Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Friday, October 27, 2006

Early 1920s Martin Style 3

Frank Ford has some sweet pix of an early Martin Style 3 on Frets.com. Link

Mark Occhionero at DaSilva Saturday

Mike DaSilva sez,
"Mark [Occhionero] happens to be in town on business and has been gracious enough to agree to providing us with an evening of music. Please help me welcome him to California with a concert at the shop."
Saturday, October 28, 2006,
8pm Concert, $5 at the door. 2547 8th Street #28
Berkeley, California 94710
510 649-1548 Link

Thursday, October 26, 2006

The New York Ukulele Ensemble

Behold, the legend begins.

Premier performance at the 30th Annual Village Halloween Costume Ball. Link

(Thanks, UJ!)

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Sacred Uke

It being Sunday and all, I thought I'd post a link to Darrell Dement's blog, "Sacred Uke."

Darrell is a pastor in DeLand, Florida. (Four Gospels, four strings. Makes perfect sense to me!) If you're looking for hymns to include in worship services, Darrell has arrangements of about a dozen on his blog. Oh, and "Layla," too. Which Darrel categorizes as a "Not So Sacred" tune, but I'm a Unitarian in California, so it's like #42 in my hymnal. Link

Beltona "Blue Uke" #2

Beltona has just released a spiffy new version of their Blue resonator ukulele. It has an asymmetrical cutaway body. We here at Ukulelia have dubbed it the "Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action Two-Hundred-Shot Range Model Ukulele" and the must-have toy for Christmas this year!

(Santa, are you listening?)


Thursday, October 19, 2006

Duke of Uke

Michael Simmons, Grand Panjandrum over at The Fretboard Journal reminded me of the story (below) about the ukulele shop in England that now takes credit cards. Maybe not a huge news event, but Duke of Uke sure looks like a heckuva store. Kind of like Shakespeare & Company for ukes. (Wonder if Sylvia Beach ever played...) Link

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Lil' Rev in Berkeley!

I had the pleasure of having breakfast with Lil' Rev last week at Mel's Diner in San Francisco.

Rev wanted all you Bay Area Ukulelia readers to know about his upcoming show, this Friday night, October 20, at Epic Arts in Berkeley. Please come on out to this off-the-beaten-path venue for what will surely be a uke-packed night of Rev-elry. (Man, I need more coffee, or fewer hyphens!) Even if you can't make it, please help spread the word. $10 suggested donation, all ages, no one turned away for lack of funds.

Here are related links:

Calendar at LilRev.com
Epic Arts site
Epic Arts calendar

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

My Rocketbelt Daze

Story and accompanying YouTube video about Harold Graham, the first person to fly a rocketbelt. Yep, the one you always dreamed of trying out. The one in the James Bond movies. So how could Harold be any cooler? Why, this is a ukulele blog, isn't it? Link

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Nick Clooney on Ukulele Ike

George Clooney's pop reminisces about Cliff Edwards. Rosemary Clooney's brother remembers Ukulele Ike. All in one column. Link
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