Video of the Year 2013: 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 2013.
– Videos must be publicly available online.
– Maximum of five nominations per person.
– Post your nominations in the comments (I might edit comments to make things easier to add up).
– Nominations close midnight Friday 7th February.
– The 5 – 10 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. Also, comments were acting a bit wonky. If you submit it and the page just spins then your comment will have been submitted.

My Nominations

It was a nightmare getting my list down to five.

Sarah Humphreys – Why Don’t We Just Stay Home
Cammy Enaharo – Feeling Sorry
Dingus Khan – Knifey Spooney
Janelle Monáe – Dance Apocalyptic
Elof & Wamberg – Øresundreel

Some Other Contenders

To jog your memory here are some other videos that caused a stir in the comments, on the web or in my pants.

Keston Cobblers’ Club – Beam
Ninebarrow – Birdsong
The Staves – Facing West
Twenty One Pilots – House of Gold
DeAnne Smith – Nerdy Love Song
Catey Shaw – Run, Run, Run
Peter Delaney – My Eyes Are Blessed
Me&Amelia – Relapse
Wilfried Welti – Tourdion
Sanford and Adrien Sala and Tesia Rhind – As the Living Do
Leftover Cuties – One Heart
Matt Kresling – My Apartments In Order
Brendan Maclean – Stupid
Tobias Elof – Kitchen Girl
James Hill and Elof & Wamberg – Uke Talk
Cody Simpson – Summertime of Our Lives
Lennon and Maisy – Happy Birthday Harry Song
Gail Sophicha – Kiyomi
Tom Milsom – Take Me Out
Peter and Paul Luongo – Crossroads
Rhonda Roberts – Sweet Tooth & Candyman
The Seattle Castaways – Freeze Frame
Robyn Zahra Lowzley – August Rush
Sarah Maisel – In a Sentimental Mood
Celisse Henderson – Well
Jay Chou – Ukulele
James Clem – Big River
Victoria Vox – The Heart
War Jacket – Water Wings
UkuleleTim – Fisher’s Hornpipe
Emma Blackery – My Thoughts on Google+
Jan Laurenz – Canzone per un amico
BoeckmannLudwig – Stringing The Blues
Ian Emmerson and Phil Doleman – 1 up Blues
Natalia Lafourcade – Aventurera
Matthew J Richards – Rubinstein’s Melody In F

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  1. Carrie January 29th, 2014 7:09 pm

    Brendan McLean, “Stupid”.

    Dingus Khan, “Knifey Spooney”

  2. Mary January 29th, 2014 8:18 pm

    Walk off the Earth – Royals

  3. Alistair C January 29th, 2014 9:02 pm

    Welcome back Al!

    Video of the year and the start of the six nations in the same week – does it get any better!?

    Put me down for James Clem and KCC………so far.

    James Clem – Big River
    Keston Cobblers’ Club – Beam

  4. Ron Hale January 29th, 2014 10:30 pm

    Inni-K // Flower Relay
    Andrew Jordan

  5. Tesia January 30th, 2014 2:19 am

    Sanford and Song: As the Living do ;D

  6. Barb January 30th, 2014 2:26 am

    Sanford and Song – as the living do

  7. Oli January 30th, 2014 2:36 am

    Sanford and Adrien Sala and Tesia Rhind – As the Living Do

  8. Leslie January 30th, 2014 2:39 am

    My nomination is Sanford and Adrien Sala and Tesia Rhind-As the Living Do

  9. Stacey January 30th, 2014 3:31 am

    Sanford and Song: As the Living do

  10. Kate Ferris January 30th, 2014 4:07 am

    My vote is for Sanford and Adrien Sala and Tesia Rhind – As the Living Do

  11. Phil N January 30th, 2014 4:22 am

    Definitely “As The Living Do,” by Sanford, Adrien Sala and Tesia Rhind.

    Check it out:

  12. Pat January 30th, 2014 5:55 am

    Sanford and Adrien Sala and Tesia Rhind: “As the Living Do”. Terrific

  13. Mark Jackson January 30th, 2014 8:59 am

    Price Tag – cover of the Jessie J song by the Ukastle Ukestra (Newcastle NSW, Australia). Almost a tourism video for our sweet city.

  14. Stephen January 30th, 2014 9:05 am

    Sanford and Song: As the Living Do

  15. Woodshed January 30th, 2014 9:08 am

    It’s pretty safe to say Sanford is through at this stage.

  16. Liz January 30th, 2014 9:42 am

    Hi Al!
    Great! Me too, Sanford and Adrien Sala and Tesia Rhind – As the Living Do

    BUT another superb uke video is missing here,

    Ian Emmerson’s Misty – one of the loveliest covers I’ve ever heard, makes me swoon every time I hear it.

    Ian Emmerson’s Misty
    Sanford – As the Living Do

  17. Liz January 30th, 2014 9:57 am

    Oops! There’s one more – gave me so much joy:

    get lucky (get plucky)

    Will Grove-White – Get Lucky (Get Clucky)

  18. Paul Redfern January 30th, 2014 12:31 pm

    The pUKEs – Because You’re Young!

  19. Gwyn January 30th, 2014 12:55 pm

    Another great year for uke – my 5 would be:

    Me and Amelia – Relapse

    Bradfield Dumpleton – Skedaddle

    Aaron and Nicole Keim – Free Little Bird

    Grant Davison and Rob Pachol (sanfordandsong) – Careless and Serene

    Ma Petite – Sparrow

  20. Mike January 30th, 2014 1:35 pm

    My fave is “As the Living Do” – Sanford and Adrien Sala and Tesia Rhind

  21. Daniel G January 30th, 2014 3:16 pm

    Sanford and Adrien Sala and Tesia Rhind: “As the Living Do”. Hands down!

  22. Robert K Jones January 30th, 2014 4:50 pm

    I would like to nominate this vid which was actually featured on Kala’s page early in 2013.

    Track Dogs – Take My Word

  23. Andy January 30th, 2014 6:38 pm

    This is for best video?
    No contest, has to be Moselele:

  24. Mitch January 30th, 2014 11:20 pm

    Elof and Wamberg.

  25. Geoff January 31st, 2014 4:52 am

    I nominate Sanford and Adrien Sala and Tesia Rhind – As the Living Do!

  26. sanford(andsong) January 31st, 2014 2:11 pm

    Jesus. You put a simple link on Facebook and all hell breaks loose.
    Thanks everyone.
    Here’s some nominations:
    Paul Hemmings-Waltz for Debby
    Little Miss Higgins-Early Morning Thief
    (I also nominate Gwyn to get off his ass and start making more uke videos)

  27. SkyeWarrior February 1st, 2014 6:46 am

    So much choice! Have to admit though, Aussie, Aussie, Aussie! A vote for Sarah Humphreys – Why Don’t We Just Stay Home.


  28. Gwyn February 1st, 2014 12:06 pm

    Ha ha, thanks for the encouragement Sanford, maybe I’ll have a go at something soon. More importantly, when can we expect to get hold of an album of your amazing songwriter series stuff?

  29. Mary February 1st, 2014 4:47 pm

    Here are my nominations:
    Peter Delaney – “My Eyes are Blessed”
    Sanford and Adrian Sala and Tesia Rhind – “As the Living Do”
    James HIll and Elof and Wamberg – “Uke Talk”
    Peter and Paul Luongo – “Crossroads”

  30. Alistair C February 1st, 2014 7:06 pm

    After the grimness of Paris a piece of old and new England – Ninebarrow and “The Sea.”

    Lovely fingerpicking.

  31. Ron Hale February 1st, 2014 7:07 pm

    the chord and the fawn
    by the chord and the fawn

    This is a re-upload of their
    “Texarcana” video taken down earlier
    in the year. Full of memorable visuals.

    Has to be a ukulele in there,’eh? Does the soundtrack qualify as being in there? It should.
    Some of the best uke videos blah blah blah…

    In that spirit –

    Charity Children – Elizabeth (Official Video)

    Sad, sweet, touching. One of the year’s best.

  32. cwrench February 1st, 2014 10:23 pm

    1) Emma Blackery – thoughts on google+ (because it needs to be said and she’s reading my mind)
    2) James Clem – Big River (because he nailed it and made it his own)
    3) Celisse Henderson (because she rulz)
    4)Robyn Zahla Lowzley – August Rush (intuitive ingenuity)
    5)Rhonda Roberts – Sweet Tooth & Candyman (simple is good – and sexy never hurts)

  33. Joan February 2nd, 2014 3:29 pm

    I also nominate little miss Higgins and the winnipeg five. They are awesome!

  34. banter February 2nd, 2014 8:04 pm

    Mela Koteluk – Stale plyne

  35. Mad dog February 3rd, 2014 9:27 am

    The Pockets: Old Fashioned: from a gig at a bowls club

    Azo Bell – Azo Bell Goes Quiet: no, there’s nothing wrong with the sound. Stay with it.

    Elof and Wamberg Øresundsreel : I hope their ship comes in

    Tyrone and Lesley: Stare Bear: bears are an under serviced audience

    Children – ‘You Want Me’ (Acoustic Session) : cellist is great too

  36. Ian Edwards February 3rd, 2014 2:43 pm

    I’m going to nominate our uke group, Moselele’s version of Do They Know It’s Christmas?
    In less than a week this went from a daft idea to a full blown recording session in somebody’s front room together with a video as we put it together. We were quite pleased with the results.

  37. YOUkulele February 3rd, 2014 6:07 pm

    Walk Off The Earth – Royals
    Jontom – Born to Run (Bruce Springsteen Instrumental)


  38. YOUkulele February 3rd, 2014 6:25 pm

    I forgot the YOUkulele Orchestra!! This is Let It Be, our first video:

  39. Sara February 4th, 2014 2:59 am

    And the nominees are:

    James Hill and Elof & Wamberg – “Uke Talk”
    Sarah Maisel – “Sentimental Mood”
    Jan Laurenz – “Canzone per un amico”
    Wilfreid Welti – “Tourdion”

  40. john rushton February 4th, 2014 6:37 am

    i would nominate moselele group video homage to the band aid video “do they know its christmas” a light hearted comment after a rehearsal turned into a magnificent team effort to respectfully celebrate a popular video give it a view

  41. Homer February 4th, 2014 3:05 pm

    How is Alfa’s “Blue” not on here? Sure, she’s not as sweet as she looks, and some ukes get destroyed.
    But it’s a fantastic video.

  42. Matt February 4th, 2014 6:52 pm

    Cristin Milioti – Raglan Road

  43. Jontom February 4th, 2014 7:05 pm

    An ukulele shortmovie: “What you can do with a $30 uke”

    The italian title is “Che te ne fai di un ukulele da 30 Euro” but there are subtitles : )

  44. andy February 5th, 2014 10:26 pm

    as a crap player I tend to judge these things on what I wish I could play myself, so ‘Matthew J Richards – Rubinstein’s Melody In F”

  45. Nicholas Abersold February 6th, 2014 12:38 pm

    Lots of great videos last year, but it’s all about Matt Kresling for me (My Apartments In Order). He’s been writing great songs and making brilliant videos for years.

  46. Ron Hale February 6th, 2014 8:25 pm

    Hide In The Hills – A Jimmy McGee Original
    Jimmy McGee

  47. Mark Jackson February 7th, 2014 12:55 am

    The Shoeless Legges

    The Do Riders perform a lovely origina uke song (with banjo, guitar, double bass, mandolin). Gorgeous setting, poor lip synching.

    (sorry Al, you have some deleting / editing to do of this and the previous two postings of the same thing).

  48. Darren February 7th, 2014 2:11 am

    Price Tag – Ukastle Ukestra (Jessie J cover)

  49. Ehor Shklanka February 7th, 2014 3:40 am

    Vid Nominations:

    1. James Hill w/Elof & Wamberg – Uke Talk
    2. Little Miss Higgins – Early Morning Thief
    3. BoeckmanLudwig – Stringing the Blues
    4. Ian Emmerson & Phil Doleman – 1 up Blues

  50. Joe Dan Boyd February 7th, 2014 6:38 pm

    Nomination for video of the year 2013:

  51. Carrie February 7th, 2014 6:48 pm

    Oh, my pure and undying of love for Springsteen requires me to do this as well:

    Jontom, “Born to Run”

  52. jon February 8th, 2014 12:43 am

    Grant Davidson and Rob Pachol – Careless and Serene
    (SanfordandSonwriter vol.2)

  53. Woodshed February 8th, 2014 10:25 am

    Thanks for nominating, everyone.

    Nominations are now closed.

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