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Ken Middleton & The Lost Art of Playing Fiddle-Tunes on the Ukulele

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In the fall of 2004, The Old Time Herald (Vol.9 #5) ran a feature article of mine titled: Ukuleles In Old Time Music http://www.oldtimeherald.org/archive/back_issues/volume-9/9-5/uke.html The purpose of this article (researched by Deb Porter and I), was first and foremost to shed some light on the role of the ukulele in the string band era. We explained in great detail, that the Ukulele was prominently featured in both the black Jug Bands as well as the white dance bands of the 20’s and 30’s. There were groups like The Fiddle Powers Family, The Hillbillies, Jimmie Rodgers, Da Costa Woltz’s Southern Broadcasters and the Memphis Jug Band; all of whom sat alongside of the Vaudeville Crooners, who inspired the masses. Thus, the ukulele was at the forefront of both progressive pop music as well as keeping the old tunes from home alive.


It has been almost 8 years since that article came out and a lot has changed in the ukulele world. We have witnessed an explosion, the likes of which onl…

Lil' Rev Bonaparte's Retreat on Tony Graziano Baritone Ukulele

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Lil' Rev and Will Branch -- The Me or Uke Blues

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A song about real life...

Lil' Rev at The Coffee House Milwaukee

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