Friday, December 30, 2005
Thursday, December 29, 2005
One bit of proof is the number of new Ukulelia readers who have come to us in search of information about Jake and his music. Our readership hit an all-time high this month, due in part to the Jake phenom.If you've been reading Ukulelia for a while, you know that it's a labor of love for Mark and me. So it's nice when things like this happen: Click thru to the FAQ section on Jake's site. Then see what the answer to "What is the 'ukulele?" is. Link
Wednesday, December 28, 2005
Tuesday, December 27, 2005
Monday, December 26, 2005
Friday, December 23, 2005
On behalf of Mark and his family, Merry Christmas from the entire Peare Troupe!
Thursday, December 22, 2005
Tuesday, December 20, 2005
The origin of the name? Sez Papa Alvin Okami, "It's in the shape of a pineapple, and the idea for the design came to me on a Sunday, so that's why it's called Pineapple Sunday."
Friday, December 16, 2005
"Paul Kraus, filmmaker and ukulele builder, takes us behind the scenes to meet some of the most influential ukulele builders and players today! The music comes through loud and clear, with Jumpin’ Jim Beloff guiding us through the different eras of the ukulele’s popularity. An exceptional documentary film, featuring the music of Lyle Ritz, Jim Beloff, Bill Tapia, Bryan Tolentino, Michelle Kiba, and a host of others."The video is available from Lark in the Morning or from North Pacific Productions. Link
Thursday, December 15, 2005
Meet Victoria Vox, singer/songwriter, and now ukulele chanteuse:
"February 7, 2006 will see the release of Victoria Vox and Her Jumpling Flea. In December '05, Vox debuted the songs in Hawaii (O'ahu and Maui). Vox is now sponsored by KoAloha ukuleles. "Check out her Christmas song, "Christmas With You".
Wednesday, December 14, 2005
If you can't slip a Martin 5K in my stocking this year, perhaps you can grab one of these babies made by elf/luthier Ken Potts in conjunction with elf/grand-uke-panjundrum Chuck Fayne.
"The reproduction of the ORIGINAL HAWAIIAN UKULELE SOUND seems to have been very elusive. Many have tried and some have come close. Close examination of the works of the early makers; Diaz, Santos, Nunes, Mossman, Sam Chang, the Summers Brothers and many other named and unnamed instruments finally revealed their secrets. Knowing the secrets and translating that knowledge to reproduction was not an easy process. However, through trial and error, Ken Potts has done it. We at KAHIKO VINTAGE REPRODUCTIONS are proud to announce the sound we have all been waiting for-- THE CONCERT FLYER--the player's lifetime companion. This instrument continues where others leave off. The CONCERT FLYER has the sound and look of the past with the improvements of the present. We would like to thank all those whose experimentations have made our job easier. WE uncovered the mine; they helped dig the tunnels."I've been very good this year. Link
" I promised all of you that I would tell you about anything new that I thought was terrific. When I came to Australia 9 years ago, I began to look around for ukuleles. There was nothing. As far as I could figure out, there were two companies and neither making ukuleles then. One was JMG a weird uke made a lot like a violin and it sounded horrible. The other was a Maton, a company that is still in business, but no longer made ukes. by our standards , the ones they made were just passable. I went to visit the Maton Company and met a man named Brad Clark. We talked about ukes. He was later fired by Maton, a move I assume they regret to this day. He opened his own Guitar business and revolutionized the making of modern instruments by turning back the clock 300 odd years and by using some of the old and some of the new coupled with a world recognized sound system that is regarded by many as “the best”. Cole Clark Guitars has begun to make ukuleles with the same quality. They are manufactured in three styles. Each more fancy but all with the same fabulous sound. They are really a player’s instrument. They are larger than a soprano and smaller than a concert. You can see them and find out all future plans for the uke by writing Bradley@coleclarkguitars.com. I suggest you do, this is one of the best sounding and revolutionary ukuleles to be made to date. There, I lived up to my promise and am please to be able to tell you about the 'UK-E-LADY'."Currently there is no info on the ukes on the Cole Clark site, but here are some photos in the meantime: Photo 1 Photo 2.
Tuesday, December 13, 2005
"The Kazooka electric kazoo can be connected directly to any microphone or instrument input on almost any audio device with no need for batteries or phantom power. Examples include: computer sound card, guitar amplifier, P.A., digital workstation, cassette 4-track, mixing board, guitar pedals, karaoke machine, mini disk recorder, sampler."Link
Monday, December 12, 2005
This page has links for both MS Word and pdf files. Link
Angels we Have Heard on High
Away In a Manger
Deck the Halls
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Good King Wenceslas
I’ll Have a Blue Christmas
I'll be Home For Christmas
In the Bleak Midwinter
It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas
Jingle Bells Hawaiian Style
Joy to the World
Let It Snow
Little Drummer Boy, the
Mary’s Boy Child
Mele Kalikimaka (The Hawaiian Christmas Song)
O Holy Night
O Little Town of Bethlehem
Old Toy Trains
Rudolf the Red-nosed Reindeer
Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town
Ukeing around the Christmas Tree
Walking in a Winter Wonderland
We Wish You a Merry Christmas
Ralph Shaw's ukulele instruction DVDs would make great gifts for your favorite uker this year. Titles for everyone from kids to advanced players. Link (And a link to Mr. Shaw's "Ralphomercial" for the DVDs: Link)
Friday, December 09, 2005
UPDATE: And lo, the tabs were scanned and yea, they were uploaded. With special thanks to Mark Childs, who graciously sent me Bob Remstein's arrangement two years ago. I hope you enjoy my uke arrangement. Do drop me a line if you develop any improvements!
Thursday, December 08, 2005
Wednesday, December 07, 2005
Ukulelia pal Jim Bradbury pointed us to these photos of a giant ukulele arriving for the First International Ukulele Ceilidh ("Kay-Lee", rhymes with "Ooo-Koo-Lay-Lee") back in October of 2005. According to the site, this bad boy was made in 1976 for a parade honoring HRH Queen Elizabeth II. What I don't know is what building is shown in the pix, nor if the giant is still in residence. Anyone know? Drop me a line...
Oh, and a word of caution to the folks in Nova Scotia: don't let the guys in Santa Cruz talk you into hauling it out to their annual "Burning Uke" weekend. Let's just say it would be like playing with matches... Link (Thanks, Jim!)
"I have a lot of optimism that making music can become part of our daily lives. And I think the ukulele might be the big part of the renaissance of music-making in America. It's easy to learn, and something magical happens when you play it."Amen. Link
"For conspicuous devotion to duty, extraordinary courage and complete disregard of his own life, above and beyond the call of duty, during the attack on the Fleet in Pearl Harbor by Japanese forces on 7 December 1941. When it was seen that the U.S.S. Oklahoma was going to capsize and the order was given to abandon ship, WARD remained in a turret holding a flashlight so the remainder of the turret crew could see to escape, thereby sacrificing his own life."Peace, everyone. Link
(Today would be a good day to send a uke to a soldier.)
"But why the baritone? I love tenors too. I love them all. But the bari is the uke of the American Dreams era. Godfrey. Boone. Kingston Trio. Vega. Favilla. The 50's. They deserved their own website! I also like monkeying with the strings and tunings. Especially baris like the smaller Vegas can be strung with a high D or even Aquila's C tuning strings and you get a "fifth uke", in between the tenor and bari. (And of course, the frets are bigger)."Big Old Ukes also has a number of baris "up for adoption" in what is about the best presentation and evaluation of used uke conditions I've seen. Heck, they even name them! Link
Tuesday, December 06, 2005
Monday, December 05, 2005
Friday, December 02, 2005
Tuesday, November 29, 2005
Monday, November 21, 2005
"I noticed your recent blog post and, as audio technician responsible for digitizing all the recordings for the UCSB cylinder project, I went digging in the archives for the Ford Hawaiian cylinders. I transferred and cleaned them today, so they should now all be online for streaming or download- five of them if you do an author search for "Ford hawaiians".Indeed! Aren't the Internets wonderful? Link (Thanks, Noah!)
Thanks for your interest in the project, and let me know if there are any other Hawaiian cylinders that you'd like to hear. (I'm currently on "Cylinder 5200 something", which is why these Hawaiian recordings in the Cylinder 5400 and 5500 call number area had yet to be transferred, so if there are other mid-five thousand call numbers you are interested in, I'd be happy to transfer those as well.) I also love these Hawaiian cylinders, and while the sound quality is a little variable- most of the 3000 series of the Edison Blue Amberols were directly dubbed from "Edison Diamond Discs", sometimes quite poorly- the song "Kaena" by Henry Kailimai I found particularly stunning.
Thursday, November 17, 2005
"Mahalo for the information! And mahalo for extending the message of my great grandfather's life's work!Here's a link to the show: Link (Thanks, Catherine!)
In June of 2004 a radio station in New York produced a show called "Thomas Edison's Attic" during which they played many of the cylinder and disc recordings Edison produced at his West Orange New Jersey Lab. My great grandfather, Henry Kailimai, and his group are on the playlist performing "Wiliwili Wai." They are about 12 minutes into the show."
"While in the employment of Ford, Henry Kailimai was the manager of what became known as the Ford Hawai'ian Quintet. This group of musicians would perform regularly at company functions and were booked for private parties as well.Why else should you know about Kailimai? He's the composer of the early hapa haole blockbuster, "On the Beach at Waikiki"! Sadly, it seems that the Ford Quintet recordings have not yet been posted to the web. But there's lots of great stuff nonetheless. Here's a 1916 recording of Billy Murray singing "When Old Bill Bailey Plays the Ukalele". Enjoy!
In 1916, the group traveled to Orange, New Jersey where they played for employees of the Thomas A. Edison company. According to a letter sent to Ford's secretary by an Edison employee, the Quintet met and made a hit with Mr. and Mrs. Edison. The group eventually played at the marriage of Edison's daughter, and went on to the Edison Recording Studio in New York where they made several records.
During all this time, Ford's only stipulation was that the Ford Hawai'ian Quintet confine themselves to Hawai'ian music as they had done in the Hawai'i Building during the Exposition."
Wednesday, November 16, 2005
Monday, November 14, 2005
Tuesday, November 08, 2005
Thursday, November 03, 2005
Brittni Paiva is quickly establishing herself throughout the islands
as Hawaii’s musical child prodigy. Affectionately referred to as
the ukulele darling and slack key super girl for her
masterful command of the instruments, at the ripe age of 16, this
youngster is holding her own with the best of them. On June 3rd, the
sweet humble teen walked away with the 2005 Na Hoku Hanohano Music Award for Most Promising Artist of the Year for her debut
recording, Brittni X 3.
It's her first Bay Area performance. Aloha, Brittni! Concert information at this link.
Btw, Mike DaSilva dropped me an email to let me know about his event. We're happy to help announce events and performances of interest to the ukulele community. Hello!
Wednesday, November 02, 2005
So this year, dear readers, we'll post our annual list o' links to online Christmas music early. I'm in the process of aggregating an updated list of links. In the meantime, here's a link to a page with last year's list. If you've stumbled across any that you don't see, please email me and I'll update the list. Mahalo! Link
Monday, October 31, 2005
"Benny Chong has been known for more than 40 years as the guitarist who helped make Don Ho & the Aliis one of the biggest acts in contemporary Hawaiian music. It has only been in the last few years that Chong has stepped forward as an ukulele virtuoso -- although his solo recordings have only been on a compilation album. This is his long-awaited debut as a solo artist. Chong proves worth the wait."Byron Yasui wrote the liner notes. Song clips at the review page. Benny's site in progress is here. Link
Friday, October 28, 2005
"...support your local deviant, and indulge your own flair for the denial of normalcy by attending this showcase of local weirdness."The Ukeaholics and Oliver Brown are on the bill, too!
Thursday, October 27, 2005
Wednesday, October 26, 2005
Sounds like a most excellent time! For info, contact Andy Andrews.
"This Friday Saturday and Sunday October 28th, 29th, 30th
Plaskett Creek State Park at extreme south end of Big Sur coast
60 miles South of Highway 1 and Carmel Valley Road intersection
Cost: $20 per person..."
Tuesday, October 25, 2005
Friday, October 21, 2005
Here's a tip, too: do a search on "Singhi" and the results will include all the music with May Singhi Breen uke arrangements. Link
Wednesday, October 19, 2005
"The Uke Out at the Knock Out was great last night. First we ate accross the street at a little Japanese restaurant. The Knock Out turned out to not be a concert, but just a bar. It was a little crowded and hot in there, and they didn’t start until late, but the music was great.Sorry I missed it! Link
The first guy, Cracker Jack Salteen, sounded a little awkward, but at least he acknowledged it. The best group had to be the Paper Dolls who went next. Those girls could sing, and definately took the attention of the crowd. They threw in some Prince and Boy George and it was great. Dimestore Dandy was good, he could sing and his songs were great. He even had a kazoo inside of a tin can around his neck. Tippy Canoe and the Paddlemen were great too.
The end was great, as the Paper Dolls joined the Paddlemen onstage as the Sweaters, and they did some great doowop numbers. Check out the photo album."
Monday, October 17, 2005
Friday, October 14, 2005
Thursday, October 13, 2005
Wednesday, October 12, 2005
"It's not easy to love the ukulele. The instrument has a bad reputation, a tricky name to spell and very little street cred.Sounds like it was a great event, despite the weather... Link
To make matters worse, record-breaking rains made the First International Ukulele Ceilidh in Liverpool last weekend nearly inaccessible to anyone travelling from Halifax."
'Japanese artist, Nabuaki Date, make ukuleles out of parts of soon to be demolished houses and buildings. The ukulele is then given to the owner of the house as a physical and acoustic embodiment of its memories and history.Link
'They are beautifully crafted and unique. If you follow the links to the flickr page you can find a few more that I have scanned in.'
Tuesday, October 11, 2005
"While I have seen one other tone wood hand crafted toilet paper holder in my ukulele travels, rosewood or mahogany, at C.F. Martin in Nazareth, this is the first koa one I've seen.Scroll down on the page to see the giant scale pineapple uke (shown here) that the guys in the Santa Cruz Uke Club built for this year's "Burning Uke." I can't believe they'll actually torch this baby. But they will! Oh the Uke-manity! Link
Thursday, October 06, 2005
Here is what appears to be Japan's answer to Ukulelia (and where I've found links for my last two posts): "The Call of Ukulele" ("It's a gateway of ukulele web sites!")
It's in Japanese, but with enough English headers that most folks from this hemisphere should be able to poke around with no trouble. There's a bevy of links to Japanese luthiers, performers, events, etc. Well worth a perusal, and definitely a bookmark! Link
Wednesday, October 05, 2005
"A detective in the Coronado Police Department has asked me to lend my voice, as it were, to the investigation regarding the disappearance of several thousand dollars at the San Diego Ukulele Festival. This money was destined to buy ukuleles for troops serving in Afghanistan and Iraq.Link
The police also asked me to make it clear that Cathy Michalski was the direct victim of this crime. She is not a suspect.
Whoever stole this money is believed to have come to the festival as a ukulele player. If you or anyone you know has information regarding the disappearance of this money, please contact the Coronado Police at 619-522-7347.
Right now, we have requests for far more ukes than we have money. This is not about supporting the war. It is about the gift of ukulele to young folks in harm’s way on a daily basis.
Anita Coyoli-Cullen is in charge of Ukes for Troops. She is currently using www.ukefortroops.com as the web site, while I am in the process of transferring ukesfortroops.org and ukesfortroops.net to her name. She is in the process of receiving 501 3c not-for-profit status. Shirley Orlando does the fulfillment.
Neither of these fine ladies makes a penny for their efforts. If you want to donate, every $20 buys a uke that is sent over there (songbook and postage incl). Every cent raised goes for getting ukes in the hands of the troops who want them. There are no administrative costs taken from the funds raised.
All donations made now are tax deductible through Operation Home Front. Checks should be made payable to Ukes for Troops and sent to the address on www.ukesfortroops.com.
Please, if you know anything at all about the missing money, contact the police at the above number. If you actually know the individual who stole it, get that person to return it anonymously or through an intermediary.
The return of the money would likely end the matter now, and it would let us fulfill our promise to some young people who want to play ukulele."
Wednesday, September 28, 2005
Tuesday, September 13, 2005
"Commercial posts are restricted, although we do allow instrument builders and others to make limited posts regarding availability of products and services, within certain guidelines." Link
I sent you some information on our new Ukulele group called UKIE YUK YUK.
"We do some funny, some weird and some traditional stuff as well as are
developing a Ukulele Polka set." Link
Thursday, August 25, 2005
Thursday, August 18, 2005
Tuesday, August 16, 2005
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Thursday, August 11, 2005
Monday, August 08, 2005
Thursday, August 04, 2005
"Here's a link to someA Word of Caution: do not try this with your 1890 Santos.
pics I took of Randall Wright's ukulele derring-do..."
(And in the Small World Department, turns out Jim is married to our long-lost friend, Judith Bradbury, nee Johnson. A new friend and a re-union with an old one in one fell swoop. I gotta get out more often!)
"Jeff performs his songs on the piano and this 4-stringed acoustic/electric baritone ukulele. Jeff's ukulele uses an unconventional tuning similar to the alternate "G" tuning for the tenor ukulele: the strings are tuned D-G-B-E like the bottom strings of the guitar, except the D is raised an octave. Why the strange tuning? When Jeff got the uke as a gift, it came tuned that way. He taught himself to play it like that, unaware that it was strange, and with no ukulele experts at hand to alert him to the abnormality. So that's how it'll always be, tuned strange."
Jeff is a co-founder of the award-winning comedy group Elephant Larry and reportedly can play the uke and sax simultaneously.
Tuesday, August 02, 2005
The concept of Portable Resort, an "entertainment tool" for PSP, involves the player freely spending time on a beautiful tropical island. You'll be able to go anywhere on the island, with the in-game world experiencing progression through time and a full day/night cycle. The in-game world is synched up with the current time, so when it's dark out in the real world, the game world will reflect that. Perform all kinds of little fun tasks as you stroll around -- ick up a ukulele from the beach, and you can use your PSP as an instrument, with the analog thumb pad is used to strum, with the face buttons used to form chords.
Monday, August 01, 2005
Later, while we were all hanging out, talking story, a lady drops in with a uke that she picked up for her 4 year old at Goodwill. (You know where this is going...) Found it at the bottom of a box filled with kids toys. Marked $3.99, but since it was missing a tuning peg, she haggled and got it for 99 cents. Brought it by Mike's to see what it would cost to put the c. 1920 Leonardo Nunes in playing condition for the kid.
O! Ukulele Karma, where art thou?
Friday, July 29, 2005
Thursday, July 28, 2005
Friday, July 22, 2005
Information on the DaSilva concert venue is here.
"One man, one ukulele. Randall will be traveling to Taiwan, China and India to learn and translate regional indigenous musics through the ukulele and explore the contemporarization of such musics into pop, blues and rock formats. Come support the kickoff to his monumental journey. For more information please visit Global Ukulele.
Complete details on Mike's site. Don't miss it! Link
Thursday, July 21, 2005