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ukuleleplay
12-20-2014, 05:24 PM
Who's on your list for great singer/songwriters whose primary instrument is the ukulele?

I'm mostly hoping to find active players with at least one or two albums of material under their belt.

Already on my list are:

James Hill
Victoria Vox
Sophie Madeline
Julia Nunes
Keston Cobblers Club


Doing research for a book that will be coming out in February and appreciate the help. Thanks!

P.S. If you're a songwriter and have recorded an album, please let me know your website, youtube page, etc..

soupking
12-20-2014, 05:29 PM
Jon D; ie Eugene Ukulele; ie Hippie Dribble; ie butterflybandito; etc haha. He's the best!

http://m.youtube.com/user/butterflybandito :cool:

janeray1940
12-20-2014, 05:35 PM
One who I've really enjoyed that I don't think I've ever seen mentioned here is Sylvie Simmons. You can read about and listen to her album here (http://www.theguardian.com/music/2014/dec/18/sylvie-simmons-sylvie-review).

KoaDependent
12-20-2014, 06:03 PM
Add in Danielle Ate The Sandwich: https://www.youtube.com/user/daniellesmagic
Victor and Penny are a uke/guitar duo who do covers of "Antique Pop" but also some originals: https://www.youtube.com/user/victorandpenny

Woodshed of UkeHunt.com publishes Spotify playlists with contemporary uke artists and some songs that just incorporate uke in them.
Look over his profile to find his playlists: https://play.spotify.com/user/woodshed

katysax
12-20-2014, 06:10 PM
Amanda Palmer also plays piano but has been heavily associated with ukulele and very influential on younger singers.

What about Daniel Ho?

Here are some suggestions from Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_ukulele_players

Cornfield
12-20-2014, 06:13 PM
Lil Rev
Quiet American

Ukulele Eddie
12-20-2014, 09:07 PM
Fun project. While ukulele is not his primary instrument, I think you'd certainly want to consider including Eddie Vedder given his Ukulele Songs album sold nearly 70K copies in its first week.

Rakelele
12-20-2014, 09:21 PM
Check out Danielle Anderson AKA "Danielle Ate the Sandwich". She has got a Youtube channel and several wonderful albums out. All of her songs are performed on either a Tenor or a Baritone Ukulele. They are very witty and haunting, like this one:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i67pbCPi8a8

Phluffy the Destroyer
12-20-2014, 09:23 PM
Kate Micucci and Molly Lewis top my list for ukulele player/songwriters.

There's a group called Victor and Penny that is an amazing, jazzy kind of ukulele/guitar duet. Mostly they update old jazz and Tin Pan Alley standards, but they also write original music in those styles.

KoaDependent
12-20-2014, 09:35 PM
OK, so my two suggestions were both repeated later on. Did I do something heinous and ended up on everyone's ignore list? ;-)

Rakelele
12-20-2014, 09:55 PM
OK, so my two suggestions were both repeated later on. Did I do something heinous and ended up on everyone's ignore list? ;-)

Sorry, I was so eager to name Danielle that I only read the other posts cursory. She really deserves it, though!

kohanmike
12-20-2014, 10:08 PM
Since she's the head of the ukulele group I belong to, The CC Strummers, and she's really good, Cali Rose.

sukie
12-20-2014, 10:36 PM
Hello.....Aldrine Guerrero.

Hippie Dribble
12-20-2014, 10:50 PM
Hello.....Aldrine Guerrero.

Oh yes indeedy, Aldrine. Add to that the awesomeness that is seeso. :cool: Both legends.

mds725
12-20-2014, 10:53 PM
Craig Chee writes and performs a lot of his own music.
http://www.craigchee.com/

Sarah Maisel is best known for her performance of jazz standards, but I believe she is writing her own music now too.
http://www.sarahmaisel.com/

In addition to getting engaged, Craig and Sarah are making a CD together.

Hippie Dribble
12-20-2014, 10:59 PM
Jim Beloff. Birthed the third generation of ukulele lovers. Us latter-day players owe him lots. And lots.

Brian1
12-20-2014, 11:41 PM
Who's on your list for great singer/songwriters whose primary instrument is the ukulele?

I'm mostly hoping to find active players with at least one or two albums of material under their belt.


Doing research for a book that will be coming out in February and appreciate the help. Thanks!

P.S. If you're a songwriter and have recorded an album, please let me know your website, youtube page, etc..

I don't suppose IZ would be considered "active" but has thankfully prevented the current generation from associating the ukulele withTiny Tim

Has anyone mentioned Jake ? or is that too obvious ? (oh wait he doesn't sing)

But I have always thought Blue Dean Carcione was very interesting. Not the type of music I normally listen to but if I was looking for a unique sound to go with the ukulele it would be him. (and his riding a bike playing the ukulele video is awesome !)

https://www.youtube.com/user/BlueDeanCarcione/videos?sort=dd&shelf_id=0&view=0

He is on at least one album:
http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/bluedeancarcione
Here is an article about him from YouTubeUndeground:
http://underyoutube.blogspot.com/2013/02/blue-dean-carcione-sound-of-another-era.html


I discovered Blue Dean a couple years ago when I was looking up some old folks songs, amongst them "The Ballad of Jesse James" (Bascom Lamar Lunsford). I came across Blue Dean slamming down with his foot and scratching away on his ukulele and was hooked. But the moment he opened this mouth, this tremendously spiritual voice came out of him. As if he's transcending space and time, he brought the reality of the song to my ears, my eyes and my heart. How do you feel about it?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QOIgWdkGbrY

Hippie Dribble
12-20-2014, 11:59 PM
I don't suppose IZ would be considered "active" but has thankfully prevented the current generation from associating the ukulele withTiny Tim

Has anyone mentioned Jake ? or is that too obvious ? (oh wait he doesn't sing)

But I have always thought Blue Dean Carcione was very interesting. Not the type of music I normally listen to but if I was looking for a unique sound to go with the ukulele it would be him. (and his riding a bike playing the ukulele video is awesome !)

https://www.youtube.com/user/BlueDeanCarcione/videos?sort=dd&shelf_id=0&view=0

He is on at least one album:
http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/bluedeancarcione
Here is an article about him from YouTubeUndeground:
http://underyoutube.blogspot.com/2013/02/blue-dean-carcione-sound-of-another-era.html

Tiny Tim was a mere persona that commercial interest plumbed to its inevitable depths for comedic purposes. Timy Tim was some wonderful releases and that crazy falsetto is not even half the story. He had a rich, full singing voice and many albums of wonderful music. He was not a talent on the ukulele really as a player, but as a performer, he had charm and with and wonderful capacity to relate to audiences, as well being a musicophile with an encyclopaedic knowldege of the jazz age which he always adored, promoted for posterity and dug into regularly. Can I humbly suggest folks take a look at this wonderful DVD release several years back immediately before his death: a one x one interview where he talks of his passion for the instrument and the period of music he always loved, and punctuated with brief and lovely performances. some brief performances. The short documentary is titled: "Tiny Tim's Songs and Stories of the Crooners - Crosby, Columbo and Vallee."

Brian1
12-21-2014, 12:14 AM
Hippie Dribble, a friend of mine used to book Tiny Tim in the late 80's early 90's. I have nothing against him other than every time someone I know learns I play ukulele, I am asked about that song.

Hippie Dribble
12-21-2014, 12:35 AM
Hippie Dribble, a friend of mine used to book Tiny Tim in the late 80's early 90's. I have nothing against him other than every time someone I know learns I play ukulele, I am asked about that song.
No worries brother. I just wanted to put in a shout for him given he gets a lot of bad press to this day, which i find very sad. Cheers Brian.

DownUpDave
12-21-2014, 02:10 AM
Gotta have some more Canadian content...........Manitoba Hal.

If you like the blues check out his lastest album "Down in the Kitchen". The first song "Chili in the Pot" is one of my favorites.

UkeCan1
12-21-2014, 04:20 AM
I just want to second Tiny Tim! It's such a shame he's gotten such a bad rap for "Tiptoe Through the Tulips" and all that ridiculousness on Laugh In.

Knowing him only from there, I was lucky enough to discover him in my teen years when I was given a car to drive that had only an 8-track player ... when 8 tracks had gone the way of the dinosaur. One day the store where I was a cashier got a shipment of 8 tracks, 3 for a dollar. I grabbed a bunch of random stuff ... Tiny Tim was by far my favorite. He was brilliant, talented, and entertaining, in ways totally unrelated to the stuff he came to be associated with.

I was even more fortunate to get to see him live at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park, New Jersey (where Bruce Springsteen got his start) some years later. I would love to see the uke world embrace the rest of him.

Dougf
12-21-2014, 04:35 AM
Check out Nellie McKay, although ukulele is not her only instrument.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9tKEgJBdGrw

Here's her playing some rap/jazz piano. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJZY-Czcp2E

Captain Simian
12-21-2014, 04:52 AM
A bit surprised LP isn't mentioned around here more. She's the first female Martin Ambassador and the only uke player on the roster.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NRtWInxI1pg

philpot
12-21-2014, 07:43 AM
Tiny Tim was a mere persona that commercial interest plumbed to its inevitable depths for comedic purposes. Timy Tim was some wonderful releases and that crazy falsetto is not even half the story. He had a rich, full singing voice and many albums of wonderful music. He was not a talent on the ukulele really as a player, but as a performer, he had charm and with and wonderful capacity to relate to audiences, as well being a musicophile with an encyclopaedic knowldege of the jazz age which he always adored, promoted for posterity and dug into regularly. Can I humbly suggest folks take a look at this wonderful DVD release several years back immediately before his death: a one x one interview where he talks of his passion for the instrument and the period of music he always loved, and punctuated with brief and lovely performances. some brief performances. The short documentary is titled: "Tiny Tim's Songs and Stories of the Crooners - Crosby, Columbo and Vallee."
It's nice to see someone defending Tiny Tim 'round these parts ;) I've always been a huge fan of him, regardless of the minor irritation he might be to uke players who have to deal with the "tiptoe through the tulips" association. Just buck up and play the song, guys! It's fun.

ukuleleplay
12-21-2014, 06:31 PM
Thanks for all the great suggestions. I certainly have my homework cut out. :-)

Cornfield
12-22-2014, 02:49 AM
Did Tiny Tim write a lot of memorable songs? I know that he was a well known singer and player but I don't recall anything that he wrote.

KnowsPickin
12-22-2014, 03:08 AM
Here is a link to the "Artists" page of the Mya Moe site. Although all the players are not singer songwriters, many of them are. So the page would be a good jumping off point.

http://www.myamoeukuleles.com/artists.php

I don't know if anyone has mentioned him yet, don't forget James Hill.

bonesigh
12-22-2014, 09:15 AM
That song "Tiptoe Through the Tulips", have you ever played it?? I think the chord progression is just pure genius. It's very fun to play (: For those who like to know these things: TTT is a popular song originally published in 1929. The song was written by Al Dubin (lyrics) and Joe Burke (music). ‘Crooning Troubadour’ Nick Lucas’ recording of TTT hit the top of the charts in May 1929. The song he introduced in the 1929 musical talkie Gold Diggers of Broadway held the #1 position for 10 weeks.

Now to answer your question. Brittney Piava, Marcy Marxer and Kathy Fink. Up and coming...Louisa Hall, part of the Singer Songwriter's 9 and will be playing at our town music and art center on Jan 9th (: Okay, so Louisa does not have any albums but I lover her!

dickadcock
12-22-2014, 04:14 PM
Amanda Shires, now married to Jason Isbell, writes and sings, & plays baritone uke and violin. Also, Lucy Michelle of Lucy Michelle & the Velvet Lapelles plays mostly a baritone. Oh, yeah, Merrill Garbus, of Tune-Yards ( or tUnE-yArDs). Another baritone player.

All 3 are on records and Youtube, and Amanda and Merrill have both performed on the NPR "Tiny Desk" concert series.

stevepetergal
12-22-2014, 05:08 PM
Jon D; ie Eugene Ukulele; ie Hippie Dribble; ie butterflybandito; etc haha. He's the best!

http://m.youtube.com/user/butterflybandito :cool:

If he writes songs, Jon is surely my favorite, too. If not, gotta be Danielle Ate the Sandwich.

YorkSteve
12-23-2014, 02:06 AM
You can definitely add Zoe Bestel to your list - an astonishing talent for her age.

kkimura
12-23-2014, 04:43 AM
Andrea Szirbik from Dover, Nh is someone to keep an eye on.

www.listentoandrea.com

Kanaka916
12-23-2014, 06:52 AM
Here's one, 13 year old Aidan James . . .


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UucVvzjhQ_4

drbekken
12-25-2014, 01:26 AM
Tiny Tim was a mere persona that commercial interest plumbed to its inevitable depths for comedic purposes. Timy Tim was some wonderful releases and that crazy falsetto is not even half the story. He had a rich, full singing voice and many albums of wonderful music. He was not a talent on the ukulele really as a player, but as a performer, he had charm and with and wonderful capacity to relate to audiences, as well being a musicophile with an encyclopaedic knowldege of the jazz age which he always adored, promoted for posterity and dug into regularly. Can I humbly suggest folks take a look at this wonderful DVD release several years back immediately before his death: a one x one interview where he talks of his passion for the instrument and the period of music he always loved, and punctuated with brief and lovely performances. some brief performances. The short documentary is titled: "Tiny Tim's Songs and Stories of the Crooners - Crosby, Columbo and Vallee."
I second this. Tiny Tim wasn't a songwriter, but he remains one of the most misunderstood artists of all time.

coolkayaker1
12-25-2014, 02:28 AM
I second this. Tiny Tim wasn't a songwriter, but he remains one of the most misunderstood artists of all time.
I agree w Doc and Jon. Youtube has many Tiny Tim videos, fun to watch. So misunderstood.

A tragic hero, if one looks at his life.

aarondminnick
12-25-2014, 05:41 AM
Ingrid Michaelson. I don't know if you could say her primary instrument is uke, but at last month's concert she played uke exclusively throughout.

aarondminnick
12-25-2014, 05:48 AM
I posted this and then realized that I don't think she actually writes. But regardless, great adaptations and covers: Gracie Terzian (https://www.youtube.com/user/GracieTerzian). Incredible work on the harp uke.