Tag: ukulele


Julia Nunes – Youtube Ukulele Queen

my name is Julia, and I love the ukulele….

well it started off as just me playing and singing with the uke….

then things got out of control

Julia Nunes has a very successful youtube channel. She has started about two years ago to sing songs with her ukulele and make videos. She has used all the possibilities of the video editing software to make interesting and good sounding, and sometimes very funny  videos with her versions of oldies and pop songs as well as of own compositions.

Now her youtube channel jaaaaaaa has got more than 200000 subscribers, and her videos got millions of views. And she has already produced her own CD and played own concerts and for ukulele festivals.

I like viewing those videos, and if you like it too the you can find more in her youtube channel.

Build me Up, Buttercup on Ukulele

Julia Nunes at Uke Fest ’09

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Sesame Street – The Broken Ukulele

40 years sesame street – broken ukulele

And now the original movie about the letter U:

Sesame Street – Ernie Presents the Letter U

Nashville Sessions – Jake Shimabukuro (Amazon partnerlink)


Gone Picking: Kathy Fink and Marcy Marxer

I discovered Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer some time ago when I found a concert titled A Banjo Extravaganza in the concerts on demand section of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). The concert featured different artists, all playing a special style on the banjo.

Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer are two very versatile and creative players and singers. Cathy and Marcy are regularly playing programs for children and families, and have composed many special songs for this purpose.

Their last CD Banjo to Beatbox was produced together with Christylez Bacon, a famous Hip Hop musician.

Cathy and Marcy have won two Grammys for their music.

I was impressed by the different instruments played by Kathy and Marcy – banjos, acoustic and electric guitars, ukuleles, and much more.

Marcy has developed a special four string cello banjo with the Gold Tone company. This cello banjo has been modeled after an old Gibson banjo from the beginning of the 20th century, when banjo orchestras were very popular in the USA and around the world. Those orchestras used different banjos, including the cello banjo.

In the youtube channel of Kathy and Marcy you can find many videos with different instruments, including some lessons for the banjo and the ukulele.
Here is a podcast in which different banjos are shown, including some selfmade banjos and of course the cello banjo:


Cathy and Marcy were asked to write the music for a text written by Woody Guthry – Howdy Little Newly Come – a poem that Woody Guthry wrote for his newborn baby. This is a great tune, and the arrangement with the cello banjo is fantastic. I listened to this tune many times, and I want to play it with our bluegrass band too.

Here is a video of this tune from a concert:

Howdy Little Newly Come

by Cathy Fink & Woody Guthrie, all rights reserved
Live performance by Cathy & MArcy at Woods Camp, Rosseau, Canada, August 2008 in intimate concert setting.

You can find more detailed information about Cathy and Marcy, more videos and other examples on the homepage of Cathy and Marcy and in their youtube channel:

Cathy Fink und Marcy Marxer Homepage

youtube channel of Cathy Fink und Marcy Marxer

Dancin’ In The Kitchen: Songs For All Families (amazon partnerlink)


Jupiter Creek Music – Australia – Electric Ukulele

Jupiter Creek Music was an Australian company that produced electric mandolins and ukuleles. In 2012 Rob Dick who owned the company passed away.

On the homepage of Jupiter Creek Music you could find a lot of information about the building of electric mandolins and ukuleles. A virtual workshop tour showed, how electric mandolins and other instruments are built.  Jupiter Creek did also build stomp boxes, wooden boxes with a microphone built in, which could be used to make percussion sounds like a drumset.

Very interesting was the production of neck plates and tail pieces. Those parts are not generally available for mandolins and ukuleles, so they have to be built especially.

The homepage of Jupiter Creek does not exist any more…

There are still two videos available at youtube the use an electric ukulele built by Jupiter Creek – a nice demonstration about what can be done with such an electric ukulele:

Greg Franklin plays While My Guitar Gently Weeps on electric ukelele

Greg Franklin improvises on the classic George Harrison song “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”. Playing a custom built electric ukelele. He recreates Eric Claptons original concept of weepin…

Greg Franklin plays wild electric ukelele (ukulele) blues

Demonstration of blues played on a four string electric ukelele (ukulele) by Greg Franklin in the style of Eric Clapton, Jeff Healey and Stevie Ray Vaughn.

Jupiter Creek Electric Mandolin

Message in the Mandolin Cafe Message Board:


Hi to all members in this group.
My Dad suddenly passed away last week so unfortunately Jupiter Creek Music is no longer. A very very sad time for the family.
I will put an update on the group wall in the near future.
Kristie Pope

CD Travels by Jake Shimabukuro (amazon partner link)