Thursday, January 31, 2002

I profiled ex-British Invasion popstar Ian Whitcomb for the LA Weekly. The title is "Me and Ukie Against the World." Link Discuss
Another home ukulele recording! This one, by Casey P., has an interesting Indian-esque sound to it. (Everyone, please keep sending me the URL's to your songs, I'll make a special section of ukuelia recording artists!) Link Discuss

Wednesday, January 30, 2002

Tuesday, January 29, 2002

Gary Peare found another turn-of-the-century sheet music archive. This one is from the New York Public Library. Search it using "ukulele." Link Discuss
Penn Manuscripts has a scan of the sheet music for My Gal Sal, with uke arrangements by May Singhi Breen. Link Discuss (Thanks, Gary!)
NALU Music is devoted to publications about the early history of the ukulele in Hawaii and recordings of classic and traditional music for the ukulele. Link Discuss (Thanks, Gary!)

Monday, January 28, 2002

Thursday, January 24, 2002

Dave Stewart is a 78 record collector fanatic, and he's transferred 188 Hawaiian songs from 1925-1938 onto a single MP3 CD, called "Waikiki is Good Enough for Me." Over nine hours of music for $20! If you like old timey, tin pan alley, steel guitar, ukulele, hot jazz music, you've got to get it. Link Discuss
Great sheet music archive. If you search, use 1923 as the end date. That way you'l get actual images of the music. (Dates after that are not in the public domain, thanks to Sonny Bono's dumb copyright extension law). Link Discuss (Thanks, Gary!)

Wednesday, January 23, 2002

Here's a nice email I got today. Check out Dave's excellent songs. I hope more DIY ukers email me to let me know about their recordings. I'll post them here.
Hi Mark,

My name is Dave Lasher, and I am a regular visitor to your site,Ukulelia. I caught the uke bug last Spring when I took a business trip to Hawaii. I purchased a cheap Hilo and began leaning to play. It broke on me two months later, but by then I was hopelessly hooked. I saved up and bought a cow-colored, tenor, Fluke with undersaddle pickup from Flea Market Music. This uke has become as important to me as my right arm. I just love it. I practice uke much more than I ever practiced guitar because it is just so damn convenient. It's sitting on my computer table, not more than 12 inches away, as I type these words. And, of course, it's the perfect size for playing while riding shotgun on a long road trip. Try that with a big clunky guitar!

Anyway, the reason I'm writing is to let you know that I have recorded my first original uke tunes and that they are available for free download on the net. I thought you and your readers might be interested in having a listen. The songs are, "Suzie's Stayin' Over" and "That Fat, Brown-Nosing, Bastard". You can hear them here: Enjoy!

Dave Lasher

P.S. You are doing a great job with Ukulelia!
Link Discuss

Tuesday, January 22, 2002

Friday, January 18, 2002

Japanese website with pictures of unusual ukuleles. Link Discuss (Thanks, Gary!)

Wednesday, January 16, 2002

Good article about ukuleles in Hawaii from August 2001 issue of Hawaiian Airlines magazine. Link Discuss (Thanks, Gary!)

Monday, January 14, 2002

I drew this picture of a ukulele-player and turned it into an iron-on. You can bid on it on eBay.Link Discuss

Wednesday, January 09, 2002

Is it a uke or a mandolin? It's both! (and it is excellent as a desert topping and floor wax, too!) Link Discuss (Thanks, Gary Peare!)
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