Tag: ukulele


East River String Band – Robert Crumb on Mandolin…

Yesterday I have listened to another program of the Antique Gramophone Music Program with Mac – a program with a live band.

Actually the East River String Band was represented by its two leaders Eden Brower and John Heneghan. This duet is regularly enlarged by several other musicians for concerts.

Eden & John’s East River String Band

Here is the information from the homepage of the East River String Band with the most important information:

Drawing from the vast spectrum of traditional American country blues music, Eden & John’s East River String Band create some of the most authentic sounding renditions of songs from the 1920’s and early 30’s. Focusing on both well known, and lesser known country blues and some popular music of this era, their love and deep reverence for this music shines through in every song. Founded in 2006 the New York City based duo have released three albums and toured the US Canada and Europe. The group’s two leader’s are Eden Brower(vocals, ukulele, guitar), and John Heneghan(vocals, guitar, mandolin).

They often have additional musicians join the group such as underground comic / old-time music legend Robert Crumb, stride pianist Terry Waldo(Leon Redbone/ Woody Allen), multi-instrumentalist Dom Flemons (The Carolina Chocolate Drops), Pat Conte (The Otis Brothers, The Secret Museum Of Mankind), Robert Armstrong (The Cheap Suit Serenaders), Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton and Eli Smith (Down Home Radio Live, The Dust Busters).

Their last two releases “Drunken Barrel House Blues” and “Some Cold Rainy Day” both feature classic artwork by R. Crumb. “Some Cold Rainy Day” was chosen as one of David Fricke’s picks of the month of November, 2008 in Rolling Stone Magazine. Fricke writes, “Eden & John’s East River String Band cover black country blues from the 78-rpm era with crisp fervor and a natural flair that suggests loving study and a respect for the hard lives and flight for joy on the original records”.

Eden Brower mostly plays a National resonator ukulele, and John Heneghan loves his old Kay guitar.

Robert Crumb – the famous artist known especially for his comics – has made the CD covers and posters for  East River String Band – some examples can be found on the following page:

The lastest CD by the East River String Band will be published in March 2011.

This is the link to the  Antique Phonograph Music Programthe East River String BandEden Bower and John Heneghan were the special guest on Dec. 14th 2011:

In the second part of the program you can hear one piece with the host Mac playing the singing saw together with Eden and John!

Some selected videos bythe  East River String Band – enjoy!

“Allen Bros Rag” Robert Crumb & East River String Band

“Tell It To Me” Robert Crumb & East River String Band

Mississippi John Hurt Ain’t No Tellin’ Skip James Son House Sleepy John Estes make me a pallet on your

Playlist East River String Band

Additional information and links

Homepage: http://www.eastriverstringband.com/

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

youtube channel Eden Brower: http://www.youtube.com/user/EdenBee

newspaper articel (German) in the FAZ about Robert Crumb: http://www.faz.net/s/Rub475F682E3FC24868A8A5276D4FB916D7/Doc~E33904DF3051449F1A9A46050FFC1B70A~ATpl~Ecommon~Scontent.html

Wikipedia about Robert Crumb: http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Crumb

Wikipedia (Engl.) about Robert Crumb: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Crumb

Interview with Robert Crumb: http://www.downhomeradioshow.com/2011/02/interview-with-r-crumb/


The Jumping Fleas Ukulele Band – Norway – Music…

Music is a littlebit – Image is everything!

This three piece ukulele band from Norway has 4 nice videos. I have not found more information about this band, so just enjoy the videos of the Jumping Fleas:

The Jumping Fleas ukulele band – Teaser

The Jumping Fleas ukulele band – Aksjon

The Jumping Fleas ukulele band – Kjerringa


Additional information about the Jumping Fleas


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Sara Watkins – Interview and Great Songs (Pony –…

Recently I have found the homepage of the famous Prairie Home Companion Radio Show. It is possible to listen to the complete shows from previous years in the archive.

On the page I found a link to the interview with Sara Watkins. Sara Watkins was a member of the famous bluegrass band Nickel Creek with Chris Thile on the mandolin and her brother Sean Watkins.

Sara Watkins has just produced her solo CD which was produced by John Paul Jones – and in this interview Sara tells about the work with John Paul Jones.

Here is the link to the interview:


With the interview there are some songs that Sara played during the Prairie Home Companion shows and that are also included on her latest CD. The first song is Pony, a song composed by Tom Waits – Sara plays a ukulele to accompany herself on this song – here is a video of another performance of Pony:

Sara Watkins performs “Pony” Live at WTMD

Nickel Creek vocalist and fiddler Sara Watkins stops by the WTMD studios to perform selections from her self-titled solo album.

Another great song is her own composition My Friend, also played with ukulele:

Sara Watkins “My Friend” 6-11-09

Sara Watkins live at the Grey Eagle- opening for Fiction Family. 6-11-09

If you want to listen to more songs then you can also listen to the complete Prairie Home Companion show from January 2010:


And finally there is also a recent concert available at NPR:


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James Hill – Ukulele – CBC Concert

The CBC has made the following concert with ukulele player James Hill available as a concert on demand:


The following text is from the CBC concert on demand page:

According to James Hill we’re in the midst of a revolution, albeit a small one. The ukulele, embraced by mainstream media from Oprah to American Idol, has returned from pop culture exile to become a tonic for modern malaise the world over. It’s a beautiful thing. And since the release of ‘Playing Like It Isn’t’ in 2002, he’s made it his mission to convince skeptics of the beauty, versatility and appeal of this chronically underestimated instrument. And has it worked? The Honolulu Star-Bulletin calls James a “rare peer” of Hawaii’s premier ukulele players. Stuart MacLean (Vinyl Café) calls him “the Wayne Gretzky of the ukulele.”

Wanting to find out what all the fuss was about we invited James Hill into our rooftop Studio H in Halifax for concert featuring his small but mighty collection of hand built ukuleles. We weren’t disappointed.

The following three videos have just been uploaded to youtube, James Hill plays together with Anne Davison on the violoncello. The first two songs were also included in the CBC concert:

Cairns Ukulele Festival July 3 2010 “Oh! Susanna” James Hill, Anne Davison cello

Cairns Ukulele Festival July 2010 James Hill, cello Anne Davison – One More Lie to Love

Cairns Ukulele Festival 2010 James Hill + Anne Davison cello – Smash the Window & St Anne’s Reel

Links about James Hill

A previous post about James Hill in this blog (only in German at the moment): James Hill – One Note Samba

Homepage: http://www.ukulelejames.com/

many more videos with James Hill in the youtube channel of: http://www.youtube.com/user/yogajenny