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Video of the Year Nominations

If you haven’t already, make sure you get your nomination in for the Ukulele Video of the Year 2011. Current high-flyers are Lisa Hannigan, LP and Eddie Vedder. If you think someone else deserves a look-in head over to the post and make your nominations in the comments.

Ukulele Christmas Quiz 2011

Instructions: – Grab a piece of paper – Display your uke knowledge – Check the answers here (no peeking) – Leave your score in the comments along with your dangs/woohoos. Name That Chord What chords are these on a standard C-tuned (gCEA) ukulele? 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Name That Celeb Which famous person is […]

Benny Wenda

The guy playing ukulele in this clip is Benny Wenda. He’s also a leader of the movement to free West Papua from Indonesia. He’s been living in the UK since 2003 when he was granted asylum after escaping arrest and torture in Indonesia. He now faces arrest and deportation after the issuing of an Interpol […]

Reasons Not to Play George Formby Songs

A couple of weeks ago the BBC aired Frank Skinner’s documentary about George Formby. You watch the full documentary on YouTube and it’s well worth it. I’m a fan of Formby, enjoyed it and learned a fair bit too. In the clip at the top, Frank visits Karauke in London to find out why modern […]

Ukuleles in Fiction

I had a trawl through Project Gutenberg for references to ukuleles. There were a few passing references from people you might expect like F. Scott Fitzgerald and P.G. Wodehouse. You can read those – and plenty of others – on Backwards Ukulele Player’s posts on this subject. But it’s obvious the writer most fond of […]

Eddie Vedder Ukulele Songs Songbook Review

I’m not entirely sure it’s worth reviewing something that’s officially out of print. The ukulele songbook for Eddie Vedder’s Ukulele Songs album was available as a limited edition and was sold out before it was released (apart from a few copies sold on Flea Market Music). It is still sort of gettable. If you’re willing […]

Ukuleles for Peace 2011 – 20 Tabs

About three years ago I put together a tab ebook to benefit Ukuleles for Peace with the help of some friends. Since then it’s raised over $3,500 for them. It’s done so well that Ken Middleton has put together a follow-up featuring tabs from me, Colin Tribe, Michael ‘Ukulele Mike’ Lynch, Herman Vandercauter and Ken […]

Ukuleles at the Edinburgh Fringe 2011

A healthy crop of ukulele acts, as always, at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe. Here’s a quick rundown of the acts I’d be going to see if I was there. Helen Arney – Festival of the Spoken Nerd and Alchemy Comedy ukulele nerd and star of Uke Hunt podcast #8, Helen Arney will doing a whole […]

Back on 5th August

I’m taking a couple of weeks off the blog. I’ll be back on 5th August with plenty of new stuff.

Frequently Asked Questions

It’s been an age since I last updated my About page – I even have hair in that photo. Step 1 in the process: updating the FAQs. If you’ve got any other questions (or questions about my answers) leave them in the comments below and I’ll do my best to answer those too. General Uke […]

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