Recent content by Ken Middleton

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    JOHNSON BOYS - Clawhammer

    JOHNSON BOYS Here's a well-known bluegrass tune I recorded recently. Just an improvisation. Played clawhammer. I first came across it in 1964. It was on the B side of "Island of Dreams" , a big hit for The Springfields in that year. I bought the record. The lead female singer of that group...
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    MY BACK PAGES - Collboration

    MY BACK PAGES - Collaboration Here's Aldrine, Seeso, Sebi, Baron, Dominator, Nigel, RussBuss, Kelly and me. Don't know how many of you caught this last week, but it is well worth looking at.
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    STREETS OF LONDON - Ukulele Festival of Scotland

    Another video from the recent Ukulele Festival of Scotland. A sad song fro 1969 by Ralph McTell.
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    I Am A Pilgrim

    JAKE, JAMES, TIM, HAL and KEN We're playing a slow, bluesy, Louisiana style version of I Am A Pilgrim during this year's Ukulele Festival of Scotland.
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    SOMETHING CELTIC - Ken, James and Anne

    THE DAISY-CHAIN JIG
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    UKULOLLO and KEN

    SNOWDROP Performed during the recent Scottish Ukulele Festival
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    CLARA - Review

    BLACKBIRD CLARA CONCERT UKE I have been fortunate enough to try quite a number of these ukes this year and I am impressed. Really impressed. I talked at length with Joe, the owner of Blackbird, at NAMM this year. Recently he gave me a lift back from the Reno Festival to San Francisco and we...
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    PROMISES TO KEEP - an improvisation

    Here's an improvisation I recorded a couple of days ago. It has an intro and then section A (8 bars) followed by section B (8 bars). Play section A and B again two more times and then play section A until the end. The piece is quite slow. Here are the basic chords: INTRO Dm / / / | Dm / /...
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    REVIEW - New Mike Pereira Tenor

    Here's a detailed review of my new tenor built by Mike Pereira. I have known Mike for a number of years and have played many of his instruments. This is the first one I have actually bought. The workmanship is flawless. He builds superb sounding instruments. Mike lives and works in...
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    Try playing along to this song

    DRY YOUR DARLIN'S EYES PLAY ALONG After the 4 bar into this song only uses 3 main chords: C, F and G7. Here are some tips to play along. 1. Start after the 4 bar introduction. 2. Sometimes the chord of C7 is added just before the chord of F. 3. It is slow with 3 beats to the bar. 4. Each...
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    Alternate tuning

    DIRTY OLD TOWN - Tenor Improvisation Here's a little tip that I use often. I have my uke tuned fCEA (high F). The 4th string is tuned down a full step. This means that I can use the F on the 4th string as a drone note and play in the key of F. Normally, to use the regular G 4th string as a...
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    BLUE MOON - improvisation

    Here's one of my favourite songs, written by Rogers and Hart in 1934. Both the strumming and the melody part are recorded live straight into camera.
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    OHANA TK-70BA - Review

    A new model from Ohana.
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    LIONEL, ANTOINE & KEN - Cheltenham 2014

    Another video recorded during the Ukulele Festival of Great Britain, earlier this year.
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    I'LL FLY AWAY - Czech Fest 2014

    I asked a bunch of my friends to join me on stage during the Saturday evening concert at the recent ukulele festival in Prague. The performers include: Tobias Elof, Ukulollo, Shelley Rickey, Peter Byrom, Les Hilton, Tim Cooke, UkuleleZaza and Nicolaj Wamberg. Hope you enjoy.