The Bernadottes, Pat LePoidevin: UkeTube

I almost broken my golden rule this week by posting Taimane’s cover of Eleanor Rigby. But in the end she got elbowed out by some less expected covers of tunes by NWA, Iron Maiden and Rodrigo y Gabriela.

Also up is a performance by Heather Smith at the Chicago Ukulele Cabaret. You can read a rundown of the event here (thanks to Anne for alerting me to that) but the main reason to read it is to see Ted from the original Ukulele Cabaret getting uppity about them stealing the name in the comments.

Muntaner Duo – Tamacun

Thanks Loic.

Pat LePoidevin – Rocket Boy

The Bernadottes – Impulskontroll

Lil Rev and Gerald Ross – Wonderfully Askew

Neal Paisley – Promenade

Amanda Palmer – Fuck Tha Police and Do You Swear… NSFW if there was any doubt

Tiny Tim Overdrive – Pump Up the Jam

Heather Smith – He Needs Me

roothub – Wasted Years

UKISOCIETY – I Got Mauled by a Chimpanzee at the Mall

smathryn – Jealous of the Moon

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  1. Herman May 22nd, 2010 3:16 pm

    Difficult to day! I don’t really find my cup of tea! Perhaps it’s me I have an important concert this evening but I don’t now where it is and the only contact phone number I have, no answer!!I lost the email with all info. Only the promenade can give me some relieve.

  2. drywell May 22nd, 2010 4:13 pm

    Hold fast to your principles — Eleanor Rigby couldn’t possibly hold a candle against Amanda’s F the Police. That would be my vote for the next chord write up.

  3. Howlin' Hobbit May 22nd, 2010 10:38 pm

    I’m liking lots of these.

    Muntaner Duo kicks some serious ass.

    I’m pretty sure I’ve seen the Neal Paisley and Ukisociety ones before but they’re certainly worth another view.

    Amanda is beautifully Amanda. She just does that so well.

    I think I’ll have to give the Hobbit Nod (pat. pend.) to smathryn. Not just for the spare, elegant arrangement and lovely vocals, but also for making me really enjoy a song that’s out of my usual purview.

  4. PaulC May 23rd, 2010 2:06 am

    Yay! Tiny Tim Overdrive, my favourite band! (Not that I’m in TTO, or anything…) Thanks for the feature, Al. I can now die a happy man.

    Amanda Palmer and Jason Webly doing NWA – awesome.

  5. J-Hob May 23rd, 2010 10:26 am

    A very high quality selection this week, I liked all of them! Pump Up the Jam was really funny! Muntaner Duo are really skillful, they keep such a great rhythm. Neil was great too. There was even (more than one) Amanda Palmer song I actually liked too, will wonders never cease?

  6. Rob NY May 23rd, 2010 3:01 pm

    I like the Rocket Boy

  7. Rob NY May 23rd, 2010 3:06 pm

    Why the cop hatred Amanda?

  8. Sanford (andsong) May 23rd, 2010 7:47 pm

    What a beautiful combination: uke and upright bass (Smathryn). Makes me curious about the possibilities of this format being used towards jazz piano standards a la Bill Evans or Thelonious Monk, for instance.

  9. Howlin' Hobbit May 24th, 2010 2:32 am

    @ Sanford (and song) — my partner Thaddeus & I have often performed like that, except he uses a guittaron instead of a stand-up bass. Sound-wise you can hardly tell the difference. Check it out on “Dr. Hokum & Mr. Jive” from my solo CD:

    (Boy… sure am glad I decided to plug my own tune. I had it set for $1 or more for download when I wanted all the single tracks to be 50 cents or more. Listening to it is free BTW.)

    And as far as Thelonius Monk on uke, I’m currently learning “Blue Monk.” You can too:

  10. E May 24th, 2010 8:01 am

    I’m with drywell, chords for Amanda please?!

  11. Mr M May 24th, 2010 10:35 am

    Wow, Roothub!! Im a massive Maiden fan and wasted years is one of my all time faves. Its a great cover and it really works in his chilled out style. Anyone know the chords please?

  12. rico May 24th, 2010 11:46 am

    Some real boss sounds this week Al. Amanda Palmer gets me – love that, does she do Straight Outta Compton? Feel like doing that meself.
    But I’m really diggin the bass and uke on Smathryn…some Monk would be nice…

  13. Woodshed May 24th, 2010 2:27 pm

    Herman: Hope the gig went well.

    drywell and E: The chords are G – Dm – F – C. All the way through as far as I remember.

    Hobbit: You probably have seen them before. The Ukisociety one has definitely been through a few variations.

    PaulC: Thanks for your contribution.

    J-Hob: Amanda Palmer definitely pulled it out for that one. I hear she’s doing an EP of Radiohead covers. Not so sure whether I’ll like that one.

    Rob NY: Yeah, I’m looking forward to hearing more from Pat LePoidevin.

    Mr M: I’ve never been a Maiden fan. I think his version is leagues better than the original.

    rico: I’m trying to remember who it was that did a folkie cover of Compton a few years ago… No, it’s gone. Anyhoo, Mr B did a uke retake of Straight Outta Compton.

  14. Nate May 24th, 2010 2:44 pm

    What’s wrong with Eleanor Rigby? Not “hip” enough?

  15. JCMcGee May 24th, 2010 8:22 pm

    jeez…the irony of the Amanda Palmer thing is that 75% of her audience will have no clue who NWA are.

  16. Al Bruce May 25th, 2010 4:37 am

    Hey woodshed,

    I think Nina Gordon is the lady who did the Compton cover you’re thinking of.

  17. Redmond May 25th, 2010 5:00 am

    I love that Rodrigo y Gabriela cover (a bit fast, though). I was actually thinking just last night about how I’d love to play that song, they’re one of my favorite bands.

  18. Woodshed May 25th, 2010 8:19 am

    Nate: It’s been done a million times. I’m sure there are several million Beatles covers. If you’re going to do another one it better be mind-blowing.

    Jimmy: I think it’s a measure of how old I’m getting that my first reaction to that was, “Everyone knows who NWA are.” But you’re probably right.

    Al: Spot on. Thanks.

    Redmond: I thought Dominator had tabbed Brittni Paiva’s version of Tamacun, but I couldn’t find it. I might have a go at tabbing it myself.

  19. Go Team Yam May 25th, 2010 7:33 pm

    I’ve been working on playing Tamacun for a bit, getting there, can play most of what he did there. I’m no whizz at writing tabs but could make a quick video to show the bits i know if you want? I’m guessin though that if I’ve figured it out then Al will pretty quickly.

    Also, loving the Maiden cover! Beautiful version. Reminds me of this:

  20. Woodshed May 27th, 2010 9:01 am

    Go Team Yam: Yeah, definitely do a video. Let me know if you do and I’ll mention it in the post once I write it up.

  21. John Irving May 31st, 2010 2:19 am

    Pat LePoidevin. Wow, incredible. Really loved Roothub’s video too. The reverb and ofcourse his playing and voice made for a real nice listening experience.

    Then there’s Alan (UKIsociety). That video was posted last year but he fixed it up a bit and reposted. Definitely my favorite video of his and one of the most entertaining uke videos I know of.

    Amanda Palmer.. meh.

  22. Go Team Yam June 3rd, 2010 3:07 pm

    My attempt to explain some bits to Tamacun is now up:

    Apologies for the wait and also terrible video quality, just hope it’ll be helpful to someone somewhere.

  23. Enormous Energy July 3rd, 2012 12:07 pm

    how’d you do that? can ya show us please

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