Asylum Street Spankers, Penguin Cafe Orchestra: UkeTube

It my not look like it, but I do put some thought into the order of videos in the UkeTube posts. Usually I’ll switch the around a bit and come up with something that I feel flows well fairly quickly. But this week I couldn’t come up with anything I was satisfied with. I’ve even taken a few videos out to get things to work better. I’m still not happy, so watch them in any order you please.

The selection includes catchy tunes from April Smith and Bella Hemming; something more challenging from The Acorn and The Penguin Cafe Orchestra; and some UFO spotting from the Asylum Street Spankers (who I should include on this site far more often).

April Smith and the Great Picture – Movie Loves a Screen

Thanks @dizzymisslizzie

The Acorn

Jessica Dennison – Grave

Asylum Street Spankers – UFO Attack

Bella Hemming – Cactus Song

Penguin Cafe Orchestra – Paul’s Dance

Thanks Jeff.

Michelle Blades – Casco Viejo

Garret Baker – For a Life of Harmony

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  1. Foinnse August 28th, 2010 3:20 pm

    Michelle Blade and Penguin cafe orchestra stick out for me. Ou tof curiosity is it a Baritone Uke Michelle plays? Looks quite big and seems to have a more bassy sound than a tenor.

  2. Woodshed August 28th, 2010 3:24 pm

    Foinnse: Yeah, it’s a baritone. She used to do songs on a soprano, but it seems like she’s settled on the baritone at the moment.

  3. Foinnse August 28th, 2010 3:26 pm

    … and the acorn!

  4. Foinnse August 28th, 2010 3:26 pm

    Ah, I see. Thank you!

  5. aurelian August 28th, 2010 5:05 pm

    man… so sad Asylum Street Spankers are no more. and their farewell tour doesn’t include Europe.

  6. Aimee August 29th, 2010 8:30 pm

    Michelle Blades is amazing and I also really liked Jessica Dennison. She makes super cute faces! :)

  7. Woodshed August 30th, 2010 10:37 am

    aurelian: Yeah, that is a shame. I don’t remember them coming over here for years.

    Aimee: I have to agree. Dimples!

  8. thehighlandcal August 30th, 2010 10:53 pm

    Is that a Baritone Uke Simon Jeffes is playing? or is it a cuatro?

  9. andy August 31st, 2010 7:06 am

    I’d never heard of the PCO until I found your version of music for a found harmonium on that YouTube, which I think is very very good btw, but it wasn’t until I foraged deeper that I learned that they were responsible for that telephone and rubber band thing (was it used in a BT or vodafone advert years ago ?). Paul’s Dance is also worth much more than one listen. Top sausage. Thanks.

  10. SamD August 31st, 2010 9:46 am

    Jessica Dennison’s song is very sweet, and the 8 string sounds great!

  11. Woodshed September 1st, 2010 8:59 pm

    thehighlandcal: It’s not a ukulele. I wouldn’t like to say for sure what it is. In the guitarro family I’d guess.

    andy: I didn’t know that until right now. Thanks.

    SamD: Yeah, I wish I could find out more about her.

  12. thehighlandcal September 1st, 2010 10:04 pm

    Thanks i didn’t think it was but i was hoping as i want to learn it and now i want the instrument…
    Off to do some research!

  13. thehighlandcal September 1st, 2010 10:05 pm

    *didn’t think it was a ukulele

  14. Nora December 28th, 2010 9:14 pm

    Long time fan of the hunt – thanks for such a fiercely awesome and comprehensive uke stop. I’d love to request one of your tab/chord wonders for the April Smith song here (Movie Loves a Screen) and/or Stop Wondering, if it’s not out of line.
    Thank you!

  15. Woodshed January 1st, 2011 12:20 pm

    Nora: Thanks. I love April Smith so there’s always a chance I’ll do more of her stuff.

  16. jessica April 30th, 2013 9:08 pm

    I didn’t know my video was posted here. Thanks for listening!

  17. Woodshed May 1st, 2013 2:01 pm

    Jessica: You’re very welcome. Love your stuff.

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