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Todd Baio, folk music, Dur Dabla : Weekly Ukulele World Tour

26 2011

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…

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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.

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

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  1. herman vandecauter on the 26th of January 2011 @ 21:40

    Todd Baio is very good & nice ukulele playing.

  2. Armelle Europe on the 26th of January 2011 @ 21:43

    Herman: I agree, Todd is great. I really enjoy his folk songs and he’s got a nice voice too.

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