Great Britain and Denver Ukulele Festivals 2010: Friday Links

The New York Times declares the end of the ukulele fad, “The high school girl has shelved her “uke” with her slave bracelet.” Michael has been turning up a whole load of great stuff on The Backwards Ukulele Player – well worth subscribing to.

Line-ups for the Ukulele Festival of Great Britain and Denver UkeFest 2010.

The Blockheads play ukulele for a little while at least (thanks to Mike for that).

Frank Skinner wants to write an England football song on ukulele.

Armelle finds 7 ukulele tutorials for strumming and fingerpicking.

Hergonomic ukulele design.

Things to make: a ukulele from a tub of butter, Herman’s ukulele ribbon.

MP3s: Local Vertical has April Smith’s rather brilliant Colors, Eardrums has Oh, Harry’s He Is Not the One. Here Comes the Flood has a track from the new Julia Nunes EP, Seychelles Footwear are giving away the ukulele song from their ad.

Pictures: Norwich Ukulele Society = super cool, uker on Google Street View.

In the comments: In response to the post about Mid-East ukuleles, robgonzo mentioned this rather fantastic instrument he had made.

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  1. Nick B-C. January 29th, 2010 7:49 pm

    Hey Al…Nice Links man…My personal fave’s were the “hergonomic” uke…A uke designed to compensate for lady-bumps…Who’d have thunk it…and Hermans invisible uke ribbon The man’s obviously a genius…I had an idea for a similar piece of apparatus that was made of a bent coat hanger…you taped one end to a strategic point on the uke, then grasped the ther end firmly betwixt the buttocks…Sadly it never made it into production…
    …Can we have some classic Ian Dury Tabbed up please… It would be very clever Trevor…

  2. Nick B-C. January 29th, 2010 7:51 pm

    …P.S…Uker on street veiw…C’mon own up…thats what you spent you holiday looking for isn’t it!?!

  3. Michael January 29th, 2010 7:58 pm


    Thanks very much for the plug! (maybe someone will now be able to help me with my North Pole mystery.

    all the best

  4. Ron Hale January 29th, 2010 11:17 pm

    A few acts the Ukulele Festival of Great Britain might consider
    for future gatherings would include the Piecans, whose video, 6 Feet Away From A Rat, is video of the year quality (I just couldn’t squeeze it
    into my entries); the Rinky Dinks, who are woefully under covered (if covered at all) in ukulele cyberspace; and a newish band from Southampton, the SpiralTones, who deserve the exposure. All English – all good.

    And Al, please tell Frank Skinner for me and for all Americans, not
    to waste his time on a World Cup song for England, who after
    suffering a crushing defeat at the hands (and feet) of the United States, aren’t going to advance beyond the first round.

  5. Woodshed January 30th, 2010 4:05 pm

    Nick: Yep, that’s what I did. Started in Hawaii and worked my way out ’til I found one.

    Michael: You’re very welcome. I love the stuff you’ve been turning out.

    Ron: I’m not much of a football fan (or a patriot), so I’d be happy for England to go out early.

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