Nigel Burch, Dala: UkeTube

Nickel Creek have always been too smooth and nicey-nicey for my tastes. So I’ve been a bit slow in picking up on Sara Watkins. But she is incredible. This song had me in tears.

Also up this week: Dala (who are being supported/blown off the stage by Ukulelezo in a couple of weeks), Nigel Burch and his banjolele (who may be unwelcome on the London Underground but are very welcome here) and plenty more.

Sara Watkins – Where Will You Be

Brian Hefferan and Lil Rev – Sandy Boys

Nigel Burch and the Flea-Pit Orchestra – The Worst Is Yet To Come

Loudon Wainwright III – On To Victory, Mr Roosevelt

Hat tip Ukulele Pr0n

Dala – Harvest Moon

Thanks to Jenny.

Carol Anne McGowan – I’ll Be Seeing You

Thanks Jeff.

Peter and the Wolf – Silent Movies

uketreehugger – Don’t Know Why

Garret Baker – Love’s Death-knell

Thanks Jeff.

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  1. Marie August 14th, 2010 2:10 pm

    Yay Dala girls!!!

    what a great selection today, thanks for that.
    *hands Al a tissue*

  2. Eric August 14th, 2010 4:48 pm

    Oh gosh. I’d love to get my hands on some tabs for Sandy Boys.

  3. Herman Vandecauter August 14th, 2010 5:22 pm

    My prize goes once more to a youg lady! Sara Watkins is amazing and also good use of the ukulele!

  4. Sanford (andsong) August 15th, 2010 3:02 am

    Great to see Loudon Wainwright on the uke…have been a big fan of his for years. I just wish he’d stop doing that creepy tongue thing when he performs.

  5. foinnse August 15th, 2010 3:46 pm

    Dala cover is very sweet!

  6. Peter August 16th, 2010 3:25 am

    Al, I’d love to have tabs for that Sara Watkins song! It’s amazing!

  7. Howard August 16th, 2010 8:40 am

    Lovely tune by Sara, I can see, bad ears, an F, Bb and G7 but what is that chord she slides to?

    Great selection

  8. Jill Cobb August 17th, 2010 9:33 pm

    I’d be curious about the chords to the Sara Watkins song as well. What type of uke is that she’s playing?

  9. Woodshed August 23rd, 2010 4:15 pm Marie: Thanks for the tissue.

    Eric: You and me both.

    Herman: Glad you liked.

    Peter, Howard and Jill: F, Bb and G are the shapes she’s playing. But I think she’s tuned down a whole step.

  10. George August 24th, 2010 5:36 pm

    Can’t quite make out the brand name on the uke Sara Watkins is playing. Anybody know? Interesting that she’s tuning down a whole step; I’ve read that James Hill tunes his up a step.

  11. Woodshed August 24th, 2010 7:38 pm

    George: It’s an Andy Powers.

    You’re right about James Hill tuning up, but that’s much more common.

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