Year in Review

As promised, here’s a rundown of the third year of Uke Hunt in case you missed anything significant.

May

John Kavanagh passes away.
Moustaches of the World ukulele.
Mahalo Flying V is the worst ukulele I’ve ever played.
Peggy Sue put out my favourite ukulele song of the year.
I wrote up Rocky and Balls and Black Kids

June

The London Uke Festival takes place.
I caved and tabbed I’m Yours which directly resulted in me ending up in hospital.
I’m still proud of getting Naked As We Came onto a uke.
Ukulelezo does my all-time favourite ukulele cover.
The Bobby McGees get a week to themselves.
I write up John King’s arrangement of Larry O’Gaff and Elliott Brood.

July

I released How to Play Ukulele Strums which I’m really proud of. I think that and How to Play Blues Ukuele are the best I’ve written.
Uke Hunt t-shirts are a massive disaster.
I interviewed Bob Brozman – a massive musical hero of mine.
Channel 4 news ask if everyone will play the ukulele.
Steve Marriott ukulele video crops up.
Keyboard riffs for ukulele include Axel F, A-Ha and Biz Markie.

August

Kate Micucci and William H Macy get laid.
Extensive discussion of the exact recipe for Katzenjammer’s Cherry Pie is put to rest by Katzenjammer’s Marianne.
I chatted to The Beatles Complete on Ukulele guys.
Tabs and chords for Queen’s Good Company.

September

I chat to Will of the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain about their Prom night.
Best ukulele-featuring film ever released.
The Lancashire Hotpots turn emo.
Easier arrangement of Indiana Jones. Tabs for U900/The Ventures: Diamond Head, Walk Don’t Run and Hawaii Five-O

October

Lulu and the Lampshades are confused by the Proust Questionnaire.
James Hill busts out some killer dance moves (Ladies, please ensure you have a dry pair of underwear on standby before watching.
I write up the chords for the Bushman contest winner.
Riffs for ukulele include Cochise, Master of Puppets and – a personal favourite of mine and no one else, Death of Auto-Tune.

November

I write up Mr B’s Chap Hop History.
My version of the Upstairs, Downstairs theme appears on Radio 4 (MP3 link) without acknowledgment – if I paid my license fee, I’d stop.
Tabs include Music for a Found Harmonium, Harry Potter and In the Mood.

December

The ukulele quiz was too difficult.
Christmas shenanigans: Garfunkel and Oatestwice, U900 covering the Ventures and the long overdue blog debut of Half Man Half Biscuit.

January

I was away most of the month but I did write up Coronation Street and tUnE-YaRdS’s Hatari.

February

U900 win Ukulele Video of the Year.
I cobble together some ukulele lessons.
SoftSpot release my favorite ukulele video of the year so far.
Tabs and chords include Hoppipolla, April Smith’s insanely catchy Colors, The Who’s Red Blue and Grey and the best kids’ song in the world.

March

Uke Hunt gets a makeover.
I attempt to bring together every ukulele club and group in the world.
I interviewed Cory McAbee and no one cared. But I did. A lot.
Christoph Waltz humpink a ukulele.
Chords for Paul McCartney and OK Go.

April

10 things you hear about ukuleles that might be bollocks.
Musical snippets to make you look like a smart-arse.
I cave over Hey, Soul Sister and pay the customary Fall-feit.
Jonsi’s Go Do is very lovely.

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4 Comments

  1. Hazel May 19th, 2010 8:52 pm

    A nice little rundown since I have just been reading since January.

    Is it still okay to buy one of the t-shirts? I was going to buy one from the European store and it says it can be sent within 48 hours.

  2. Al Bruce May 20th, 2010 9:30 am

    Yep, nice recap without which I would never have known about the American Astronaut and Stingray Sam.

    My life is a little richer now…

  3. Woodshed May 22nd, 2010 5:49 am

    Hazel: Yes, it’s fine to buy one. I just don’t promote them. The payment system for the European one was a bit difficult to navigate when I tried it.

    Al: Glad to hear it. Sometimes I feel like I’m shouting into the void with the Cory McAbee stuff.

  4. Bossarocker May 22nd, 2010 12:41 pm

    A nice run down, Al. I think I might have to invest in the t-shirts too, they’re well fit.

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