Goodriddler, Safe Boating Is No Accident: UkeTube

Videos in today’s round-up include Patrick Wolf covering Joni Mitchell, Max De Bernardi laying out with the Red Wine Serenaders, Goodriddler taking his time before breaking out the uke, a banjo-uke cover of Danzig and another prodigy to make us ashamed of our meagre abilities.

Veronica & Red Wine Serenaders – I’ll Be Glad When You’re Dead You Rascal You

Bridgette Isabella Semler – Falling for Fire

Goodriddler – Fox Hunt

Safe Boating is No Accident – Mother

Megg Farrell – Michael Alexander

Hetty Kate & Sam Lemann – In A Little Spanish Town

Patrick Wolf – Willy

Sophie Madeleine – The Rhythm You Started

Candyce Narimatsu – Cumana

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  1. Herman December 4th, 2010 2:47 pm

    To day I’m in the mood for Megg Farrell – Michael Alexander

  2. Howlin' Hobbit December 4th, 2010 5:32 pm

    Woodshed – I’m pretty sure when you said “another prodigy to make us ashamed of our meagre abilities” you were referring to Candyce. this makes me believe you were not paying attention to the Maynard G. Krebs lookalike in the Veronica Sbergia video.

    Candyce, cute as she is, is fast but somewhat sloppy. whatever his name is in the Veronica video is fast and clean.

    plus, meagre as they may be, I’m not horribly ashamed of my ukulele abilities. I’m quite happy letting the shredders be shredders–and some of them are quite good–but I’m not really eager to join their ranks. so far I’ve managed to (at least mostly) be moderately entertaining without having to do the methamphetamine groove.

    to continue on my curmudgeonly rant… re: Goodriddler… hot damn! drum karaoke! just what we needed!

    sorry to be such a beeyotch, but really! having your little macintosh play your music while you thrash away on the drums (even as skillfully as he did) with less than a minute of uke twiddling at the end doesn’t entirely strike me as a ukulele tune.

    OK… I’ll stop now. (but get offa my lawn you goddamn kids!)

  3. byjimini December 4th, 2010 9:14 pm

    Loved the “Mother” cover, great camera work.

  4. Ron Hale December 4th, 2010 10:22 pm

    Well, YouTube of couse is swamped with ukulele videos, Al. But finding ones that are of sufficient
    interest & quality with something different &
    special about them to present to blog readers is
    a daunting task, nevertheless. You cannot just
    drop by YT for a quick visit and leave a few minutes later having found ukulele gold to present to people.

    I search out videos for Jeff’s Humble blogs on a
    daily basis and my standards have become very
    simple, to wit, if a video has ukulele in it in any way, shape, or form for any amount of time it
    qualifies as a uke video. Real uke, animated uke,
    uke playing being mimed to a uke soundtrack, uke
    in the soundtrack with no uke onscreen, original song, cover song, movie/TV use of uke, for any amount of time qualify as uke videos. Videos, and there are a slew of them out there,
    with what would be considered ‘adult’ content/language are fair game if I consider them
    uke videos. They won’t get posted but they can be fun – I’ll list one of my current favorites of this sort at the end of this comment.

    So, Goodriddler perhaps does not play a uke tune, but does give us a uke video, in my mind.
    And a very nice one precisely because it is different and attracts attention and

    Now, persons who can handle and enjoy uke
    videos that are offbeat, outre,
    the sort you won’t see
    on this or any other blog, might try –

    THE TIGER LILLIES -Auntie Mabel(Edinburgh Pleasance 20th August 2010)
    by: The GuildfordGhost

  5. todd December 5th, 2010 6:33 am

    the guy that did the Danzig song…i really like that size of banjo uke…a tenor?…some of the old banjo ukes (like the one i sold) are too damn small…like piccolo or sopranino or whatever…

    maybe he’ll give me his…?

  6. Rob NY December 5th, 2010 12:36 pm

    Mother cover is my favorite. Todd, Dave from Waverly Street Ukulele makes a nice size banjo uke.

  7. Neil December 5th, 2010 3:18 pm

    Hey guys! I play bass for the fine fellow in the Mother video, thanks for the feedback! That’s a beansprout ukulele restoration of an old pre-war five string rim with a new baritone scale neck put on it. We’ve come to call it a baritone banjo uke. Keep rocking the top four guys!

  8. Foinnse December 5th, 2010 3:52 pm

    Really liked the cover of Willy and also Mother, very good. Also enjoyed Sophie Madelines song. She is so very cheery and bright and also has a bit of the “posh totty” about her which is always good.

    Cheers! -F

  9. Woodshed December 5th, 2010 4:45 pm

    Herman: Megg Farrell is really great but almost all the videos I’ve seen of her have been really badly recorded.

  10. Woodshed December 5th, 2010 4:57 pm

    Hobbit: Never claimed it was a uke tune. If it’s got a ukulele in it’s eligible.

    byjimini: Too right. Excellent video all round.

    Ron: I know what you mean with YouTube. I’m having trouble just giving a cursory flick through the list of ukulele videos uploaded. It’s really hard to find stuff (I get most of the videos by other means now). But looking back it’s pretty clear standards have risen significantly.

    todd: Yeah, it’s a Bean Sprout. I actually found this video on Aaron’s blog.

    Rob: Glad you liked.

    Neil: Thanks for the info. And for the bandmate.

    Foinnse: Sophie’s new album has some killer songs on it.

  11. Narciso Lobo December 5th, 2010 5:18 pm

    Really happy to see Bridgette Isabella Semler up here. The song is fucking gorgeous.

  12. John December 6th, 2010 1:46 am

    I never comment, but I enjoy this blog a lot. Thanks for exposing me to some great ukulele music!

  13. Lindy Danny December 6th, 2010 3:24 pm

    Yeah, I had about a week there where I thought I was pretty good… Those videos prove me wrong…

  14. Lake Larsson December 6th, 2010 6:43 pm

    Really love all your posts and reviews. Keeps us all in touch with the wonderful world of music in the moment. Had to laugh at Howlin Hobbit myself being an older musician of many years and bluesplayer for most of those (on bass) now a fanatic uke player. I of course was being the proud mama and thinking Bridget was the prodigy. Thanks for posting her video and all of your videos. Keep them coming and remember everyone, music is a healer egos aside. Some of us are just vehicles to ensure everyone that we can all sing and everyone no matter who they are can pick up an ukulele and enter the world of magic and mystery.

    Mainelyukulele Guild

  15. Woodshed December 7th, 2010 7:20 pm

    John: You’re very welcome.

    Lindy Danny: Don’t take it too hard!

    Lake: It was a pleasure to feature her video. She’s very talented, can’t wait to hear more.

  16. Woodshed December 7th, 2010 7:23 pm

    Seeso: 100% agreed.

  17. pepamahina December 17th, 2010 1:12 am

    That “Mother” ain’t showin’ MY daughter “his world”, I’ll tell you what! But I like his video..
    Sophie Madeleine is my hero.

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