Friday Links

Videos: Jake plays and answers questions on livestream (thanks to Phredd). Incredible clip of Laura Dukes on iPlayer (after a minute of Alexis Korner) (thanks to Bossarocker). Live ‘Ukulele interview James Hill.

I’ve been over exited about the release of John King and Jim Tranquada‘s The ‘Ukulele: A History for what seems like years. And it looks like the University of Hawaii Press is excited about it too. They’ve given over the front cover of their 2012 catalogue to it with a marvelous picture.

Pluck Magazine – for Francophone ukers.

Pictures: Kermit and Brett McKenzie jam (thanks to Kevin), as do Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon, Winston Churchill’s license plate (via Bartt).

Sweet Soubrette discusses her ukulele-playing, insider-trading, theremin-making, Zeigfeld-girling ancestors.

Make your own cardboard ukulele which sounds better than I expected it to (thanks to cardboardfrog). Although the folding ukulele does sound as bad as I expected (via Ben Lew).

Playing: Scott Joplin’s Elite Syncopations. Manitoba Hal has some blues lesson videos.

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  1. Ewan November 26th, 2011 9:21 am

    The photo of Kermit & Brett McKenzie – that’s not the recent Mahalo solid spruce top thingy, is it?

  2. Woodshed November 26th, 2011 11:42 am

    Ewan: I don’t think so. I think it’s a vintage Gretsch.

  3. Ewan November 26th, 2011 12:22 pm

    Vintage Gretsch? Just a slight difference then…!

  4. Manitoba Hal November 26th, 2011 1:13 pm

    Thanks Al for including the weblink to my videos. The correct link is

  5. Carol_at_UHPress November 29th, 2011 4:04 am

    Glad you like our catalog cover that ties to Jim Tranquada’s “The `Ukulele: A History”–the book is now scheduled for May 2012, so hold on a bit longer! In case you’re wondering, the photo (Bishop Museum archives) shows Maria Lane and friend with taropatches strung as `ukuleles, circa 1891.

  6. RobNY December 7th, 2011 12:20 pm

    Great lesson by Hal.

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