No. 45, Summer 2024

No. 45, Summer 2024

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On this issue’s cover is Steven Espaniola, who came back to the Hawaiian music of his youth later in life as a recording artist, performer, and teacher. Another profile digs into the uke and vocal trio the Birdwatchers, who, after 10 years as a group, have seen their popularity soar in the past couple years. There’s also a photo essay on the oft-underrated vintage Lyon and Healy ukuleles, with stunning portraits of beautiful instruments. And a feature on how uke fests have the power to change one’s life shines the spotlight on several individuals who have had just that experience.
In the lesson space, you’ll find a uke duet (or trio, or quartet!) arrangement of the Caribbean tune “Boncilla” by Marcy Marxer. Sayali Tank makes her Ukulele magazine debut describing with arrangement of a tradition Indian raga from her new book with James Hill. Daniel Ward concludes his lesson on making your own song arrangement with some tips on how to “jazz up” a song. And Sarah Maisel demonstrates how to use techniques you may already know, or can quickly learn, to keep things fresh at your regular uke jam.
There’s also a profile on Canadian luthier Shelley Park, who makes Selmer/Maccaferri­–style ukes under the name Moodyville Ukuleles; reviews of new ukes from Romero Creations and Japanese maker Kiwaya; plus, the winding tale of a vintage, hand-painted pinstripe Hilo ukulele with stunning photos, an introduction to the ukulele sound-illustrated book Teki, and Uke Tales from readers.

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