Friday Links: New Elements, Handsome Ukuleles

– Helen Arney updates Tom Lehrer’s The Elements to include the four new additions to the periodic table.
– Folk guitar legend Martin Simpson discusses playing the ukulele (I tabbed out the tune he talks about and noodles with back here) (Via @ukeist).

aNueNue’s Koa Bird ukulele is very stylish.
– As is the Rebel Elysium.

New Releases
– Ben of Ukulele Road Trips has a new Christmas album out.
– Craig Robertson has recorded an incredible 30 albums since 2003. And just announced his 31st is coming out in January.

Congratulations to Robin Evans who successfully set a world record by playing ukulele for 30 hours straight.

X-Factor brouhaha over “stolen” ukulele version of Toxic. We all know Molly Lewis’s version is the real ukulele Toxic.

If your club is looking for some handsome music stands UK-based Pickallwood (of Uke on the Brain) are offering uke clubs 20% off their personalised music stands.

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  1. Ron Hale December 2nd, 2016 6:32 pm

    Amused that the little uke can still bring forth public controversy, Al, or embarrassed at the source of the furor?

    Fighting over Britney Spears covers, for crying out loud. If any Uke Hunters are involved, you should dress them down forthwith.

    And pronto. Prolly Uke Undergrounders. Yep, they’re the ones.

    Remember, back in the (Toxic) day, Molly had to say on YouTube – in so many words – “Yes, I am a girl?”

    31? I stopped getting notifications at 4 or 5.

  2. Woodshed December 3rd, 2016 2:01 pm

    Ron: There’s only one Uke Hunter I’m legally permitted to dress down and she barely visits.

  3. Glenn December 3rd, 2016 4:42 pm

    Yup, Toxic is the only Britney song I like. Molly’s version is infinitely better – a bit disappointed with this one. I’ve always imagined the band The The could do an awesome version of it.

  4. Woodshed December 4th, 2016 12:34 pm

    Glenn: I would love to hear a The The version!

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