Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Fountain of Uke Music Links

MAGAZINES: (The old time herald is one of my favorite magazines for great articles on real old time music history past and present) (American & World Folk Music fill the pages of this fine magazine. Originally started by Pete Seeger back in the late 50’s/60’s this magazine has a rich and varied history.) (America’s very first Blues magazine! Covering traditional and contemporary blues in America with an emphasis on its African American purveyors, this magazine is always filled with top notch writing, reviews, news, and lore.) (My second favorite blues history magazine! Leans more towards electric blues, but still a good magazine going strong for a number of years) (The magazine of Folk & World Music!) If you are into old music, this is a great resource for old sheet music pre-1922 public domain material posted by the UCLA-at Davis A guild dedicated to the preservation, perpetuation and continuation of all things ukulele worldwide.

MISCELLANEOUS MUSIC: (Find a Jug band near you! Keeping Jug Band History alive.) (Get your iphone app and stream all folk, all the time from this great online radio program for lovers of traditional and contemporary folk music) (the source for America’s richest repository of traditional music, folk, blues, Yiddish and all things Moe Asch! Folkways was the label that released the incredibly influential Harry Smith Anthology also the home of Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Josh White, Lead-belly, Sonny Terry, Cisco Houston, Mike Seeger, The New Lost City Ramblers and so many of my other heroes! This is real music people! Folkways records have and will remain some of my deepest musical influences. This is, as they say…music of the people, by the people, for the people!) (Looking for old music? On the hunt for old tunes, the way they sounded so long ago? This trove of old time cylinders, digitized is the mother-lode of antiquity for anyone with a yen to hear the real deal.) (Digital collection of rare old sheet music for download and viewing. If you are hunting for old tunes as I often do, this is sometimes the place to start!) One of a small handful of historic music Organizations in the country dedicated to perpetuating the folk arts thru lessons, concerts and workshops. A must visit when in Chicago. Avoid copyright infringement by knowing both the laws and the tunes available for us all to use. Anything composed prior to 1922 is fair game. Because the ukulele world relies heavily on old time favorites, this site is a must for every ukulele player. Public Domain Song listing. Elderly Instruments is one of the single greatest online mail order stores for music related merchandise in the country. When in Lansing visit their store as well.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010


Ladies & Gentlemen! Come one! Come all!
The Milwaukee Ukulele Festival
September 25, 2010
9am -- 10pm
Website is now up and running.
Check it out!
While it still needs some editing,
it is up and running!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010


I wrote Wonderfully Askew over the winter of 2010 while touring up the California Coast. Barbara Brooks of the Monterey Ukulele Club took me for a tour of the charming little town of Carmel By The Sea, as we came to the Old Spanish Carmel Mission, she pointed out the architectural traits that time has not been good to, and in doing so replied, “but isn’t it Wonderfully Askew,” to which I thought, everything I love about life is wonderfully askew! The phrase stuck with me as we worked our way up the coast, soon a new song was born.
I am accompanied by three of my favorite players on this video…Gerald Ross, Marvin Reitz and Kathy Reitz…these guys are all stellar players and really know how to listen to the music, not overplay, complement what a guy is doing without hot-dogging it or getting in the way like a lot of folks often do. It is pure joy to make music with these guys and I have come to adore them. Gerald Ross, is as many of you know a dynamite player who specializes in swing, rock and blues influenced ukulele styles, as well as some mighty fine steel guitar playing. Gerald is in demand on the ukulele & music camp circuit and I couldn’t think of a better guy than Gerald to learn from.

The chords to this tune are Bb, Eb, F7 as well as a C7 throw in along the way. The turnaround is classic 1920’s stuff!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Lil' Rev playing with Brian & Linda Hefferan

Here's an old Papa Charlie Jackson number featuring Lil' Rev playing harmonica, mandolin and guitar along with Brian & Lynn from the Fabulous Heftones. Be sure to see Lil Rev's YouTube videos at