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The Waiakea Intermediate Ukulele Band – More than 40…

The Waiakea Intermediate School has a Ukulele Band which had its 40th anniversary in 2010. The school still offers this ukulele band as well as a concert band. The band plays pieces like Hilo March, Under The Double Eagle March, Jingle Bells, Carol of the Bells an has made tours to the USA and to Japan. I have not found newer videos of this ukulele band, but I found that the band still plays from time to time.

It’s fun to watch the boys and girls play with their ukuleles and dance a difficult dance from the Philipines.

Waiakea Intermediate Ukulele Band 2009-2010

Playlist Waiakea Intermediate Ukulele Band Playlist

 

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London 2013 – The Musical “Once” – With Mandolin,…

London is the musical capital of the world. I think almost every musical you can think of can be seen in London. In the Victoria & Albert Museum we saw an interesting exhibition about theatre and entertainment, with a display about the costumes used in Lion King.

We had seen the ads for the musical Once, and we passed by the Phoenix Theatre where it was played and were impressed by the illuminated neon advertising showing a guitar head. So we decided to visit Once.

The musical plays in Dublin, mostly in a Pub, but also on the street. The stage design was very convincing,  just by changing the light the impression of another situation was created. Especially interesting is the mirror in the back of the stage.

Before the musical begins the musicians are all on the stage and are playing typical Irish folk music, as well as some Croatian tunes with accordion. The band includes guitars, mandolins, a ukulele, a banjo, cello, accordion, drums, double bass and piano. The audience is invited to come to the stage and stand around the band.

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Videos

Once The Musical performs The North Strand

The cast of Once the Musical busking in Leicester Square tube station

Once The Musical perform Falling Slowly

Playlist Once The Musical London

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLC878J8mcBo_w0PUU-DkLtFYfE9Bb6WRK

Website Once The Musical London: http://www.oncemusical.co.uk/

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Pirate Heart and Ukulele – Coeur De Pirate &…

The Canadian singer Coeur de Pirate (pirate heart) has sung the song Umbrella together with Julien Doré in thr French TV Show Taratata.

This is a great example of a song that is accompanied by just a ukulele.

Coeur De Pirate & Julien Doré “Umbrella” // “Pour Un Infidèle” (Live On Taratata Juin 2009)

Les duos et reprises de Taratata sont l’occasion unique pour les interprètes de revisiter un titre d’un autre répertoire. Julien Doré, familier de l’exercice, s’était associé avec la chanteuse Coeur de Pirate (Béatrice Martin) pour rejouer au ukulélé le titre phare de Rihanna : “Umbrella”.

Orignal Song “Umbrella” by Rihanna.
Album Good Girl Gone Bad – 2007

TARATATA N 319 (Diff. France 4 le 12/06/09)

Coeur de Pirate sings mainly songs (chansons) in French language. She is mainly popular in Canada and in France.

If you like French chansons you can listen to the playlist with songs by Coeur de Pirate on the CBC site.

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Website Coeur de Pirate: http://www.coeurdepirate.com/

Wikipedia about Coeur de Pirate: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C%C5%93ur_de_pirate

Béatrice Martin (born September 22, 1989), better known by her stage name Cœur de pirate (French: pirate heart) is a Canadian singer-songwriter. A francophone from Montreal, she sings mostly in French and has been credited with “bringing la chanson française to a whole new generation of Quebec youth”.

Coeur de Pirate on the CBC site: http://music.cbc.ca/#/artists/Coeur-de-pirate

Playliste with songs by Coeur de Pirate

Wikipedia about Taratata:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taratata

Artists including Devendra Banhart, Katie Melua, and Ayo made their French TV debut on the show. The show’s chief lighting technician, Jean-Philippe Bourdon, was awarded two Sept d’or in 1994 and 1995.

The show features unique duets and highlights new artists and uses different presenters for each episode. These aspects, and the general emphasis on original music, led the Conseil supérieur de l’audiovisuel to identify Taratata as a uniquely creative show on French TV in April 2009.

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Roy Smeck – Ukulele, Hawaiian Steel-Guitar, Banjo – The…

Some days ago I have listened to a radio show with historical recordings, a show that did especially include a set of recordings by Roy Smeck – The Wizard of the Strings. Two pieces recorded in 1928 were followed by an interesting set of live recordings from 1977 .  Maybe my favorite song from this radio show  is I want my momma in which Roy Smeck makes his steel-guitar talk.

This is the complete list of songs form this radio show:

Roy Smeck – ukulele ; Henri Klickmann – piano 12th Street rag Needle Type disc N-138 1928
Roy Smeck – octachorda ; Carson Robison – guitar Twilight echoes Needle Type disc N-136 1928
Roy Smeck – electric Hawaiian guitar ; John Goodman – guitar Third man theme live at ENHS 1977
Roy Smeck – electric Hawaiian guitar ; John Goodman – guitar I want my momma live at ENHS 1977
Roy Smeck – ukulele Tea for two live at ENHS 1977
Roy Smeck – ukulele I want to be happy live at ENHS 1977
Roy Smeck – ukulele & harmonica Ragtime medley live at ENHS 1977

You can listen to the Radio Show at: http://wfmu.org/playlists/shows/8210

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Roy Smack was one of the super stars of the 1920s and 1930s. He took part in the very first movies with sound recording, and he also was one of the first to use some multi track recording techniques. This can be seen in the following video where Roy Smeck plays four different instruments:

Another great movie shows Roy Smeck’s imitation of “Bill Robinson’s Tap and Stair Dance”. Roy Smeck uses his ukuulele as a fantastic drum set replacement.

Roy Smeck could play the ukulele and the harmonica at the same time, and without any device to hold the harmonica. He just holds the harmonica with his lips and plays it – you can see this in the following video after ca. 4:40.

I have collected the most interesting videos with Roy Smeck in the following playlist! Have fun with Roy Smeck!

Playlist Roy Smeck

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLC878J8mcBo-MIPgv0WlPzfGXbg1Ao3dr

Additional Information

Wikipedia about Roy Smack: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roy_Smeck

Biography at ukediner: http://ukediner.ukulele.org/roybio.html

Biography at spaceagepop: http://www.spaceagepop.com/smeck.htm

Roy Smeck signature instruments by Harmony: http://harmony.demont.net/roysmeck.php

Gibson Roy Smeck Guitars: http://home.provide.net/~cfh/roy.html

Ukulele Method by Roy Smeck (Amazon partnerlink):