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Ukulele for Blues Brothers

The 2017 theme for the annual Hanwell Carnival in London is Blues Brothers. I have my sunglasses and just need to borrow a man’s jacket, a thin tie, and a black hat. I can’t wait to join the Hanwell Ukulele Group (HUG) to strum and sing together on a float in the parade.

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James Bond Theme for ukulele

Sir Roger Moore, who played 007 in seven James Bond movies, has died. The instant I heard the unfortunate news I also heard the James Bond Theme in my head. Continue reading

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Voices of Night and Day – premiere of new solo piano works 15th June London

If it weren’t for world premieres, we will never hear the likes of great masterpieces who have passed the test of time. Pianist Nicola Meecham will be premiering solo works of six British composers on Thursday 15th June at the Warehouse Waterloo, a new concert venue in London. Continue reading

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Dome Church Sunday Service Domkerk Utrecht

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The flower of sanshin: san shin no hana 三線の花

At the annual Maui Okinawan Festival, I heard three youngsters announce the songs they would be dancing to. When one of them added “and this one is my favorite,” I took out my iPhone to record it and began my journey of discovering this famous song about the Okinawan instrument. Continue reading

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Palladio by Karl Jenkins arranged for piano

Have you ever become so obsessed with a tune that the only remedy is to play it on your instrument? When I watched the following clip, I knew I had heard the music before — in London, but not for guitars. Continue reading

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Jason Mraz I’m Yours for piano ensemble

I discovered Jason Mraz one night watching “The X-Factor” and other talent contests on Youtube. His “I’m Yours” sounded very familiar, for the ukelele version that’s played in the Hawaiian Islands. Then I saw his face on the cover of the latest edition of “On Maui” magazine.

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