Archive | May, 2016

Keith Lightfoot

Keith Lightfoot writes about life, love, family, home and heaven.

His words and his music describe what many people feel and what most are reluctant to talk about. Keith’s stage presence is well documented and his ability to immediately connect with his audience has people tapping their feet and singing along even if they have not heard his songs before.

When he was seventeen years old Keith learnt to play the ukulele and the guitar. Music education came via live rock concerts, excessively loud parties, treasured vinyl records and ridiculously oversized bedroom based speakers. Keith is a songwriter, a musician, a singer, an author and a powerful motivational speaker.

Keith’s ukulele training videos and speaking videos are popular on youtube and using his enthusiastic attitude he has performed live and inspired audiences locally and internationally.

In recent times he has crafted a ukulele based genre of music using personal experiences to share his heart and to pose deeply emotional questions. Keith is an Endorsed Artist for Boulder Creek Guitars (Riptide Ukuleles).

Music Website: http://keithlightfoot.com
Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/keithlightfoot

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Victoria Vox

My name is Victoria Vox (born Victoria Davitt). My stage name originally was my website name (victoriavox.com), but presenters and venues thought that Victoria Vox was my name. Eventually, I stopped fighting it, and went with it! Vox is Latin for voice. It was a becoming name, as a voice is not only the instrument used to make sound, but the point being made. Music and song can save a life, or create understanding. It can also bring back a moment or memory of someone or something that is no longer. Music can make people smile. It is my goal to create songs that emotionally move people.

I started writing songs when I was 10, and went to school at the Berklee College of Music in Boston to receive a degree in Songwriting (2001). I used to write on the guitar, but someone gave me a ukulele in 2003 and I never looked back. The guitar got weaned out over time, and since 2007, I have been writing exclusively on the ukulele (minus a piano tune here and there). To date, I’ve released 8 completely original ukulele albums (CDs).

Artists who have inspired me include: Chet Baker, Cyndi Lauper, Peter Gabriel, Laurie Anderson, Madonna, Buddy Holly, ABBA, and Bonnie Raitt. I appreciate good melodies, grooves, and lyrics. I’m drawn towards classic pop, but also veer towards old time jazz and folk. My music tends to be “genre-less” at times and the “sound” really depends on the accompanying instrumentation, as I’m simply providing the spine to the song. Production and arranging come later… I love structure and lyric rhyming patters. The first verse always comes the easiest, but I really enjoy the quest to find the right words for Verse 2, 3, etc.

I love the simplicity of the ukulele, which I think has changed the way I write songs. A valuable lesson that I learned at Berklee, on songwriting, was that more often than not, we include too much: too many words, too many chords, too many notes. I constantly strive for simplicity.

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Alfie Jean

Alfie Jean is a small town pinup girl who’s goal in life is to spread happiness. So, it makes sense that she picked up the ukulele. This vintage loving girl was inspired by the 1950s film Some Like It Hot, featuring Marilyn Monroe, and Monroes ukulele, to want to play. And so far it’s been a hoot!

Alfie’s voice is a bit of sweetness and soul along with old school tones that really take you back…
Her original renditions are heartfelt, driven by emotions of past experiences and fun things happening around her. Alfie has been a lyricist and vocalist for awhile but, it wasn’t until she picked up this Fabulous instrument, that she began to songwrite entirely on her own.

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Gollagher Ross

GOLLAGHER ROSS are a Brisbane, Australia based ukulele / cello duo who perform a lively and eclectic blend of original and traditional roots music.

Featuring a gorgeous combination of sparkling ukulele rhythms and virtuosic cello accompaniment, their recordings and live shows are punctuated by a unique cocktail of varied instrumentals and show stopping, powerful vocals.

The duo are regular feature artists at the Ukes @ the Winery Festival and were also recent performers at The Newcastle, Blue Mountains, and Sunshine Coast Ukulele Festivals.

Trevor Gollagher (ukulele) and Elizabeth Ross (cello) are both long-time professional musicians, their creative partnership was born of happenstance; a casual conversation led to an exchange of ideas and the duo was formed in September of 2013.

The union of cello and ukulele, though unusual, even improbable, has proved to be the defining characteristic of GOLLAGHER ROSS
Two wonderful musicians. A timely collusion of creative vision. A fearless approach to songwriting convention. GOLLAGHER ROSS have fast built up a strong profile on the National stage which continues to grow.

Here is a little about both Trevor Gollagher & Elizabeth Ross

Elizabeth Ross

An actor/singer and musician, Elizabeth has worked in a variety of creative art fields.

Co-creator of national award winning cabaret duo “WIT”,

lead singer of disco funk band “Bumpskool” based in Osaka, Japan and worked with La Boite Theatre in “Kitchen Diva” as the cabaret singing, dead mother, “Dinah”.

Trevor Gollagher

Trevor comes from a professional touring Drummer/Percussionist background. He is a multi award winning musician receiving industry awards for “Best Live Performance, Best Album, and Best New Group, both in Qld and nationally. He has toured extensively around the country and has played on numerous Cd’s and music session projects.

Youtube -https://youtu.be/KdB7McaBClk?list=PLliyBz_EML66Y9PTNdc_V3mhH6Xp38LOL

Website – http://gollagherross.weebly.com

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Eve Alman

Eve Alman is a singer songwriter from Clearwater, FL USA. Alaskan Skies is an original ukulele tune recorded with 2 ukuleles, bass, percussion and vocals. Eve is playing and singing all tracks.

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Biscuithead & the Biscuit Badgers

On which side does a camel part its hair? When is Austria? Does cheese affect my credit rating? All these questions can be answered by Biscuithead and the Biscuit Badgers.

From time immemorial these four musicians have stood at the gateway of nonsense begging for peanuts. Spending most of their time trapped in force fields and vortices, occasionally they’re released to stalk the streets of Leeds. Then you might hear the plaintive cry of Sam’s tuba, the mournful crow of Dean’s ukulele, the excited jazzy croaking of Bob’s piano or the purr of Matty’s drums.

This band is riotously odd; jolly and engaging but peculiar too. There’s a calypso about land hermit crabs, a celebration of David Attenborough, a lament at the passing of dinosaurs.
Have a listen, they might cure you.

http://www.biscuithead.co.uk

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Peter Pashoukos

Arabian tinged ukulele funky stuff.

Peter Pashoukos has been a guitar phenom in the upstate N.Y. region for more than 15 years. Always looking to expand his musical horizons, in recent years he has embraced the ukulele. In addition to traditional technique he utilizes effects and looping to create not just songs, but sonic landscapes.

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Mark Wo

My name is Mark Wojchick and I live in Orlando, Florida. My 1st instrument was bass guitar and I quickly moved on to guitar. I played that for about 25 years, until about 3 years ago – on a whim – I picked up a cheap ukulele. My guitars have been gathering dust ever since. I was instantly obsessed with this instrument of joy and have played it daily. Like most ukulele players, I scoured the internet to learn chords and songs and such.

I was really inspired by 2 players in particular: (Mike) Krabbers and Jon Duncan. They are both great performers and songwriters and still inspire me to this day. I noticed they both participated in a weekly forum contest through Ukulele Underground called Seasons of the Ukulele. I followed this forum until I gained the courage to jump in and give it a try. I find that it is a great community full of support for players of all skill levels. It is also a great way to stay motivated and inspires you to learn new songs and/or write your own songs. You should definitely check it out.

As far as songwriting goes, I find that the hardest part is starting. It’s hard to tell where inspiration will come from. Trying to force it doesn’t work. Usually I will come up with an idea or even a phrase and I find that once I start, the song basically writes itself. Whenever I am really stumped, I try to write a 1 minute song. Another exercise to do is to write a blues song. With it’s repetitive style, it makes for an easy task.
I have never performed live in front of an audience before and don’t have a website to promote anything. However, if you’d like to see more of me, you can check out my youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/c/wojchick or check me out at Season of the Ukulele.

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Brit Rodriguez

Brit Rodriguez is known for her soulful, smoky voice that beautifully contrasts with the bright, colorful sound of her ukulele. As a musician, she is renowned for her lyrical content and melodic prowess. As a performer, audiences are captivated by her unique sense of humor and down to Earth personality. Influenced by late fifties R&B and nineties dance music, Brit is a hybrid of the raw, youthful energy of today and the great soul and folk divas of the past.

In 2014 she debuted her first demo, My Name Is Brit Rodriguez Please Listen To Me, showcasing only vocals and ukulele. After touring all over the world, from New Zealand to Los Angeles, Brit dedicated several months entirely to working in the studio. In April 2016 Brit released her first fully produced EP, How to Burn, under Caffeine Records.

In her spare time, she runs a music program at the Ronald McDonald House in Los Angeles. She is the founder of Team Ukulele, a charity that supplies instruments and workshops to facilities in Southern California, and Uke Jam L.A., a pop up strum along in the city.

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We are live!

After a great deal of tweaking technology, we are now live here with this site being phase two of Original Ukulele Songs.

I know some folks have wondered what all the fuss is about on the Original Ukulele Songs Phase 1 FB page, BUT the Original Ukulele Songs Project was of course always going to be BIGGER than just adding a page on social media…

As already mentioned on the “about us page” phase two is not to be viewed in some hierarchical way in terms of song quality (and it’s definitely not like some X Factor where phase 2 is “the next round” to some imagined glory), but another ingredient in the whole OUS project. One of the criteria for artists  invited here are those who are really pushing the envelope lyrically and/or musically in terms of using the ukulele.

All ukulele artists creating and playing ORIGINAL ukulele based songs are welcome to apply online but not everyone will immediately make it onto this site!

I would personally like to thanks to all those artists who have contributed to this page to date  making it another exciting chapter in the bigger Original Ukulele Songs project.  I am literally blown away by the enthusiasm and quality of the material submitted and phase 3 of OUS will appear in 2017

Warm Regards

Nick Cody

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