Vote for Manitoba Hal!

Voting is underway in Ukulele Hunt’s Ukulele Video of the Year 2010 contest.  My vote went to Manitoba Hal’s “Poulet Shack“:

The early voting is going Hal’s way, though that’s no indicator of how it will end up.  Whether he wins this time around or not, Hal might win the Ukulele Video of the Year 2011 contest a year from now, based on his latest upload, “Learned Pigs and Fireproof Women“:

There were a couple of disappointments this time around.  Lila Burns’ “Young Hearts, Young Minds” didn’t make the final cut; I don’t know how it would have done in a video contest, but I’d have voted for it as ukulele song of the year.  Also, Ukulele Hunt webmaster Al Wood included the Keston Cobblers’ Club’s “You Go”  in his initial suggestions; lots of people nominated it before it turned out to have been posted in 2009.  It really is a spectacular video, I suspect it would have won.  Several people wanted to nominate a video Al included in a recent Saturday UkeTube, a song called “Map of Tasmania”  starring Amanda Palmer and her pubic hair; that one was uploaded this year, and will likely be among the stiffest competition “Learned Pigs and Fireproof Women” (or whatever it ends up being) has to overcome to be Ukulele Video of the Year 2011.

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  1. David

     /  February 14, 2011

    Although Keston Cobblers Club video “You-Go” was posted in 2009, it was not officially released until Jan 2010. Does that make it qualify for the 2010 contest?

  2. It’s a close run thing at the moment. Hal has dropped back into 2nd place since this post, but he’s ahead right now.

    It’s not a foregone conclusion that there’ll be a contest next year. They provoke a lot of hate email.

    Keston Cobblers Club would only have scraped in anyway. It only had 3 nominations and one of those was sort of invalid.

    David: No, makes no difference at all.

  3. acilius

     /  February 14, 2011

    Al- I’m sorry to hear about the hate mail, I wish I could say that I was surprised to hear that you get it. It’s amazing what people think they’re entitled to demand in return for nothing at all. I also wish I could help you with it in some way, all of us who love the instrument owe you so much.

    I would have voted for the KCC if they’d qualified, it’s easily the most spectacular video of the bunch. Some of the others may have better songs, but as a video it would be leagues ahead of the rest. IMHO.

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