Friday Links

City traders are relieving all the stress of gorging on taxpayer handouts by taking up the ukulele. Although Lorraine and Suzie are denying their ‘quotes’ and would never say anything as toss-potty as, “This is definitely in vogue in the City world at the moment: It seems to be the team-building course du jour.” Plus, I think it’s been a few years since the UOGB did any teaching.

Meanwhile, Hull Ukulele Group are going in the opposite direction and getting a corporate rebranding.

Ralph Shaw is as thought-provoking as ever discussing whether to read or memorize.

Hula Dreams: Reinterpreted ukuleles.

The ukulele is topping the German charts at the moment. If any German readers can explain why IZ has hit the top now, please do leave a comment.

The UOGB are full of outdoorsy freshness after supplying a version of Reef’s Place Your Hands for this ad.

Ukuleles and guitarleles have started cropping up in Mystery Guitar Man‘s videos (visually if not always audibly) including this multi-armed version of Ode to Joy.

Guilt Free Pleasure has a couple of MP3s from I Hate You Just Kidding.

Photos: Lots of great shots in this set but this would have to be my favourite, Nicky Noble and Tobi Rix

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  1. Readie October 22nd, 2010 3:00 pm

    Ah, you mentioned UOGB and advertising! At last: the perfect opportunity to ask a question which bothering me for some time. Here goes:

    Do you reckon this Drench ad (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mio3sJ_GJoc&NR=1&feature=fvwp) feature George of the Ukes as “intrigued tube passenger number one”?

  2. Woodshed October 22nd, 2010 7:06 pm

    Readie: Ha ha ha! Good spot. Too much hair I think.

  3. Jeff October 23rd, 2010 5:57 am

    Thanks for the link to Ralph Shaw’s blog. I hadn’t read it in quite some time.

  4. Woodshed October 24th, 2010 12:19 pm

    Jeff: You really should subscribe. It’s the best ukulele blog on the net.

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