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.
I can’t resist posting another song performed by Todd as it is a song I really like : The Foggy Foggy Dew.
I discoverered this traditional English song a long time ago on a CD of Folksongs, beautifully performed by Alfred Deller, Mark Deller and Desmond Dupré.
Todd‘s version is performed on a Mainland banjo ukulele. Lyrics can be found here.
UncleJeff64 sings Rocky Mountain Belle, a traditional folk song which he has altered a bit.
Chords (C F G) and lyrics are available in the YouTube description of the video.
Country: France / Language: Gallo
A new addition to the collection of languages in my ukulele World Tour, this rural song is sung in Gallo, a regional language from Upper Brittany.
Country: France / Instrumental
While in Brittany, here is a French band using the ukulele, Dur Dabla , performing some Celtic folk.
Country Hungary / Instrumental (and humming)
Let’s end this post with János performing a popular folk song from Hungary, Én vagyok az