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Today’s feature is a lovely song by Icelandic band Ylja, Á rauðum sandi.

It will take you on a road trip across Iceland towards the end of the summer, to the sound of guitar and ukulele accompanying the vocal harmonies of singers Gígja Skjaldardóttir and Bjartey Sveinsdóttir.

This song is taken from Ylja’s album Ylja which you can purchase on Bandcamp here.

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I have discovered the French band Stoned Popes a couple of months ago and I have really enjoyed the mood brightening effect their songs had. The band features a ukulele and their songs have a catchy rhythm and feature many instruments, borrowing from different musical styles.

I couldn’t resist asking them a few questions to find out more about their music.

U&L: When and how was your band Stoned Popes formed ? Can you tell us a little about the different members of the band, where everybody is from and what instruments everyone is playing ?

Stoned Popes: The band in its current form was formed two years ago in Paris by 6 crazy frenchies:

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I have featured a cool video of  Les Poupées Gonflées in one of my Weekly Ukulele World Tour post before and when I saw that they were about to release an album in which the ukulele played an important part, I set out to interview Valérie Charlot, the ukulele player in the band. Valérie seems to be seriously smitten by UAS (Ukulele Acquisition Syndrome).

Version française de l’interview des Poupées Gonflées ici.

Here is my translation of the interview. To read the original version in French, click here.

U&L: How was the band Les Poupées Gonflées formed? Can you introduce the different band members?

Valérie: Les Poupées Gonflées have been around for a year and a half but I started writing songs in the Poupées Gonflées style about 2 years ago. After writing my first originals, I started looking for accomplices!

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Ouille aïe aïe!

Voici la version française (et originale) de l’interview de Valérie Charlot, l’ukuléliste des Poupées Gonflées. To read the English version of the interview, click here.

U&L: Comment est né le groupe Les Poupées Gonflées et peux-tu présenter les différentes membres du groupe et les instruments dont chacune joue?

Valérie: Les Poupées Gonflées existent depuis un an et demi, mais j’ai commencé à écrire dans ‘l’esprit  Poupées’ il y a deux ans

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I discovered Patti Plinko and her Boy at the Paris Uke Fest. this year and liked her performance so much I bought her new EP, Bohemian Suicide.

The EP consists of 6 tracks (mostly on ukulele and guitar but also featuring a violin) amounting to a playing time of about 30 minutes. The highlights of the EP are some of the titles that were performed at the Paris Uke Fest., “Hey Ho! Deepest of the Darkest” and “Whisky Six“.

Hey Ho ! Deepest of the Darkest, the first track of the EP and probably my favourite,  sets the tone in an exhilarating  performance where Patti’s voice playfully switches from slow and languorous to roaring with an impressive display of energy.

Here she is with her Boy, performing the song at the Paris Uke Fest, on the 4th of July 2009.

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