Friday Links

Bossarocker is doing a ukulele show for Chorlton Arts Radio (a non-profit community radio station) and is looking for people to contribute their ukulele tracks to be played on the show. If you want to be featured, you can find more details here.

Classical ukulelist Herman Vandecauter has started a blog where you can find MP3s and such. Although not, as yet, his neighbour’s self portrait.

PBS special on Kamaka ukuleles.

Podcast of the SXSW Ukulele for Geeks talk.

The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain are rather annoyed at the United Kingdom Ukulele Orchestra.

Mary Lou Dempler is looking for donations of (used or new) instruments and books for Boys’ Haven. If you can help out, contact her here.

Lil Rev will be releasing a new book titled 101 Licks for Ukulele according to the Humble Uker.

Mia Farrow ukes it up in Woody Allen’s Purple Rose of Cairo (thanks to Joe Zane for the correction on that).

I’m not quite sure what’s going on with Le Soir’s Ukulele Sessions. The old site disappeared. A new one has reappeared here. But I couldn’t get any of the videos to work.

Got a Ukulele isn’t impressed with the Duke of Uke.

Listen to a full James Hill show.

Darlin Ukulele T-Shirt

A mind-map of famous people who uke.

MP3s: Pegasus Bridge do a couple of their tunes on uke, Mad Mackrel has an MP3 from Lille, Stereogum has a track from Buke and Gass.

Photos: Mighty Boosh ukulele, Mallardy.

In the emails: In response to the birthday post, Dave made a great suggestion: “A uke ‘learning’ community / forum”. I think it’s a really interesting idea to have a forum that’s solely based on helping people play better but I’m not sure if it would take off. I’d love to know what you think of the idea in the comments.

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  1. UkePeas May 14th, 2010 3:17 pm

    I think the forum to help learners would take really well! (coming from a fairly new uke player) also i think it would bring new people to your site i think :)
    much love for the site it completes my life :) its gotta go back up to the number 1 spot especially as ukulele tabs is having difficulties, that really pisses me off because thats my second port of call after here!

  2. joe zane May 14th, 2010 3:30 pm

    i know you didn’t provide the false info,
    but that mia farrow clip is not from broadway danny rose.
    it’s from purple rose of cairo.

  3. David Barnes May 14th, 2010 4:03 pm

    That Ukulele for Geeks thing is pretty good. There’s a slide show to go with it too:

    You can pretty much follow along both at once.

    Learning community, yes please.


  4. Jimmy May 14th, 2010 4:56 pm

    I love the Boosh uke, it’s rather amazing

  5. Tess Boyd May 14th, 2010 5:02 pm

    The Darlin Ukulele shirt is already done scoring. Boo. I hope they print it. It would sell like hotcakes. If they do it before UWC it would be sold out in like 5 minutes.

  6. Steven May 15th, 2010 5:02 am

    Hey! Love the site. Just got started with playing the uke, and this site has helped a ton. I think a forum for newbies would be really helpful.

  7. Woodshed May 15th, 2010 6:11 pm

    UkePeas: I think so. The main problem would be keeping it on track.

    joe: Thanks for the correction. I’ve fixed it in the post.

    David: Thanks. I meant to link to that then completely forgot.

    Jimmy: I’ve never been that into the Mighty Boosh. I regard it as a personal failing on my part.

    Tess: I’m guessing by the score it won’t make it. Shame.

    Steven: Thanks, glad you’re finding it useful.

  8. Julia May 17th, 2010 9:11 am

    I´d love a Forum

  9. Bossarocker May 22nd, 2010 1:42 pm

    I think the forum is a great idea. I see it as an extention of what you already do here, Al. It would give people the space to go off on tangents & ask for help & advice without worrying about hogging your message boards. I don’t think it would be that hard to keep on track, but you won’t know til you try it! You know we’ll all help if we can.

  10. Woodshed May 24th, 2010 2:37 pm

    Bossa: I’ll keep the idea in mind. We’ll see.

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