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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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Today I am in the mood for some folk music and this post’s highlight will be Todd Baio who has performed numerous American folk songs on the ukulele.

You’ve probably never wondered what Gallo, a regional ‘patois’ from Upper-Brittany could sound like, but you’ll find out anyway! Read on…

Before we move on to our World Tour, if you are a Firefox user and a regular reader of this blog, you’ve probably been plagued by the videos in the posts opening on YouTube rather than here on Ukulele & Languages, making your post reading rather cumbersome. Thanks to Guillaume who told me about this issue, it is now fixed.

Country: United-States / Language: English

Todd Baio performs a traditional American folk song, John Hardy on a baritone ukulele.

The song tells the story of John Hardy who shot  a man after loosing 50 cents in a game. John Hardy was convicted of murder and was hung. (Folksongs are so cheerful…)

Read the different lyrics of the song here.

Find the chords here or here.

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Today we’ll explore quite a few traditional songs played on the uke, before moving on to other types of songs from around the world and ending up with a couple of pop/rock ukulele covers and a funny bluesy original song to give you energy for the rest of the weekend.

Country: United-States / Language: English

ErinBev performs a traditional Scottish Folksong from the 18th century, The Bonnie Banks o’ Loch Lomond, on a baritone ukulele.

Lyrics and the history of the song. which was first published in 1841, can be found on Wikipedia.

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If you have managed to survive the longest Finnish word, here is a poem in Hungarian by István Ferenczes which contains no less than a hundred and five ‘ ö ‘ sounds and which has been put to music by the band Fűszál Együttes.

There isn’t much information to be found on István Ferenczes at least not in languages that I understand. From what I could read he was born in 1945, he is a journalist and a poet and has lived in Transylvania all his life. The fact that he writes in Hungarian does suggest that he is among the Magyar population living in Transylvania, Romania but this is just a guess.

Lyrics of the song, called Mikor Csíkban járt a török can be found here in case you need to check the 105 ‘ ö ‘. As for understanding the lyrics, I’m afraid there is little sense to be made from automated translations. Török means Turkish and sör means beer, but that doesn’t really help, does it ?

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This third post on The Beatles ukulele covers will focus on the years 1966 and 1967, covering the following albums : Revolver, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and Magical Mystery Tour.

Revolver (August 1966)

Ukulele virtuoso Taimane plays a brilliant version of Eleanor Rigby

Fanny Fanlight from the UK covers I’m only sleeping.

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