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Ukulele Mike

by Ukulele Mike

Meet "Canada's Own Ukulele Mike." Dubbed "The Ukulele Player In The Big "O" ... Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia native and ukulele virtuoso "Ukulele Mike" is the original. He is considered the best ukulele player to come out of East Coast Canada
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1. Molly Brown Medley
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2. Whispering
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3. Mr Sandman
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4. Fly Me to the Moon
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5. Satin Doll
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6. Yesterday
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7. Brazil
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8. Amazing Grace
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9. Crocodile Rock
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10. Rose of San Antone
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11. Polka Medley
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12. I'll See You in My Dreams
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13. Aloha Oe
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14. Leaning On a Lampost
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15. Singin' in the Rain
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16. Smile
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17. Over the Rainbow/What the World Needs Now
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18. Homesick Medley
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Welcome Friend.
The lovable ukulele has been an often misunderstood, underdog instrument outside of the tropical paradise known as the Hawaiian Islands, but people worldwide are beginning to see its legitimate value as a valid, musical instrument within the circle of musical instruments, making the world a happier, more peaceful place with its delightful tones.

This unique ukulele CD is a wild and fun ride and opens with a medley that has been called "Ukulele on Steroids".
This recording has 18 wonderful classics, thoughtfully selected, for your listening pleasure and are played on a borrowed, vintage 1920's ukulele. The cover was created by Ron Caissie and Mike jumped at the first chance to get his ukulele album out there. As many musicians know, it's very exciting to release your very first CD. For Mike it was a dream come true.
He must have "wished upon a star".

Please consider owning the actual physical copy of the CD to directly support Mike.
As a struggling musician it would literally help to pay his rent. Several other issues are ukulele repair, the two main ones he uses, the need for tech equipment, recording costs for future projects etc. Any donation would be beyond gratitude.
Also sharing this link would be also appreciated, though only if it meets with your musical taste.

The actual physical recording of the CD also has some interesting liner notes with info on the sometimes elusive "Ukulele Mike".


On the artist:

Mike Conway aka "Ukulele Mike" is considered one of Canada's greatest ukulele players.
He has been playing the ukulele for over 40 years. Respectable accomplishment.
Some even say that he is still the best east of British Columbia all considered.
People can be too kind. Mike is understandably more modest on the compliment.
Regardless of skill level, from day one with the instrument, every ukulele player is in the circle of equals,
while the more gifted are celebrated for their skill.


Mike, a Cole Harbour native has himself been called "The Sidney Crosby of the Ukulele."
Mike has performed with his ukulele on Parliament Hill, Canada's national capitol, for a special, non-partisan event. He, alone with just his ukulele, did the ukulele nation proud when he took to the stage, dazzling over 2,000 dignitaries, employees and ambassadors from all over the world.


"Ukulele Mike" has also received a personal endorsement for his musical talent from the very pinnacle of Hollywood, from the president of the Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts and Sciences.
It honours the best in film and music with the prestigious golden "Oscar" at its Academy Awards.
"Ukulele Mike's" just happened to arrive as an embossed golden “Oscar” on a personalized card from the president of the Academy himself, (please see reviews below).
It's no Juno but certainly a friendly handshake from an entertainment capitol.


Mike's unique playing style is currently being studied in some schools in Europe as part of a music education curriculum there. He appears on a CD and music textbook right next to the legendary king himself, Elvis Presley.
One could say that Mr. Presley actually opened for Mike in terms of the recording sequence.


Mike received a letter from Buckingham Palace also. Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth 2 sent Mike a letter through her Lady in Waiting Richenda Elton. It mentions that Mike's ukulele CD is "greatly appreciated" by the Queen. The legendary British ukulele legend George Formby. has influenced many to take up the instrument and it is believed that the Queen plays the ukulele as well.

Mike has generously volunteered his time, performing for local charities, senior’s homes and public schools.


If you have a child being bullied, check out Mike's new anti-bullying song.
Please excuse the You Tube video quality, though the recording costs were easy on his wallet:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJMAY9WrdlA




Reviews of "Ukulele Mike":


"Maritime's Own Ukulele Player Extraordinaire," - Stan Carew, CBC Halifax's Weekend Mornings Show.

"Mike Conway is the King of Ukulele," - Derek Sivers, the founder and former president of CD Baby.

"I enjoyed it," - Michael Musto, Village Voice Columnist.

"Really impressed....very cool!" - Thom Swift

"A wonderful entertainer. One of the finest ukulele players in all of Canada." – Member of Parliament Peter Stoffer.

"A National Treasure!"- Heather White-Brittain, Arts Columnist and Executive Director of the Saint John Arts Centre.






Reviews of "Ukulele Mike!" CD:



"I love your album!" - David Myles, singer/songwriter.

“Every ukulele CD should be this enjoyable.” - The Fretted Instrument Guild of America.

“Excellent! A must-have for any ukulele enthusiast.” - Fred Pearson, Chairman of the Ukulele Society of Great Britain.

"I really enjoyed the CD. It's great to hear a melody and what a variety of great songs. My Dad, Les, would have loved the simple truth of your music. It would be a pleasure to work with you on your next project.”
– Gene Paul, internationally acclaimed music technologist who has worked with the Rolling Stones, Aretha Franklin to name a few artists. He is also the legendary Les Paul’s son.

“I love your album… listen to it all the time now,” - Sid Ganis, the president of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (The Academy Awards).




Here is a rather poetic review from fan John Dunsworth aka "Mr. Lahey" from The Trailer Park Boys:

"'Ukulele Mike' has more class than a 1936 Rolls Royce! I remember the night of the fog. I wandered lonely as a brig locked in irons on the Sargasso and lo there on one of life's interstices was "Ukulele Mike" basking in his aura of warmth and possibility.
I stood with him and sang the drizzle back to the Hades where it belongs. Mike's "the bestest."

"Blessings and favor upon U!" -CeslieAnne Kamakawiwo Ole, IZ's daughter.



Review by Ukulele Hunt:
http://ukulelehunt.com/2008/01/14/review-michael-conway-ukulele-mike/

Review by Live Ukulele:
http://liveukulele.com/reviews/ukulele-mike-by-michael-conway/



A few interesting folks following Mike on Twitter:



Stephen Colbert
Melissa Etheridge
Will Smith


Johnny Depp
Maria Shriver, Former 1st Lady of California
The Walt Disney Corporation


Warner Bros.
Virgin Group Ltd.
The Beastie Boys


John Tesh, musician and former Entertainment Tonight anchor.
Connie Francis
Barbra Streisand


Carson Daly
Katy Perry
The Doobie Brothers

Bob Dylan

The Illuminati


... to name a few.




On Facebook:


Dan Hill
Cyndie Lauper
ABBA's Bjorn Ulvaes


Director and musician Woody Allen
Stars from the movie Grease:
Didi Conn, Jeff Conaway and Stockard Channing.



Seabiscuit:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CVsLMCD-lpE&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8fnYdEGeXbM



You Tube Videos:

http://www.youtube.com/user/Yookyoolaylee?feature=mhum#p/u/5/8PxbdrldPiM

Take the ukulele challenge:
Can you name the tunes in this medley?
http://www.youtube.com/user/Yookyoolaylee?feature=mhum#p/u/0/Dsfu-B03cGE


Check out Mike on social media. he offers ukulele related resources, art pieces, comedy pieces, inspirational comments and video. It's a real hodgepodge, a unique variety show to entertain, to enlighten and to get people thinking about important issues. Expect imperfection but a good faith effort to contribute positivity to the world.

Ukulele Mike on Twitter: http://twitter.com/ukulelemike
Ukulele Mike on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/people/Ukulele-Mike/614831006
Ukulele Mike on You Tube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYjEsmEwEvxcn87W9VQgzLw


Any questions or comments?
Mike is available to you at ukulelemike@hotmail.com.





... Yup, I wrote the above in third person. It sounds more professional.
Handshake or hug? :)


Reviews


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latenight halifax

Ukulele Mike is a collection of jazzy little medleys, old favourites and merry
We had some time this evening to sit back and finally have a run through a new CD that a friend of mine has released. Michael Conway, a.k.a. Ukulele Mike is a local writer and musician who has just finished his first, self-titled collection of jazzy little medleys, old favourites and merry melodies on Ukulele. I'd heard a couple of the tracks over the phone when they were first laid down and he'd played "Smile" for me one time here at the apartment, but on guitar, so this time around, the finished copy still managed to surprise me with just how talented he really is.

The CD has already gotten some great attention from local musicians and industry folk. It's also now available at local SAM the Record Man stores and HMV. Unfortunately, he's not got a website up yet so I can't link to him (although I've been harassing him to get one started.) Nonetheless, if you're taking a stroll downtown and looking for some light, cheery tunes to get you through the bleak winter, this will be the CD for you. Go pick it up.
latenight halifax

David McCormack of The Manta Rays

Outstanding!!!
An entirely new perspective is given to 'Satin Doll', one of my favorites. So many of us 'guit-fiddlers' want to just blow the windows out when were solo-ing and often the idea of melody goes out the window too! But that's not the case here! Great renditions Mike! DMC

Miik Miller

good listening CD
I am a newby on the Uke -so I did enjoy the music, wanted to hear more of the strumming technique, since I have not learned the individual melody yet.

Ukiesooze

Mike Conway's first CD is a MUST HAVE for all ukulele lovers
Mike is a genuine star and bright light in the world of contemporary ukesters. On Ukulele Mike, his first CD, he manages to combine traditional foot tapping tunes with virtuosity and a humble tenderness not often heard in current music. What's not to love about this one?

john kavanaugh

it's really good !
it's really good ! swingy, clean, tasty -nice arrangements.

Peter Rühle

Mx favorit CD !
For an oldie like me ( 67 Years ) it is the music of my Youth. And for an Ukulele-player it is a "must have". It is my favorit CD. Let me know, when another CD from Ukulele Mike is to get.

Fred Pearson, Chairman, Ukulele Society of Great Britain

Excellent! A Must-Have for any ukulele enthusiast!
These are 18 well-chosen tracks covering a variety of tastes and moods. The pace and techniques are of the highest standard. As a fan of Hawaiian music I particularly admired Aloha Oe which really brought the magic of those islands to life. George Formby's Lampost is also a winner.