Monthly Archives: March 2011

“Irish Washerwoman” Ukulele Cover by Al (Ukehunt)

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 :

Al says
“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.”

Cliff Edwards (Ukulele Ike)

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.