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Summer 2015

Sylvie Simmons makes the transition from rock journalist to ukulele troubadour; Sid Hausman revives cowboy swing; what you need to know about custom ukes; historian Tom Walsh reflects on classical uke master John King; and a pictorial essay on San Francisco’s Panama Pacific Expo centennial Uke-a-Thon; plus three songs to learn, new gear and album reviews, and a whole lot more! Club Uke from an historic chinatown. Danielle Ate the Sandwich delivers a compelling. Play along with the audio examples from Uke Basics. Our annual guide to summer camps and workshops , and a whole lot more!

Gear Reviews: Kala’s new Waterman series, Pono’s MGBDGraziano Selmer Style


Spring 2015

Pop Chanteuse Victoria Vox is back! Uke Evangelist Arthur Godfrey, The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain Turns 30, Celebrating Martin’s Style 3, How to Use Ukulele Pickups, Daniel Ho’s update on the State of the Ukulele

Songs to Play: The Lumineers – Ho Hey, Paul McCartney – Ram On, Sweet Sue – Just You

Gear Reviews: Kanile`a KSTP, Tanglewood’s TUJ5 & TUJ1Fender’s Piha`ea ‘Red Hula’ and more

Album ReviewsAllo Darlin’- ‘We Come from the Same Place‘, Victoria Vox – ‘Return to the Night’Abe Lagrimas Jr. – ‘Rhythm & Uke’, and more




Winter 2014

Jake Shimabukuro discusses his new education foundation; Elisabeth Robson reports on the UK punk-uke explosion; a profile of Malaysian uke artist Zee Avi; and historian and author Jim Tranquada tells how San Francisco’s 1915 Panama-Pacific Int’l Expo sparked the first uke craze; plus four songs (including three classic holiday tunes), news, CDs, gear reviews, and much, much more.


Fall 2014

Jason Mraz discusses the making of a ukulele classic. Martin Guitar ukulele ambassador LP reveals how the instrument jump-started the acclaimed songwriter’s solo career. The Mersey Belles keep the United Kingdom’s retro ukulele tradition kicking, while the Tampa Bay Ukulele Society draw big crowds in Florida. We also review 6 sweet new ukes, and launch the “Play This Issue” song contest.


Summer 2014

Sarah Maisel & Craig Chee: a pop & jazz duo in perfect harmony, God of Uke Bill Tapia, how to select a pick, take your first uke lesson, learn to play a solo using chord melodies, 4 songs to play, and much more