One of the joys of watching out for new ukulele playing talent on Youtube is when it throws up precisely that.
Last week I came across a number of recent videos posted by a player called “GeorgeUke”. “GeorgeUke” is 25, comes from Dublin and boy, he can hold his own with the best out there. Check out George’s channel on Youtube……..you’re in for a pleasant surprise!
Here’s how George describes himself:
“I’m George Elmes from Dublin. I’ve been playing guitar for many years but I recently started playing the uke having discovered Roy Smeck. l love Smeck’s aggressive playing style and try to recreate that vibe in some of my vids, such as ‘Ukulele Solo’ and ‘Ukulele Solo #2’. I also like players such as Andy Eastwood and Steven Sproat who have perfected Formby’s style of playing.”
The Ukulele Boudoir seems to have been a brilliant event this year and I am green that I wasn’t there…especially when I saw this video of “Gus & Fin” and the Winin Boys. They knocked out a cracking version of “Cadillac”….and something else as a bonus
ZaZa has one of the finest Martin (and other) ukulele collections and he certainly know his ukes, so when he says a ukulele is “fabulous” you take it as a serious recommendation. In this video ZaZa is playing a soprano uke made by Rob Collins tinguitar.com. Rob has been making some fine instruments for the past number of years and we are really pleased he will be at the Ukulele Hooley in August so you will have a chance to try one or two of his ukuleles for yourself.
By the way nearly forgot to mention ZaZa will not only be appearing at the Ukulele Hooley in August, but he will also be giving a ukulele master class workshop.
Nice little clip of George Hinchcliffe of the Ukulele Orchestra of Gt. Britain and Tim and Jake from the “Anything Goes Orchestra” Here they play a cover of “2 Star Motel” by the Two Man Gentleman Band.
The Royal Boudoir Orchestra (RBO) in The Morinade Daniel Morin THE MOTION ’11/06/2012 (filmed by the Gurvan B.)
This so brilliant, wish I could be in France for the festival this weekend, but these guys are just great!
So your looking for other ukulele players to play with, well this is the spot for you!
Each Saturday morning round 11am a group of ukulele players meet in Tea Rooms at the Peoples Park so come along and join in – they’re a friendly bunch and you’ll be very welcome.
Will Grove White (Ukulele Orchestra of Gt. Britain) says this is how he likes to relax when not playing with the Orchestra…..
“The noseflute in this clip is a ‘bocarina’ and the ukulele is made by Pete Howlett. Take a look at the other videos on my channel or visithttp://www.willgrovewhite.com/ for free tunes, ukulele lessons and more rubbish like this.”
John Watson introduces himself as “playing ukulele, thinking ukulele. dreaming ukulele. writing music for the ukulele”…..and he certainly does! Having trained as a composer both at CalArts and the University of Exeter, he has turned his compositional skills to writing beautiful music specially for the ukulele “an instrument for which there are countless arrangements, but for which there are relatively few compositions”.
John has published two online books of his beautiful compositions and they can be found on his website http://www.ukulele101.co.uk. The first book is “Ukulele Etudes” and his latest publication is “The Ukulele Duets” from which both of these videos are taken. Do check out his Youtube channel (his Youtube name is “isca72”) John is an excellent player as well as a gifted composer.