Here I'm playing one of the first UkeBrand concert ukuleles built by Kenny Hill.
I recently acquired an amazing baritone uke built by the wonderful Tony Graziano. This beautiful instrument links the islands to the mountains by virtue of its koa body and redwood top.
UKE CLUB? HOW ABOUT CLUB UKE?
It's the latest twist in the Santa Cruz uke scene. Read all about it in the July 6 issue of the Santa Cruz Weekly.
Photo at right by Kylan Oaks
Okay, okay. I admit it. I have IAS - Instrument Acquisition Syndrome. My latest acqusition is an incredible Compass Rose tenor ukulele from the Renaissance Guitar Company, built by Rick Turner - the only person I know to rate an entry in the Hippie Dictionary.
Legendary luthier Howard Rugg is now making limited edition ukuleles in his Felton shop. Check out this video that tells the story of the repair and discovery of a legendary Jose De Espirito ukulele and sneaks a peek at Howard's new line of ukes.
Featuring a live performance by Ukulele Dick!
Recently I used my Compass Rose ukulele on a jazzy solo interpretation of Mick Jaggar and Keith Richard's classic rock song Let's Spend the Night Together at Throwing Stones, a vaudeville revue of re-imagined Rolling Stones songs featuring 21 acts.
I have been a card-carrying member of the Ukulele Club of Santa Cruz (the UCSC where you get a real education) since its inception in 2002. I met Peter Thomas (president of UCSC) at Jim Beloff's uke extravaganza at Sylvan Music in Santa Cruz in 2000. Peter started coming to my monthly jam sessions shortly after. I met Kenny Hill and Michelle Kiba at the same concert and I got hooked right then and there. (I like to think of it as being abducted by ukulelians!)
"The Chordettes" make it easy at a meeting of the
Ukulele Club of Santa Cruz
I'm thrilled to be performing and speaking in Nina Koocher's new film, Under the Boardwalk: A Ukulele Love Story. Additionally, a live performance of my original song "Tunisia" is included in the DVD extras and a live performance of my song "Hey Diddle Diddle Bop" is available for free on Nina's site. Under the Boardwalk is a charming documentary about the Ukulele Club of Santa Cruz.
Look for me playing my song "Swept Away" in the Mighty Uke Movie
"Swept Away (Stranded With You)" is available for preview
and download on this CD Baby page.
You can also find "Swept Away" on SHOW US YOUR UKES - The first recorded collection of songs played by members of the Ukulele Club of Santa Cruz. This studio recording is more than 70 minutes long and features 24 songs performed by more than 40 members of our "four-string family," plus a live recording of the entire club singing Under the Boardwalk, the club theme song.
Get your copy for just $10 by calling 831/ 425-5244 or emailing Sandor (the Uke Club "tech-meister") at paprika1 at comcast dot net
|UKE BE A LADY— SAMPLE
Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens
Blues for Dixie
Darkness on the Delta
Don't Let the Sun Catch You Cryin'
Do the Dishes, Too (original)
Fly Me To the Moon
Hey Diddle Diddle Bop(original)
Hey, Hey, Hey! (original)
If Youse a Viper
I'm an Old Cowhand
Is You Is, Or Is You Ain't My Baby
It's Only a Paper Moon
Jingle Bell Rock
Nobody Sleeps at My Place
Put the Blame on Mame
St. Louis Blues
Sugar Cane Time
There Ain't No Sweet Man (Worth the Salt of My Tears)
Walking After Midnight
Way Down Texas Way
Weed Smoker's Dream (Why Don't You Do Right?)
You Got to See Your Mama (Every Night or You Can't See Your Mama At All)
MONA LOTT & WANDA MCGLOVE circa 2004
|The Giant Uke and builders,
before the sacrifice
|The Moment of Truth:
Uni & Her Ukelele