Tag: ukulele


Christmas Dinner with Dala ☃ Amanda Walther and Sheila…

Two days ago I have discovered the following concert on the CBC concert on demand site. This is a niceconcert to lead you to the coming christmas holidays:

Christmas Dinner with Dala

Darlings of the Canadian music scene, these JUNO nominees have released five albums and toured extensively across North America for the better part of a decade. They performed Christmas music plus some of their favourite original songs-in their trademark perfect harmony–at the NAC Studio in Ottawa. The audience really felt like they were hanging out in Dala’s dining room, laughing constantly at their between-song banter.

(This concert is no longer available)

One of the pieces I have discovered in this concert is the old Canadian christmas tune Huron Carol (see my next post in this blog).

The name Dala has been constructed form the names of the two members of Dala – Da: Amanda Walther and La: Sheila Carabine.

On the Dala homepage you can read the following:

Juno nominees and winners of the 2010 Canadian Folk Music Award for Vocal Group of the Year, Amanda Walther and Sheila Carabine of Dala write and sing in harmony best described as angelic.  These two best friends met in their high school music class in 2002; they have since released five albums and toured extensively across North America. Darlings of the Canadian music scene, Dala are now poised to bring their fresh brand of acoustic pop music to the world.

This is an interview with Sheila Carabine and Amanda Walther about their great harmony singing, hocke, the left handed ukulele and more. Especially you can experience the their great sens of humor, their loughing and smiling:

DALA on harmony and hockey

The Canadian duo DALA–Sheila Carabine and Amanda Walther–got two standing ovations at the Sanctuary series in Chatham, NJ. Their songs have wit and depth, they harmonize like sisters and, being from Canada, they’re just so…nice. In this interview after the show, they reflect on harmony– musical and otherwise–and talk about Sheila’s strange ukulele and the Stanley Cup finals. Video by Kevin Coughlin for MorristownGreen.com, May 21, 2011.

Moon River

Dala July, 9, 2011

Amanda Walther and Sheila Carabine play guitars, ukulele, piano and also glockenspiel in some songs.

Additional Information

Homepage Dala: http://dalagirls.com/

rootsmusic.ca Woodshed Sessions with Dala and many other interesting groups from Canada: http://www.rootsmusic.ca/woodshed/


Katzenjammer – “A Kiss Before You Go”- The Best…

It is just one week that the new CD by the Norwegian Women Quartet Katzenjammer has been published in Germany. Since I have discovered Katzenjammer two years ago this quartet – four women from Norway – has made a big development. They have toured through Germany and Europe and played at many festivals.

Their song I will dance (when I walk away) might be No. 1 in the charts of one of the most popular radio stations SWR3 this week.

So I have tried to find the best video clips and information about Katzenjammer at the moment.

Katzenjammermake great performances with their big collection of instruments, including the mandolin in many songs, a banjo, guitars, piano, glockenspiel and their very special instrument: the bass balalaika painted with a cats face. But you can also hear accordion, cans, a washboard, harmonica, drumset, trumpet and many other instruments.

Also their singing is great and powerfull. They can play in sing in many different styles and sometimes they are very funny too.

Enjoy my collection of new and great videos with Katzenjammer!

Katzenjammer @ Sat1 TV Cherry Pie

Katzenjammer Introduction

Katzenjammer “Land of Confusion”

Playlist Katzenjammer – Aktuelle Videos Sommer 2011


Additional Information

Homepage Katzenjammer with the official video clip of  “I Will Dance”: http://www.katzenjammer.no/

A great video from a concert in Hamburg produced by CORETV – 30 minutes with great images and great songs by Katzenjammer: http://www.core-tv.de/archive/katzenjammer

CORE✮TV April ’11 – Katzenjammer from CORE✮TV on Vimeo.

Interview: http://www.yaez.de/Musik/849-Katzenjammer-Girlgroup-auf-norwegisch.html

Katzenjammer unplugged at SWR3 (German radio station): http://www.swr3.de/musik/Ganz-und-gar-kein-Katzenjammer/-/id=47316/did=1193194/1tuuma4/index.html

My blog post from  August 2009 (most viewed post in my German blog gezupftes.de: http://www.gezupftes.de/?p=375


Mandolin and Ukulele – A Japanese Duo

Some time ago I have discovered this duo from Japan that plays a nice selection of  music with mandolin and ukulele.

For each video a special setup has been installed for the video, showing a special toy, a plant or like in the following video a drink:

Ukulele × Mandolin – MOLIENDO CAFE (コーヒールンバ)

Ukulele × Mandolin – 島人ぬ宝

BEGIN “Shimanchu nu Takara(=Treasure)” on the ukulele and mandolin.
Wish to keep our “treasures” on this islands eternally….

Playlist Ukulele & Mandolin Duo

Additional Information

youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/HoneyUmeboshi


mandolin orchestra

Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on my Head – On Mandolin,…

Last week I have found a nice video of the Japanese mandolin orchestra Viva Mandolino playing Raindrops keep fallin’ on my head

This inspired me to search for other videos of this great song played on plucked instruments.

Another great performance of this song is played by the Guitar Ensemble Harmonics

Guitar Ensemble Harmonics Rain Drops Keep Fallin’ On My Head 雨に濡れても

I have also found great versions for classical guitar and for for ukulele. I have collected the videos in the following playlist.

Playlist Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on my Head

Additional Information

Wikipedia about Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on my Head:


ukulele chords: http://www.ukulelesongs.com/uke/ukulele_chords/music/tabs/Burt_Bacharach_Hal_David/Raindrops_Keep_Falling_On_My_Head.php