Thursday, September 30, 2010

Yes, the Ukulele is Just That Much Fun

What's he playing? Glad you asked, buckaroo. It's a Carnival plastic banjo uke. You'll find on on this page.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Monday, September 27, 2010

Ukulelia T-Shirts

As seen in Mighty Uke. Available here.

Ukulele World Record Quest Comes Up Short

We missed it by about 300, but damn, you should see (and hear!) what an entire theater of ukulele players sounds like. What a marvelous event, and an even better film. I bought a copy of Mighty Uke and can't wait to share it with friends and family. A Ukulelia T-Shirt even makes a cameo appearance!

NPR again picked up the story this morning. Link

Friday, September 24, 2010

SF: Let's Break the Record!

This Sunday, September 26th, 2010, head to The Castro Theatre in San Francisco for The Mighty Uke Roadshow. See Mighty Uke the film, plus enjoy a concert by Uni and Ukulele Dick and an attempt to establish a Guinness record-breaking giant ukulele strum-along. See you there! Tickets Here

UPDATE: Here's a story from KQED's California Report today. Link

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Leonard Maltin, Mighty Uke Fan

Film critic Leonard Maltin gives a fine recommendation for The Mighty Uke,
"...a charming new documentary called Mighty Uke, directed by Tony Coleman and produced by Margaret Meagher. It’s a cheerful chronicle of the ukulele’s history and remarkable comeback that spans the globe."


Monday, September 20, 2010

Milwaukee Ukulele Fest Returns

Escape to Wisconsin and swing by the Milwaukee Ukulele Festival next Saturday, September 25th, 2010. Great line-up of players and workshops! Link

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Friday, September 10, 2010

Megamind Ukulele Sighting

Brad Pitt's animated character plays our favorite instrument in the upcoming Megamind. Watch Trailer 3. Link

Friday, September 03, 2010

Lonesome Mama Blues

Here's a little Labor Day Weekend treat. Lonesome Mama Blues, arranged by May Singhi Breen. And a swell banjo solo version by Fred Van Epps.

The Drab Years

Things must have been pretty dull around the University of Kentucky in the late 50s and early 60s. The first photo is from a Lambda Chi Alpha mixer in 1957. Of course, this photo could have been staged for parents and alumni. And as soon as the photographer left they broke out the bourbon and Elvis records.

The second is from 1962, and shows a group of young Kentucky gentlemen ignoring a lone uke player. If my suspicion about these shots being staged is correct, this was snapped just before the strippers from Covington arrived.

Shygals' Serenade Print

It seems to be Art Appreciation Day here at Ukulelia. Here's a new letterpress print from Amy Crehore. Ukuleles make a frequent appearance in Amy's work. You can own your own hand-crafted print of Shygals' Serenade for $60. Link

Ta, Chips!

Much to love about this art news item. First there's the art piece in question: a prize-winning print of a woman playing the ukulele at a party in Darwin in the 1950s. Then there's the fact that the artist, Chips Mackinolty, is giving the prize money away:
"I figured that because it (the print) was about a period of time when people made their own music as a matter of course, I gave it to a number of live music venues in the Northern Territory," he said.
Then, of course, there's Chips's shirt. Link
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