Ban-joleles: Friday Links

Banjoleles banned from the London Underground for being, “undesirable”.

Jimmy from the Bobby McGee’s proved the intellectual superiority of ukulele players when he appeared on the Weakest Link (watch it on iPlayer).

Abatab is an interesting new site where indie artists can sell tabs. It’s only been up a month so there’s not a great deal there yet. But you can buy stuff by Bess Rogers and pick up tab and an MP3 of Kelli Rae Powell’s Don’t Slow Down Zachary free.

Helen Arney leads a gathering of ukulele players at the Edinburgh Fringe.

Sophie Madeleine is raising money for her latest album. And you can get a snippet in the background of Spike Milligan’s home movie.

The Fake Ukulele Orchestra have put up their side of the story, “It has been said that we are advertising our orchestra by using their pictures and material. This is totally wrong and we refute this unequivocally.” But here is one of their dates being advertised as being the UOGB (hat-tip to minusuke on the Cosmos). On the upside, suspicions about the lead singer proved to be well founded.

787.89 – Ukuleles and the Dewey Decimal System.

For balance, Hot Boys with Ukuleles – much more challenging than the hot girls blog I’d wager.

Sam Fox on Beatles Complete on Ukulele.

Jimmy Fallon finds ukulele music annoying when you’re trying to get work done.

Simon Cowell has banned I’m Yours from X-Factor.

Ukuleles help kill the planet (via Bossa).

MP3: who the bloody hell are they? has Darren Hanlon’s All These Things.

Pictures: Sandy Low (from this page), bird ukuleles.

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  1. JCMcGee August 13th, 2010 7:24 pm

    Re: Jimmy Fallon: I find work annoying when I’m trying to play my uke!!!

  2. Hello Jodi August 13th, 2010 7:40 pm

    I love that you’re the first hot boy on that blog.

  3. PaulC August 13th, 2010 8:52 pm

    All right, time to fess up. YOU are the blogger who’s posting Hot Boys, aren’t you…

  4. cardboardfrog August 13th, 2010 9:34 pm

    oh mr woodshed, aren’t you looking dashing on the hot ukulele boys blog?
    i do wonder how many uke players we could get in their underpants for such fame….

  5. Herman Vandecauter August 13th, 2010 10:27 pm

    Funny, The Fake Ukulele Orchestra did take away the possibility to put reactions on their youtubes! And what to think about “highly professional ukulele players” = painful “Plectrum players” higly hilarious!

  6. Ron Hale August 14th, 2010 1:45 am

    Who are Mumford and Sons and what do they have to do with the popularity of the banjolele in England? Maybe some members of the George Formby Society set-up in the Underground and gave a mass banjo-uke concert, in which case I can understand the “undesirable” label, as they are loud buggers.
    Or perhaps the banjolele was teamed with the kazoo, in which case “undesirable” is putting it mildly.

  7. Lyndsey August 14th, 2010 3:01 am

    Ukuleles help to kill the planet? Am I the only one that found that article a little bit comical?
    I definately don’t think anyone will see a commercial with uke music in the back and think,”I hear ukulele; they MUST be eco-friendly!”

  8. Lyndsey August 14th, 2010 3:06 am

    P.S. I do wish I had the patience to be nice to the earth though. Sadly, I can’t seem to stick to it.

  9. Bossarocker August 14th, 2010 1:16 pm

    I can’t believe I just sat & watched The Weakest Link. Jimmy, you were cool as f**k & your beard looked fine. Shame you couldn’t get your uke out as well.

  10. Craig Robertson August 14th, 2010 6:08 pm

    re; Helen Arney. Great: another comedian with a ukulele. How droll.

  11. Woodshed August 23rd, 2010 4:24 pm

    Jimmy: Making ukulele playing your work is the only smart move.

    Jodi: Me too. I’d do him.

    PaulC: Not guilty!

    cbf: Why thank you, sir.

    Herman: Yeah, they were getting such a bad reaction they had to stop people!

    Ron: Mumford and Sons are a pleasing folk rock band. What they have to do with the banjolele I have no idea – I’ve never seen them playing one.

  12. Woodshed August 23rd, 2010 4:36 pm

    Lyndsey: I think it was intentionally comical. Although it does make an interesting point.

    Bossa: I would have liked to have seen a uke appearance as well. Can’t have it all I suppose.

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