Ukulele World Record?: Friday Links

There seems to be a lot of confusion over exactly who holds the record for ‘largest ukulele ensemble’. The attempt at the Strathmore Uke Fest was declared a success with 944 apparently trying to beat the London Uke Fest‘s 841. But that record had already been lost to the 1,000 Canadians who strummed with Lucky Uke in July (via 961 New Zealand school kids). Which itself had been surpassed by 1,547 Swedes a few days before Strathmore’s attempt. Now back to not caring.

Chalkboard Ukulele – your favourite ukulele players scribble on a ukulele (via Humble Uker).

Ukulele comic strip, The Bigfoot and Tiki Show got hacked recently. But it’s now back in business with a new design and an easy way to catch up on old storylines.

Ukes keep spreading around the world. Georgia now has its own ukulele website.

Tally ‘live2tivo‘ Deushane has released her debut album.

MP3s: Chipped Hip has a rather fine MP3 from Jordan Klassen. No Genre have a song from the Stephin Merritt Obscurities album (bottom half of the post).

Pictures: musical expression (warning: cartoon boob), mad dog ukulele, multi string and horn instrument, Steve Allen does Tiny Tim.

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  1. Ron Hale August 27th, 2011 12:47 am

    For those looking for just this sort of thing, Al, Victoria Vox is selling ukulele underwear.

    For her: On the backside the cheeky message
    “Uke can squeeze this.”

    For him: Victoria Voxers and Voxer briefs.
    Picture of a uke with the comforting words
    “Size doesn’t matter.” Such a relief…

  2. Snojimbo August 27th, 2011 1:08 am

    I suspect there might be more than 1,547 people in the world playing their ukulele at any one time anyway. Probably not all playing the same song at the same time, but could it still be a world record? And who’s gonna count em?

  3. pepamahina August 27th, 2011 5:15 am

    I dig that Jordan Klassen song. Ukulele and trumpets too, yay! Not as good as Beirut maybe, but still…what’s not to like?

  4. Phredd August 27th, 2011 11:39 am

    I love the chalkboard ukulele pics. The one with Woody Guthrie may be my fave. It’s a fun idea.

  5. Woodshed August 27th, 2011 3:31 pm

    Ron: Wouldn’t, “Uke ‘n squeeze this,” make more sense?

    Snojimbo: I doubt they’ll all be playing the same song though.

    pepamahina: Glad you like.

    Phredd: Yeah, I think it’s a nice idea.

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