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Friday Links: New Releases, Aeroplane Ukes and Precarious Sessions

New Releases – Jake Shimabukuro has a new guest-packed album out: Grateful. – 4stringboy’s debut album Vejr is out now. – Mark Stivvy has a new ep: 4/4 Freda. On Video – A group of ukers caused a ruckus at the Grand Canyon when they jumped a barrier for a precarious session. Window Shopping If […]

Friday Links: Maui Strong, Dick Van Dyke

Ukulelists have been raising money to support those affected by the Maui wildfire with Eddie Vedder and Jack Johnson auctioning off ukes, and Taimane playing a benefit. Plus, Jake Shimabukuro is donating profits from his Hana Hou Festival to the fund. You can buy tickets to the online stream the event here. On Video – […]

Friday Links: RIP Fred Kamaka, State Archives and Scots

Fred Kamaka Sr has has died at the age of 98. Fred and his brother, Sam Kamaka Jr, took over running Kamaka Ukuleles from their father in the 1950s and have made Kamaka one of the most respected names in the ukulele world. He and his brother became he most recent inductees in the Ukulele […]

Friday Links: Ukulele Coffee, Mushrooms and Severed Fingers

French luthier Rachel Rosenkrantz makes a ukulele out of mushrooms. Somerset man plays ukulele to surgeons who saved his fingers. A lecturer at UMASS has ditched the piano and is using the ukulele to teach music theory. Possibly the most bizarre story I’ve ever seen in fifteen years of doing this: Colleen “MirandaSings” Ballinger responded […]

Friday Links: Bo Diddley, Predictable Results, Inflatable Guitars

Will putting helium in a guitar turn it into a ukulele? The songs people most want to learn to play on ukulele (#1 will leave you completely unshocked). Ukuleleist Iam Tongi has won American Idol. Window Shopping – RIGuitars Bo Diddley style uke. – Lichty build a family of ukuleles from one tree and a […]

Friday Links: Human Hair Strings, Revelations and Wigging Out

Meghan Trainor is playing a uke with strings made of human hair to promote some hair goop. Kala have teamed up with British luthier Pete Howlett to create The Revelator. Ukulele duo, Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer have a musical All Wigged Out about Marcy’s cancer diagnosis. You can read an interview with the pair […]

Friday Links

Herman Vandecauter has an extensive examination of the Madeiran machete (the forerunner to the ukulele). Nick Offerman has a new batch of ukuleles almost done (but you won’t be able to buy one unless you’re his buddy). The unfortunate history of politicians and instruments in the uke family continues with Ed Milliband’s guitarlele. Window Shopping […]

Friday Links: Mini Shimabukuros, Popeye, Banned in Prison

Hawaii News Now are impressed by Jake’s sons’ ukulele playing. Choan Galvez has a new ebook out: For Four Fingers and a new one on the way Eight Rags a Week. Billy Costello (the original voice of Popeye) and his ukulele. A book teaching you to play ukulele is banned in Oregon prisons. Ukulele Player […]

Three Years of Patreon

I started the Uke Hunt Patreon three years ago and the support of Patreons has made a massive difference for the site. A huge thank you to all the backers. It’s tough times for everyone at the moment and I deeply appreciate you choosing to support the site. With the UK currently circling the drain […]

Merry Christmas See You in 2023

Merry Christmas, Chanukah Sameach, Mele Kalikimakaa, Feliz Natal and Happy Holidays! (If you can be arsed with it this year.) That’s it from me for another year. I’ll be back sometime in January 2023 (year of the D7 chord). If you’re after some Christmas music and you’re as Spotify user here’s my Christmas Ukulele playlist. […]

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