Ukulele Video of the Year 2011: Nominations

The real purpose of the vote: to get people watching excellent musicians. So if there’s a video you think has been cruelly overlooked, be sure to give it a nomination because I’ll be watching anything I missed first time round.

For the first stage, everyone gets to nominate up to 5 videos – leave them in the comments. From those nominations, I’ll cobble together a list of ten (ish) that will be voted on in the next round. Use whatever criteria you like. I went with whichever videos/songs I enjoyed most.

The Rules

The rules remain as ramshackle as ever:

– There has to be a ukulele in there.
– Videos must have been originally uploaded in 2011.
– Videos must be publicly available online.
– Maximum of five nominations per person.
– Post your nominations in the comments.
– Nominations close midnight Sunday 5th February.
– Ten acts with the most nominations go into the final vote with their most nominated song going forward.
– No prize. Just the love and admiration of the heaving masses.
– No sucking up by voting for me.

Don’t panic if your comments don’t show up right away. First time commenters and comments contains a few links can get held back for spam checking.

My Nominations

A Banda Mais Bonita da Cidade – Oração
Amanda Palmer & The Young Punx – Map of Tasmania
Keston Cobblers’ Club – Pett Level
Lisa Hannigan – Knots
LP – Into The Wild

Videos You May Like

To jog your memory, here are some more videos that have caused a stir in the comments, on the net or in my pants:

Raymond Penfield – Addicted To Love
Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt – What Are You Doing New Years Eve?
James Hill – Hand Over My Heart
Eddie Vedder – Can’t Keep
Taimane Gardner – Taimane’s Toccata
Seryn – River Song
Keston Cobblers’ Club – Shoemaker’s Song
My Brightest Diamond – I Have Never Loved Someone
Nicholas Abersold – Those Punk Rock Days
tUnE-yArDs- You Yes You
Givers – Meantime
The Jive Aces – Bring Me Sunshine
Pegasus Bridge – Yoko
Celisse Henderson – Me and You
Ukulele Tim – The Summoning
Ukulele Bartt and James Hill – Kashmir
Sungha Jung – I’m Yours
Leftover Cuties – Places to Go
Jake Shimabukuro – 143
KYAS – Bad Romance
Kina Grannis – Michicant
Kate and Janelle – Star Witness
Jonathan Coulton – Down Today
Sophie Madeleine – Oil & Gold
U900 – I Want You Back

View Comments


  1. Warren February 3rd, 2012 11:17 pm

    Eddie Vedder – Can’t Keep

  2. Kempo February 4th, 2012 12:09 am

    Ok, I really have been mulling this over for days (to the point where I’m starting to question how I spend my time ;) ), I’ve watched almost all of the videos and my nominations are… oh, I forgot about Molly Lewis!!


    5. Nicholas Abersold – Those Punk Rock Days
    4. Molly Lewis – Moustaches (Crosby & Nash vs The Beatles) (a late entry, pushed out Eddie Vedder)
    3. Raymond Penfield- Addicted to Love
    2. oração . a banda mais bonita da cidade

    But it’s all really about…
    1. Lisa Hannigan – Knots Eff tee double you, fo’ sho’.

  3. Kempo February 4th, 2012 12:18 am

    Oh yeah and if you look up the lyrics to Oracao it’s even more likely to cause you to ‘have something in your eye’.

    Oracao means Prayer, aparently…

    My love, this is the last prayer
    To save your heart
    The heart is not as simple as you think
    It holds what what does not fit in the cupboard

    It holds my love
    It holds three life times
    It holds a dresser
    It holds both of us

    It even holds my love
    This is the last prayer to save your heart
    The heart is not as simple as you think
    It holds what does not fit in the cupboard

    It holds my love
    It holds three life times
    It holds a dresser
    It holds this prayer

  4. Greg February 4th, 2012 1:05 am

    1. Lisa Hannigan – Knots !!
    2. Amanda Palmer & the Young Punx – Map of Tasmania

  5. Acilius February 4th, 2012 4:44 pm

    Manitoba Hal’s “Poulet Shack” still gets my vote.

  6. Bee February 4th, 2012 5:18 pm

    My nominations:

    1) Eddie Vedder – Can’t Keep
    2) My Brightest Diamond – I Have Never Loved Someone
    3) Lisa Hannigan – Knots
    4) Nicholas Abersold – Those Punk Rock Days
    5) LP – Into The Wild – I cannot even see the video where I live but the song is so great the video could be a still frame I’d still nominate it.

  7. Connor013 February 4th, 2012 5:46 pm

    Tough call, but here’s the one I revisit most often:

    a banda mais bonita da cidade – oração

  8. Ron Hale February 4th, 2012 9:10 pm

    Atomic Bouratinos – Mr. Jones (Christmas Mystery)

    The Original Rudeboys – Stars In My Eyes (Official Video)

  9. Graham Jong-Il February 5th, 2012 12:18 am

    By far:

    Amanda Palmer & The Young Punks – Map of Tasmania

    Nicholas Abersold – All Summer Long

  10. Terry Truhart February 5th, 2012 7:07 pm

    Best Duet Multi-instrument Arrangement
    Ukulollo and Krabbers – Sky Turns Red

    Pure Duet
    Kate and Janelle – Star Witness

    Best Theme Uke Video
    Stay Awake
    by Julia Nunes

    Best Band Uke Song
    LP – Into the Wild

    Best Song about Uke Playing
    Those Punk Rock Days – Nicholas Abersold

  11. Woodshed February 6th, 2012 10:19 am

    Nominations closed!

    Thanks for voting everyone. The shortlist will be up once I’ve figured out what it is.

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