Ukulele & Languages

Different countries,
Different cultures
one common language... the ukulele.

Posts Tagged ‘Ireland’

Today I have concocted an English-speaking-countries uke trip which I hope you will enjoy.

1. Ireland

A fun original song by Barry from Dún Laoghaire _ I swear, it rhymes! _. It’s such a long time since I left Ireland now that I have to double check the spelling. Time flies !

The song is called Anywhere The Weather’s Not Too Bad. Warning : some instruments shown on the video can be misleading.

2. United-Kingdom

UkeTubeUK does a cover of Minnie the Moocher

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It’s always when you stop looking that things come your way…
Today’s ukulele find is really great for me : a traditional Irish song called Siúil a Rúin.The timing is perfect with the first International Irish Ukulele Festival being held this coming weekend (15th-16th of August) in Dublin. Find out all the details here.

The song is in English with an Irish chorus and tells about the sadness felt after the departure of a beloved one who has gone to France. I really like this cover of the song, it brings back some memories of my time in Ireland. She who sings has this _in my view_ very typical “acidulated” voice that suits Celtic songs so well.

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Writing a post on Ukulele and Celtic languages was not an easy task. I’ve been scanning YouTube for videos in the different Gaelic languages for hours and my eyesight is now a bit blurry.
There are songs in Gaelic all right but not so many featuring a ukulele.

As a result I have been a bit more lenient and accepted other instruments for some of the Celtic languages until someone sends me videos featuring both ukulele (banjolele acceptable too) and Celtic languages. In the meantime, enjoy the sound of the languages !

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Updated on the 4th of June 2020, links refreshed.

Rob MacKillop sells ebooks for Fingerstyle Ukulele Arrangements on Mel Bay’s site.

He has written a series of e-books on fingerstyle uke :
– 10 Progressive Fingerstyle Studies for Uke
– 20 Spanish Baroque Pieces by Gaspar Sanz arranged for Uke


– 20 Celtic Fingerstyle Uke Tunes
– 20 Pieces from Briggs’ Banjo Instructor [Boston, 1855]

I’ve just bought the 20 Celtic Fingerstyle Uke Tunes  and it consists of 20 Scots and Irish tunes arranged for the ukulele.
The first part of the book shows neatly layed-out tabs for the different tunes while the second part contains tabs and scores for fans of standard music notation.

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