Friday Links: Mike Lynch

Ukulele Mike, the original YouTube ukulele teacher, has sadly died at the age of 72. The Edmonds Beacon has an excellent obituary for him. Including the fact that he worked with Hans Zimmer on the soundtrack to the Robin Williams movie Toys.

Another sad death was that of Thomas Boardman. You may not recognise his name but there’s a good chance you’ve seen the picture of him with the ukulele he built while a POw during World War II.

New Releases
– My Ukulele 2018 Spotify playlist is off to a flying start with artists including Amanda Palmer, Saintseneca, Dodie Clark, Look Yonder and more.
– Phredd, the only happy uker allow around here, has another excellent, fun filled album out.
– Jake Shimabukuro is giving away a sampler EP of live tracks.
– The I Only Listen to the Mountain Goats podcast discusses one Mountain Goats song per episode and includes a newly recorded cover of the song. The latest episode (episode 9) includes Amanda Palmer’s ukulele version of The Mess Inside.

The McCartneys in 1971.
Ukulele board meeting.

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  1. Phredd February 2nd, 2018 3:54 pm

    Thanks Al, Honored to be “the only happy uker allowed” at UkeHunt. I appreciate you connecting me with your UkeHunt followers!

  2. Ron Hale February 2nd, 2018 10:40 pm

    —Grumpy uker here, Al.
    Krista Muir has a new 2018 album out, The Tides.

    —So Jake is giving it away now. How long
    before it’s Waikiki dives in the wee, wee
    hours taking requests for Grace VanderWaal

    “Look on my uke skills, ye mighty,
    and despair!”

  3. Mike February 3rd, 2018 6:56 am

    Too bad about Mike. His was the first uke tutorial I found when I got my uke. I didn’t realize he lived very close to me too.

  4. Simon February 3rd, 2018 11:43 am


    You were a gentle teacher and will be sadly missed by the global uke community.

    Rest in peace

    Simon, UK

  5. Woodshed February 4th, 2018 11:30 am

    Phredd: Always a pleasure!

    Ron: I meant to mention Krista. Thanks for reminding me.

    Mike and Simon: He’ll be much missed.

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