Great Article on Ukulele Renaissance: National Post

Thanks to my father for alerting me on this great article from the National Post, a Canadian paper.

I say “great” because it is the first article in a newspaper (a.k.a. traditional media or legacy media) where the writer actually knows about the ukulele and has done his share of listening and homework.

How many articles have you read where the writer just relies on what was known about the ukulele 20 years ago?  But thanks to Dad for the notice, and thanks to Joe O’Connor for doing the ukulele renaissance justice!

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One Response to Great Article on Ukulele Renaissance: National Post

  1. Ron Hale says:

    Well, I do wish we ukers would tone things down a bit. A backlash is inevitable and necessary to squeeze the excess out of the system. But when seventeen year-olds start thinking there is nothing cool about the ukulele, it’s time to wake up. Let’s not kill the goose that lays the golden ukes.

    I cringe a bit when I watch Mighty Uke these days. It’s propaganda pure and simple. We’re not all happy, smiling,
    warm and fuzzy ukulele players. Just the other day I was
    browsing the Ukulele Underground forum and there was mention of a new spirit of contention, shall we say, that had arisen onsite, and someone was wondering what was happening.

    The innocent early days of this uke wave are long gone. The ukulele is big business now. Lots of $$$ being chased by lots of people. How soon before we start speaking of Big Uke?

    I’m beginning to rethink ukulele festivals as they stand now. I’d like to see much more local flavor in the concerts rather than seeing the same big names come to every single festival. If the same vendors come to all the festivals and the same old, same old performers come to every festival, well, then the New York Uke Fest becomes the Paris Uke Fest becomes the Wine Country Uke Fest. Watch videos from the various uke festivals and you’ll see exactly what I mean.

    Let’s make ukulele festivals truly local. Put the spotlight on local talent, even if it’s not in the same league as the big names. We’ve all seen the big names enough times now that they’re no longer novelties. And it’s way past time to stop fawning all over them the way we do. I find this unbecoming in the extreme. If the festivals shrink in size, so much the better as far as Im concerned. Smaller is better, and uke festivals should not come off as corporate conventions.


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