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PLUC Tales – A History Of The Ukulele – And Its Part In My Downfall

James' Ukuleles

James’ Ukuleles

The ukulele, as you will doubtless be aware, was discovered in 1603 by Galileo Galilei, a talented baker from Italy.

Unlike his other discoveries (the pizza, representing a flat earth, and dough balls, representing the solar system), the ukulele did not immediately strike a chord with the public, possibly due to the difficulty in cultivating them (greenhouses at this time were very primitive structures).

It was only after the Catholic Church banished him to Hawaii that the ukulele was a big hit. The warmer climate in Hawaii meant that ukulele trees bore lots more fruit of varying sizes (the young sopranino fruits being most bountiful but if left to mature, richer tasting soprano, tenor and concert sized fruit were borne). Read the rest of this entry »


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PLUC Tales – Five Years & Loving It – Simon’s Ukulele Ramblings

Simon's Well-Used Makala Uke

Simon’s Well-Used Makala Uke

I’ve been playing ukulele for five years now. It began when my friend James to stay with his wife and children for the weekend in July 2007 armed with a blue Mahalo ukulele. He taught me some basic chords jotted on a piece of scrap paper and I learned I’ve Got The Whole World In My Hands. It felt really good and from this moment I was hooked. James had been taught by Mr C from the UPHoS group in Sudbury Suffolk, who was running a school club at the primary school they both worked in. Read the rest of this entry »


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