May 30th, 2011
Singer, raconteur, jazz guitarist, and ukulele legend Bill Tapia is one of the oldest performing musicians in the world today with the age of 103 years old. Throughout his entire career, he has been playing with some of the American and Hawaiian music legends like Louis Armstrong, Frank Sinatra, Fats Waller, Billie Holiday, Johnny Noble, Benny Nawahe, and Sol Ho’opi’i.
But this coming 29th of May, he will be receiving the 2011 Na Hoku Hanohano Lifetime Achievement Award at the Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu. Such award is given to artists all over the world who had significant contributions to the Hawaiian music and culture.
Such honor will be then be followed by his release next month of his newest album entitled, Bill Tapia, Live at the Warner Grand Theatre – The 100th Birthday Concert.
May 4th, 2011
Mr. Brolund, a resident of Canada and is among the top ukulele players in their country is offering a free ukulele workshop this May 7. As a ukulele player, he has already been featured at the Ukulele Ceilidh in Liverpool twice and just recently, appeared in the ukulele documentary entitled “The Mighty Uke” (http://www.mightyukemovie.com). At present, he already has two international ukulele endorsements and is regarded as one of the ukulele players that can play authentic blues. For those individuals interested to join this workshop, you may visit Town’s End Strings and Things music store on May 7. During the one-hour workshop, the participant is expected to know ukulele tuning and strumming, as well as playing a few of the basic ukulele chords. Together with the workshop, a free chord chart for all participants will be given.
April 17th, 2011
Ian Brown who is a local singer, songwriter and music teacher will be having two courses for the County Adult Education Service in Hexham taking place after Easter. Starting on May 5th, there will be a ukulele class held at the Gatehouse on the site of Hexham Middle school every Thursday evening. This is in the hope that parents of young boys and girls will encourage their children to learn how to play the ukulele. Students who will participate in the classes will only need their own instrument plus a sense of humor. For more details, you may contact Gatehouse on 01434 607298.
March 25th, 2011
Daniel Ho, according to the Guam Ukulele Club will be having a free ukulele clinic at GPO this coming March 26 to 27 1 to 3 PM. On March 28, he will be having a concert to take place at the Guam Hotel Nikko wherein the opening number will be done by the Mount Carmel stage band. For those interested individuals, the ticket is worth $25 per person. This benefit concert is intended to help Japan’s tsunami victims.
March 20th, 2011
With the combined efforts of Charleston Hot Shots, V-Tones and Cypress Gardens, a ukulele festival will take place wherein benefits will be for the Doc Williams SPCA. During the said event, there will be ukulele and hula dance workshops along with open mic sessions, ukulele vendors showing off their products, plus a concert for free by the Charleston Hot Shots, V-Tones and special guest Kent Knorr. So what are you waiting for? Have fun listening to the ukulele, or buy one for yourself, learn and perform on the stage with it someday! To know more about the event, visit festival.charlestonhotshots.com.
March 13th, 2011
Daniel Ho, a renowned musical artist will be performing this March 18 during the Celebrity Showroom at John Ascuaga’s Nugget. Considered as one of the masters of slack key guitar and ukulele, Ho released last 2010 “Polani” which is his first CD with ukulele music that has won a Grammy nomination. He likewise made the record label Daniel Ho Creations in 1998 that has created over 50 albums of acoustic as well as Hawaiian-themed music. Ho also garnered 6 Grammy awards both for being a producer and artist under the category of the “Best Hawaiian Music Album” (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 & 2010). Aside from Hawaii, he has also performed in various countries including USA, Japan and Europe. So don’t miss him as he plays at John Ascuaga’s Nugget for one show Friday, March 18 at 8 in the evening. Tickets are available at $20 each which you can get from calling (800) 648-1177 or 356-3300.
March 6th, 2011
Just Ukes recently opened their third Big Island location at Mauna Lani. The new shop is situated in between 4D movie theatre and Foodland Farms which is 500-square meters big which opened last March 1, 2011.
Just Ukes was founded in Kona, which is located at the Big Island of Hawaii in the year 1998. Since then, the shop continued providing ukuleles, music books plus accessories for almost 13 years. Just Ukes composes of a great team of fun individuals that will help you during your shopping and making your experience a memorable one.
As stated by the shop owner Anne Reece, “Just Ukes has ukuleles for the Keiki to the Kupuna.” “We love to educate people about the history of the ukulele, teach them to play, or sell them one to have for their very own.”
March 3rd, 2011
March 11, 2011 is regarded as Global Ukulele Day and in that day, the web-based project Beatles Complete on Ukulele will be having an event to be held at the Bowery Hotel this coming Friday. This is in honor of the annual celebration of the said group which will be presenting 10 unique KALA ukuleles which were made and hand painted by artists. It will be followed by an auction to take place at Haunch of Venison and the proceeds will be going to the Hi Art! city youth program.
The producer of Beatles Complete on Ukulele is David Barratt which tries to cover 185 Beatles songs starting from 1962 to 1970. Since January 2009, new recordings have been released which will likewise stop on the 31st of July 2012. Every post weekly comes with a brief essay regarding the composition as well as the cover artist.
February 18th, 2011
Steve Ball, a ukulele expert will be hosting two more pub play-alongs after the very first one came out successfully. He will be having the ukulele nights at the Bull Inn in Main Road, St Paul’s Cray at 8 in the evening on the 17th of February, and on the 21st will be held at the Black Horse in Albert Road, Bexley, at 8pm
This is because of the success of the first event at the Bull Inn held last February 3, 2011. The Ukulaviators Ukulele Club will now be presenting there every Thursday, and at the Black Horse every other Monday. “The premise is a simple one: bring your ukulele and your voice, and come and join us for a pint or two and a good old sing and play,” he says.
For more information, you may visit bass-station.me.uk or call 07907 574306.