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Narrowboat Session

Me and Ian were really pleased to be able to do a Narrowboat Session recently. The Narrowboat Sessions raise money for Cancer Reserach UK, and feature some stellar talent that we’re very happy to be associated with! It was great fun; here’s the video of the first of the songs we recorded, “I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate”.

One of the ways they raise money is by selling CDs of some of the songs from the sessions. The 2014 CD can be bought from their website, www.thenarrowboatsessions.com

New book “How Music Works on the Ukulele”

I’m really pleased to announce that my new book has just been released. Here’s the blurb…

How Music Works on the Ukulele book coverHow Music Works on the Ukulele is an invaluable resource for ukulele players who want to move on from simply ‘following the pictures’ and begin to understand how the music they are playing works. Learn techniques and concepts that will allow you to jam with others without resorting to song sheets, recognise the patterns that make learning new songs a breeze, work out songs by ear, and create your own music. No prior knowledge is assumed, and no music reading is necessary, as everything is shown on the ukulele fingerboard.

It’s a 64 page, A4 wire-bound book, and it costs £15 plus p&p. You can order it now by going to the shop page.

3 Questions with Jim D’Ville

It was an absolute pleasure to meet up with Jim D’Ville at the West Coast Ukulele Retreat in California. I’ve been aware of his ‘3 Questions’ series of videos since they first started in 2009, and they have featured many of my uke heroes. I was so pleased when Jim asked me to do one, and here it is!

Go and check out Jim’s other interviews (I’m in stellar company!) at www.playukulelebyear.com and while you’re there, check out the rest of his material, there’s so much great stuff whatever level of uke player you are.

West Coast Ukulele Retreat, California

I just got back from my first visit to the States, where I was a tutor at the West Coast Ukulele Retreat on the Monterey peninsula, along with Gerald Ross, Victoria Vox, Kevin Carroll, Daniel Ward, Heidi Swedberg and Dave Egan and dynamic organiser Elaine de Man.

What an amazing event! Going on for 90 students, a full timetable of hugely diverse workshops, plenty of opportunities for the students to perform and for us all to socialise and talk ukulele!
Who would have thought that when I picked up the uke all those years ago it would take me quite so far!
There’ll be a full write up of my experiences there in a future issue of Uke magazine.