Friday Links

Check out the Stackridge podcast on Monday for a ukulele special including George from the UOGB co-present and tracks including Uke Hunt faves the Bobby McGee’s and Mr B the Gentleman Rhymer. And there’s a performance by Fairport Convention.

I’ll be heading off to Ukelear Meltdown this weekend. If you see me, say hi. I won’t bite.* Other festival possibilities include Wukulele (they’ve only announced one act, but that act is Bob Brozman), the Belper Ukulele Day and, of course, Donington. Let there be rock.

DFW have a series of posts on the uke starting here and taking in why people took up the ukulele.

Photos: Joe Strummer on ukulele (Thanks to Will who has many more famous ukers here), Ralph Shaw busking, Harold Walden, Herman gives Roger a ukulele and tells him that the only way to diffuse the Marshmallow Man’s anger is to play music.

tUnE-YaRdS 4AD session (via Bossarocker

Ukulala is back after a long break.

Michelle Blades is a synesthete.

Ukulollo shares his fancy video technique with Armelle.

MP3s: Blind Pilot did a ukulele version of 3 Rounds and a Sound for Daytrotter, Gorilla vs. Bear has White Hinterland’s highly effected uke.

* I might bite.

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  1. Jeff / HumbleUker February 26th, 2010 5:32 pm

    Hello Al:

    Last night I went to a showing of The Mighty Uke at the Rio Theater in Santa Cruz, California. I don’t know the actual attendance but I would somewhere between 500-700 people (with ukes) attended the ukulele formal event showing of this Canadian made film about ukulele history, styles, people, etc. James Hill also travels with the film an he gave a short 6-7 song playlist. Also vaudeville-ean Ukulele Dick gave an inspiring Irving Berlin intro show.

    James Hill used his Dollar Store props, including chop sticks, a comb, a rubber thimble and played his electric ukulele on his lap. The accoustic & rhythm sounds he create this way are amazing. The price of the show was fulfilled by just getting to see that. We were lucky enough to be center mic, 3rd row!

    There will be a video released, perhaps in the fall of 2010, but for now they’re are going across the country and showing in local theaters.

  2. todd February 26th, 2010 6:27 pm

    Strummer with a uke….

    pure class…..

  3. Armelle February 26th, 2010 8:15 pm

    Michelle Blade is definitely amazing.

    Thanks a lot for mentioning Ukulollo’s interview, Al !

    Have fun at the Ukelear Meltdown. Hope you’ll tell us about it !

  4. Nick B-C. February 26th, 2010 9:17 pm

    …Ukeing Joe Strummer has jus made my year, one of my all time heroes…I knew deep down he must have, but mohawk era!!!…My friend claims to suffer from synesthesia, he says he suffers mostly because the colour brown tastes of sausages…

  5. Phil Doleman February 26th, 2010 9:55 pm

    Thanks for the Belper Uke Day mention, be great to see you there!

  6. Bossarocker February 27th, 2010 1:13 am

    Another fine selection. Glad you enjoyed the new Tune Yards session. Hope you have fun at Ukelear Meltdown, I’m not jealous, honest.

  7. Woodshed March 2nd, 2010 10:42 pm

    Jeff: I could have gone to see A Mighty Uke myself at the weekend but didn’t.

    todd: Only fitting that someone called Strummer should play the uke.

    Armelle: Are you going to see Michelle Blades?

    Nick: Must be a handy way of losing weight.

    Phil: Looking forward to it already.

    Bossa: Thanks for the wishes but I didn’t enjoy Ukelear Meltdown.

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