For years now, like a pack-rat, i have collected bits and pieces of
what one might call a loose conglomeration of tune-lists.
Occasionally, i would have an organizing fit and...
into my moleskin notebook they would go, filed away for who
For some reason, as a teacher, i simply found it to be wise to keep a
running list of 2 chord songs.
After years, months and days, i have finally decided it was time to
conclude my search for the holy grail of two chord songs. So, now I
give to you my fellow Ukulele enthusiast a running list of 101 two
By no means is this list complete. It is merely a starting point,
a springboard from which to launch.
There are 1000's of two chord songs out there!
These songs come from many different sources including books, hymnals,
random songbooks, live concerts, song circles, rise-up singing, Jerry Silverman's
Folksong Collections, Little Red Songbook, Pete Seeger's Song File, Folk Songs
Of North America (Loma…
In the early winter months of 2016, after an nearly unbearable 2015, i decided i'd focus my
mind on something positive whilst my daughter and i whiled away the cold,
dark winter months that proceded Carol's passing.
To that end, i determined that a new recording project might be
just the ticket!
Having endured a treacherous year of illness, depression, and
near death myself (stung by a black wasp and went into Anaphylaxis shock),
i needed this project to be light, fun and easy.
Given this, I pulled out a list of tunes i'd been compiling over the last couple of years;
mostly early country, folk and pre-bluegrass type stuff that i aimed to record
with a claw-hammer bent to them. About My Claw-Hammer Roots:
My love of banjo playing was mostly inspired by backing up my longtime
music pal John Nicholson of Frogwater. John is an incredible player and
over the years i grew to love old time banjo mostly thru b…
I've known Dan Scanlan for almost 20 years now....
I have had the pleasure of working alongside him in Nova Scotia at the Ceilidh,
as well as at countless festivals across the U.S.
In a sea of posers, I have long championed Dan as the "real deal," and he's why...
his heart is so undeniably rooted in all things ukulele and he's paid his toll after decades
of championing the ukulele (and long before it was cool).
He is unassuming, down to earth, salt of the earth, a consummate ukulele historian,
and a strong player with a unique style all his own.
Its these things and more, that keep me interested in what my pal Dan is up to ukulele-wise.
Recently, he has begun promoting a new line of ukulele's with his signature "Cool Hand Uke" model.
What follows is a short interview with him. 1-Tell us about your ukulele responsibilities these days? What are you involved with in terms of clubs, festivals, teaching, etc. I continue to direct and teach Cool Hand …