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Ukulele Day

by Various Artists

Celebrating the Many Voices of the Ukulele - instrumentals, blues, island songs and barbershop. The ukulele reniassance from jazz through reggae to harmony.
Genre: Easy Listening: Nostalgia
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1. Ukulele Day Valerie Ford
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2. I Get the Blues When It Rains John McDonald & Valerie Ford
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3. Samba De Orpheus Bill Tapia
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4. Darkness On the Delta Jim Glasgow & Jim Throgmorton
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5. Meet Me In Maui Valerie Ford
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6. Trouble In Mind John McDonald & Valerie Ford
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7. Lady Be Good Bill Tapia
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8. Firefly Jim Glasgow & Jim Thorgmorton
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9. Island Song Valerie Ford
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10. Blues Stay Away From Me John McDonald & Valerie Ford
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11. Fortune In Dreams Jim Glasgow & JIm Throgmorton
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12. Im Satisfied Valerie Ford
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13. Satin Doll Bill Tapia
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14. Make Me A Pallet On Your Floor John McDonald
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15. Children of the Land Valerie Ford
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Album Notes

Ukulele Day explores only a few of the sounds, styles and songs of the ukulele renaissance. Jazz, blues, barbershop harmonies, island beats, swing and latin are represented. The ukulele versatility is endless with only a taste of the instrument’s mellow capabilities in an ensemble, as accompaniment or a solo instrumental role.

Bill Tapia, the “Duke of Uke” is the world’s oldest performing musician. At 101 his skills are still legendary. His renditions of the instrumental standards displays the uke’s adaptation to jazz, swing and latin beats. He is joined by Miguel Mendiola on bass.

The barbershop guys, Jim Glasgow and Jim Throgmorton, come from a life-long addiction to barbershop harmonies. When they adopted a twin baritone ukulele accompaniment, their unique sound emerged.

John McDonald and Valerie Ford performed together at various festivals in Southern California and Hawaii. The merged their efforts into a vintage blues set which brings back many memorable songs. They are joined by Cathy Laurie and Mario Rossi on bass and keyboard.

Valerie Ford is not only a performer, but a song writer with many outstanding pieces to her credit. Her modern Island songs are all original and contemporary. She wrote the title song, “Ukulele Day” especially for this album; its theme is the album’s keynote. Her backup is John McDonald and Mario Rossi.

These offerings celebrate today’s ukulele in it’s breath and depth. The ukulele is comfortable everywhere. Enjoy!


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Alice Fowlie

I love this CD. The music is fun and soooo varied. I recommend it. Congratulations to the performers and prodercers for a job well done.

sharon upp

beautiful music
love the new cd of hawaiian inspired music. so varied and beautifully played/sung. highly recommend it!