July 17, 2017 at 8:31 pm #12859AndrewKeymaster
I thought this would be a fun thread to start 🙂
My favorite uke artist is Taimane b/c she is an amazing performer and an incredible musician. I’ve always been the side-man and enjoyed that role when I gig. I like to step out for my solo and then blend back in with the band 🙂 So, when I watch someone like Taimane perform with such confidence, it’s inspiring. And her right hand rhythm and picking technique is insane!July 20, 2017 at 7:46 pm #12903lisadmhParticipant
Hi Andrew. I was looking forward to seeing some action on this thread because I’m new to the uke and really don’t know any uke artists other than Jake, and him just barely. Considering there are no replies after 3 days, maybe a lot of other members are in the same boat.
Maybe you could post your top three and we could vote? And people could add others if they know them? I know I could use some uke mentors other than you 😊 (you’re great, but to expand my horizons you know).
The one you posted is great.
July 22, 2017 at 7:59 pm #12925chipkkMember
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Neat question Andrew and a great way to expand our knowledge of Uke artists. I am just starting so of course found Jake Shimabukuro on YouTube. I do like his style and have spent the last two days listening to his CD’s as I traveled down the east coast and tomorrow on to TN.
ChipJuly 22, 2017 at 8:17 pm #12926ed_sandersonParticipant
For me it’s a toss up between Jake, Taimani and James Hill. I’m going with James Hill because he’s Canadian, and because he does things with just a ukulele that everyone else needs a band or a looper pedal for.
July 23, 2017 at 10:06 am #12927
@ed_sanderson wow thanks for sharing that! It was a really entertaining and engaging performance, I really had fun watching that and it brought such a big smile (: I swear there were at least 5 ppl on that stage
@Andrew Taimane is my fav as well 😀 I love it when she does her “triple picking”. Like you know shit’s about to go down when she reaches for her thumbpick she stylishly hangs on her strings above the nut on the headstock lol. Just a little trivia, Jake was Taimane’s first ukulele teacher when she was 10 lol. Awesome!
Taimane and Jake like eons ago HAHA
July 23, 2017 at 10:30 am #12928
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@lisadmh and @chipkk oh and there are of course many great players like Aldrine Guerrero, Kyas Ryo, Kalei Gamiao, Sungha Jung, Brittni Paiva, Chris Fuchigami. This is of course non-exhaustive, not to mention artists like Vance Joy or Nic who sing and play the ukulele as well, and young ppl like Honoka & Azita, Grace Vanderwaal, Sydney or the prodigy himself uke3453.
Man I sure had fun looking making this short list (:July 23, 2017 at 10:58 am #12929
Of course there’s our main man here Andrew Hardel (:
And then there’s this other guy. Hmmm seems familiarAugust 7, 2017 at 4:53 am #13122rdc_scotlandParticipant
Eddie Vedder, as he uses very unusual chords that create a beautiful
song when put together.August 22, 2017 at 9:25 pm #13266AndrewKeymaster
Here’s another of my favorite artists, Ukulelezaza, which by the way he is a real cool and friendly guy! I absolutely love his rhythm technique 🙂October 10, 2017 at 12:22 am #13961classicukeMember
I just attended UKE-TOBER Fest in San Francisco. There were so many fantastic artists so I can’t pick a favorite. One notable was Aldrine Guerrero who really knew how to have fun with it even using his teeth to play! Abe Lagrimas, Jr. performed instrumental pieces at speed I couldn’t fathom., Cynthia Lin combines singing and ukulele to play songs we all know love and Ukulenny is fantastic with every instrument he picks up including the ukulele. They are all very different performers and really fun to watch and listen to. I hope they do it again next year.March 25, 2018 at 11:45 pm #16412davoravoParticipant
This thread is getting a bit old (sorry for resurrecting) but my favourite ukulele player is Ariel McLeary. The virtuoso players don’t really do it for me and I prefer someone more approachable. Ariel has a fun and cheeky personality that really shines through in her videos and her playing. She plays some modern pop songs and occasional jazz standards. She also plays interesting covers of alternate and indie rock but manages to make them all sound like 1930s standards. I keep expecting to see Ginger Rogers sashaying past. Don’t be put off if you don’t recognise the name of a group she is covering, it is well worth listening to.
Her cover of Havanna by Camilla Cabello has gone wild with over 3 million views. Whenever I feel discouraged with my playing I go back to this video.
Start from 1 minute 18 sec if my time stamp doesnt work.
And lately she has started to make a few overlaid tracks that are pretty cool.
As one of her followers said, try to watch her without falling in love 🙂
edit – omg, successfully posted youtube video first time. That never happens. Good coding!March 26, 2018 at 9:27 am #16422hannah_leeMember
Awesome question! The first ukulele artist who truly inspired me to play, practice, and learn was Corey Fujimoto. He’s always been one of my greatest inspirations.May 27, 2018 at 10:00 am #17136tamara782Participant
Love all of the above (especially Taimane and James Hill), but a band that I like (and that uses a ukulele): beirut!September 22, 2018 at 12:38 am #18639glennclewis63Participant
Too many great ones to have one favorite (imo), but a few more that are really awesome that I didn’t see mentioned already: Rob MacKillop, Samantha Muir, Troy Fernandez (REALLY surprised that nobody else mentioned Troy), Herb Ohta Jr, John King, Daniel Ward, Peter Moon, Daniel Ho, Florent Atem, Gordon Freitas, and Kimo Hussey.December 26, 2018 at 1:39 pm #21855frenchfries54Participant
my favorite is andrew hardel :)…i love his arrangements…
next is this guy paul caca
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