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Tonight in London!!

Right this moment I am standing outside Royal Albert Hall in London (UK) about to go inside to see the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain perform! Posted from my Windows phone, because I’ve finally figured out how to do that…

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Three Balls of Neon

It’s a lot easier with the lights on! This is just one of many other pointless things I do in my spare time… I obviously have way too much of it, haha!

Coolest place in Camden: http://www.oddballs.co.uk/

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The Duke of Uke saved!

A while back I blogged about how the Duke of Uke was in danger of closing for good unless it could find a new location. Backed by their fans, they sold t-shirts and held fundraisers in order to try and stay open. Now thanks to the support of the London uking community they have managed to find a new store front! The brand new Duke of Uke store is now open at:

88 Cheshire Street
London, E2 6EH

Store website: http://www.dukeofuke.co.uk

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The Duke of Uke in trouble!

The Duke of Uke, London’s one and only ukulele shop and centerpiece of the London ukulele scene is under threat of permenant closure. This really would be a huge loss to the ukulele community!

You can read more about this news by clicking through to their website using the link below. You can also buy special edition 5th anniversary shirts that help to raise money towards keeping the store open. It would be a shame to see this place close as the UK is certainly lacking in specialist ukulele dealers with actual shopfronts, not just online stores.

Click here: http://www.dukeofuke.co.uk/news/?page_id=164

Being a relative uke shopping newbie, I haven’t even had a chance to get into the great city to check this store out. I think it’s about time I scheduled a trip!

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Choosing my new ukulele

As most of you know from my previous post I recently took a trip down to see the guys at Southern Ukulele Store in their brand spanking new shop! Of course, travelling all that way I couldn’t go away empty handed.

Being a bit of a uke buying newb, the guys were really helpful. They let me chill on the couch strumming away and narrowing my choices. They demonstrated the ukes for me too as being a lefty, I could only pick out a couple of chords with a righty-strung uke! After about an hour I’d narrowed it down to three very good ukes in my price range.

Ohana SK25 Zebrawood; Kala KA-SS Spruce Top; Barnes & Mullins Bowley

I ditched the Kala next, although it had a quality sound I just wasn’t feeling the look of the light coloured spruce top. The Ohana Zebrawood looked absolutely stunning and produced a bright, crisp tone. If I were to buy on bling alone it would be Zebrawood all the way. But in the end I went for The Bowley. It’s classic, vintage styling combined with a deeper, richer sound totally won me over and kept me smiling.

Trust me, I played them all and many more!

My advice to anyone looking to purchase a new uke is to get to a store and play the hell out of a wide range. I went in with my eye on a Kala KA-MS Mango but once I’d played it I didn’t like it. Great looking and sounding uke for sure, but not for me.

I couldn’t put The Bowley down, and that’s why I walked out with it!

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Little Lion Man

If you don’t know who Mumford & Sons are then you really should! In my opinion they one of the most original and entertaining British bands to emerge in a long, long time. This clip is from their bookshop sessions and it’s a killer version of their song, Little Lion Man. Turn this one up LOUD!

(slight language warning)

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