More UkeFests, Ukulele Trend Official: Friday Links

The vote for video of the year is very close between U900 and Ukulelezo (one vote between them as I write) with Sophie Madeleine and Mr B not far behind. Go and cast your vote if you haven’t done so.

This year’s ukulele festivals are stacking up:

- Ukelear Meltdown (in Newcastle, UK) always has the most interesting lineup. This year it includes acts from the US, Pakistan and Finland as well as the UK debut of Mighty Uke. Most of the acts on the bill are a mystery to me (as is the ticket ordering process).
- Lone Star Ukulele Festival including James Hill, Pops Bayless and Ukulele Bartt.
- NYUF early-bird tickets available.

Professional trendspotter Magnus Lindqvist is going round business conferences extolling the virtues of the ukulele and duetting with GUGUG.

Jim D’Ville finds a use for the compass on a Kala Travel uke.

Bushman winners – best video comes second.

Ricardo Motta ukulele.

More NAMM uke pics.

Credence Clearwater Revival and Charlie Darwin on Uker Tabs.

Pictures: antipodean ukulele, antipodean ukulele 2, Hobbit is at it again

In the comments: Jimmy made a few interesting points in his comments on the video of the year vote. A particularly contentious one: “Well, we’ve gotta rule out all the covers on the ground that they are covers and therefore have little of merit other than wankery.”

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5 Comments

  1. Acilius February 5th, 2010 5:17 pm

    Have I mentioned that I love Jim D’Ville like oxygen.

  2. Keith Metcalf February 6th, 2010 9:30 am

    You don’t have to buy a ticket in advance for Ukulear Meltdown really, its quite a relaxed affair and £10 for the whole weekend

  3. Woodshed February 6th, 2010 6:46 pm

    Acilius: You have now.

    Keith: Even so, if you’re travelling a way it’s reassuring to have a ticket.

  4. CharlesHugh February 7th, 2010 3:38 pm

    “It can be learned in an hour and mastered in a matter of months, and even the best made uke will cost little more than £100.” Ukelear Meltdown are talking rubbish.

  5. Woodshed February 12th, 2010 8:01 pm

    CharlesHugh: I have to agree with you. I was a little nonplussed when I read that, too.

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