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Uke Ogling: Mirabella Concert Ukulele Offered for $15,000


Every so often we head over to E-Bay to have a gander at the priciest ukulele for sale on the site. This week, it's a Mirabella concert uke, with a rather eye-popping asking price of $15,000. Made by New York luthier Cristian Mirabella, the seller is providing scant details about the uke, which he calls "a [...]

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Paul McCartney Pays Tribute to George Harrison and the Ukulele on Current Tour


A highlight of Paul McCartney's current world tour is a ukulele tribute delivered to former Beatles bandmate George Harrison. "These days everyone is well into the ukulele," McCartney told the adoring audience at his July 6 show in Albany, New York. "But George was a really good ukulele player and was doing it way before a [...]

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Ukulele Band to Open their Own Pub


We'll drink to this. The British ukulele band the Everly Pregnant Brothers will assume control of The Shakespeare at Heeley, a long neglected pub south of Sheffield. "The idea was sparked over a pint after we'd come out of rehearsals," Richard Bailey, one of the band's members, told the Publican's Morning Advertiser. "It's taken two [...]

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Bluesman Chris Smither Recalls (and Performs) His First Ukulele Tune


Before he became one of the country's most respected blues guitarists and songwriters, Chris Smither got his start on the ukulele. Smither, who was in the Bay Area to play shows promoting his fantastic new album, Still on the Levee, spoke about the first tune he ever learned on the uke "the way it was [...]

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A Ukulele Club Grows in Brooklyn


Calling all New York ukers! The newly formed Clinton Hill Ukulele Social Club will host a public jam session on Saturday, August 2 at Brooklyn's Fort Greene Park at 4 p.m. "We are really there to entertain ourselves," the group's organizer, Liz Rabson Schnore, told DNAinfo New York."We'll take requests but the requester better have a ukulele in [...]

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Tom Freund Performs ‘Queen of the Desert’ on a Collings Tenor Uke


Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter Tom Freund stopped by the Ukulele magazine offices recently, and picked up one of the Collings ukes we were reviewing for the Fall 2014 issue. We kindly asked Tom to give us a tune, and he obliged with this great version of his song "Queen of the Desert." For more information on [...]

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