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Youkalaylee
12-16-2012, 11:00 AM
I've listened to quite a lot of Jake, I love Paula Fuga, and listened to Iz as well as Julia Nunes and of course The Ukulele orchestra of Great Britain.

Just wondering who else to listen to to get a good feel for ukulele music? Especially bands. I'm looking especially for artists who have stuff on iTunes as I want to create a ukulele playlist :).

hawaii 50
12-16-2012, 11:14 AM
I've listened to quite a lot of Jake, I love Paula Fuga, and listened to Iz as well as Julia Nunes and of course The Ukulele orchestra of Great Britain.

Just wondering who else to listen to to get a good feel for ukulele music? Especially bands. I'm looking especially for artists who have stuff on iTunes as I want to create a ukulele playlist :).




I am a Herb Ohta Jr. fan also Daniel Ho

ricdoug
12-16-2012, 11:19 AM
Aldrine Guerrero, Derick Sebastian, Sarah Maisel, Brian Vasquez, James Hill

garyg
12-16-2012, 11:20 AM
I love Danielle Anderson -- Danielle Ate the Sandwich for folky singer songwriter songs. Great lyrics too. Some folks like the Eddie Vedder uke album. Aaron Kiem has a new CD and maybe some old ones. Craig Brandau plays wonderful jazz and tin pan alley uke. And I've probably missed a bunch of folks on the list who have CD's.

pootsie
12-16-2012, 11:36 AM
Craig Chee

*in addition to all those already mentioned, btw

drbekken
12-16-2012, 11:52 AM
Benny Chong, Ukulele Ike, Johnny Marvin, Roy Smeck...

Camsuke
12-16-2012, 12:11 PM
Steven Strauss is another great player to check out.

tigersister
12-16-2012, 12:33 PM
The other day I stumbled upon Nora and One Left. Not all her songs feature a uke though.

http://noraandoneleft.com/music/

PhilUSAFRet
12-16-2012, 01:30 PM
to add two more ladies, Brittney Paiva, Del Rey,

Captain_Lovehandles
12-16-2012, 01:39 PM
Nobody has mentioned Eugene Ukulele and Jason Arimoto? It doesn't get any better that those two.

slackkey007
12-16-2012, 01:59 PM
In addition to all those already mentioned.

Bruddah Troy Fernandez:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c4AhihRf-2k&list=FLJLEy11vgBfApYi7ceOIVbg&index=14

slackkey007
12-16-2012, 02:00 PM
Also, Bruddah Kalei Gamiao:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2f5VkLUtGE4&list=FLJLEy11vgBfApYi7ceOIVbg&index=52

slackkey007
12-16-2012, 02:08 PM
Bruddah Matt Dahlberg:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DPWRGVqY6gE&list=FLJLEy11vgBfApYi7ceOIVbg&index=42

slackkey007
12-16-2012, 02:14 PM
Uncle Peter Moon:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JtgdM8zsI88&list=FLJLEy11vgBfApYi7ceOIVbg&index=31

slackkey007
12-16-2012, 02:15 PM
Uncle Ledward Kaapana:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JiiEDuebNfM&list=FLJLEy11vgBfApYi7ceOIVbg&index=30

slackkey007
12-16-2012, 02:18 PM
Uncle Kimo Hussey:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tdfdq5QZAJQ&list=FLJLEy11vgBfApYi7ceOIVbg&index=36

slackkey007
12-16-2012, 02:22 PM
Da Ukulele Boyz w/Uncle Ledward Kaapana & Uncle George Kahumoku Jr:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gn5h7vgSilU

slackkey007
12-16-2012, 02:33 PM
Sistah Taimane Gardner:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SWyxa9DDelg

slackkey007
12-16-2012, 02:36 PM
Bruddah Aaron Crowell:


https://vimeo.com/44789856

slackkey007
12-16-2012, 02:40 PM
Bruddah Corey Fujimoto:


https://vimeo.com/54189261

slackkey007
12-16-2012, 02:46 PM
Bruddah Abe Lagrimas Jr:


https://vimeo.com/19159006

slackkey007
12-16-2012, 02:49 PM
Bruddah James Hill:


https://vimeo.com/19026721

ukemunga
12-16-2012, 02:50 PM
I've listened to quite a lot of Jake, I love Paula Fuga, and listened to Iz as well as Julia Nunes and of course The Ukulele orchestra of Great Britain.

Just wondering who else to listen to to get a good feel for ukulele music? Especially bands. I'm looking especially for artists who have stuff on iTunes as I want to create a ukulele playlist :).

If you want to see a cool band that does great arrangements and a cool performance check out the MotherUkers:

http://www.motherukers.com/

http://youtu.be/MVc407SSzQM

Kanaka916
12-16-2012, 03:39 PM
Ukulele Artists and Bands (http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?44225-Ukulele-Artists-amp-Bands)

vanflynn
12-16-2012, 04:14 PM
Bill Tapia

TG&Y
12-16-2012, 05:05 PM
Lovin' the Danielle here too. Another one is an Austin band called Wild Child.


I love Danielle Anderson -- Danielle Ate the Sandwich for folky singer songwriter songs. Great lyrics too.

Gillian
12-16-2012, 09:06 PM
John King

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=935ExOpT5bI

BIGDB
12-16-2012, 09:32 PM
i personally think that james hill is the best ukulele player that ive ever heard and all his stuff sounds really cool. heres one of my favorite songs of his

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=As_p5BjjFrE

Hippie Dribble
12-16-2012, 10:57 PM
Cliff Edwards, Azo Bell (Old Spice Boys), Lyle Ritz, Roy Smeck, John King, Lil' Rev, Dr Bekken, John Bianchi, Bosko & Honey, Ukulele Club De Paris

here's a clip from Dr Bekken...


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H2fXQ30DJGw

Gillian
12-17-2012, 07:58 AM
i personally think that james hill is the best ukulele player that ive ever heard and all his stuff sounds really cool. heres one of my favorite songs of his

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=As_p5BjjFrE

I agree. I find I can listen to his music all day. He and Anne Davidson (on cello) performed for a Hawaii Session (http://www.youtube.com/user/hisessionsshow?feature=watch) set.

Another fantastic player who plays very different music is Jan Laurenz (http://www.youtube.com/user/sprugian). He is an accomplished player on any stringed instrument and is now really into the ukulele.

Youkalaylee
12-17-2012, 11:27 AM
Wow thanks everyone! I've booked marked this thread so I can keep coming back to it. I've listened to at least one song for almost everyone mentioned in this thread, not a lot on iTunes but my youtube is full of favourites now. I've downloaded music from Daniel Ho, Taimane (I love her!) Troy Fernandez (he's an absolute legend!) and Craig Brandau as well as James Hill. Gonna listen my way through some of their albums... Can't believe I've been missing out! I love ukulele music it's so happy sounding and soulful at the same time! :)

musiccityuker
12-17-2012, 11:52 AM
If you want an energetic change-up give Troy Fernandez a listen! A very entertaining guy with an uke in his hand. Leward Kaapana is so well known for his slack key treats but he has a TON of mind boggling great uke music out there as well! He's one of theee best (in my humble opinion) with a slack key guitar or an uke.

Kanaka916
12-17-2012, 01:36 PM
Ooooooh Shoots, fogot dis one guy (OK previously mentioned) . . . but what the hell


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l81nck8exxE

foxisaac
12-19-2012, 06:19 PM
Some of my favourites are Craig Chee, Ukulollo, and Bella Hemming

Tootler
12-20-2012, 03:57 AM
No one seems to have mentioned George Formby yet.

We used to sing this to my daughter:

http://youtu.be/02ViMh47F1E

Ken Middleton
12-20-2012, 04:33 AM
No one seems to have mentioned George Formby yet.


With good reason!

Uke Whisperer
12-25-2012, 12:45 AM
I remember back a year or so ago a very much respected musician (Ukulele and Guitar), a very positive contributor to the Ukulele world, and, an all around great guy, compared listening to Fomby as listening to a dentist's drill. Okay, perhaps his voice could get on one's nerves, but what a great entertainer and musician. I stick to my thoughts that his actual playing ability far exceeded most "mortal men's" (okay, perhaps not Superman's but up near the top of my list). When (ha, ha) I can play all his solos as well and as fast as he can, I may reconsider my great respect for him. I figure the majority of those that "dis" him as a Ukulele musician, are jealous and can't come close.

Ken Middleton
12-25-2012, 01:19 AM
I remember back a year or so ago a very much respected musician (Ukulele and Guitar), a very positive contributor to the Ukulele world, and, an all around great guy, compared listening to Fomby as listening to a dentist's drill. Okay, perhaps his voice could get on one's nerves, but what a great entertainer and musician. I stick to my thoughts that his actual playing ability far exceeded most "mortal men's" (okay, perhaps not Superman's but up near the top of my list). When (ha, ha) I can play all his solos as well and as fast as he can, I may reconsider my great respect for him. I figure the majority of those that "dis" him as a Ukulele musician, are jealous and can't come close.

Haha. Who could have said something so diabolical as that, I wonder? A little harsh, perhaps. But accurate.

I actually watched the George Formby films when I was young. That's why my dad bought be a uke. They were tuned to D in those days and life was simpler ...

Pippin
12-25-2012, 03:21 AM
The Night Owls, The Jive Aces, Ukulollo (Lorenzo Vignando) are three that would be on my list.

SamUke
12-25-2012, 04:26 AM
I really enjoy Ohta-San. His jazz and Bossa nova pieces are amazing!

costaricadave
12-25-2012, 04:31 AM
I can respect George's strumming....BUT that "singing" toooooo much. I agree with the dentist drill comment. haha I still feel like he should be wearing clown makeup to complete the act. But man he could strum!

hoosierhiver
12-25-2012, 04:37 AM
Gus and Finn,
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pzJ3hiqsi0U

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
12-25-2012, 08:07 AM
Eddie Kamae and the Sons of Hawaii are terrific--soulful Hawaiian music--beautiful!

grayforester
01-29-2013, 08:14 AM
Wow, the banjo ukulele sound seems harsher to me than the singing, but then my mum's from St. Helens, Lancs. That split stroke thing still sounds like a racket to me, albeit a rhythmically persuasive one. I find it stimulating to a degree that I can endure less as old age sets in to stay. I like his singing in some cases; In A Little Wigan Garden seems determined to be popular singing.

grayforester
01-29-2013, 08:15 AM
Formby's split stroke technique reminds me of a chef who can cut uniform slices of celery faster than you can see it done. Impressive but not expressive. (I am a very long time Formby listener.)

Hippie Dribble
01-29-2013, 09:52 AM
Ukulelezaza (http://ukulelezaza.blogspot.com.au/)

and on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/ukulelezaza