Saturday, February 28, 2004
Friday, February 27, 2004
Thursday, February 19, 2004
. . . Elmo Aardvark himself, in thrilling vocal gymnastics, mind-boggling Gleehorn stylings and breath-taking prestidigital synchopations personally performed upon the legendary Kokomo Ukulele!There are three related CDs, including this one and this other one. As a tuba player, I especially like "The Moonlight, a Tuba and You".
. . . Chart-topper Joanie Sommers as she performs the long-unavailable follow-up to her hit song, "Johnnie Get Angry", namely that musical interrogative "Why Can't Johnnie Be Like Elmo?"!
. . . Saturday Night Live's Victoria Jackson as she warbles an unforgettable ode to the Spirit of Fine Ukulele Craftsmanship!
Wednesday, February 18, 2004
mind posting a notice on your home page with my contact info? Thanks."
Tuesday, February 17, 2004
""Uke Fest West" will be held in Santa Cruz, California, April 22nd, 23rd and 24th. This event is being planned, developed and presented through a collaboration of the Ukulele Club of Santa Cruz and The Ukulele Hall of Fame Museum. And is set to make a full weekend out of the Hayward Ukulele Festival which is on Sunday the 25th."You won't believe the amazing talent line up:
Bill Tapia, Bryan Tolentino, Byron Yasui, Carmaig de Forest, Dan "Cool hand Uke" Scanlan, Daniel Ho (and special guest), Hiram Bell, Ian Whitcomb, James Hill, Janet Klein, "Jumpin" Jim Beloff, Joel "Ukulele Eck" Eckhaus, John King, Ka Ehu Kai, King Kukulele, Larry D, Lyle Ritz, Michelle "ukulele Lady" Kiba, Milan Nicksic, Oliver Brown, Ralph "King of the Ukulele" Shaw, Tiki King, Ukulele Dick, Tom "The Ukulele Man" Harker, Waste Of Aces.Altogether, 4 days of ukulele heaven! Oh, boy! Drop everything you're doing, call in sick, and head for Santa Cruz! Complete information is here at this link. Discuss
Monday, February 16, 2004
Sunday, February 15, 2004
Friday, February 13, 2004
Thursday, February 12, 2004
"'We live in a world where all of the major earth shattering challenges have been faced and met. Everest has been conquered, the moon reached, the four minute mile left in tatters and the Pacific Ocean crossed solo by a man in a chilly bin lid. Given that there just isn't anything left for the rest of us to attempt, we've been forced to downsize and make more personal versions of these mammoth and unlikely tasks, to seek less obvious rewards. The challenge of making complex and listenable music with just 1.5m of nylon strings, 550 grammes of wood and glue and a musical scale of one-a-half octaves may not be dangerous or earth-shattering but it is just as unlikely."Some funny blokes with some seriously good music. Enjoy. Link Discuss
Wednesday, February 11, 2004
"Already a musician with several professional years under his belt, Bill Tapia was 19 and playing banjo with Johnny Noble's band at the grand opening of the Royal Hawaiian Hotel three-quarters of a century ago. Friday, he was an honored guest at the hotel's birthday bash."Link Discuss
Tuesday, February 10, 2004
"In RAISING WAYLON, Thomas Gibson's character, Reg, plays the ukulele, and Gibson himself played while he relaxed on the set. He owns three of his own, all made by Jim Beloff at Flea Market Music and The Magic Fluke Company. "Enter here. Discuss
During the latter half of the Nineteenth Century, Hawaiian music was dominated by four siblings known as Na Lani Eha, the Royal Four. Through their social and political influence, David Kalakaua (1836-91), Lydia Kamakaeha Paki (Liliuokalani, 1838-1917), Miriam Likelike (1851-87), and William Pitt Leleiohoku (1854-77) helped to create and popularize a new musical idiom that synthesized traditional Hawaiian poetics with New England-style hymnody. Harvard ethnomusicologist Helen Roberts wrote that the native Hawaiians “... first obtained an idea of real melody from the hymn singing of the missionaries. In somewhat later times there ensued a period of extensive composing on the part of those Hawaiians who had superior educational advantages and were gifted, like the members of the royal family. These songs represent a period in which the foreign art, stamped with a fresh viewpoint, was being adopted by the Hawaiians, and made to assume distinctive features at their hands.” Due in part to the efforts of the Royal Four, Hawaiian music was in vogue on the Mainland and in Europe by the 1910s, despite one annexationist’s prediction that it would “... never become widely popular.”
Monday, February 09, 2004
Friday, February 06, 2004
Wednesday, February 04, 2004
It has been said ... that the ukulele is a sort of bull s**t detector, in that it will find out whether a tune is worth its salt or not. If you can play it on the ukulele then it's a good tune.
The site has a link to a RealAudio stream of the report.
Tuesday, February 03, 2004
"...there is a really nice. featurette by Michael Simmons on the uke in the current March issue of Acoustic Guitar magazine. The piece is called "Forever Uke" and is a review of the new edition of my history book plus a look at some of the latest uke stars including Daniel Ho, Jake S. and Petty Booka."As of this post, there is no link to the article online, and Jim pointed out that our earlier post (below) actually links to the much earlier, 1998 article. If and when the article is posted online, we'll blog it. In the meantime, I guess you'll have to brave the weather and go out and pick up the dead tree edition. Link Discuss
Monday, February 02, 2004
Please note: Bill kindly requests that you not create links directly to the images on the site:
"If you would like to use any of these graphics, please feel free to do so, but help us out by capturing and storing them on your own FTP space rather than directly linking to the image here. The Tiny Ukers' diminutive size makes them perfect for forum IDs and because their KBs are small, it seems like a harmless drain. But the Tiny Ukers' popularity since being uploaded has been stunning, and the effect, data transfer-wise, has been not unlike a ferocious and devastating stampede of lemmings. Ah, the awesome power of the tiny!"Mesmerizing! Link Discuss