Sunday, 9 November 2008

Ukulele Open Mic and other dates...

Ok... So I have been messing around trying to get a date for the next Ukulele Open Mic and not getting anywhere with it. Well the star man Mr Tony S. has stepped up and is organising an Open Mic on Monday 1st December at the Constitutional Club 7:30pm. We would like as many people getting up as possible, so get practicing! To get you in the mood here is a video of myself and Tony playing 'Paul's Dance', we will be performing this and other cracking songs on the evening.



Beards and hats are optional, ukuleles are not!

Here is a quick round up of some other important dates...

Friday 14th November - Hear 'The Night Owls' live on BBC Somerset Sound 6:15pm

Sunday 16th November - Support 'The Night Owls' at the Brewhouse Bar 12:00pm-2:00pm

Sunday 23rd November - TUSC Gig at the Christmas Lights Switch On - Market Square - Meet 12:15, play 12:40-12:55. (We are getting a good fee for club funds, so let's make it a good turn out!)

Monday 1st December - Ukulele Open Mic - Constitutional Club - 7:30pm

Friday 5th December - TUSC Gig at the Open of the Blue Shed Studio - Burrowbridge - 6:30pm - This is Lucy's gallery opening, so further details can be obtained from her. (Free Cider for Strummers)

BSY
Nipper

Saturday, 25 October 2008

Nipper with Bosko and Honey

So my part in the ukulele safari is up. We played and sang '54-46 Was My Number' by Toots and the Maytals. Bosko and Honey were wonderful company and amazing performers and I feel most honored to have been part of their incredible journey.




BSY
Nipper

Night Owls website update

The Night owls web site has undergone a little bit of updating with a slightly new look and lots of additional photos. There are more ukulele pictures, song arrangements and some live rehearsal recordings. I have also started blogging. So drop over to;
http://nightowls.wordpress.com/

BSY
Nipper

Monday, 11 August 2008

Swingin' Ukulele Safari

After Bosko and Honey's visit to Taunton I felt inspired to make a ukulele and melodica version of Bert Kaempfert's 'Swinging Safari'.

The recording features my first attempt at playing upright bass, which is great fun. I used a number of ukuleles including, a regal baritone, a no name baritone, a Martin style 0, a Kepasa Hollywood Concert, a National Steel and a John Grey Banjo Uke.

After making the song the Little Nippers and I decided to make a video to accompany the song. In it I play Nipper and the Little Nippers play Bosko and Honey. The whole thing was filmed by Moogly Moo. We have sent it to Bosko and Honey to say thank you for their visit to Taunton.




To download a high quality stereo mp3 of 'Swingin' Ukulele Safari' Click here,
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Here is the video we made...



BSY
Nipper

Tuesday, 5 August 2008

Bosko and Honey Visit TUSC and a Live Ukecast Special

Last weekend Steve and I attended Raystock 2008 in Suffolk. We had a marvelous time, meeting old friends and making new ones, strumming ukes and being eaten alive by the Suffolk midge population. Steve, John Colter and myself formed an impromptu band and called ourselves 'The Yellow Mahalo Trio', we took the open mic by storm with our rendition of 'I Wanna Be Like You'. The Saturday night concert featured Bosko and Honey and the amazing Yan Yalego from France. A big thanks to Ray Shakeshaft for organising a great weekend. On the Sunday we drove back to Taunton bringing Bosko and Honey and a combined total of 12 ukuleles with us.


The little Nippers were incredibly excited to meet our esteemed guests and immediately invited them to take tea in the garden.
On Monday evening TUSC moved to a new room in the Constitutional Club for what promised to be one of the most exciting 'Ukulele Revolution' concerts so far. First up were The Night Owls, who braved the extreme heat of the room to play a short set of 1930's classic songs.
The evening continued with a couple of tip-top numbers from Tony, who once again sang his classic version of 'Walk On the Wild Side'.

Next up on the bill was the marvelous Jeff Japers who entertained us with his anarchic brand of comedy. His return to TUSC saw him bring his wonderful collection of bells, whistles and sound effects.
And finally Bosko and Honey took to the stage. They talked about their travels around the world on the 'Ukulele Safari 2008' and had the audience on the edge of their seats listening to both original tunes and great cover songs. Bosko and Honey have an amazing stage presence which is really only hinted at in their You Tube videos. The music they play demonstrates the great versatility of the ukulele and together they create a sound which is both thrilling and beguiling.

I was lucky enough to make a recording of the concert and have put together a 30min 'Ukecast LIVE Special' featuring music and interviews from the evening.

DOWNLOAD the Ukecast LIVE Special HERE
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Bosko and Honey stayed on in Taunton for a couple more days and I had the honour of playing a Ukulele Safari shared song with them. We spent many hours in my Uke Cave working on the song and discussing the ukulele world, Bosko even found a very large ukulele to play.

All good things come to an end and the Safari moves on, so on Wednesday we waved them goodbye as they made their way to London for their next adventure.

Thanks go to Jeff Japers, Tony, The Night Owls, Paul Harper for the photographs, Steve for the driving, Jeff (Constitutional Club steward) and of course to Bosko and Honey for their marvelous concert.

BSY
Nipper

Thursday, 17 July 2008

Ukulele Revolution with Bosko and Honey


It is a little short notice but Bosko and Honey will be playing a gig in Taunton on Monday 28th July at the Constitutional Club, Bishop's Hull. As if this wasn't enough the comic superman Jeff Japers and retro band The Night Owls will also be performing.

Ukulele duo Bosko and Honey are currently touring the world on a self styled ‘Ukulele Safari’. They have played to great acclaim at both the New York Ukulele festival and the Italian International Ukulele Festival. The Safari has taken them from their home in Australia, via Japan, the US and now to Europe. Their stunningly innovative and unique ukulele music has beguiled and enthralled audiences every step of the way.


Eclectic ukulele performer and song writer Jeff Japers once again brings his original comic creations to Taunton. Hailing from South Wales Jeff has been busy putting together a new set of songs to entertain and delight.


The Night Owls play hot syncopated 1920’s songs and wooing love songs of the 1930’s. Their stylish performance of harmony singing and ukulele make them a much sought after band on the ukulele circuit.

As with other Ukulele Revolution gigs email me if you would like to attend.

BSY
Nipper

Saturday, 3 May 2008

Ukulele Diary Dates and Links

I have been somewhat busy with numerous projects, so here is a catch up post including all the TUSC Diary dates.

Monday 5th May - Pete Howlett to visit club, talk about making ukes and play a little blues.

Monday 19th May - 'Mighty Uke' Film maker Tony Coleman to visit and film the club.

Sunday 25th May - Ukulele workshop, 'Beginners and Beyond' 2:00pm in the skittle alley.

Saturday 28th June - TUSC to play in Bishop's Hull Field for the 'Bell Celebrations' (Time TBA)

Saturday 12th July - Branscombe Beer Festival (Free beer and burgers for performers)

Monday 14th July - 'Art for Life' Gig @ Musgrove Park Hospital

For those new members, the gigs are open for all TUSC members and work better with as many people as possible. Please get those dates in your diaries.

Ukulele Workshop - 'Beginners and Beyond' - The workshop is open to members of all abilities and will be flexible to cover beginners strumming and chords through to some more advanced techniques. It is also a great opportunity for new players to get involved and learn their first strums. There will be no charge, just turn up. If you are new to TUSC please drop me an email and let me know if you intend to attend.

Videos of the 'Ukulele Revolution' - Just in case you missed the videos of the 'Ukulele Revolution' with Steven Sproat they are all on our You Tube Channel.

Here is a great one;



The Night Owls Website


The Night Owls have a new website and Blog. You can hear our Demo recordings HERE. Or if you have My Space become our friend, The Night Owls on My Space.

BSY
Nipper