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fitncrafty
09-30-2012, 09:08 AM
Hey All.. I love to sit down and watch/listen to you tube vidoes of ukuele players while I knit or do other things (like dream of being a great singer and uke player ha ha)
Anyhow, We all know Julia Nunes, and Victoria Vox etc..
But there are greats out there, even among us, that are just not that well known..
That I am glad that I have found.. For example Nicolas Abersold great musican writes original music and makes great videos. Maybe his style isn't for everyone but still he's not that well known, however I really enjoy his music..
So when I search for other talented artists it's hard to find and weed through alll the stuff that comes up on you tube.. so I would love to know, and I am sure others would too, Who are some of your favorite artists on you tube that just don't get the recognition they deserve?
I am hoping to find some new stuff to listen to..
Thanks!

ScooterD35
09-30-2012, 09:50 AM
I like this guy a lot...



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQ4Xx-JRWr8


Scooter

sim4lin
09-30-2012, 09:55 AM
I was thinking of buying a Makala MK-T a few months ago and searched Youtube for some videos.
I came across this young lady and fell in love with her voice. Maybe it's her accent... it's very soothing somehow.
http://www.youtube.com/user/fleco86/featured

Newportlocal
09-30-2012, 10:06 AM
Kyle Frazer. "It was you!"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rru5Fev9vrQ&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Hippie Dribble
09-30-2012, 10:16 AM
I like this guy a lot...

yep, Doogey9...he's awesome. here's a link to his yt channel
http://www.youtube.com/user/doogey9?feature=watch

Hippie Dribble
09-30-2012, 10:20 AM
my two favourites are
Dr Bekken http://www.youtube.com/user/drbekken
John Bianchi http://www.youtube.com/user/MrJnobianchi

but so many great players...TheOnlyUkeThatMatters, ukuleletim, nacrociochi etc etc...it goes on like this for days :)

Lalz
09-30-2012, 10:39 AM
I was just about to recommend doogey9 (http://www.youtube.com/user/doogey9/videos?flow=grid&view=0) too! First saw his videos on Humble Baritonics. My favourites of his are when he slides on a baritone.

Not sure whether some of these are well known or not but I also like Michelle Blades (http://www.youtube.com/user/michelleblades/videos?flow=grid&view=0) (also found via HB), Lila Burns (http://www.youtube.com/user/lololobotomy/videos?flow=grid&view=0), tHeDirTyJoHnSon (http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL6D6AFC4B994CAA6A&feature=plcp) and ootsulele (http://www.youtube.com/user/ootsulele/videos?flow=grid&view=0). One of my very favourites is Jake Wildwood (http://www.youtube.com/user/jakewildwood) but he's well known in these parts of the internet :)

Lalz
09-30-2012, 10:45 AM
my two favourites are
Dr Bekken http://www.youtube.com/user/drbekken

I luuuuv Dr Bekken! He's an amazing pianist as well. There's even a video of him playing with Allen Toussaint!

itsme
09-30-2012, 11:23 AM
"I'm On My Way" by Uni and Her Ukelele (yes, she spells it that way) is a lot of fun. :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8McSK-h_Yk

jackwhale
09-30-2012, 12:11 PM
I'm a fan of 'modest' Jon Duncan--aka Eugene Ukulele. Can't leave him off the list.

OldePhart
09-30-2012, 12:28 PM
I'm a fan of 'modest' Jon Duncan--aka Eugene Ukulele. Can't leave him off the list.

+1 yep, Jon da bomb. Lots of other good mentions here. Can't leave out WS64 or rawuke or GUGUG; all were "non-professionals" that strongly influenced my decision to buy a ukulele.

John

fitncrafty
09-30-2012, 01:09 PM
THanks for all the suggestions..
I personally subscribe to Dr Bekken, Eugene (Jon), John Bianchi, to me they are just given talent here.. They are our famous ones.. I would never leave them off.. they are favorites that I love to watch along with Krabbers, BaronK, I didn't want to name too many names because I wouldn't want to leave anyone off.. We have incredible talent here..
WHat happened to Al? he hasn't made a video in a long time..

Patrick Madsen
09-30-2012, 01:12 PM
I've always been partial to Tim, When dogs Sing, Enterline.

Lalz
09-30-2012, 01:26 PM
+1 yep, Jon da bomb. Lots of other good mentions here. Can't leave out WS64 or rawuke or GUGUG; all were "non-professionals" that strongly influenced my decision to buy a ukulele.

John

Eugene: totally! Love his videos. But he's one of the most well-know uke youtubers already, isn't he?

hmgberg
09-30-2012, 02:30 PM
Of course! John Duncan/Eugene Ukulele should be on every list of fun ukulele players. Here are some of my other favorites (in no particular order):

Ukulelezaza:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sozk1eGZDfY&feature=plcp
and, if you can take it, on a plastic sopranino;
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0yAeap6s--Q&feature=plcp

Winin' Boy:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CcQzUdiEWvs&list=UU7Jq9k2rHzSjUBITqxLvnWw&index=39&feature=plcp

Krouk:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BIr6IEGU_l8&feature=plcp

John King:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ASGPPAK-p7w

Heftone:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ITB6lsBT9IM

Peter Moon:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=olOtWgQFhCo

Hige Tomo:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ISj9LVIZbEY

Azo Bell:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Bh8zsNYhQI

AJ Leonard:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ESTm0LnOd_o&list=PLF7A4CAD3B6B9A519&index=13&feature=plpp_video

Mr. Jellyroll Baker:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4osEBY4zFKI

Andy Eastwood:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fmtZW-ltdtw

Bosko and Honey:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPH1RD30T3s

Tommy:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IUr8I0GL3QI&list=UUoPAXIUOu0n0E-iQFZXl--A&index=25&feature=plcp

Joel Eckhaus:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGXqafnIOsw

Janet Klein:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UiU2lSOn5WY

Gus & Fin:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kNFpOh2seqo

and certainly, this guy :-)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGEC-Gl4K20
This guy:

Yestyn The Great
09-30-2012, 02:38 PM
I don't mean to brag but... MMMMEEEEEEEE.

pulelehua
09-30-2012, 03:39 PM
Sophie Madeleine, a localish girl, who I suspect is going to break out one of these days and some of us will be able to say, "I remember when..."
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wh93P7rVjXc

Uber famous up-and-coming band, Walk Off the Earth, but not discussed much around here, in spite of the ukulele-ness of much of their work:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZD6elqbb1o

Has anyone mentioned Craig Chee???
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_NRiahzChE&feature=channel&list=UL

What is patico's channel called? I love his stuff. Here it is:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UpPuoUHWIOs

This thread is a great idea. Discovering new things :)

pulelehua
09-30-2012, 03:43 PM
No one has mentioned Ken Middleton, who is as much a ukulele advocate as he is a serious player.

Hippie Dribble
09-30-2012, 03:48 PM
Winin' Boy:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CcQzUdiEWvs&list=UU7Jq9k2rHzSjUBITqxLvnWw&index=39&feature=plcp
Azo Bell:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Bh8zsNYhQI
AJ Leonard:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ESTm0LnOd_o&list=PLF7A4CAD3B6B9A519&index=13&feature=plpp_video
Bosko and Honey:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPH1RD30T3s
Janet Klein:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UiU2lSOn5WY


+ 1 on all these. Nice to see you listening to some good ol Aussie musos Howard!!! Azo Bell is the bees knees and deserves way more recognition. Best Australian uke player without doubt. His band, The Old Spice Boys are INCREDIBLE.

Tigeralum2001
09-30-2012, 04:07 PM
I'm a Shiny & the Spoon fan, particularly their Take on Me cover:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mCZzyaQlwrk&feature=related

26tiki
09-30-2012, 05:10 PM
I've only been uke'n for six months but havent yet been checking out much on YouTube as Im usually too busy playing haha, so thanks heaps for the list!

I know someones probably mentioned these guys before but I've only recently discovered them, The Nukes - a West Auckland uke trio with some cheeky, westie lyrics, great harmony and a fun sound. Im heading to a day of workshops they're running at the end of October - excited much!

My fave song is "Run Country" but not on YouTube sorry. Anyways, here's one of my other favourites;)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YMA2VixG9M

ukuloonie
09-30-2012, 07:06 PM
There is Ukulelezaza (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ka_bZfV8SC8&feature=share&list=ULka_bZfV8SC8) I think he is from Belgium he is pretty cool

mds725
09-30-2012, 07:35 PM
I had the pleasure of seeing Sophie Madeleine perform live in San Francisco a while back, and the pleasure of seeing Ken Middleton perform live at the Wine Country Ukulele Festival. Lots of other great recommendations in this thread, too.

For now, I'd add siankummer
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cWUbxltQLfI
and paxukulele (formerly keonepax)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yw7F-mcw6sw

stephensmith
09-30-2012, 08:05 PM
When I started my own "curated" ukulele video site last month, I knew I would have quite a chore just aggregating (and, hopefully, adding some intelligent commentary about) the players I knew of that I liked: John Pak, Victoria Vox, Craig Robertson, James Hill, Lil' Rev, the various ukulele orchestras (Great Britain, West Cork, Wellington), etc. But as I got into it, one great uke player (and YouTube link) led to another. Now I'm feeling doubtful about ever scratching the surface.

Anyway, two that I recently found that I like (not to say these will be new to everyone) are Ukulollo and Patti Cakes. Also, some guy (name escapes me at the moment) whose signature is to play songs in his bathrobe - the "Bathrobe Sessions" he calls them. But he's really good.

pulelehua
09-30-2012, 09:28 PM
I had the pleasure of seeing Sophie Madeleine perform live in San Francisco a while back, and the pleasure of seeing Ken Middleton perform live at the Wine Country Ukulele Festival. Lots of other great recommendations in this thread, too.

For now, I'd add siankummer
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cWUbxltQLfI
and paxukulele (formerly keonepax)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yw7F-mcw6sw

The Seekers duet is really beautiful. And the video is sweet.

And the Nukes! Really good.

Loving this thread.

Lalz
09-30-2012, 10:31 PM
No one has mentioned Ken Middleton, who is as much a ukulele advocate as he is a serious player.

That's probably because Ken Middleton isn't a less known one. If I made a ukulele wall of fame with portraits of some of the most influential ukulele players, he would definitely be on it.

Linho
09-30-2012, 11:04 PM
My favorite unknown Ukulele Player is a German one whose youtube account is called rawuke (http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1D9584A41561EDBB).

You should really watch his version of Queen's Crazy Little Thing (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hd-gqqYsj00&list=PL1D9584A41561EDBB&index=16&feature=plpp_video)! :cool:

stephensmith
10-01-2012, 01:40 AM
Oh, and there's Little 6ster! If Janis Joplin had played ukulele ...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r7ZUYfGxyl0

stephensmith
10-01-2012, 01:59 AM
One more: The Durham Ukulele Orchestra.

That's Durham as in Durham, North Carolina. I'm proud to know some of these people personally. In fact, I've played in some more informal groups with Marilee, the woman you see in this video who is sitting behind a celesta or celestina(?).

Psycho Killer: http://ukeview.com/psycho-killer-the-durham-ukulele-orchestra/

ukeeku
10-01-2012, 03:33 AM
One of the least known, but amazing uke players would be olgoat52
He is an awesome player and singer, but you will not see many videos, and never on stage (Unless he is putting up new lights on the UWC stage)
I have been fortunate enough to hang out with him, Seeso, BornagainJeepers, the Flea Bitten Dawgs, and many more and played into the wee hours.But of the unknown, Tim is truly an unknown great and fun player.

Lalz
10-01-2012, 04:30 AM
One more: The Durham Ukulele Orchestra.

That's Durham as in Durham, North Carolina. I'm proud to know some of these people personally. In fact, I've played in some more informal groups with Marilee, the woman you see in this video who is sitting behind a celesta or celestina(?).

Psycho Killer: http://ukeview.com/psycho-killer-the-durham-ukulele-orchestra/

Oh! I always thought they were from County Durham, North East England! lol
No wonder I never saw their name on local gig listings.

drbekken
10-01-2012, 05:17 AM
First of all, thanks to those of you who find my efforts on the uke interesting...
One of my favorites is Ed Grosso, an old timer who knows barre chording backwards and forwards.
Check him out....he may not be a pro, but he is worth watching for all those who want to learn old school jazz comping.
Priceless.

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
10-01-2012, 05:47 AM
Lots of great players already mentioned... for more lovely, instrumental playing, check out Valery Sauvage, aka UkeVal (http://www.youtube.com/user/UkeVal?feature=watch).

sukie
10-01-2012, 06:45 AM
What about Aldrine?
What about Herb Ohta, Jr? He doesn't sing to y knowledge, though.
I like DeG, too.
Oh, there are so many to choose from.

hmgberg
10-01-2012, 07:24 AM
+ 1 on all these. Nice to see you listening to some good ol Aussie musos Howard!!! Azo Bell is the bees knees and deserves way more recognition. Best Australian uke player without doubt. His band, The Old Spice Boys are INCREDIBLE.

I think Azo Bell is one of the best ukulele players, period! Unfortunately, not much Azo or Old Spice Boys is available on Youtube. Have you heard Bell's "Small Time" CD? It's astonishing. He doesn't sound like anyone else I've heard.

seeso
10-01-2012, 07:50 AM
One of the least known, but amazing uke players would be olgoat52.

Heck yeah! +1

stephensmith
10-01-2012, 10:41 AM
Oh! I always thought they were from County Durham, North East England! lol
No wonder I never saw their name on local gig listings.

Glad to clear that up! Hop the pond and come see 'em sometime!

Nickie
10-01-2012, 05:19 PM
I don't see much here on the late John King, but his baroque style fascinates me. I also like to watch Ukulele Mike, he has some intersting new instrumental videos.
The Walk Off The Earth kids are pretty gosh darn amazing!

erivel
10-01-2012, 09:36 PM
Russbuss415

http://www.youtube.com/user/russbuss415

snarf
10-01-2012, 10:20 PM
From this side of the pond:

Classical ukulele: Herman Vandecauter, wwwelti

'20-'50: Winin' Boys, Ukulele Uff and Lonesome Dave, Hula Bluebirds, the guys from ukuleleboudoir (with krouk),
whatever band Ukulelezaza is in now (and Betty's Boys), Flamin' Mamies, Ukulele preachers

Italians: ukulollo (and Sarah), Adriano Bono Orchestra, Chicken Wings

other stuff: ZushiSD, Pequeño Formato (Choàn Galvez), the UkeBox, Adrien Janiak (Adrienguitare59)

I have probably forgotten a couple of people.

hoosierhiver
10-02-2012, 05:04 AM
I really like these two.
2 Blokes, 2 ukes http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGfdaUUDW-A

Mim
10-02-2012, 05:09 AM
I love me some Krabbers!!!
TheSebiNextDoor makes me smile!!!

Ummm.... there are so many! Many have already been mentioned.

Check out the contest thread too and people have so many good submissions and it is fun to watch!

krabbers
10-03-2012, 04:58 AM
I love me some Krabbers!!!
TheSebiNextDoor makes me smile!!!

Ummm.... there are so many! Many have already been mentioned.

Check out the contest thread too and people have so many good submissions and it is fun to watch!

awwww shucks.

i think tony casetone should get back on the youtubes

fitncrafty
10-03-2012, 10:28 AM
awwww shucks.

i think tony casetone should get back on the youtubes

Krabbers you're on my famous list not the less known list, love your videos...

OldePhart
10-03-2012, 12:04 PM
awwww shucks.

i think tony casetone should get back on the youtubes

+1 on that - I think we need to get you and Tony to both show up at UWC at the same time...I'm not sure Indiana could survive it, though. :)

John

lambchop
10-04-2012, 05:39 AM
I love this question, if only ebcause it allows me to unabashedly suggest myself:

http://www.youtube.com/user/archivestereo

pulelehua
10-04-2012, 06:13 AM
I love this question, if only ebcause it allows me to unabashedly suggest myself:

http://www.youtube.com/user/archivestereo

Wasn't sure when I read this, but as they say, "It ain't braggin' if it's true." :)

lambchop
10-04-2012, 08:59 AM
Wasn't sure when I read this, but as they say, "It ain't braggin' if it's true." :)

That was a very ncie thing for you to say, thanks! I don't know who came up with it but Jaco Pastorious used to say it a lot - of course, he had a million times more reason to say it than I, but thanks again. Mike

Jake Wildwood
10-27-2012, 08:36 PM
There is Ukulelezaza (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ka_bZfV8SC8&feature=share&list=ULka_bZfV8SC8) I think he is from Belgium he is pretty cool

Not just pretty cool, but an ace "classics" player... love it!

Jake Wildwood
10-27-2012, 08:41 PM
One of my very favourites is Jake Wildwood (http://www.youtube.com/user/jakewildwood) but he's well known in these parts of the internet :)

!! Sweet, thanks !!

Ukeval
10-27-2012, 10:40 PM
A nice duet :
http://www.youtube.com/user/feyosimilo
to see also :
http://www.youtube.com/user/petehoudini
(already mentioned : Herman and Wilfried)
Yan Yalego :
http://www.youtube.com/user/yalego
Howlin' Hobbit :
http://www.youtube.com/user/howlinhobbit
...

bluesuke
10-28-2012, 12:59 AM
Has anyone mentioned Craig Chee???
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_NRiahzChE&feature=channel&list=UL



He's a great player and one of our local talents

slackkey007
10-28-2012, 04:32 AM
For those of you who are from Hawaii, we all know Peter Moon's song "Pandanus" ... dis bruddah, mistahukulele808, get da best cover of Pandanus! Wish I could play like him! Right on Brah!:shaka:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5o6LDrDlx_4