Monday, October 31, 2011

Tiki King Fluke Art

Jim D'Ville interviewed Tiki King about his custom painted Fluke and Flea ukes. I didn't realize that His Majesty still paints the tiki Flukes by hand. Link

Monday, October 24, 2011

Home of the Fluke

Ever wonder what the workshop of the Magic Fluke Company (makers of Flukes, Fleas, and Fireflys) looks like? Answer: quite a bit like Santa's workshop. Nice little profile of Phyllis and Dale Webb and their company in the Berkshire Eagle. Link

Honolulu World Record Attempt Falls Short

A valiant effort, but not record. Video and pix at the link. Link

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The Martin Tiple Blog

Uncle Emile points us to his new blog devoted to the uke's kissing cousin, the tiple. Link

Felix the Cat Ukes

Are you a Felix the Cat fan? If so, you'll want one of these ukes from Oriolo. There's even a blem available on Amazon right now at a substantial discount. Link

Monday, October 17, 2011

Ukulele Katie

While searching for a uke version of Your Feet's Too Big for my post below, I ran across a series of videos by Ukulele Katie, a stage-4 cancer patient who demonstrates unflappable spirit in the face of her disease. Here's the Waller tune, but also check out Terminal Cancer Blues.

I note that Katie has not posted anything for a while. Does anyone know her status?

The Happiest Way To Be Sad

They say you can't play a sad song on a ukulele. From a quick listen to the track samples of Lil' Rev's new CD, he's split the difference, and found upbeat ways to sing the blues. Think Fats Waller's Your Feet's Too Big. Naturally, it's titled The Happiest Way to Be Sad. Check it out, and buy it here.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

World Record Attempt, Honolulu

If you'll be on Oahu on October 22, join Jake Shimabukuro and friends in an attempt to set the new Guinness World Record for the largest ukulele ensemble at the Waikiki Band Shell.

Details are on the event site.

Tiki King's Coffin Uke

His Majesty, the Imperial Potentate of the Ukedom of Felton, Tiki King, has built this sick baby. Behold the Tiki King Coffin Uke: sitka spruce top, birch laminate back and sides, mahogany neck, rosewood fretboard, maple bridge. And, natch, bone nut and saddle. The perfect ukulele for the season, and ideal to rip out this classic.


Saturday, October 08, 2011

News of the Skewered

Shelly Rickey points us to this disturbing little news item.
"A believer has his cheeks pierced with two ukeleles at the Vegetarian Festival in Phuket Thailand. During the festival people pierce themselves with swords, or other objects, and many undergo painful procedures for the sins of the community to take over."

Monday, October 03, 2011


from the Apple App Store:

"ukulele girls" is tuning utility for the ukulele.
Can do the tuning of High-G and Low-G.
The girl is strummed repeating the string when touching."

no comment, no link.

Saturday, October 01, 2011

Gerald Ross: Ukulele Swing

The first of several (promised) videos in which Gerald Ross shows you how to swing that uke! From the Ukulele Sessions blog on the Mel Bay site. Link

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