Play-Along Cultural History of the Ukulele
Saturday, June 8, 2013, 1:00pm
Jam Room - Room #317
There's a lot more to the ukulele than meets the hands. As a marriage of cultures, instruments and musical traditions, surveying the history and lore of the ukulele opens many doors to the study of modern culture. This workshop will demonstrate the raj„o, braguinha, tiple, taropatch and other ukulele ancestors and spin-offs. Tunes and cultural mores associated with the ukulele will be explored. When appropriate, attendees can play along and learn a tune or two.
Dan Scanlan lives on the Yuba River in Nevada City CA and can be found in cyberspace at www.coolhanduke.com. A ukulele performer since 1961 he currently performs solo, leads the quartet Cool Hand Uke and the Enablers, and directs the 30-member Strum Bums Ukulele Orchestra in Grass Valley CA. He recently released his newest CD, "Ah, Raj„o", performed solo on the instrument that is the forerunner of the ukulele.