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22 2010

Coming to an acceptable level of Christmas mood has been rather difficult this year, partly because Christmas ukulele videos in languages other than English have been rather hard to find.

Santa did bring me a nice Christmas present though, with the addition of a new language to the Ukulele and Languages collection : Corsican.

With a couple of days to go before Christmas, I’d like to wish you all a very merry Christmas, filled with ukulele songs and languages.

If you’ve come here just for the Christmas videos, scroll down to the end of this post. (It’s a bad idea though because you’ll miss some really good videos).

Let’s start the World tour with non-christmas songs in various styles to suit different tastes.

Country: United-States / Language: English

Great baritone ukulele fingerpicking on this cover of Richland Woman Blues, a song by country blues singer and guitarist Mississippi John Hurt performed by Jake Loew

Aaron Keim plays the ballad of  KC Jones. Casey Jones was a locomotive engineer who died in the crash of the train he was driving against a freight train.  Read the whole story here.

Country: Poland / Language: Polish

A country-style song performed by Hastourr. Enjoy the strumming.

Country: Australia / Language: English

Christmas is the time to show your ukulele some love. Miranda Mahalo does just that in her song Ukulele Love performed at the Captain Frodo’s Carnival of Dreams inNorway.

Country: Ireland / Language: English

Barry Whiteside performs All Of Me at the Doheny & Nesbitts Bar in Dublin.

Country: Germany / Language: Instrumental

A very beautiful performance by Wilfried Welti who never fails to deliver delicate and top quality ukulele playing. Listen to him perform an Irish folksong called The Old Turf Fire.

Country: Vietnam / Language: Instrumental

Hieuorion from Hanoi plays an instrumental piece called Hà nội mùa vắng những cơn mưa.

Christmas ukulele selection

Country: France / Language: Corsican

Dio Vi Salvi Regina became the national anthem of Corsica in 1735. Here is a ukulele and vocal harmony performance of this hymn, in a slightly abridged version. Full lyrics can be found on Wikipedia.

Country: Canada / Language: English

Good King Wincelas performed  by friendsandfamilyband.

Country:  Canada / Language: Huron or Wyandot

Thanks to a comment from Sel & Soufre, I have updated this post to add a new language : Huron, also called Wyandot which is an Iroquoian language. According to Wikipedia, the language died about a century ago.

I couldn’t find a ukulele video with the song performed in Huron so I’ve added this non-uke video to let you hear the sound of the language (you’ll also hear French and English in the song). It is quite a beautiful carol.

Lyrics in Huron can be found on the French Wikipedia page (you’ll have to scroll down to mid-page to find them)

Jesous Ahatonhia performed by Shuniah80.

If you’d like to try and play this Huron carol on your uke, you can find the tabs for the tune here. You can hear the song played on a baritone ukulele by UkulelePoltergeist from Germany here.

Country: United-States / Language: English

Last Christmas performed on banjo and ukulele.

Kathryn Burke performs Here Comes Santa Clause, a song by Gene Autry and Oakley Haldeman.

Country: Japan / Language: English

Not a recent video, but a lively performance of Jolly Old St Nicholas by two Japanese ladies.

For more Christmas songs, make sure you check Lou Armers selection on the third Uke Hunt Podcast.

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6 Comments »

  1. Sel & Soufre on the 22nd of December 2010 @ 21:28

    Another ukulele language is… Huron !
    Here the tabs of the Huron Carol :
    http://ukeclassicaltabs.blogspot.com/2010/12/huron-carol.html

  2. Armelle Europe on the 22nd of December 2010 @ 22:20

    Sel & Soufre: Many thanks for the new language addition! I’ve added it to the post.
    I didn’t know about this language so thanks very much for mentioning it! I love learning new things about languages.

  3. Ron and Jeanne on the 23rd of December 2010 @ 04:10

    We especially enjoyed the Huron carol. Thanks for posting it along with the link for the tab.

  4. Armelle Europe on the 23rd of December 2010 @ 12:26

    Ron and Jeanne : the Huron carol is beautiful. I am glad you enjoyed. Hope you’ll have fun playing it on your uke.
    Thanks should actually go to Sel & Soufre for mentioning the Huron carol in the first place.

  5. Emmanuel on the 24th of December 2010 @ 19:01

    Hi, thanks for sharing my version of Corsica’s Hymn !

  6. Armelle Europe on the 25th of December 2010 @ 01:12

    Emmanuel: you’re welcome! And thanks for doing the Corsican Hymn. I never thought I would find a ukulele video in Corsican!

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