Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Monday, February 23, 2015

The Rogue Spirits || Burning World

Kristin Andreassen || The New Ground (Folk Alley Sessions)

Info from Folk Alley's post...

Folk Alley Sessions: Kristin Andreassen performs "The New Ground" from her album 'Gondolier'.
Jefferson Hamer - Guitar & Alec Spiegelman - Bass Clarinet
Recorded in Beehive Productions Studio in Saranac Lake, NY January, 2015
More Folk Alley Sessions at
Kristin Andreassen:
Filmed and recorded by Beehive Productions in collaboration with (

Shared courtesy of Ron Hale.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Wild Child || Living Tree

Thanks to Alistair Wood / Ukulele Hunt for sharing this one...

Wild Child is touring. Click onto YouTube to see their tour all around the country...

James Hill || She's Still Got It

James Hill || The Old Silo (News Article)

I came across a Halifax e-newspaper article about James Hill. He was performing at an outdoor concert. The full article is below and has a great photo of James with a baritone ukulele. I would be surprised that any ukulele player hasn't heard his phenomenal playing. His statement below was interesting from a baritone ukulele player's perspective...
"...I felt like we couldn’t reach to a wider audience. We were basically playing our indoor show outdoors, and it wasn’t working... I remember coming off stage and really feeling like we were unable to reach people in a larger setting. I went back to the hotel, phoned a luthier friend of mine and asked him to build me a baritone ukulele... because then I could get into that grunty, guitar range, and watching Joel’s set that night, I thought, ‘That’s how you do it, those are the kinds of song that work, outdoors for a larger audience.’”
"James Hill's new album, The Old Silo, has its share of acoustic folk moments." 

Monday, February 16, 2015

Scott Rogers || Cecil's Lament (CGCD Clawhammer Bari)

Thanks Scott, wow, this is powerful!! This is really driving the bari.

I had not heard of this group before. Pretty COOL stuff. I cam across one unique video during that search...

Priscilla & Chris || Aimless Love (John Prine cover)

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Dan Skidmore || Beneath You're Beautiful

Przyjazne Ukulele || Ukulele Baryton-koki'o U-LMHLMH-B

Phil Doleman || Your Baby Ain't Sweet Like Mine

Your Baby Ain't Sweet Like Mine ('Papa' Charlie Jackson).
Played on baritone banjo-ukulele

Ant Smithson || Blackburn Ranger Music

Here's a different Bari-Uke video from an independent spirit...

My video chronicle of why I believe I should be chosen to be a 2015 Blackburn Ranger. "We are in this life to enlarge the soul, liberate the spirit, and light up the brain." - Tom Robbins

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Mark Mangan || Perfect Day

Here's a very fine performance...

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Monday, February 9, 2015

Aaron & Nicole Keim || A Ukulele Handbook

(NOTE: This book is set up for GCEA tuning)

I have been following and learning music from Aaron for several years. I first met him at Mike DaSilva's Ukulele workshop in Berkeley, California when he had a concert and class with his bandmates from the Boulder Acoustic Society. Aaron has a way of teaching music like a problem solver. If one way doesn't work, then he'll communicate it in another. I have one of his books from that early class in my ukulele library.

In recent year's I have made sure to see Aaron and Nicole as they play and teach either in Santa Cruz or Berkeley. I follow Aaron on his site called The Quiet American and enjoy the songs that Aaron and Nicole create in a beautiful handy-arsty fashion. There is something about a hand-drawn book that draws me in and feels like an old friend.

Now Aaron has let me know the they're about to release their next book "A Ukulele Handbook." The book aims to be indispensable to all ukulele players, with lessons on melodies, songs, strumming, tab, picking, chords, music theory, general ukulele info and more. All of it is hand copied and illustrated by Nicole, printed on recycled paper with covers by Stumptown Printers in Portland.

I have taken a look through the first 30 or so pages, and it comes at a good time, since I think it will be a great tool for teaching many aspects of the ukulele to my son Kyle and his girlfriend Elizabeth. There are also videos that go along with the book. Here is a playlist for the 24 videos that accompany the book:

Aaron and Nicole play Americana or Old-Time Music which is simple, rich, beautiful, and really fun. Here's one of his video lessons as a sampler...

...And here's a link, to beautiful merchandise site, where you may obtain a copy of "A Ukulele Handbook" or another musical treat.

Something I truly enjoy and value,

Jeff / Humble Uker / Humble Baritonics

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Scott Sharp || Essential Edition + Complete Baritone Ukulele Companion

I must remake the best of baritone ukulele to include the works of Scott Sharp. These are both excellent tools. This "Baritone Ukulele Chords in D Major" video really shows off Scott's talents and his work for us baritone ukulele players. His products are for sale at very reasonable prices.

Check out Fretboard Toolbox, at this link. Or go directly to his Bari-Uke link.

I have the spiral bound version and considering the interactive one as well. When I want to do some musical exploring I find Scott's book great to have beside me.