On April 5th Ralph Shaw will be playing at The Crooked Stovepipe, You don’t want to miss this event, not only is he a great player, more than that, he is a exceptional entertainer. Also, it’s being held at a terrific venue,” The Crooked Stovepipe” Cost : Workshop at 6 p.m.$20,Concert at 7:30p.m.$15 or $30 for both. Here is some info on Ralph: http://www.ralphshaw.ca/ http://www.crookedstovepipe.ca/
Introducing RALPH SHAW !
Songster of all eras
Crowd Pleasing Entertainer
“Book him, you won’t regret it!”
Doug Cox , Executive Producer, Vancouver Island Music Fest 2015
Ralph Shaw is a witty raconteur with an infectious joy of performing; a showman and a gifted songwriter. His fine voice, backed by superb skill on soprano, baritone and banjo ukuleles delivers a joyful energy with clever wordplay to engage and reward every type of listener. The act has elements of the 1920s-1940s era, covers of Bowie, Tom Jones, Elvis, The Clash and Rolling Stones as well as hilarious and tender originals covering village vicars, Nikola Tesla, a brothel handyman, an evil cat and much more! Think of him as both a world class entertainer AND a walking encyclopedia of music who puts on a phenomenal show embracing not only ukulele but a kaleidoscope of emotions and musical styles.
With five solo albums, four tuition DVDs and two books to his credit, his work has played a crucial role in creating the current ukulele boom. In 2000 Ralph formed the oldest ukulele club on the continent: The Vancouver Ukulele Circle.
New for 2016 The Art of Ukulele – a performer’s handbook by Ralph Shaw
As a teenager in Yorkshire Ralph taught himself chromatic harmonica and studied 5-string banjo with folk musician Sara Grey. Relocating to Vancouver in 1990 he became a founding member of the children’s folk music group Birds of a Feather. About the same time, he created the character Ralph the Clown: an entertainer who carried—amongst other tricks of the trade—a ukulele inside a guitar case.
Fascinated by the untapped potential of the ukulele Ralph discovered its suitability for conveying a wide range of music for grownups! For the past decade his act has included new takes on old songs and surprising originals. Ralph is ever the performer who understands that the music exists to serve the performance.
As well as traveling to headline stage shows he is a renowned teacher with classes on technique that are well prepared and always filled with enthusiastic new, and returning, students. His performance workshop has helped many students think about how to approach that most difficult of musical endeavors—performing in front of an audience with poise and confidence.
Live performances on Youtube:
(while Ralph usually performs solo he also collaborates with other musicians as seen in these videos.)
How to Build a Ukulele Case
Viva Las Vegas (a stunning ad-hoc festival performance!)
A punk song!: The Clash, Hateful
Sample tracks on Soundcloud:
From the 2013 CD: Laughter
Everything is Free
A Nice Cup of Tea
From the 2013 CD: Love
Fair Kathryn (with violin solo by James Hill)
With a style inspired by the Vaudeville and Music Hall era Ralph charms his audiences with music and laughter. Here are some earlier tracks:
From the 2006 CD: By George!
Leaning on a Lampost (check out uke solo near the end!)
From the 2002 CD: Table for Two
I Just Wish I Was in Love
From the 1998 CD: King of the Ukulele
It’s Only a Paper Moon