Saturday, 21 April 2018

What Do I Get?

I don't know what happens in other parts of the world, but here, if someone sees you with a ukulele, they often say "Ooh, do you know any George Formby songs?"
My stock reply? "No, but here's a Buzzcocks one..."

Friday, 20 April 2018

Mad World

I have lost count of the times I have seen this song described as "the Gary Jules song". No. Tears For Fears. So there.

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Keep Me In Your Heart For A While

It's birthday request time again. This time it's for my lovely wife, Sam, who has to put up with all of this ukulele nonsense. She heard this Warren Zevon song via the great Alfie Boe. Hope she's not expecting a similar vocal performance.

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Roving Gambler

That list of 100 bluegrass songs (see Monday) has thrown up another that I know, so what the heck. Seventies disco and punk classics can wait until another day.

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

The Prickle Eye Bush

What's this? A traditional song? For the folk purists, it is derived from Child Ballad No95, and there are countless variations recorded by everyone from Leadbelly to Led Zeppelin, usually involving a maid and a gallows pole. The one I know best is by Jon Boden and Bellowhead. My own Prickle Eye Bush makes a guest appearance behind me.

Monday, 16 April 2018

I'll Fly Away

Back home again, and I have been challenged to do a bluegrass song. Now, me and bluegrass aren't that well acquainted, but helpfully I was given a list of the top 100 bluegrass songs, and this was on it. Phew, one I know. Just imagine a mandolin and a couple of fiddles and the illusion is complete.

Sunday, 15 April 2018

Saturday, 14 April 2018

Has Anybody Here Seen Hank?

This is where things get tricky. Away in a camper van. No broadband. No laptop. Just a phone and not much of a signal. And a Waterboys song.

Friday, 13 April 2018

Blackberry Way

Feb 3rd was the last Roy Wood song, so it must be about time for another. Here's one of his hits with The Move, and he clearly didn't have the ukulele in mind when he wrote it (unless he is a particularly fiendish uke player.)

Thursday, 12 April 2018

As Tears Go By

A pretty little Rolling Stones song today. One of the first songs written by Jagger & Richards, apparently they thought it was a load of tripe, but their manager, Andrew Loog Oldham, said it was a hit. Originally called "As Time Goes By", he changed Time to Tears, hence his writing credit. Easy money.