Saturday UkeTube

I think I might be breaking the cardinal rule of the internet by featuring an anti-cat song this week. If you’re of a strongly pro-cat bent, skip the Uke’s Not Dead track and watch this instead (or this one which seems to be equally enjoyed by cat lovers and haters).

Also this week a non-ukulele selection: Dennis Lobo from Venezuela playing bandola (and backed up by cuatro). You can find out about those and many other South American plucked instruments on this page – check out the charanguita.

Uke’s Not Dead – Your Cat

Dennis Lobo – El Lobito de la Bandola

Tomas Karmelo – Arms of a Woman

Eugene – Ukulele Polka

Diane Rubio – Caravan

Magdalen Fossum – Heeby Jeebies

Lila Burns – Barefeet

Ben Mealer – (You’re) Nobody’s Sweetheart (Now)

Lauren Shera – Red Paint

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  1. Aimee August 20th, 2011 2:43 pm

    Change ‘Cat’ to ‘dog’ and uke’s not dead has captured my feelings exactly! I am loving Lila Burns… I wonder if someone kind and patient might tell me how to make clever videos like her?

  2. Nicholas Abersold August 20th, 2011 3:20 pm

    Excellent selection this week, Al! I love the anti-cat song with a passion, Tomas Karmelo’s voice is just amazing, and Diane Rubio’s Duke cover is simply stunning (do you know what uke she’s playing?).

    But my fav this week is Lila Burns, of whom I had never heard before. That song is addictive.

  3. Ben Mealer August 20th, 2011 4:39 pm

    Thanks. Dennis Lobo’s killin it, but the lady in the fushia shirt is NOT impressed. Magdalen Fossum’s singing a cool song and has a great voice. I’m always amazed at Lila Burns’s songwriting ability. Where do all those words come from? I’m pretty sure Diane Rubio had a video that spoke about her uke. I can’t find it now. Maybe she took it down? Pretty sure it’s custom.

  4. sanford(andsong) August 20th, 2011 5:52 pm

    It’s taken me some time to appreciate Lila Burns, but she always has such a winning way with turns of phrase and melody that I cannot deny her budding genius anymore.

    Always great to see Ben’s infectious smilin’ face!

  5. SamD August 20th, 2011 8:35 pm

    I love Lila Burns’ style – this is precisely how I would want my songs to sound if I could write…

    Also thoroughly enjoyed Dennis! He looks pretty young – any idea how old he is?

  6. Litt August 20th, 2011 11:16 pm

    Great style from Ben Mealer.

  7. Woodshed August 21st, 2011 9:08 am

    Aimee: I wish I knew. I need to start learning a bit more about video making.

    Nicholas and Ben: It’s a Lymana. Here’s the video Ben mentioned.

    sanford: Lila is fantastic. She has an album out.

    SamD: Sorry, no idea.

    Litt: No doubt!

  8. Howlin' Hobbit August 22nd, 2011 2:10 am

    good selection this week.

    always great to hear something new from Lila.

    Tomas Karmelo does have a great voice and presentation and the video is simply sweet.

    the little wolf of the bandelo just kicks my ass though. that was awesome good.

  9. Woodshed August 22nd, 2011 4:03 pm

    Hobbit: Yeah, I really like Tomas Karmelo’s voice. Look forward to hearing more of his stuff.

  10. Diane Rubio August 22nd, 2011 7:42 pm

    Thanks again uke hunt for blogging my video! I’m really flattered and honored, your nice comments are very encouraging. My ukulele is a Lymana http://lymanaukulele.com . Lyman built it for me, custom to my specifications. Interesting bit of history: it’s made of the same mango wood block that Bill Tapia’s mango ukulele is made of! Lymana ukuleles are fantastic, I’ve never seen finer craftsmanship.

  11. Tomas Karmelo August 23rd, 2011 10:25 am

    I mean this from the bottom of my left ventricle, thank you for blogging my cover! This video is actually my first in about a year, a year that has been extremely miraculous and painful (on many levels) at the same time. The most difficult events were when my mom survived a massive stroke in April of 2010, and when, a few months later, my cousin drowned in a nearby river days after her sweet 15. In the midst of all the tragedy and hard times, music has been a major source of solace. I’ve only been playing the uke for a few months, but it has already brought many moments of peace and warmth (actually, it’s now my favorite instrument). Most importantly, I’m blessed to still have my momma, to be able to sing to her, and even spin her in an office chair for a youtube video. She’d do anything for me, as I would for her. It’s a fact, nobody’s love can match hers.

    All those who’ve listened, thank you, and those who’ve said wonderful things about my voice, times two. I have more uke covers coming very soon and even a couple of original compositions. Thank you once again UkeHunt!

    Increase the peace!

  12. Woodshed August 23rd, 2011 10:47 pm

    Diane: Always a pleasure. And thanks for the info. Must be a pleasure to spank the same planks as the Duke!

    Tomas: Thanks for doing the video. I loved it. Look forward to hearing more.

  13. Tomas August 24th, 2011 12:49 am

    Woodshed: Thank YOU sir!

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