Marjinal and Jake Shimabukuro Documentaries: Friday Links

I’ve been dying to hear more about Indonesian protest punks Marjinal since, let me see, the 26th June 2009. They give ukuleles to street kids and teach them to play so they can earn money busking. Now there’s a Kickstarter to make a documentary about them. I kicked in straight away.

Trailer for a Jake Shimabukuro documentary. According to the video description, “the World Premiere of this captivating documentary –PLAYING ONE NIGHT ONLY!” Bummer.

Remember that time in 2012 when someone decided to make a ukulele out of an iPad and and an iPhone and it sounded like a goat dragging a bag of conkers over a sheet of corrugated iron? Yeah, that was pretty funny.

The ‘… for Dummies’ people have an offer on their books every March. Right now on Amazon UK you can pick up a copy of Ukulele for Dummies at half price.

Howlin’ Hobbit has a new album of standards out Standards Issue. You can get it on his website – it’s currently ‘pay what you like’. It’s an excellent record, so great ukulele lines. Well worth throwing something in the hat.

Eff Barzley did a lovely ukulele session for I Am Fuel, You Are Friends.

Bossarocker is starting up a uke-up in Levenshulme (Manchester).

Garfunkel and Oates sum up the Independent Spirit Awards.

Vintage ukuleles (and a mandolin) in old movies (thanks to Ron Hale).

Strings made of spider silk (via HVDC).

On Uker Tabs: Johnny Flynn and Laura Marling, The Fruit Bats, Cake and The B***les.

The uke is so easy to play a chimpanzee or a dog or a duck or a cat could do it.

Keith Allen prepares for his meeting with Nick Griffin by playing the ukulele in the European Parliament (that link might not work outside the UK).

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