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Les Poupees Gonflees

We are a French female trio in the tradition of the French best Swing Cabaret.

From Swing to Tango, from Django to French Cancan… We deliver original songs based on vocal harmonies, with Ukulele, Accordion, UBass and Funny Percussions.

Polka dot dresses, entertaining staging, humour which speaks to women and makes men laugh, are our fondamentals.

We sing and play in France (festival de Jazz de Versailles, Paris ukulele festival), Spain (Saragossa), Belgium (Ukulele sur Meuse), Ireland (Ukulele Hooley festival), England (Ukulele Festival of Great Britain, Winchester Ukulele Festival), Tchec Republic (Czech Ukulele Festival)…

Mélodie: Voice, Ubass

Bebop: Voice , accordion, guitar

Valérie: Voice, ukulele, chromatic concertina

Valérie writes the songs.

Valérie: I started writing songs in the Poupées Gonflées style about seven years. The ukulele is prominent in our repertoire, I write all the songs with my uke.

Our influences are all good song writters, French (Gainsbourg, Trenet, Mireille et Jean Nohain… but also Django Reinhardt’music…), American (specially jazz and swing (Cole Porter…  all vocal trios in swing style) and all the musics we love! Tango, Bossa nova, African rythmes…

Don’t have no musical taboos whatsoever! If you can play honestly three chords, you can begin to write a good song! Personally, I write all the songs on the uke and check all vocal harmonies with the piano as I only have 2 vocal chords! Sometimes I write first the lyrics, sometimes first the music, there are no constants. Last advice: Never give up before finishing the song!

 

 

 

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Bruno Renato

Hi! My name is Bruno Renato, I’m from Brazil. I love to write, sing and perform my own music in my ukulele.

I’m writing/performing original ukulele based music since September 2015, when I had my first contact with this amazing and happy musical instrument.

All my creations are based in real facts and in my own life experience. My soul and my heart are my main influences.

When I have some idea or inspiration about an original song, the first thing I do is try to write all the things that are burning in my mind (lyrics) somehow, without preoccupation about metric, rhymes etc. I used to first write lyrics and later try to put some melody and chords in my ukulele. I try to sing the words I wrote at the same time that the ideas of the melody are coming in my mind, always with the uke in my hands, strumming some basic rhythms, playing simple chords and trying to fit all the thing together. I used to record/film my try. Later, I return back in it as much as necessary to better my creation.

Contact Details for Bruno Renato Paschoal

YouTube Channel YouTube.com/brpaschoal

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Instagram: @br_paschoal

Twitter: @br_paschoal

Snapchat: @br_paschoal

 

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Audrey Ukulele

Hi, i’ m Audrey Ukulele, This is the Youtube of my orginal song
The time is 3:34 and for making it I use one week.
My influences are “Sinfonico Honolulu” “Maurizio Colonna”.
My Advice for others ukulele players are the 3W :Writing, Waiting, make Wrong and restarted.

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Alan Thornton – Throckmorton Ukulele Band

My name is Alan Thornton. I’ve been in an Americana-ish band in recent years but my wife Terri Thornton and I decided to strike out on our own to perform a wider range of music as a duo. Our goal is to become more like what Robert Fripp called a “small, mobile, intelligent unit”. So we play 4 hour long outdoor gigs at farmers markets, do house concerts, host and play open mics and generally hope to please the folks who happen to hear us.

My first songwriting and public performance was in College, sometime prior to 1976. Overly complex songs which were likely to confuse the listener at some point were my metier. Friends and family were the most likely audiences. I was lucky that they liked me for other reasons.

I enjoy Johnathon Coulton’s well constructed comic/satirical songs. He follows on, I think from They Might Be Giants and Loudon Wainwright III. Otherwise, I appreciate Hunter/Garcia compositions, Leonard Cohen and a fellow named Stew (See his excellent album the Naked Dutch Painter or his Broadway soundtrack “Passing Strange”.)

My current goal is to become nearly half a clever and musical as these folks.

I happen to think that the uke can play any song that any other instrument can or at least it can accompany one or more singers singing versions of our songs. It is simpler to play that the guitar and, coming from 30+ years of guitar playing, I can say that it is less intrusive to the writing process and more attuned to accompaning a simple melody and lyric. And, I think that is roughly where most songs should start. (Think of two people and a piano in Tin Pan Alley and you’ll have something of that idea in mind.)

Although I’m a computer guy by trade, I don’t do a lot with websites these days. I used to build them by hand when html was the only game in town.

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