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Posts Tagged ‘Australia’

A Spring Selection of ukulele videos from around the world to wish you an excellent weekend. Videos from the continents of North America, Europe, Africa, South America, Asia and Australia, all a pleasure for your ears !

Now, is there a ukulele player reading this post feeling valorous enough to set up an expedition to Antartica, the missing continent on Ukulele and Languages ? You won’t have to carry a flag with you, that’s all been done before; all I’m asking for is a tiny ukulele song in the middle of the ice packs of Antartica. I wouldn’t want anyone to get hurt trying so I suggest you watch this video before you make hasty plans to follow the tracks of Roald Amundsen. No volunteer ? Ah well, I don’t blame you, take it easy, make yourself a warm cup of tea and enjoy these videos instead !

1. Canada

Rob aka sanfordandsong accompanies the band Leaf Rapids on a cover of David Bowie‘s The Man Who Sold the World. I really like the atmosphere the ukulele creates.

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The focus of this World Tour will be mainly on instrumental fingerstyle ukulele from around the world but I’ve also featured a couple of  other videos with singing.

1. Poland

Pawel‘s ukulele arrangement of Sen o Warszawie (The dream about Warsaw) by Czesław Niemen performed on a Makapili koa tenor ukulele.

2. Belgium

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At the other end of the world from France, Rose Turtle Ertler, an Australian ukulele player has decided to bring together two of her passions : ukulele and cooking. The result of this combination is a book titled What Do Ukulele Players Eat ? in which Rose has compiled recipes from ukulele players around the world.

Rose has been very kind to answer a few questions which tell us more about the ukulele in Australia and about her book.

U&L:  You are a musician from Australia. Can you tell us a bit about yourself, your musical style and your ukulele story ?

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You’re in for a really international feel today as our ukulele trip will take us all around the globe: this World Tour post will take you to Norway for some singing in Russian, to Canada for some West African Guitar Style strumming applied to the ukulele, to Italy for a classic and finally to Brazil and Australia with local singers and ukulele players Rick Melo and Tyrone.

Country: Norway / Language: Russian

Mr Arvemann and Line Mehlum from Norway sing Миленький ты мой, a Russian folk song by Nadezhda Kadysheva.

Russian lyrics are available here.

Country: Canada / Language: Instrumental

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Feel like an English language and ukulele challenge today ?

Today I’d like to share a very funny song, The Court of King Caractacus written by Australian singer songwriter Rolf Harris and covered on the ukulele by itallstartedthere.

Try to learn the lyrics and chords (easy chords : C, G and F) for the song from this site first and then attempt to sing along at the right speed whithout making any mistakes while strumming in time…

Have fun !

A trip to Australia without the mention of didgeridoos

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