Andrew Robinson (of the Ukeristic Congress) set Stevie Smith’s poem “Not Waving But Drowning” to music for the ukulele.
FinRaucous of “Gus & Fin” famed ukulele punk duo and good friend who appeared at Ukulele Hooley 2009 blasts out a vigorous version of the old Elvis classic “Viva Las Vegas” on banjo uke and his other favoured instrument, the tea chest bass.
If you would like chords for this version, then check the Ukehunt site.
Ukester Brown is a prolific ukulele player with a particular love of early 20th century songs. Here he is playing “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling” (accompanied by his canary).
Our good friends “The Ukeristic Congress” had a great night at their concert in the National Concert Hall last Saturday. Here they are doing “Lovesick Blues”.
Max de Bernardi is a very accomplished guitarist and and uke player from Italy. He is joined here by Domingo el Colorao on Timple and the singer is Veronica who sings with Max.
Saw them at the Belgian Ukulele Festival in ’09 and they are really amazing musicians.
Gets your feet tapping!
Its St. Patrick’s Day and it seems appropriate to feature an Irish tune on ukulele but its ironic that it was down to our good friend in the the UK Al Woodshed (creator of the “Ukehunt” website) to actually post a Paddy’s Day number on YouTube.
But thats ok as Al is practically an honorary “Paddy” anyway as he provided one of the main links on a Ukehunt post that led to the setting up of Uke Ireland and the start of the Irish Uke Community.
So here he is playing the “Irish Washerwoman” and the tabs can be found on the Ukehunt website :
“Quite tricky to play this one. The first section is made up of campanella bits on G and Am (5450) mixed with short runs. For the runs in both sections it’s worth using pinkie, ring and middle for fretting. It’s a stretch in some places much makes it easier to set up for the chords.
My picking in this video is, I’ll admit, a mess. I use my thumb, index and middle and move them between strings. It’d be better to allocate one finger to each string in the campanella parts. Also, I used just my middle finger to pick the runs. It’d make it easier to speed up if you used index, middle, index in a running-man motion.”
There are many wonderful YouTubes of the wonderful Cliff Edwards, the first international ukulele star, but I came across this one recently (thanks Ukehunt) .
Cliff Edwards was one the most popular entertainers of his day. He was a star in Vaudeville and on Broadway in the 1920s and made a successful transition to film in the 1930s. He was a reliable character actor who appeared in dozens of movies including classics like Gone With The Wind and His Girl Friday, although, sadly, he didn’t play his uke in those two. He also performed the original version of the song “Singin’ in the Rain” in 1929. Perhaps his most famous role was as Jiminy Cricket in Pinocchio, where he sang the lovely “When You Wish Up On A Star.” This clip from the 1933 short Hollywood on Parade perfectly showcases his irreverent, goofy and slightly manic performing style.