Sunday, May 29, 2016

Sittin' on Top of the World || Lil' Rev & Kentucky Kids

Lil' Rev's version wars posted 8 years ago and I'm sure that I've posted it once or twice before. He is a master multi-instrumentalist. I was reminded of him when watching the second video of Bluegrass Playin' Kids from Kentucky. There aren't any ukuleles in the group but it shows amazing musicality & cooperation to have so many kids share the limelight.

Lil' Rev has a new Fiddle Tunes on Ukulele book out for standard GCEA tuned ukes. I have a copy of it and I've just begun working with some of the tunes. He writes for Hal Leonard and the book has all of the songs posted on the Hal Leonard site where they have a super-player that allows on to change speeds for learning and possible even to one to change the pitch to work with the bari's lower tuning.

This 8 year old video is a bit grainy but Marc's talent shines thru...

Kids on Bluegrass perform "Sittin' On Top of the World" at the 2012 International Bluegrass Music Association Fan Fest in Nashville. They're a lot of fun to watch...

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Ken Middleton || Just a Closer Walk with Thee (Gospel Bari)

Ken Middleton sent an e-mail with some recent videos from his performances at the 2016 Ukulele Festival of Scotland. He mentions an upcoming trip to the Ukulele World Congress meeting in Indiana and that he's bringing his "amazing" new custom Mike Pereira baritone ukulele with him there. 

Ken expects to have some videos the new new bari at the UWC. He says, "I know I don’t make as many baritone videos as I should, but I took my baritone to play at the recent amazing Scottish Ukulele Festival. I had a long set in the last concert and played it for quite a few tunes. I have already put three of them online. You may not have seen them. I am pretty pleased with them. I will be making a lot more baritone vidoes from now on."

We will look forward to them!

Here's a couple more from the Ukulele Festival of Scotland...