Ukuleles everywhere!

Ukuleles are becoming a bit ubiquitous. The Times had a feature today on Ukulele playing, concentrating on the Duke of Uke shop and recording studio in London, and the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain. My son doesn't read this blog, so I can confess I've just bought him a comically cheap Mahalo Uke with a tiny hard case, not unlike this one (on the right in the picture), for his 3rd birthday. And now Gizmodo reports on the BoxALele Company, who produce cute, but expensive ($130) ukes from lunchboxes, cigar boxes etc.

you know, during the US great depression(1930s) ukuleles were extremely popular if the sheet music i've seen from the era is any indicator. perhaps this new fad is in response to economic hardship? they're an extraordinarily cheap instrument.
Another awesome Uke (and other cool custom instruments) site is here:

I was told that this guy has made instruments for the likes of "They Might Be Giants" and Stephin Merritt of "The Magnetic Fields"
uke's rock. we have a local uke club where dozens of people play them.
can someone post that amazing vid of that hawaiian guy playing "while my guitar gently weeps"? , shows what a uke can do.
Duke of Uke is brilliant. My band recorded in the studio below it just before the shop opened and it is a treasure trove of instruments, acoustic and synthetic well worth it if you are an indie band!


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