Ukulele Video of the Year 2009

At his great blog Ukulele Hunt, FotB Al Wood is running a contest for Ukulele Video of the Year 2009.  Today he posted the ten finalists:

Ukulollo – Ravel’s Bolero
Ukulelezo – Looking Down the Barrel of a Gun
uke3453 – ma-i-na-ku-ma-na
U900 – Diamond Head
tUnE-YaRdS – Hatari
Dent May – Love Song 2009
Sophie Madeleine – Take Your Love With Me
John King and James Hill – Larry O’Gaff
Todd Baio (doogey9) – I’m a Uke-aholic
Mr B the Gentleman Rhymer – Chap Hop History

I posted my five nominees earlier.  None of the videos I nominated made the cut (>sniff<) though I did nominate Ukulelezo for a different performance.   Here are a few that didn’t make either list, but that I hope aren’t forgotten:

The Bobby McGees, We Never Sleep/ Go, Tiger, Go!  If you were to quantify the amount of joy this video expresses and divide it by the resources that went into making it, you’d probably find it was the most economical thing posted on YouTube all year.   

Rocky and Balls, I Heart You Online.  Also very joyous, and sweet. 

Herman Vandecauter, The Nightingale.  Shows that the ukulele and the lute have a lot in common. 

Arborea, Beirut.  A haunting little tune.  I’m big on “haunting.” 

U900, Walk Don’t Run


  1. cymast

     /  February 3, 2010

    2 big toes up for The Bobby McGees!!

  2. acilius

     /  February 3, 2010

    They are great. The fact that they didn’t make the final ten in voting at Ukulele Hunt shows what a tremendous year 2009 was.

  3. I vote for Arborea in the Panther Red Most Underrated Video of the Year Award.

    I often get surprised by the lack of reaction to some of the stuff I post. Miss Jess leaps immediately to mind.

  4. acilius

     /  February 3, 2010

    My YouTube account seems to have a grudge against Miss Jess. Every time I click on one of her videos, no matter what computer I’m using, the stream stops several times each minute and doesn’t always start back up. That’s why I’ve never reacted to any of those videos.

  5. cymast

     /  February 5, 2010

    I just read the “Go Tiger Go” lyrics on Uke Hunt. Now I love the song even more! It’s my new fav song, thanks for posting, A!

  6. acilius

     /  February 5, 2010

    Assuming I’m the “A” you have in mind, I’ll say you’re welcome. If you’re thanking Al for posting the lyrics on Uke Hunt, I’ll let him say it.

  7. cymast

     /  February 5, 2010

    Thanks to Acilius for posting the video, and thanks to Al for posting the lyrics!

  8. acilius

     /  February 5, 2010

    Al posted the video on Uke Hunt long before I posted it here. I wouldn’t have known about the song but for him. So all thanks in this matter are due to Al, I say.

  9. cymast

     /  February 6, 2010

    Pardon me. All my thanks go to Al.

  10. vthunderlad

     /  February 9, 2010

    U900 (yoo kyu-hyaku) forever!

  11. acilius

     /  February 9, 2010

    I do like a bit of U900.

  12. Nice to be part of the collection! Thanks!
    have a ook at the new video’s as well.

  13. acilius

     /  March 25, 2010

    Thanks for commenting! Several weeks ago I set up a website called Classical Ukulele; if I ever start posting there regularly, you’ll be featured quite frequently, I assure you.

  14. I’ll repeat myself ag…! Thanks again.

  15. acilius

     /  March 25, 2010

    You’re welcome again! You’re one of the best at what you do.

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