Hester Goodman Solo Album, Celtic Ukulele: Friday Links

Ken Middleton’s new ebook 12 Tunes for Celtic Ukulele is available to buy on his website. Plenty of free tabs on his site too.

Hester Goodman from the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain has a solo record coming out You Could At Least Smile. You can on UOGBfans. And here’s the first TV interview and performance from a very fresh faced version of the Ukes back in 1988.

Missing uke in Auckland: Friend of the blog, Zoway was supposed to be getting a Mango Fluke for her eighteenth birthday. Her Dad was bringing one over from the big island, got as far as Auckland airport and lost it. It’s a long shot but if anyone knows its whereabouts shoot me a message.

Live ‘Ukulele has an interesting post about tabs vs. working out by ear. While I think there’s a lot to be gained from using other people’s tabs, you certainly do get to know a song better and come up with something more personal if you work out your own version.

How come this never happens to me?

The Transport for London vs. banjoleles battle continues (via Got A Ukulele).

MP3s: New one from entertainment for the braindead on Bandcamp for free.

Jamie Cullum on uke if you can be bothered to sit through the ad (not really worth it unless you’re a fan).

Pictures: Awww bless friend of the blog, J-Hob is now a Dad and the Hoblet is already air-uking, Jason Schwartzman, ukulele Gaga hat

In the Comments: jerika pointed to a clip of Kaki King playing a song other than Falling Day on her uke.

If i serenaded Vanessa Carltons 1000 miles, outside your window with my ukulele, could i use your bathroom?

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  1. Herman Vandecauter September 3rd, 2010 3:10 pm
  2. Woodshed September 3rd, 2010 10:19 pm

    Herman: Thanks. Yeah, I’ve mentioned it a few times.

  3. Ron Hale September 4th, 2010 4:17 am

    Busking has this image as something that amateurs do to raise funds and get exposure. You think that
    people get the urge to go out and make some music and just do it. Apparently not.

    Are buskers organized? Must buskers be members of a musicians union? Musicians who are professionals are not the image that busking brings to mind.

    Is busking above ground the bureaucratic mess that underground busking is? Reserving spots, schedules, licenses, unions. Where’s the spontaneity, can’t people just go out and perform?

  4. byjimini September 4th, 2010 1:21 pm

    You can busk without a license in most coastal towns in and around North Yorkshire – I went busking with our band in Whitby during the folk festival. We went primarily to get some experience of playing in front of larger crowds, as we’ve had proposals to do a few gigs.

  5. todd September 4th, 2010 8:39 pm

    ‘how come this never happens to me?’

    :) :) :)

  6. Foinnse September 6th, 2010 1:58 am

    Is it just me or is the presenter quite dismissive and insulting about the wee uke in the UOGB clip? I won’t have it Woodshed, its just not right! I’ve taken all I can and I’ll take no more….. :)

  7. Woodshed September 6th, 2010 2:05 pm

    Ron: My opinion is that you should be free to make music in any public space (and ask money for it). But it private spaces you can do what you like. Including banning any instrument. The problem with the Underground is that it’s sort of private and sort of not. And there’s no direct competition. So you can’t choose between a non-busking underground and a busking one.

    byjimini: How come I hadn’t noticed your blog before? Porbably not following Twitter closely enough.

    todd: No, seriously, why? ;)

    Foinnse: Well it was the 80s so I think the ignorance is more understandable.

  8. J-Hob September 8th, 2010 5:26 pm

    Just read this post, Isabel says thanks for her mention! I’ve found the uke also has amazing soothing properties on her, it really can calm her right down. They’ll be selling them in mothercare next.

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