Uke Hunt Podcast #7

I will start posting on time about the podcast from now on, I promise. My only excuse is that this website still isn’t “live” yet but I really should do something about that too.

Anyway, the April edition of the podcast is up. It’s short & sweet this month but still jam packed with lovely tunes.

Playlist:

  1. Nicholas Abersold – Those Punk Rock Days
  2. Herman Vandecauter – Andaluzukulele
  3. Patsy Monteleone – April Showers
  4. Jessica Delfino – Chinatown
  5. The Corner Laughers – Inner Archaeologist
  6. Jake Wildwood – Amateur Night Five Dollars
  7. Substitute Sandwiches – Criss-Cross Celluloid
  8. Uke Punk – Mister, Mister
  9. The Spiraltones – Lost Weekend

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Uke Hunt Podcast #6

Uke's Not Dead + The 100% Lawyers playing live in session

The March edition of the podcast went up a couple of weeks ago. Featuring a hilarious live session from Uke’s Not Dead, a quick round up of upcoming ukulele festivals and loads of bonza tunes.

Playlist:

  1. Gwyn Edwards – St Guinefort etc.
  2. Evanescent – The Palace of the Wind
  3. Eloise Boutry – A Little Adventure Called Life
  4. Jen Kwok – I Don’t Think About Dying
  5. Small Engine Repair – Pass the Time
  6. Uke’s Not Dead Live in Session – Jeremy Kyle
  7. Uke’s Not Dead Live in Session -Oi, Kid! Don’t Be A Hoody
  8. Uke’s Not Dead Live in Session – Ah, Fuck. I Can’t Believe You’ve Done This
  9. The Brass Traps – Drunk Mosquito
  10. Salwa Azar – Floating in Milk
  11. Naked Girls & Aeroplanes – Rough Love
  12. Kirsty McGee – Sandman
  13. Thingumabob & the Thingumajigs – Two Sips

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Turkish Women’s Day Gig

I played at this event on Sunday with Paula & Serpil from The Country & Eastern Band. The event was organised by Daymer to celebrate International Women’s Day. Daymer is a non-profit making organisation and registered charity that supports Turkish and Kurdish people living and working in London.

The gig took place at Londra Toplum Merkezi, a Turkish and Kurdish community centre in Tottenham. It’s a great venue with a  big, modern hall downstairs and lots of smaller rooms upstairs where various schools and classes take place, including languages, music, art and folk dancing. There were lots of little girls wandering around with sazes on their backs.

There is also a lovely Turkish cafe next door where they ply you with çay (Turkish tea) and feed you too. I ate an enormous kasarli pide. Serpil didn’t eat all of her lahmacun so I jokingly told her she wouldn’t get hairs on her chest, an old English saying. One of the Turkish women we were sitting with then told me that in Turkey, whatever food is left on your plate defines how many babies you will have. Good job I ate all mine.

There were performances throughout the afternoon, including music, dance and poetry as well as films being shown. We went on last to a packed hall.

One of the nice things about playing to a Turkish audience is they know all the words to the songs (most of what we play are old Turkish or Kurdish folk songs), so they all sing along. When we played Aya Bak, lots of people got up and the folk dancing began.

If you’re interested, you can see a copy of the set list here.

The hall was decorated with hangings of Turkish women and political slogans. Here are some of the photos I took:

Uke Hunt Podcast #5

Up now for your listening pleasure, the slightly belated February edition of the Uke Hunt podcast. It’s not our fault it’s late – I blame February for being a silly month.

Jam packed with sexy ukulele music, including an exclusive from Helen Arney, tunes from Craig Robertson, Spring Breakup & Tricity Vogue, who all have new albums out, a new track from our favourite newcomer Uke’s Not Dead plus plenty more besides.

Playlist:

  1. Helen Arney featuring Professor Elemental – Animals
  2. Spring Breakup – It’s Not Me, It’s You
  3. Todd Baio – Old Time Blues, New Time Cheer
  4. Craig Robertson – I Can Make Elephants Disappear
  5. Doug Hoyer featuring Jessica Jalbert – Oh, The Wind Will Blow
  6. Lloyd Gabriel – There’s Nothing Funny About A Ukulele
  7. Howlin’ Hobbit – For An Old Man
  8. Luke Fitzpatrick – Ocean Waves
  9. Uke’s Not Dead – Uke! Authority
  10. Ezza Rose – 2%
  11. Ukulele Sunnyboy – On A Sunny Day
  12. Jo Stephenson – PCS-O-S
  13. Ukestar – Battle Song
  14. Tricity Vogue – Big Band Blues

SEXY!

Sad Song

I know it’s been a while since I last posted. I set this site up in the midsts of my dad dying. I think subconsciously I knew I had a long winter ahead and I wanted to give myself something positive to concentrate on when I returned home. Now I am home, I’m taking things really slowly but I am spending a lot of time in the studio, so you can expect to see this site developing at last. This is a song I wrote during those last weeks with my dad. It’s also the first outing of the Horncastle melodica.

Sad Song:

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Ready for Love!

Well, it’s about time I had my own site. A proper site I mean, so here I am. I’ve had a scrapbook on Tumblr for a couple of years now, which I love and will continue to maintain. A girl still needs somewhere to rant and post pictures of cats. This site is more about me & my music making, somewhere I can blog in more depth. I will probably write about other musical things along the way. It’s going to take me a while to get used to things around here so bear with me.

Speaking of music, here’s a demo of a new song I just recorded. It’s a bit rough around the edges and features some Les Dawson style playing on my newly acquired toy accordion (pictured).

I had no idea what notes I was playing but there’s something about it that I like, so I’ve kept it in for now.

Ready for Love (Demo):

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