009 is

    (Ukulelezo’s Looking down the barrel of a gun)

  54. Woodshed February 2nd, 2010 2:55 pm

    Thanks for the nominations, folks. Now closed.

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