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:
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:
Review by Live Ukulele:
A few interesting folks following Mike on Twitter:
Maria Shriver, Former 1st Lady of California
The Walt Disney Corporation
Virgin Group Ltd.
The Beastie Boys
John Tesh, musician and former Entertainment Tonight anchor.
The Doobie Brothers
... to name a few.
ABBA's Bjorn Ulvaes
Director and musician Woody Allen
Stars from the movie Grease:
Didi Conn, Jeff Conaway and Stockard Channing.
You Tube Videos:
Take the ukulele challenge:
Can you name the tunes in this medley?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
... Yup, I wrote the above in third person. It sounds more professional.
Handshake or hug? :)