Archive for 2011

My Brightest Diamond, Keston Cobblers’ Club: UkeTube

Keston Cobblers’ Club are releasing their record three tracks at a time. The excellent first part is already out and the uke-heavy Pett Level suggests the second part is going to be just as good. Also up this week a collab between Eddie Vedder and Beck, My Brightest Diamond, a Halloween-appropriate tune from Holland Greco, […]

Tangi Violin Uke: Ukulele Window Shopping

I think Tangi have stopped making their distinctive violin ukuleles and they didn’t make many of them when they did. But you can pick one up here. Beansprout and Mya-Moe hook up to make a banjo ukulele. Uker of OZ banjolele. Lightnin’ Bug resonator. Felix the Cat ukulele (via Ukulelia). I feel the need to […]

Songbooks for Ukulele Clubs: Friday Links

A bumper collection of ukulele songbooks for ukulele clubs. If you’re looking for something topical, Hull Ukulele Group has two Halloween/Guy Fawkes themes songbooks. The Martin Tiple blog is turning up some fantastic vintage pictures and clips. Well worth following. Heart Strings – it’s being made into an animated film and she’s looking for ukulelists […]

Lana Del Rey – Video Games (Tab)

Lana Del Rey – Video Games (Tab) Lana Del Rey has had a real love/hate reaction. I am very firmly in the love camp but I can see why some people would have an instant negative reaction. Although people accusing her of being a slick record company product obviously haven’t seen her being interviewed. The […]

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 […]

Tom Waits – Whistlin’ Past the Graveyard (Chords/Tab)

Tom Waits – Whistlin’ Past the Graveyard (Chords) A Halloween song and also – since he has a new album out – a long overdue Tom Waits song (unless you count his take on the Wire theme). The chords are exactly the same for the – possibly slightly better – Screamin’ Jay Hawkins version. Plenty […]

Lemoskine, Tamsin Wilson: UkeTube

This week’s videos include animated cryogenics from Helen Arney, Brazilian uker Lemoskine, an original Celtic-styled tune from Ken Middleton and plenty more besides. Don’t forget, I’m posting new videos as I find them on UkeToob where you can have your say on what makes it to the final list.

Mighty Uke European tour: Friday Links

Ukulele documentary, The Mighty Uke is going to be touring Europe with James Hill appearing at the UK dates. New releases: Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra have a new EP out, Givers’ In Light is finally out in the UK, Shelley O’Brien’s Vivarium. Videos: Is this a solid electric ukulele in the 50s? (Via Alex), Lorraine […]

REM – Five Riffs

It’s a shame to see REM splitting up. But looking at the age of most of these songs suggests it’s a good move on their part. All these riffs are in the original key. If you’re looking for the chords for these I suggest looking on Ultimate Guitar. Losing My Religion It makes a nice […]

Ukulele Halloween

Some tunes you may wish to bone up on before the big night. Addams Family Theme Tune Chopin – Funeral March Dance Macabre Ghostbusters (Duet) The Gothic Archies – Freakshow Halloween Theme Harry Potter – Hedwig’s Theme London Bridge Is Falling Down (From Halloween) The Misfits – Dig Up Her Bones The Misfits – Halloween […]

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