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Friday Links: New Books, Records and Ukes

New Releases

The Ukulele 2017 Spotify playlist is up and running with early contributions from Keston Cobblers Club, The Bookshop Band, Ukulele Sunnyboy and plenty more. Plus plenty of other Spotify playlists here.

Manitoba Hal double album Live in Ghent.
Craig Robertson’s Jungle Logic.
– Brit Rodriguez’s The Little Song.


– Chinese phone manufacturer, Xiaomi have unexpectedly dipped into the ukulele market with a, “smart ukulele,” the Populele. Which hooks up to your phone via bluetooth and lights up the fretboard to help you learn. Al for the suspiciously low price of $58.
Lichty’s “Django” Archtop Ukulele.


– New (and slightly awkwardly titled) book from Jake: Jake Shimabukuro Teaches Ukulele Lessons. And he has a video on using effects pedals with your ukulele.

Fawlty Towers and Steptoe and Son (Tab)

Fawlty Towers (Lead Tab)

A double bill of classic British comedy themes today. Starting with the Fawlty Towers them by Dennis Wison. Not the Manson loving Beach Boy. The composer of music for many British sitcoms including Till Death Us Do Part and Rising Damp.

My arrangement has two parts: the lead part in standard tuning and a baritone part playing the backing. I’m having fun with this set up at the moment so don’t be too surprised if you see more of it.

Baritone Backing

Fawlty Towers (Backing Tab)

The backing is mostly arpeggios with a couple of runs thrown in. Here’s a recording of just the backing if you want to play along. The metronome taps out a full bar for the intro and you start playing on the third beat of the second bar.

Backing MP3

Steptoe and Son

Steptoe and Son (Tab)

Dennis Wilson also wrote music for Steptoe But the theme tune, called Old Ned, was by Ron Grainer. Most famous for the Doctor Who theme. I was prompted to put together this short version by the recent death of the Simpson half of Galton and Simpson who created the show.

Steptoe, of course, was transferred across the Atlantic and became Sanford and Son. You can find the tab for that theme here.


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Songs with Chords You Know (2017 Update)


I like to keep a list of songs that use just the most common ukulele chords. Arranged by the order people usually learn them in. That way you can find some songs to play no matter how few chords you know.

C, F and G (or G7)

If you prefer, you can use G7 in the place of G or vice versa for any of these songs.

Happy Birthday to You
The Bobby McGee’s – A Dog At All Things
Folk Uke – Motherfucker Got Fucked Up
Mungo Jerry – In the Summertime
The Lancashire Hotpots – He’s Turned Emo
NeverShoutNever! – Your Biggest Fan/Did It Hurt?
Noah and the Whale – Five Years Time
Paolo Nutini – High Hopes
OK Go – This Too Shall Pass
SoKo – I Will Never Love You More
The Tiger Lillies – Start A Fire
Tom Waits – I Hope that I Don’t Fall in Love with You
Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra/Kings of Leon – The Bucket

Plus Am, Dm and Em

Addams Family Theme Tune
Alton Ellis – Rock Steady
Black Kids – I’m Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend to Dance With You
Blondie/Imelda May – Dreaming
Darlene Love – Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)
Darren Hanlon – All These Things
Electrelane – Cut and Run
Garfunkel and Oates – Me, You and Steve
Florence and the Machine – Dog Days Are Over
GUGUG – California Sun
Israel Kamakawiwoíole/Jason Castro – Somewhere Over the Rainbow
Julien Dore – Cet Air-La
Kate Nash – Foundations
Kate Micucci/The Gooch – Mr Moon
Kelli Rae Powell
Last Shadow Puppets – Standing Next to Me
LP – Into the Wild
The Lumineers – Ho Hey
Phosphorescent – Wolves
She & Him – Sentimental Heart

Plus D

Allo Darlin’ – Tallulah
Allo Darlin’ – Space Christmas
Amanda Palmer – In My Mind
Antsy Pants/Bear Creek – Vampire
Belle and Sebastian – The Boy with the Arab Strap
Elvis Costello – Good Year for the Roses
Daniel Johnston – Living Life
Damon Albarn – Mr Tembo
Garfunkel and Oates – The Fade Away (you can use D instead of D7)
Gothic Archies – Shipwrecked
GUGUG/The Ramones – Blitzkrieg Bop
Keston Cobblers’ Club – You-Go
The Libertines – Don’t Look Back into the Sun
The Little Ones – Tangerine Visions
Phredd – Elmer’s Electric Tricycle
Skinny Lister – Colours
The Dubliners and The Pogues – The Irish Rover
The Pogues – Fiesta
The Pretenders – 2000 Miles
Vampire Weekend – Oxford Comma
Velvet Underground and Nico – I’ll be Your Mirror
Warren Zevon – Werewolves of London

Plus A and E7

Camera Obscura – Cock Up Your Beaver
Eagles of Death Metal – I Want You So Hard
The Clash – Should I Stay or Should I Go
Florence & the Machine – Kiss With A Fist (don’t panic, you can use E7 instead of E in this song)
The Pogues – Sally McLennane
Joan Jett – Bad Reputation
Junior Brown – Better Call Saul
Kate Micucci & Ted (Scrubs) – Screw You
Paolo Nutini – Pencil Full of Lead
The Pogues – Streams of Whiskey
The Weavers – Pay Me My Money Down
The White Stripes – Little Ghost

Plus Bb

James Bay – Hold Back the River
Beirut – A Candle’s Fire
Gotye – Somebody That I Used To Know (You can use C instead of C5)
Ingrid Michaelson – Be OK
Leona Lewis – Bleeding Love
Lorde/Walk off the Earth – Royals
Lorde/WIOU – Team
Mumford and Sons – The Cave
Nevershoutnever – First Dance
Neutral Milk Hotel – King of Carrot Flowers
Noah and the Whale – Jealous Kind of Love
Sufjan Stevens – Lumberjack Christmas
The Tokens – The Lion Sleeps Tonight

Plus Bm

Everly Brothers – Bowling Green
Etta James – I’d Rather Go Blind


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Everly Brothers – Bowling Green (Chords and Tab)

Everly Brothers – Bowling Green (Chords)

Bowling Green was the Everly Brothers’ last big hit. They were certainly taking cues from Simon and Garfunkel and The Turtles at this stage to stay relevant. But it works fantastically on this track. I first heard it when Neko Case covered it in a Peel session. Her version uses exactly the same chords just with a bit chopped off in the intro.

Suggested Strumming

You can use this as your main strum:

d – d – d u d u

In the verses, intro and outro: There are two chords in each bar. So you play d-d- on the first chord (G or Am) and dudu on the second (C or D). Which sounds like this:

Verse strum

The only exception comes right at the end of the second and fourth verses where you play G for a whole bar.

In the middle: It switches to one chord per bar in the middle. I like to use this strum for the first three chords

d u x u – u d u

Then there are triplets on the Am. You can either use your favourite triplet strum or just do all down strums. Then it’s one strum per chord until the final D where you can do a whole bunch of down-up strums.

Twiddly Bits

You can play the melody in the intro like this:

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And the nifty descending lines on the “Ah”s in the middle:



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Ukuleles at NAMM 2017: Kala, Martin, Ohana, RISA

The music instrument industry had its big shindig recently and there were plenty of new ukuleles being shown off.

– Kala have gone all out on visual impact with the parquet flooring ukulele and the Kala Salt & Pepper Dog Hair Mahogany. They’ve also taken their bass ukes to the next stage with a one string bass for beginners.

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– Martin are celebrating their ukulele centennial with limited edition Style 1 and Style 3 ukes. You can find out all the details at Ukulele Mag.

– If the original is a bit out of your price range, Ohana have launched their 39 series ukulele inspired by Martin’s 3M.

RISA’s Strat and Tele style electric ukuleles.

Max and Chloe Theme (Life is Strange)(Tab)

Max & Chloe Lead (Tab)

I think I’m getting soft in my old age. Over the winter break I played two games that ended with me in floods of tears: Valiant Hearts and Life is Strange. Now I can’t even get through the Valiant Hearts trailer or Spanish Sahara without misting up.

I’m a sucker for great music in games (obviously) and Life is Strange has both an excellent original score and tracks from some of my favourites like Jose Gonzalez, Alt-J, Mogawai plus some uke in the form of Amanda Palmer’s In My Mind.

The melody line of the Max and Chloe theme is slow, simple and absolutely beautiful. There’s lots of room for you to add emotion to it so be sure to use plenty of vibrato.


Picking Tab

This part – played on a standard tuned ukulele – is much trickier than the lead part. The thumb and two finger picking pattern is constant and rapid. So be sure to warm up well before tackling it.

Baritone Part

The baritone part is much more simple. It starts out just some softly played low notes to fill out the sound. It breaks from that at the start of verse two to double the melody an octave down.

Guitar Part

Judas! Yes, guitar on Uke Hunt. I think I lost about 170 brain cells just recording this guitar part.

The part follows the ukulele chords closely. The only slight change is Cmaj7 in place of C. Just to give it an extra bit of melancholy.

There is also a part playing the bass note of each chord on guitar pitch-shifted down an octave (because I still don’t own a bass of any kind).

Here’s a backing track for you to play the lead part along with:

Backing Track (MP3)

Amanda Palmer – In My Mind (Chords)
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Ukulele Festivals 2017

Here’s the preliminary list of 2017 ukulele festivals. If you know a festival that needs adding send me a message or leave a comment on this post with the details and I’ll get it added.

USA and Canada

Alabama Uke Fest

Location: Riverview Campground, Lake Guntersville, Alabama
Date: September 9, 2017
Performers: TBA

Albuquerque Ukekopelli

Location: Albuquerque
Date: September 29 to October 1, 2017
Performers: TBA

Allegheny Ukulele Soirée

Location: Laurel Lodge at Midstate Tool & Supply, Inc., 121 Halbritter Drive, Altoona, PA 16601
Date: April 21 to 23, 2017
Performers: Stuart Fuchs, Rachel Manke, Ben Carr, Mim, Lil’ Rev, and Gracie Terzian.

7th Annual Ukulele Band Camp

Location: Menucha Retreat and Conference Center in Corbett, Oregon
Date: March 27 to 31, 2017
Performers: James Hill, Kevin Carroll, Del Rey, and Aaron Keim

10th Annual Denver Ukefest

Location: Broadway, 3445 S Broadway, Englewood 80113
Date: May 11 to 13, 2017
Performers: Jake Shimabukuro, Aldrine Guerrero, The Quiet American, The Canote Brothers, Swallow Hill Music uke instructors (Daniella Katzir, Casey Cormier, and John Nash) and more!

Ashokan Uke Fest

Location: Conservation Hall, Ashokan Center
Date: May 26 to 29, 2017
Performers: Gerald Ross, James Hill & Anne Janelle, Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer, Jim D’Ville, and Ben Hassenger

Dock Street Uke Camp

Location: Shelburne, Nova Scotia, Canada
Date: September 15 to 17, 2017
Performers: Manitoba Hal, Eve Goldberg, Nigel D’Eon

Funky Frets Uke Fest 2017

Location: Boyertown, PA USA
Date: October 6 to 8, 2017
Performers: James Hill, Lil’ Rev, Curt Sheller, The Aloha Boys, Frets Halligan, Debi Velasco, and Jack Kohler

Kamloops Summer Ukulele Festival

Location: Sorrento Centre, 1159 Passchendaele Rd, Sorrento, BC V0E 2W0, Canada
Date: June 16 to 18, 2017
Performers: Manitoba Hal, Jim D’Ville, Tina Hebner, Jane Jelbart & Mark Jackson

Las Cruces UkeFest 2017

Location: New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs Rd, Las Cruces, NM 88011, USA
Date: May 19 to 21, 2017
Performers: Jim & Liz Beloff, Daniel Ward, Heidi Swedberg, Danielle Ate The Sandwich

Little David Ukulele and Dulcimer Festival

Location: Old Santee Canal Park
Date: April 23, 2017
Performers: TBA

Los Angeles International Ukulele Festival

Location: Torrance Cultural Arts Center, 3330 Civic Center Dr, Torrance, CA 90503, USA
Date: September 30, 2017
Performers: TBA

Mighty Uke Day 7

Location: Dart Auditorium, 500 N Capitol Ave, Lansing, MI 48933, USA
Date: May 12 to 14, 2017
Performers: Victor and Penny, Marlowe, Megan Dooley, Ryan Rodriguez, The Ukulele Kings and Kalei Gamiao

Mini Uke Day

Location: Lansing, MI
Date: November 11, 2017
Performers: TBA

Nanaimo Ukulele Festival

Location: Nanaimo Neighbourhood Church, 4951 Rutherford Rd, Nanaimo, BC, Canada
Date: July 15 to 16, 2017
Performers: James Hill and Anne Janelle, Rob Wilkinson, Revolving Doors

2017 New Jersey Uke Fest

Location: Whippany & Morristown, NJ
Date: August 25 to 27, 2017
Performers: TBA

NJ Uke Fest

Location: Ukrainian American Cultural Center of New Jersey, 60C N Jefferson Rd, Whippany, NJ 07981, USA
Date: August 25 to 27, 2017
Performers: TBA

The Original Utah Uke Fest

Location: TBA
Date: August 26, 2017
Performers: TBA

Palm Strings Ukulele Festival III

Location: Hilton Palm Springs, 400 E Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262, USA
Date: February 23 to 25, 2017
Performers: James Hill & Anne Janelle, Jack & the Vox, Stuart Fuchs, Michael Powers, Abe Lagrimas, Jr., Peter Luongo & The Luongo Ukulele Experience, Jason Arimoto, Julie Holloman, and Dani Joy Herreid

Port Townsend Ukulele Festival

Location: Fort Worden State Park, Port Townsend, Washington
Date: September 27 to October 1, 2017
Performers: TBA

Reno Uke Fest

Location: Nugget Resort, Sparks Nevada
Date: April 6 to 9, 2017
Performers: Gerald Ross, Victor & Penny, Abe Lagrimas, Jr., Michael Powers, Peter Luongo, Steven Espaniola, Dani Joy, Jim D’Ville, and Faith Ako

Rocky Mountain UkeFest

Location: Durango, Colorado
Date: July 7 to 9, 2017
Performers: TBA

Royal City Uke Fest

Location: Dublin Street United Church, Guelph, Ontario
Date: September 30, 2017
Performers: James Hill and Anne Janelle, Ben Hassenger

2017 Silver Creek International Ukulele Carnival

Location: Silver Creek, MN
Date: August 18 to 20, 2017
Performers: TBA


Location: Henry Law Park, Dover, NH 03820
Date: June 24, 2017
Performers: TBA

South Florida Ukulele Fest

Location: ArtServe, 1350 E Sunrise Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
Date: April 7 to 9, 2017
Performers: TBA

Spring Into Uke

Location: 37 S Main St , Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States
Date: May 13, 2017
Performers: Jim & Liz Beloff, Paula Bradley & Bill Dillof, Ben Carr, and Ron Gordon

Tampa Bay Ukulele Getaway

Location: The Sirata Beach Resort, St. Petersburg, Florida
Date: November 3 to 5, 2017
Performers: Del Rey, Fred Sokolow, Aaron Keim, Kyle Biss & The Applebutter Express Band, Mike Hind, Ty Olopai, Mapuana & TJ Weger at the Luau

Tunes In The Dunes VII

Location: Lincoln City Cultural Center, 540 NW U.S. 101, Lincoln City, OR 97367
Date: September 15 to 17, 2017
Performers: James Hill & Anne Janelle, Steven Espaniola, Aaron and Nicole Keim, Jim D’Ville, Andy Andrews, Bryan Holley, and Hood River Trio

Uke Fest du Nord

Location: Quebec City, Canada
Date: November 17 to 18, 2017
Performers: TBA

Uke U-6

Location: Cascades Academy, 19860 Tumalo Reservoir Road, Bend, OR 97701
Date: July 14 to 16, 2017
Performers: Andy Andrews, Neal Chin, Jim D’Ville, Danielle Ate The Sandwich, Arden Fujiwara, Denise Hinz and Patty Sage, Cinda Johnson, Aaron and Nicole Kim of the Quiet American, Lil’ Rev, Casey MacGill, Kalae Miles, Mark Ransom, and Carl Ventis

Uketoberfest 4

Location: Interlochen Center for the Arts, 4000 Highway M-137, Interlochen, MI 49643
Date: October 7, 2017
Performers: TBA

23rd ‘Ukulele Festival of Northern California

Location: Chabot College Campus, Performing Arts Center, 25555 Hesperian Blvd., Hayward, CA 94545
Date: April 30, 2017
Performers: TBA

Ukulele Harmonic Convergence

Location: 24 E King St, Lancaster, PA 17602
Date: February 18, 2017
Performers: Ukulele Uprising, Philadelphia Main Line Ukulele Group, Central PA Ukulele Club, The Vivian Pickles

Ukulele Summer Strum

Location: Carham Road, Hoylake
Date: July 7 to 9, 2017
Performers: TBA

Utah Uke Fest

Location: Highland, Utah
Date: June 24, 2017

Utah Ukulele Festival

Location: Willow Park 450w 700s in Logan, Utah
Date: August 5, 2017
Performers: TBA

Vancouver Ukulele Festival 2017

Location: Rio Theatre, 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver, BC
Date: March 3 to 5, 2017
Performers: Sarah Maisel, Craig Chee, Gerald Ross, Aaron & Nicole Keim, Daphne Roubini, Andrew Smith, Timothy Tweedale, and Ralph Shaw

West Coast ‘Ukulele Retreat

Location: Asilomar, 800 Asilomar Ave, Pacific Grove, CA 93950, USA
Date: May 17 to 21, 2017
Performers: Jim D’Ville, Gerald Ross, Phil Doleman


Great Waikoloa Ukulele Festival

Location: Kings’ Shops and Queens’ MarketPlace, Waikoloa Beach Resort
Date: March 4, 2017
Performers: TBA

Oahu – 47th Annual Ukulele Festival

Location: Kapiolani Park, Waikiki, Oahu
Date: July 16, 2017
Performers: TBA

Uke Ohana

Location: Pu’u O Hoku Ranch & Halawa Valley, Molokai, Hawaii
Date: March 17 to 21, 2017
Performers: TBA

Ukulele Picnic in Hawaii 2017

Location: Kaka’ako Makai Gateway Park
Date: February 12, 2017
Performers: Kazuyuki Sekiguchi, Seiji Katz, Kiyoshi Kobayashi, Hiroshi Okada, Kimiko Wakiyama, Keiko (Ao Aqua), Mike Maki, Apirak Sirinanthakul, and more

United Kingdom and Ireland

Babacombe Ukulele Festival

Location: Oddicombe Beach, Babbacombe Downs Rd, Torquay TQ1 3LS
Date: June 3, 2017
Performers: TBA

Cornwall Ukulele Festival

Location: Heartlands, Pool
Date: February 5, 2017
Performers: TBA

The George Ukulele Festival

Location: The George Inn, Newnham, Kent
Date: June 10, 2017
Performers: TBA

Grand Northern Ukulele Festival 2017

Location: The Lawrence Batley Theatre, Queen’s Square, Queen Street, Huddersfield, HD1 2SP
Date: May 5 to 7, 2017
Performers: Elof & Wamberg, Andy Eastwood, Zoë Bestel, Robin Evans, Esq., and more

New Forest Ukulele Festival

Location: New Milton Memorial Hall, Whitefield Road, BH25 6D New Milton, Hampshire
Date: May 20, 2017
Performers: TBA

The Norwich Ukulele Festival

Location: Norwich Arts Centre
Date: September 22 to 23, 2017
Performers: Biscuithead, Biscuit Badgers, The Poor Boys of Worcester, A D Cooke, Peter Moss, ENNE, Himazas, Zip Pain, Norwich Ukulele Society

Rye Ukulele Festival

Location: Cinque Ports Arms, Rye
Date: July 8, 2017
Performers: TBA

Skipsea Ukulele and Folk Festival

Location: Skipsea Village Hall, Bridlington Rd, Driffield YO25 8TJ, UK
Date: April 21 to 22, 2017

Ukes for UNICEF 2017

Location: Berkhamsted Civic Centre
Date: February 25, 2017
Performers: The Fog, ENNÈ, Ukolade!, Phil Doleman, Ken Middleton, VER Players, Katie’s Jumping Fleas, Ukie-toons, BURP, No Direction Hot Boys, and more

Ukulele Festival of Great Britain

Location: 41 Pickering Road, Cheltenham GL51 0LF United Kingdom
Date: June 16 to 18, 2017
Performers: TBA

Ukulele Festival of Scotland 2017

Location: Easterbrook Hall, The Crichton, Bankend Road, Dumfries DG1 4TA
Date: June 9 to 11, 2017
Performers: TBA

Ukulele Festival of Wales 2017

Location: Gower Heritage Centre Park Mill, Parkmill, Gower, SA3 2EH Swansea, United Kingdom
Date: June 23 to 25, 2017
Performers: Porthcawl Ukulele Band, Plucking Fourstrings, Sarah Kelly, Ukulele Uff and Lonesome Dave trio, Gary Phillips Amigos, Chonkinfeckle, AD Cooke, Redshirt, Swansea String Band , Percy Copley, The Fflip Fflops, Swansea Ukulele Club, Peter Moss, and Neath Ukulele Band

Ukulele Hooley

Location: Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin., Ireland
Date: August 26 to 27, 2017
Performers: TBA

Winchester Ukulele Festival 2017

Location: Winchester Rugby Football Club, North walls Parl, Hillier Way, Winchester SO23 7SU
Date: June 3, 2017
Performers: Opera-Lela, The Mother Ukers, Unplugthewood


Austrian Ukulele Festival

Location: Graz, Austria
Date: May 12 to 14, 2017
Performers: Honoka & Azita, Nico’o & The Kapiolani Boyz, Dead Mans Uke, Ukus in Fabula, Kaisers Ukulelen Combo, Ukelites, Urcoolele, and League of Ukulele Gentlemen

Czech Ukulele Festival

Location: Ún?tice u Prahy
Date: July 28 to 30, 2017
Performers: TBA

Freiburger Ukulelefestival

Location: Auwaldstraße 88, 79110 Freiburg im Breisgau, Deutschland
Date: May 27, 2017
Performers: Bad Mouse Orchestra, The Lucky Ukes, Black forest Ukes, Duo Minirock

Paris Ukulele Festival

Location: La Bellevilloise, 21 rue Boyer, Paris, France
Date: May 11 to 13, 2017
Performers: TBA

Polish Ukulele Festival

Location: M?y?ska 14, S?awkow, Katowice, Poland
Date: February 18, 2017
Performers: TBA

Ukulele-Festival Dortmund

Location: Fritz-Henßler-Haus, Geschwister-Scholl-Str. 33-37, Dortmund, Germany
Date: June 3 to 4, 2017
Performers: Lucky Ukes, Andy Eastwood, Hot Potato Syncopators

Ukulelen Festival Fürth

Location: Zett9, Theresienstraße 9, 90762 Fürth, Germany
Date: April 28, 2017
Performers: Pineapple Ukulele Band, The U’Kings, Crispy Jones, Ukulele Insanity

Australia and New Zealand

Blue Mountains Ukulele Festival 2017

Location: Carrington Place, Katoomba
Date: February 10 to 12, 2017
Performers: TBA

Brisbane Ukulele Festival 2017

Location: TAFE Queensland Brisbane, 66 Ernest St, South Brisbane QLD 4101, Australia
Date: September 29 to October 1, 2017
Performers: TBA

Dandenong Ranges Ukulele Festival

Location: Emerald Primary School, Heroes Ave, Emerald VIC 3782, Australia
Date: May 20 to 21, 2017
Performers: TBA

Geraldine Ukefest 2017

Location: Geraldine High School Hall, Geraldine, South Canterbury, New Zealand
Date: July 6 to 9, 2017
Performers: The Ukulele People, Mirrabooka Band, Thermaleles, The Plinkers, Wanaka Ukuleles, Central Coast Ukulele, Oamaru Intergalactics

Islandview Uke Festival – Opotiki 2017

Location: Church Street, Waiotahi Beach Opotiki
Date: January 20 to 22, 2017
Performers: The Nukes, Ukestralia, Jack N Jet, Ohana, Doc & The D’ukes, Leah Moore, John Wallace, Paul Jonson, Ukulele Trouble, G’zukers Goodtime Band, Tony Hansen, Taranaki Ukestra, Thermaleles, Whoopee! 2, Opotiki Ukulele Group, and more

Lauder Ukulele Festival 2017

Location: Central Otago, New Zealand
Date: February 3 to 6, 2017
Performers: TBA

Mandorah Ukulele Folk Festival

Location: Wagait Beach, Northern Territory, Australia
Date: June 24 to 25, 2017
Performers: TBA

Sunshine Coast Ukulele Festival

Location: TBA
Date: TBA
Performers: Kalei Gamiao, Craig Chee & Sarah Maisel, Peter Moss (UK), Gollagher Ross, The Loveys, Pineapple Crush, and Atete’s Hawaiian & Polynesian Dance Troupe


Radiohead – Paranoid Android (Chords)

Radiohead – Paranoid Android (Chords)

EatMyUke’s cover of all the songs on OK Computer inspired me to write up the chords for Paranoid Android. The versions of the chords around the net I’ve seen are very simplified. So I’ve gone in the other direction and made them as true to the original as I could manage. Which means there are lots of unfamiliar chord shapes all over the neck.

The song is split into three main sections so I’ve also split up the chords into three sections.

Opening Section

This section has the biggest leaps up and down the neck. So pay close attention to the fret numbers at the right of the chord diagrams.

If you have trouble playing Gm6 (like I did) you can play it as 0767 and that’ll work just fine. And you can also play E7 as 4445. The only downside of those changes is you don’t get the constant drone on the g- and A-strings.

Riff Section

The least uke friendly section. For the riff I’m using mostly power chords. That means each chord only has two notes so I’m blocking the E- and A-strings from ringing with the underside of my index finger.

It gets much easier when it switches to straight chords for C – G# – Bb. Except the time signature becomes and off-kilter 7/8. The strumming I use goes:

C: d – d – d u d
G#: u – u d u
Bb: d

Rain Down Section

The third section is mercifully straightforward on uke. It’s all standard chord shapes and you can use this strum all the way through:

d – d – d u d u

Then it’s a return to the riff section for the extended outro.


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