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A Wonderful Evening with Ralph Shaw

DSC00021All the stars were aligned on April 5th at the Crooked Stovepipe. http://www.crookedstovepipe.ca/main/view/32/ 

The workshop was designed for all levels of ukulele skills; therefore everyone could get something from it. Ralph is a great teacher.  We played through a number of tunes all with different strumming and picking.

The concert was full of continuous smiles, tapping and clapping and singing along. Ralph is more than a skillful musician. He is a masterful entertainer.

It was very nice to have guests from various uke groups, from Burlington, St. Thomas, Caledonia and London.

 

The evening would have not been so successful without help from: Judy Moore and Ian Bell, for allowing us to have it at such a wonderful venue  “The Crooked Stovepipe”. Barb and Gary for lodging Ralph and Kathryn. Bill, for building a vintage light box “foot light box” to illuminate the star of the evening. Mandy and Ian for copying and putting together the workshop packages. Jenny for being our photographer, and all those who brought those irresistible baked goods we had at the break. Lastly, for all those who attended, their fun and laughter contributed to such a memorable evening.

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D.U.H. play at The Waterford United Church

On March 18th we were invited to play a concert at Waterford United Church. Thanks to Audrey Latsch for putting together the set list and organizing the evening. We had a very good turnout of members and the audience pretty well filled the church. At first look I thought we would not be heard with  high ceilings and such a large place. That turned out to be untrue, and I was surprise how good the sound system was. Also a big thanks to  Ron Randall for being our photographer.Here are a few photos:

We were also treated to a surprise appearance of two sweet wahines Evelyn and Gerrie dancing the hula to pearly shells.IMG_5926Included in the evening was  one of Audrey’s comical stories:IMG_5940Peter Scovill and his partner played a number of folk songs, and Janet played a classical guitar arrangement of “The Frog Blues”  IMG_5939IMG_5925

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In the lilt of Irish laughter, You can hear the angels sing

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Yes, surely the angels sang March 16th at the Grace United St. Patrick’s Day Supper. The Dover Uke Heads sang their Irish hearts out. Thanks to Mandy for a fine job  leading.

Here are a few photos of Irish Eyes smiling:

 

 

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RALPH SHAW AT THE CROOKED STOVEPIPE APRIL 5TH

 

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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 !

 

        Ukulele Virtuoso

                         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

 

Bio

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.

 

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Video

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!)

Doggy Language

A punk song!: The Clash, Hateful

 

Audio 

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

 

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Dover Uke Heads

The Dover Uke Heads is a newly formed ukulele group that meets every Tuesday at the Hobo Music Store, more commonly known as the Robot Cafe, in Port Dover, Ontario. The group forms at 7 p.m. In our balmy summer months the location is moved outside to the gazebo in Powell Park, Port Dover. The group is convened by Peter Shebib and consists of over 40 members.

DUH welcomes newcomers at any time and any level of player. Ukuleles are available for purchase at the location. A beginner level group is convened by Dennis Murphy for those players with little or no musical background.

Over the course of the year, the group has put in a few public appearances; the Port Ryerse Church Bell Tower Fundraiser and the Port Dover Santa Claus Parade to name a few. They were GREAT FUN!! Pictures will be posted along with descriptions in the near future.

A few members of the group also decided to attend the 4th International Ukulele Ceilidh in October held in Liverpool, Nova Scotia. It was a memorable event worth recommending in the future.

We don’t know what the future will hold for us this year, but we are looking forward to getting out to more public appearances, recording more songs in video, and hosting some guest players.

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