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New to Ukulele? Read This!

When I got my first ukulele, I was completely clueless. This was in those dark, long forgotten days before the internet had been discovered. I didn’t even realise that the strings weren’t supposed to go thickest to thinnest and restrung it. But you can save yourself from the social disgrace I experienced. I’ve put together […]

Merry Christmas. See You in 2020

Merry Christmas, Chanukah Sameach, Io Saturnalia, Feliz Natal and Happy Holidays! (If you’re into that kind of thing.) That’s it from me for this year (other than the ebook for new ukers). I’ll be back at the end of January 2020 (year of the Hawaiian D7). If you’re after some Christmas music and you’re as […]

Christmas UkeTube 2019

Watch on YouTube It’s here. With cheer. It’s the same every year. It’s the Christmas UkeTube. Tracklist Tripping Lily – Santa Will Find You The Mad Tea Party – Oh Shit, It’s Christmastime! Mariah Carey, Jimmy Fallon & The Roots – All I Want For Christmas Is You Eliel Carvalho – Jingle Bells Vinícius Vivas […]

Merry Christmas. See You in 2019

Merry Christmas, Chanukah Sameach, Io Saturnalia and Happy Holidays! (If you’re into that kind of thing.) If you’re after some Christmas music and you’re as Spotify user here’s my Christmas Ukulele playlist. Or, if you’re sick of Christmas music, my playlist of ukulele selections from 2018. That’s it from me for this year (other than […]

Summer Break

Time for my summer blog break. I’m going to make like an African lungfish and aestervate until the heat dies down. In the meantime you can catch bits and pieces from me on Twitter and Instagram. Have a good one.

Friday Links

Tobias Elof breaks down James Hill’s strumming technique in Song for Cheri. NBC takes to the streets with The Ukelele Orchestra of Great Britain. Two new rajão tracks from Herman Vandecauter: La Do Monte Ricardo Porfyrio da Fonseca and La Julia. Mermaid boy and his sad sea song. Columbus, Georgia, Social Club circa 1950.

UkeTube: Chance the Rapper, Kuinka, Scott Matthew

Full Playlist Tracklist Chance The Rapper X Einer Bankz – Grown Ass Kid Kuinka – Mistakenly Brave Taimane – Fire Scott Matthew – End of Days Manitoba Hal – Way Down in the Hole Zoë Bestel – Grey Skies Camsuke – Campanella Waltz Krista Muir – Morther of Crowys Eliel Carvalho – Sampa

Friday Links: Foxy Uker, Howlett Legacy

Paul and his Ukulele by Robert Broder is the tale of a young fox’s travels with his uke. Speaking of peripatetic ukers, the UOGB took time out of their US tour to play for an elementary school uke club. Window Shopping – The Southern Ukulele Store has some Pete Howlett Legacy Series ukes. The electric […]

Survivor Girl Ukulele Band

There’s a lot of talk about the ukulele making the world a better place. But one person who is really walking the walk is Laurie Kallevig. She set up and runs the Survivor Girl Ukulele Band which works with survivors of human trafficking in India. They’re currently Kickstarting a CD. The Kickstarter ends on the […]

A Tribute to Kitty Lux

The death of founding Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain member Kitty Lux leaves a huge hole in the ukulele world. The UOGB set the template for the current ukulele revival 25 years before it started. As well as establishing the ukulele as a sociable, group instrument they expanded the uke’s repertoire to include everything from […]

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