Mad Tea Party EP, Mya-Mum: Friday Links

In keeping with this week’s Halloween theme. Mad Tea Party have released a rollocking new Halloween EP Rock-n-Roll Ghoul. And if you didn’t pick up Zombie Boogie last year, I recommend you do so forthwith.

Call me sentimental, but I would love to know about the trees that ended up being my ukuleles. Even if it wasn’t exotic. So I’m jealous of the guy in this story about a 150 year old tree being turned into ukes.

No sooner do I rant about Mumford and Sons not playing uke than this video turns up. For anyone interested, it’s a Mya-Moe ukulele.

Ukulele spotting: On The Guild at 2:20 (Thanks to L.bo Marie).

California didn’t break the ukulele ensemble record. Everyone is saying that London still holds the record but I was under the impression that London’s record had been beaten in New Zealand.

Fairport Convention have put up a live MP3 and chords for their ukulele song (scroll down a bit) (via Got a Ukulele).

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  1. JCMcGee October 1st, 2010 3:04 pm

    I think I’ve just set the world record for “Least Ukuleles Being Played”….there’s 9 of them in my room…I’m not playing ANY of them…Is that a record?
    Maybe I should make a video?

  2. Howlin' Hobbit October 1st, 2010 4:41 pm

    I think you just swamped Fairport Convention’s servers. I went to download the mp3 and it said 6+ hours! for a 7mb tune?

    hope it’s a good one. but I’m not waiting.

  3. Sunny Jim October 1st, 2010 6:06 pm

    I don’t think you’re being overly sentimental wanting to know the history of the trees that became your ukuleles. I try to puchase things ‘ethically’ and like to know their provenance. I’m fortunate enough to have recently purchased a Ken Timms soprano made from mahogany reclaimed from an old fireplace. Of course purchasing another ukulele could be considered mindless consumerism but hey, this is an ethically-sourced recycled ukulele!

  4. Lyndsey October 1st, 2010 9:41 pm

    150 year old tree made into ukuleles?! AWESOME! Old tree well recycled.

  5. Woodshed October 2nd, 2010 10:57 pm

    Jimmy: Congratulations. I shall alert Norris McWhirter.

    Hobbit: Yeah, not worth waiting 6 hours for.

    Jim: Yeah, I’ve been thinking about environmentally sound ukuleles since someone emailed me asking about ukes made with sustainable wood and I didn’t have the first clue.

    Lyndsey: I don’t think it could be better used.

  6. L.bo Marie October 4th, 2010 3:38 am

    I’m a sucker for wanting to know the history of things I own- from my well used kitchen table to the old granny square blankets in my house… I’d never thought much though about the source of my ukes – I feel like the process of them being built is so far removed from where I am. (other than my banjolele- I’m pretty much haunted by it, wanting to know it’s story.)

  7. Woodshed October 5th, 2010 11:58 am

    L.bo: It depends on the uke for me too. Most of mine were just knocked together in some Chinese sweatshop from intensively deforested areas. But I would like to know where the tree that became my KoAloha was. And I have to visit the factory some day.

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