Ukulele Video of the Year 2012: Nominations

Last year was another golden year for ukulele music. And it’s time again to spread the love for your favourites in this year’s vote.

For the first stage, everyone gets to nominate up to 5 videos – leave them in the comments (click here for the comments section if you reading by email or RSS). 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 2012.
– Videos must be publicly available online.
– Maximum of five nominations per person.
– Post your nominations in the comments.
– Nominations close midnight Tuesday 5th February.
– Ten(ish) 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 nominating 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

Ali Ingle – Ribcage
Keston Cobblers’ Club – For, Words
Mike Love – No Regrets
Laura Marling – Not Done Travelling
Ukulollo – The Earth Under My Feet

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:

Eddie Vedder – Sleeping By Myself
Wilfried Welti – Gymnopedie No. 1
Walk off the Earth – Red Hands
Walk off the Earth – Gang of Rhythm
James Hill – Heart Shaped Tattoo
Glen Hansard – Come Away To The Water
Stephin Merritt – Andrew in Drag
Jake Shimabukuro – Island Fever Blues
Danielle Ate the Sandwich – Faith in a Man
MrJnobianchi – The Dumber They Come
Carly Rae Jepsen, Jimmy Fallon & The Roots – Call Me Maybe
sanfordandsong – Classical Gas
Svavar Knútur og Markéta Irglová – Baby, Would You Marry Me?
Daniela Andrade – Places We Should Be
War Jacket – Pour Traverser
Ewan Wardrop – In Da Club
Ali Ingle – Tornado
UkuleleTim – Tim’s Jig
Catey Shaw – Family
OK Go – Needing/Getting
Le Royal Boudoir Orchestra – Digga Digga Do
Elof & Wamberg – Øresundsreel
Krabbers – Stuff Ain’t Good
Lisa Hannigan – Somebody That I Used to Know
Sophie Madeleine, Jocelyn Mackenzie & Emily Hope Price – Bei Mir Bist Du Schön
The Vespers – Flower Flower
Jessica Latshaw – Ain’t My Friend
McFly – Love Is Easy
Ben Torres & Camryn Wessner – Banjo
Herman Vandecauter – Ukulele Blossoms
Joy Ike – Movin’ On
Elizabeth Mitchell – Froggie Went a Courtin’
LP – Wasted Love
Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra – This Charming Man
Ukulollo and Craig – Everybody Wants to Rule the World
Nicholas Abersold – Love Me For My Money
Peter Delaney – Pariah Chimes
The Staves – The Motherlode
Leftover Cuties – Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right
Amanda Palmer and Neil Gaiman – Psycho

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  1. Ron Hale January 30th, 2013 9:45 pm

    Wasn’t a half-bad year for the uke, Al. Notice you list two from WOTE. Didn’t they do “Little Boxes” last year? Not nominating it right now, but it was good and just thought you’d have listed it.

    Maybe it wasn’t last year. I’ll check… March.
    I’ve seven or eight I’m trying to winnow down, but someone should pick that one. Could win.

    Surprised you did list “Ain’t My Friend.” Know you’re not keen on Jessica. Keen as I am on her I don’t think she’ll be one of mine.

    Eight or nine I’ve been trying to compress down to five. None will win anyway. Not the point.

  2. Woodshed January 30th, 2013 10:31 pm

    Ron: Yep, I included her. It might not be my favourite but there’s no denying it caused a stir. Looking forward to seeing your nominations.

  3. Ron Hale January 30th, 2013 11:06 pm

    1. Un Derecho de Nacimiento

    In support of the ‘Yo Soy 132’ movement in Mexico.

    2. Le Clint (UK Sub)
    Maxime Martin-Piccone.

    From France. Not a uke song video. Has some brief uke noodling towards the end. For fans of cowboys, westerns. And swearing.

    3. Neno Belan & Fiumens ft. Ljetno kino –
    ULICAMA GRADA (Pjesma Srece) official video

    From Croatia. Feel-good song/story. Uke-grumps need not apply.

    4. Voodoo Marmalade apresenta “Parara” –
    Original Ukulele song from Portugal

    Some spice. Got some Latin dance moves you’ve been hiding? Time to bust them out.

    5. family treasures

    From Latvia. Close up and intimate. Member of
    Sus Dungo.

  4. sanford(andsong) January 30th, 2013 11:19 pm

    Clicked on the Eddie Vedder link expecting to see what I now know is “Can’t Keep”…a 2011 nominee(!) I sadly realize how far out of the internet uke loop i was last year.

    I’ll nominate Welti’s Gymnopedie (because i love it, and I need the reminder that i still have to learn it….) as well as Stephin Merritts’ Andrew in Drag (because you can’t beat the story it tells)

  5. Carrie Griffin January 30th, 2013 11:19 pm

    I nominate Mariah Carey, Jimmy Fallon, and The Roots doing “All I Want For Christmas Is You” over “Call Me Maybe.” Despite sort of begrudgingly likely Call Me Maybe and despite the ukulele being hidden way in the background on this one.

    I’m nothing if not a fan of Christmas music so I’m also going for John Roderick doing “The Week Between” while a camel eats some mysterious items in the background.

    And I’ll thrown in the Leftover Cuties cover of “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right,” though largely because I forgot they uploaded that video for “Places To Go” a year ago.

  6. Carrie Griffin January 30th, 2013 11:19 pm

    Oh! And I second “Andrew In Drag.”

  7. Woodshed January 30th, 2013 11:44 pm

    Ron, sanford and Carrie: Thanks very much for the nominations!

  8. AlexMJ January 31st, 2013 4:54 am

    Definitely Mike Love “No Regrets.” One of the most beautiful songs of the year.

  9. Larra January 31st, 2013 8:31 am

    “When I Fall in Love” covered by Julia Nunes.

  10. Clifford January 31st, 2013 8:45 am

    Elizabeth Mitchell ‘Froggie Went A Courting’ floated my boat.

  11. Wilfried Welti January 31st, 2013 9:38 am

    I want to add a few suggestions for a few videos I found really amazing in 2012:

    Se L’Aura Spira by Agathe Peyrat(?):
    (So short, but I could listen this for hours!)

    The Owl’s Dance:
    (a truly hypntic ukulele solo composition)

    Breakulele Live by Friendly Fred:
    (Minimalistic, but gooood. I bet you never heared the ukulele like this before!)

    Best Regards

  12. Terry Sasaki January 31st, 2013 10:05 am

    Tyrin &Lesley
    “Ukulele Heart”

  13. Terry Sasaki January 31st, 2013 10:06 am

    I meant Tyrone & Lesley

  14. Kelli Rae Powell January 31st, 2013 11:03 am

    I nominate Peter Delaney’s “Pariah” from the bottom of the pith of my heart.

  15. Mikk Skinner January 31st, 2013 12:27 pm

    Hi I am relatively new to the Uke and this site and I love it – Thanks

    Here are the votes from MikkinNotts

    New England – Karine Polwart Trio

    Love Me Do – Karine Polwart Trio

    Tim’s Jig, Irish ukulele campanella

    Julia Delaney, ukulele, traditional Irish reel, campanella

    as you can tell I’m a but of a folky

  16. Gwyn January 31st, 2013 12:33 pm

    Great list, I’d like to throw this into the mix too:

    Marius Ziska – All The Good I Know (Live on KEXP)

  17. Rob Monro January 31st, 2013 1:09 pm

    Hello, I’ve been playing a year or so now and am loving the site. Thanks for tabbing Tonight Tonight and so many other good songs!

    My nominations..

    Svavar Knutur – While the World Burns
    (Did this ever make UkeTube?)

    Laura Marling – Not Done Travelling
    (Scorchio! ..and she has fantastic technique)

    Svavar Knútur og Markéta Irglová – Baby, Would You Marry Me?

    Ukulollo and Craig – Everybody Wants to Rule the World
    (Ok a cover, but such a good cover!)

    Ali Rapetti – Old Shanghai
    (This inspired me to try Beck’s Song Reader out with a few friends.)

  18. Maria January 31st, 2013 1:23 pm

    1. I think Sarah Humphreys’ Wilco “Jesus Etc.” cover strongly deserves a mention (, at least I vote for it.
    2. Le Royal Boudoir Orchestra – Digga Digga Do (I start dancing every single time I hear it)
    3. Julia Nunes covering Katy Perry’s “Last Friday Night” (gloriously) almost on Conan (
    4. Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra – This Charming Man
    5. Inglenook – La Voleuse, Agathe again, who is masterful, the song is beautiful all around, etc. (

    Thank you for another possibility to recap last year’s uke treasures =) Greetings from Russia.

  19. Woodshed January 31st, 2013 1:28 pm

    Alexandra submitted these by email:

    Julia Nunes – Stay awake
    Walk off the earth – Summer vibe
    Leftover Cuties – Movin’ on
    The Vespers – Flower, Flower
    Yan Yalego – Hard Time Killing Floor Blues

  20. Gail January 31st, 2013 2:04 pm

    Wow, this is tough, I have almost 100 ukulele videos in my youtube favorites, but here goes, in random order:
    1. Laura Marling – Completed Work Demo: MG Myrtle Tenor Classic – This is actually a demo, do they count?
    2. Sarah King and the Smoke Rings: I’ll Be Seeing You –
    3. Sophie Madeleine, Jocelyn Mackenzie & Emily Hope Price – Bei Mir Bist Du Schön
    4. Eddie Vedder – Sleeping By Myself
    5. Old Shanghai (Beck’s Song Reader)

  21. Mike January 31st, 2013 4:35 pm

    I vote:

    Mike Love – No Regrets

  22. tom January 31st, 2013 5:16 pm

    lp fighting with myself
    walk off the earth fairy tale of new york
    walk off the earth gang of rhythm

  23. leroy holmes January 31st, 2013 10:10 pm

    1. MrJnobianchi – The Dumber They Come

    Oh the fun you can have at home

    2.Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra – This Charming Man
    Had me tapping my foot

    3.OK Go – Neding/Getting
    This needs to be on ‘Top Gear’

    4.Leftover Cuties- Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right

    5. James Hill – Heart SHaped Tattoo

  24. seamus4string February 1st, 2013 3:26 am

    1. Walk Off The Earth- Red Hands

    2. Walk Off The Earth- Little Boxes

    3.Take Five- Brittni Paiva

  25. Nina February 1st, 2013 8:28 pm

    I Wish I Was A Rock Micheal Veseart

  26. Nina February 1st, 2013 8:29 pm

    Life in Technicolor Two with bagpipes and ukuleles

  27. Nina February 1st, 2013 8:30 pm

    Bungalow for Two a ukulele club

  28. Mad Dog February 2nd, 2013 5:02 am

    Tyrone and Lesley: Moon Song

    The Nukes Each to their Own

    Big Muffin Serious Band Pedal Your Blues Away

    Bosko and Honey: Tuck Me In

    J.S. Bach: Invention 13 for ukulele & guitar (BWV 784)

  29. banter February 2nd, 2013 9:33 am

    Definitely these three
    Keston Cobblers’ Club – For, Words
    Sophie Madeleine, Jocelyn Mackenzie & Emily Hope Price – Bei Mir Bist Du Schön
    Stephin Merritt – Andrew in Drag

  30. Alistair C February 2nd, 2013 8:47 pm

    Keston Cobblers’ Club – “For, Words” is the one for me!

  31. Dajand February 2nd, 2013 11:20 pm

    Nicholas Abersold- The Zoo Song

    Nicholas Abersold- Love Me For My Money

  32. Julia February 3rd, 2013 11:17 am

    Keston Cobblers’ Club – For, Words
    Laura Marling – Not Done Travelling
    Cosmo Jarvis- Think bigger
    ( ( I only know of Cosmo Jarvis because of this blog, and now he´s (one of) my favourite artist(s))
    Inglenookmusic: Se L’Aura Spira

  33. Big Daddy February 3rd, 2013 8:17 pm

    Castaways Freeze Frame

  34. Matt February 3rd, 2013 10:49 pm

    1. Prairie Empire – Summer light

    2. Laura Marling – completed work demo

    3. Elof and Wamberg – Oresundsreel

    4. Keston Cobblers Club – For, Words

    5. Glen Hansard – Come Away to the Water

  35. Emily February 4th, 2013 10:23 am

    Hi ukers!

    I’d like to nominate the Ukuladeez (from Guernsey, Channel Islands)


  36. Jim February 4th, 2013 3:38 pm

    First, two videos from the Gorge Uke Fest:

    1. Moe Dixon — Hallelujah


    2. Victoria Vox — You Can’t Take it to the Grave

    3. Magdalen Fossum — In the Pines
    (not so much for her ukulele playing, but what a performance)

    4. Brittni Paiva, Sunga Jung, Kalei Gamiao, and MGM jamming on Canon in D
    (just because of how much fun they’re having)

    And finally, James Hill’s tribute to John K. and John K.
    5. James Hill and Anne Davison — Assam / Like a Bird

  37. Brian February 4th, 2013 9:17 pm

    1. Ali Ingle, Ribcage.
    2. Sophie Madeleine, Jocelyn Mackenzie & Emily Hope Price – “Bei Mir bist du schoen.

    3.Tim’s Jig, Irish ukulele campanella
    4. Mason Williams’ Classical Gas for ukulele
    5. Summer Vibe – Walk off the Earth (Original)

  38. Kathleen Vance February 5th, 2013 2:53 am

    I’d like to nominate:

    1. MrJnobianchi – The Dumber They Come

    2. Le Royal Boudoir Orchestra – Digga Digga Do

    3. UkuleleTim – Tim’s Jig

    4. Krabbers – Stuff Ain’t Good

    5. well, I don’t have a 5th!

  39. Bruce Larsen February 5th, 2013 3:37 am

    Can I cast all 5 of my votes for MrJnobianchi (who has arguably one of the worst names on here, but is also one of the most amazing talents)? Well, as many as I can then.

  40. Sunny Jim February 5th, 2013 7:11 am

    MrJnobianchi – The Dumber They Come

    Le Royal Boudoir Orchestra – Digga Digga Do

    Phil Doleman & Iam Emmerson – Tangi Moment

    Clare Catchpole – Budgerigar Song

    The Ukulites – Toxic

  41. Andrea Wooten February 5th, 2013 5:43 pm

    Mr. Jnobianchi-The Dumber They come!!!

  42. Tim Abrams February 5th, 2013 8:06 pm

    After extensive costly overuns and deadly research, I would love to nominate the following artist. All of them are winners.

    In no particular order-

    MrJnobianchi- The Dumber They Come

    Ali Ingle- Ribcage

    Tyrone and Lester-Ukulele Heart

    Julia Nunes – When I Fall In Love, Nat King Cole

    Sophie Madeline, Jocelyn Mechenzie & Emily Hope Price
    Bet Mir Bist Du Shon

    Also I must say in a very close race
    I also Loved the Jimmy Fallon/Roots. Call Me Made

    Amada Palmer and Neil Gaiman. Psycho.

    Ali Ingle. Tornado

    And The Flaming Mamies. Dr Jazz
    I Wish I could Shimmy Like My sister Does
    After You’ve Gone

  43. pv123 February 6th, 2013 2:10 pm

    I missed the best video deadline by hours, but please, please, please consider this one. Have a look and you’ll see why.

    Queen of the Night

  44. Woodshed February 6th, 2013 2:49 pm

    Nominations officially closed!

    Thanks very much for all your votes. I’ll get it up totted up and the vote will be next week.

  45. Woodshed February 9th, 2013 9:00 pm

    Terry Sasaki and Tim Abrams: I’m afraid Tyrone and Lesley’s Ukulele Heart was 2011 so I couldn’t include it.

  46. seamus4string February 13th, 2013 4:13 am

    I can’t believe WOTE didn’t make the cut……

  47. Lesley Fowkes February 13th, 2013 9:55 am

    I am a fool, didn’t realise the deadline had crept past me – thank goodness my favourite video has already been nominated. John Bianchi is such a great performer, lovely voice, specialises in wonderful old songs from the 20’s and 30’s and plays fabulous uke and banjo-uke to boot –

    For what it’s worth, “The Dumber They Come, They Better I Like ‘Em”….

  48. Woodshed February 13th, 2013 10:25 am

    seamus: A recount suggests they did. I need a better system for doing the nominating.

    Lesley: Glad he made it!

  49. seamus4string February 14th, 2013 12:46 am

    Thank goodness for the recount process. Too bad we couldn’t get it right over on this side of the pond so many years ago

  50. geekYang February 14th, 2013 4:59 am

    i like Mike Love – No Regrets so much!
    but couldn’t find chord or tab ;'(
    any chance to learn?

  51. Woodshed February 14th, 2013 11:55 am

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