Ukulele & Languages

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Posts Tagged ‘Australia’

I’d like to start this World Tour Post with a video of Bosko & Honey playing a tune called Earthquake together with Gensblue from Japan.

My thoughts go to the people of Japan at this very difficult time.

You can help Bosko and Honey support the Japan Disaster Appeal by buying their Ukulele Safari Compilation CD. Full details are available from their site.

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Focus of this week’s Ukulele World Tour will be on folk songs. I really like folk songs as they often relate real-life stories, thus revealing a fragment of a country’s history and culture.

I love it when ukulele players who upload videos give full details about the background of the songs they are performing. I have found a nice selection of these for you to enjoy this week.

Nice language finds this week too with a ukulele video in Chamorro and another in Hungarian.

Country: Australia / Language: English

Here is a lovely English folk ballad performed by eugeneukulele on a Mya Moe mango resonator ukulele.

I found the sheet music for this song here but the lyrics are quite different. There seems to exist several variants of the song.

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This week’s ukulele World Tour will bring heartwarming performances from France with the Stoned Popes and Agathe and Fine. These are welcome to drive away the autumn cold which seems to settle in these days.

We’ll then move on to Australia on the other side of the world with another upbeat song by Mike de Velta and at the same time to discover a lovely original instrumental by Andrew Eyles.

After a little stopover in the UK with an upbeat performance by Gus and Fin, it will be time for us to get our share of foreign languages in this World Tour post with some Indonesian, Ukrainian and Russian.

1. Country: France / Language: English

The Stoned Popes is a French band that I have just discovered. Their song called The Loser Song successfully blends percussions, trumpet, xylophone and ukulele.

Guitar and ukulele duets are of special interest to me now that I have discovered the joy of playing such duos myself.

Agathe & Fine perform a lively duet cover

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If you have been trying to find a geographic logic into the order of the videos in my Weekly World Tour posts, I bet you have some doubts about my sense of geography.

Well, besides the fact that I revise my geography with this kind of video, I am, just like Al in his Uke Tubes, trying to place my videos in an order that unfolds well. So rest assured that the order of the videos has …

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Today we’ll not only fly like a bee to all corners of the globe, we’ll also travel back in time with a few covers of older tunes.

Australia, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, the UK and the US will be among our destinations with a few nice linguistic surprises such as a Russian song performed by an American or a Mexican song performed by a German.

Australia

Gwyn aka Gwynthesizer does a really nice cover of Winter is Blue by Vashti Bunyan, an artist I didn’t know before listening to Gwyn‘s cover.

Streetwize Birdcage from Perth perform

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