Songbooks for Ukulele Clubs: Friday Links

A bumper collection of ukulele songbooks for ukulele clubs. If you’re looking for something topical, Hull Ukulele Group has two Halloween/Guy Fawkes themes songbooks.

The Martin Tiple blog is turning up some fantastic vintage pictures and clips. Well worth following.

Heart Strings – it’s being made into an animated film and she’s looking for ukulelists to reference for it.

Frank Skinner’s Formby documentary on iPlayer. It’s a good watch – even if I disagree that George doesn’t get the credit he deserves – and there a few familiar faces along the way including Steven Sproat, Andy Eastman and Lorraine Bow (who has a new round of ukulele lessons coming up if you’ve been inspired).

Videos: ‘Ukulele’ must be some sort of sex-pun in Thai. What’s playing on the Uke Box?, Adam Sandler’s Mixed Nuts. I’m reconsidering putting up lists of the most watched ukulele videos each month, this month’s were pretty unwatchable.

London’s highly popular ukulele jam night Ukulele Wednesdays is heading up north. If you’re in the Manchester area in December and are up for a free jam sign up to the Ukulele Wednesdays – Manchester Facebook.

New Releases: Lil Rev’s The Happiest Way to Be Sad, A Very She & Him Christmas, The Crazed Mugs’ Find Forbidden Island, Craig Robertson is rereleasing the ukulele classic Practical Hypnotism, Ukeristic Congress

Kickstarting: The Vespers (if you’re reading this on Friday you can watch them play live at a very precise 8:57pm CST).

Setting up a home recording studio on the cheap.

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  1. LNA October 28th, 2011 6:49 pm

    hey, i love your website.
    could you do me a favor and write down the tabs/chords for october by broken bells?
    it would make me so happy. :D

  2. twillian October 28th, 2011 8:13 pm

    Wow! Thanks for that. Amazing collection.

  3. Ukulele Club Songbooks October 28th, 2011 10:21 pm

    thanks for the mention Al ;)

  4. Ron Hale October 29th, 2011 4:55 am

    You’re getting into some dicey territory, Al,
    when you claim the the most-watched videos for the month are unwatchable. Unwatchable for whom exactly? Not for a lot of people, it seems.

    Let me wander a bit on this. Earlier in the week I watched a video by Aiden Powell. Not just any video, but the official music video for his cover of Bruno Mars’ “Grenade.”

    Now, Aiden is a ten year-old living in Hawaii.
    Plays a Kamaka, and deservedly so. But when ten year-olds start becoming Kamaka-packing uke slingers we’ve entered a brave new ukulele world that isn’t adequately reflected in the ukulele establishment of blogs, festivals, etc. Might Uke doesn’t mention this.

    The ukulele establishment might find his videos unwatchable, but those videos carry view numbers that the videos the uke establishment approves of would kill for.

    The uke establishment, mainly older folks, is simply irrelevant to the millions of uke-playing young people around the world. What do they care about Ukulele Hunt? Other blogs? Older people? Nothing, that’s what.

    What we do is of no concern to them. They have their own ukulele world. Their own music. Their own favorite ukers. Their videos never appear on uke blogs. They don’t have to. Some of the videos that blogs like, even after appearing on the big ones, still have next to no views. While these under-the-radar ones just keep getting watched. And watched. And watched.

    Now, back to “unwatchable” videos. Uke Hunt reflects you, Al. It’s not an objective look at the ukulele world that exists at the moment.

    You could educate your viewers by posting the
    videos that the real uke world is watching.
    Whether you like them or not. On Uke Hunt. Your taste, like mine, simply isn’t broad enough to deal with the real ukulele world of today.

    Anyway…Yes, few of the videos that came out this month excited me. But one that I did like, and while I haven’t been a big fan of theirs, I enjoyed this one:

    Garfunkel & Oates – David Wain Is Sexy

    And one from September: presents: BANDITOS Episode 1 with
    Dent May & His Magnificent Ukulele

  5. Woodshed October 29th, 2011 9:15 am

    Ron: Yes, the reference to the most watched videos being unwatchable was a joke. And, also, they’re unwatchable.

  6. Claudio November 8th, 2011 1:20 am

    Big up Rufus for speaking honestly about the ‘Cult of Formby’ when we had a whole programme of “everyone wants to play like Formby”!

  7. Woodshed November 8th, 2011 8:42 am

    Claudio: Yeah, even then I think he was being a bit kind. I’ve been thinking of doing a post putting the other side of the argument.

  8. claudio November 8th, 2011 8:59 am

    Yeah do it.

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