Yesterday 2134 Japanese ukulele players attending the Japanese Ukulele Picnic broke the official Guinness World Record – Now that’s impressive! They’ve set the bar very high for any future challenge – as we say in Ireland, “Folly That”!
No matter what the weathers like where you are, this is officially summer here in Ireland, (at least it was today!) so we’ve gotta have a summer ukulele song so how about this? “Summer Vibe” by “Walk off the Earth”.
Walk off the Earth are a Canadian indie band formed in 2006 in Burlington, Ontario. The band’s cover of Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know” using only one guitar went viral in early 2012 and gained over 124 million hits onYouTube.
Ukulele “legend” Tony Casey ie: Casetone2514 is a regular visitor to the Ukulele Hooley in Ireland. Tony was at the Ukulele World Congress in Indiana and entertained with his song “Sleeping with the light on”.
Danielle Ate the Sandwich is a very talented ukulele player and songwriter who’s quietly been working away, steadily honing her craft. Her new album Her new album ‘Like a King’ is releasing June 5th, 2012.
It is available for pre-order here: http://danielleatethesandwich.com/index.php/store-2/
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She is playing one of those “ten a penny” Myna Moe Ukuleles …(just a tinge of the “green monster” erupting here- I’ve been fancying one of those beautiful ukes since I first saw them)
Remember the name “Danielle Ate The Sandwich”:-)
A few memories of the day after the 2011 Ukulele Hooley to help us get into the mood for Ukulele Hooley By The Sea 2012
Stephin Merritt, the founder and songwriter of unconventional American indie band the Magnetic Fields, visits the Guardian studio with his ukulele to perform a live version of his tragic love song Andrew in Drag. He tells how the song was forged from late evenings in the pub – and also the reaction in Germany to his playing the ukulele.
One of Ireland’s original ukulele players and talented songwriter, Peter Delaney, performs “Pariah Chimes” live on Dublin’s Harcourt St.
If you get a chance to see Peter at any of his gigs, his performances are magic.
Levon Helm’s wonderful voice and drumming provided many of the great musical moments to the soundtrack of many of our lives. Levon died on Thursday April 19th and he will be be sadly missed.
He sang so many great songs but the one that has a special significance for ukulele players in Ireland is “Ophelia”.
Its in our songbook and is one of the featured numbers by the Ukeristic Congress.
Sing on Levon…
Here is George Formby’s last television performance on the 1960 TV programme “The Friday Show”.
He gets through quite a few of his favourites and its quite touching when you realise he died some months later.
(Thanks to ChewBaxter for putting it together)