Future Laureates, Manitoba Hal: UkeTube

Videos this week include Manitoba Hal (from an an interview and session he did for Roots Music Canada), the Future Laureates, the welcome return of Ukulelezo and the long anticipated debut of, friend of Uke Hunt, cardboardfrog.

These videos weren’t posted on April Fools Day but I can’t help being suspicious.

Manitoba Hal – White Dog

Thanks to L.Bo Marie

Future Laureates – Hit It and Quit It

Ukulele Boudoir – The Man Who Sold the World

Leftover Cuties – Places To Go

Les Chauds Lapins – Le Fils de la Femme Poisson

Ukulelezo – Dirtylicious

Juliet Pang – Days Of Wine and Roses

Todd Baio – I Know Where I’m Going

Al-Co Hone and the Uka-Bombers – Uke Jam

cardboardfrog – walking home drunk

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  1. sanford(andsong) April 2nd, 2011 9:00 pm

    Cardboardfrog. As rare a sighting as Bigfoot?

  2. PaulC April 3rd, 2011 1:21 am

    You know, if Manitoba Hal would bother to sit down and practice once in a while he’d probably be half-way decent on the ukulele.

  3. Woodshed April 3rd, 2011 8:39 am

    sanford: He’s the Thomas Pynchon of the ukulele world.

    PaulC: When Hal starts practicing we’ll all be in trouble.

  4. pepamahina April 3rd, 2011 2:47 pm

    Those cuties seem a little fresh for leftovers. I really like the tune, and the kind of relaxed vintage style. Hadn’t seen these guys before, thanks.

  5. Manitoba Hal April 3rd, 2011 3:26 pm

    PaulC: You don’t know how right you are. I’m almost ashamed to admit how little I actually practice. I have all these great ideas that I can’t do because I never take time to work on them. :)

    Wood: Thanks for adding this to the list this week and thanks to L.Bo Marie for telling you.

  6. The Captain April 3rd, 2011 4:09 pm

    The Man who sold the World is just amazing, I really like the idea of so many ukuleles playing all at once. And Ukulelezo is always great with rap tunes. Again good selection.

  7. Jimmy April 3rd, 2011 6:16 pm

    We’ve missed Zo! And ukulele boudoir have never failed to please.

  8. Rob NY April 3rd, 2011 7:15 pm

    The Man Who Sold The World my favorite.Great selection . Ukulelezo,Juliet beautiful voices. Love the Todd and the Cardboardfrog songs,even though they contradict each other.Hal great as always.

  9. Kennedy April 3rd, 2011 7:29 pm

    The “suspicious” videos were a relevation! My ukes probably have a lot of trauma, as they were once cut out of wood by a saw!
    I kept waiting for the comment, “Wait! There’s More! For only $29.99 you get an *additional* healing!”

    The rest of the music vids were great!

  10. byjimini April 3rd, 2011 9:31 pm

    Love Manitoba Hal :D

  11. todd April 4th, 2011 4:21 am

    Hal’s piece was amazing…he’s amazing…
    really enjoyed Les Chauds Lapins’ tune…
    thanks for sharing mine as well Al…

    appreciate your work very much,

  12. Woodshed April 4th, 2011 4:22 pm

    pepamahina: Glad I could turn you on to them. They’ve got a few good uke tunes.

    Hal: Always a pleasure to feature you.

    Captain: They do a great job with the arrangement. Not just everyone strumming the same chords.

    Jimmy: I missed her too.

    Rob: Glad you enjoyed the selection.

    Kennedy: I’m still not sure what to make of those. I think that guy might be for real.

    byjimini: As do I.

    todd: Thanks very much for your contribution to the post.

  13. Luke April 4th, 2011 9:32 pm

    Manitoba Hal:

    “You should try to get in at least 15 minutes of practice each day, 5 minutes on strums, 5 minutes on learning new songs, and 5 minutes doing whatever you want”.

    I’m paraphrasing but I do believe those to be your own words =D (first folkway session, missed the second as I was out of town, shame.)

  14. Jdogface April 5th, 2011 5:14 am

    About those suspicious videos. I have a ukulele that looks wonderful, smells good, has top of the line tuners, strings etc. Yet when I play it, people say it sounds like crap. That leads me to believe that it is possessed by the spirit of a 19th century outhouse. Do you think the guy does exorcisms?

  15. Kennedy April 6th, 2011 1:39 am

    I’m with Al on believing that the ‘healing aura’ guy is [suspiciously] serious. If you asked if he did exorcisms, I’d think there’s a reasonable chance that he’d attempt one.
    One of my ukes has parts made with a recycled bleacher seat – I shudder to think how many ‘aural healings’ this guy would have to do on it to get rid of the trauma of being sit upon by decades worth of people.
    On a positive note, I now know that I sing better than at least one person in the world!

  16. Manitoba Hal April 6th, 2011 8:39 pm

    Luke: You got me. I did my time in the past but now I play alot but I don’t practice much. Too bad you missed the 2nd workshop we covered 16 bar blues and finger picking styles.

  17. Howlin' Hobbit April 10th, 2011 2:27 am

    about time we heard some more from those hot rabbits!

    I confess, I clicked on the Juliet Pang link with some trepidation. Days Of Wine And Roses is a deceptively difficult vocal. Damn if she didn’t nail it though. Great voice!

    love the orchestral feel that Ukulele Boudoir has in their arrangement.

  18. Woodshed April 10th, 2011 8:18 am

    Hobbit: It took me a while before I realised who ‘those hot rabbits’ was referring to.

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