"The ukelele (sic) has just four strings, and a very limited range. But one Hawaiian musician has taken the humble instrument out of its customary setting, and even scored a pop hit in Japan. A master musician demonstrates the power of the ukelele, from Beatles tunes to speed metal."Check your local listings for airtime. Here's info for KQED. (Thanks, Jennifer!)
Wednesday, June 29, 2005
Monday, June 27, 2005
Friday, June 24, 2005
"The Internet Archive is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that was founded to build an ‘Internet library,’ with the purpose of offering permanent access for researchers, historians, and scholars to historical collections that exist in digital format."A search on "ukulele" turned up some real gems, like this 1918 Edison recording of an 'ukulele/mandolin duet, Ragtime Echos with the mysterious Marie Caveny on uke. Not to mention some Cliff Edwards classics here.
Tuesday, June 21, 2005
Friday, June 17, 2005
Thursday, June 16, 2005
Backing instrumentals are provided by Cathy and Amy's dads. (Who I wouldn't mention at all except Fathers' Day is coming up, and who wouldn't want to have Cathy's dad or Amy's dad for a dad. Poke around on the Folk Uke site and you'll know why.) Link
(Thanks, Cathy and Amy!)
Best reason to buy: (Just one?) James's version of Jimi Hendrix's "Little Wing." James has a chord soloing style that is uniquely his, and I can't wait for him to publish a book of arrangements so I can rip him off. Link (Thanks, James!)
Tuesday, June 14, 2005
Monday, June 13, 2005
Jimmy Buffett can barely contain his excitement: Ukulele phenom Jake Shimabukuro performs with him for seven concerts beginning Wednesday in Virginia.Link
"I can't wait until when Jake walks out onstage and sees 26,000 screaming people," Buffett says from Toronto, where he performs tonight.
Wednesday, June 01, 2005
1st FRIDAY UKE REVUE! Hosted by JIM D'VILLE and starring uke king, LYLE RITZ with bassist, RON GREEN; guitar & uke duo, DAVIS & D'VILLE! kinetic synch of THE ARTICHOKE NO-JUG BAND & remarkable Special Mystery Guests! TIX ON SALE NOW!
7PM FOOD & BAR by CASSIDY'S, 8PM SHOWTIME. $18 Advance Tix on sale at Artichoke Music (service charge on credit card tix purchase). Limited Seats, Non-Smoking, All Ages Welcome.
The fate of the 1st Friday Variety Revue has taken a ukulele turn for June! Come enter the world of uke passion with stars, mystery guests & old favorites playing the increasingly popular ukulele! Come see & hear what it's all about, you'll be glad you did! True to form, the 1st Friday Uke Revue follows the tradition of vaudeville on the Backgate Stage with a lineup of entertainment at its finest presented the old-fashioned way.
Verve recording artist, author & teacher, LYLE RITZ brings jazz ukulele to new heights with bassist, RON GREEN. DAVIS & D'VILLE..The fine combustion of the elegant guitar work of LAURA DAVIS combined with the sparkling articulation of ukuleleist, JIM D'VILLE makes high octane fuel that gets your motor
The SPECIAL MYSTERY GUEST is traditionally a favorite set at 1st Friday with a spotlight on the prodigious UNDISCOVERED or someone TOO FAMOUS to pre-announce for the room. You never know (and you might never forget!) it could be YOUR favorite...
Don't miss this great chance to get an unusual earful of music of the highest order in the world of ukulele!
Fine food & drink brought to you by CASSIDY'S at 7PM Doors. Show starts at 8. Limited seats, non-smoking and all ages welcome! Link