The Fabulous Heftones
The Heftone Banjo Orchestra
Heftone String Bass
We will end 2012 in style! The Petoskey Public Library and Crooked Tree Arts Center have invited us to be part of their community-wide gala.
Admission is very reasonable: Buttons are $7 for adults and $3 for students. They expect a sell out again this year, so order your buttons here.
I'm thrilled that Lil' Rev posted an article about me on his "Fountain of Uke" weblog. The article is titled "In Search of a Ragtime Uker". In the article Rev gives some background on the story of ragtime music, and generally gushes about me [blushes]. Thanks Rev!
The article includes a video interview, which I've embedded below. Be sure to read the article too.
Here are a few more rags I've worked up for ukulele:
Ragging the Scale
Persian Lamb Rag
A Real Slow Drag
Once in a while, Lil' Rev pulls into to town and pays a visit. That usually means playing some tunes together. Here are some videos from recent visits:
I Aint' Gonna Give Nobody None of My Jelly Roll (with Lynn)
St. James Infirmary
In the Evening When the Sun Goes Down
Pig Ankle Rag
How Long Blues
Shake That Thng (with Lynn)
If you are interested in the ukulele, check out the beautiful new Ukulele Yes! web site. It's a site dedicated to ukulele education, especially in the classroom. It's a revival of the Canadian-published Ukulele Yes! magazine, now edited by James Hill.
The new issue has an article by John Kavanagh about playing ragtime music on ukulele - http://www.ukuleleyes.com/issues/vol7/no2/feature.htm. The article quotes, among others, a version of "Maple Leaf Rag" I recorded a few years back (mp3). If you want to try it on your ukulele, check out the tablature for the is arrangement. The article also links to tablature based on a recording I did of "The Entertainer". You can see a Youtube video of pretty much the same arrangement,
I've been busy learning nifty little rags and such. Here are my latest YouTube postings:
Here are some solo ukulele videos I've posted to YouTube recently. The Heftone YouTube video pages are at http://youtube.com/heftone
Bright Morning Sun
Sweet Caresses Waltz
Ragtime Annie / Soldier's Joy
Mp3s are now available for two new tunes: Looking Glass Frolic (mp3) and Service with a Smile (mp3). The Mp3 audio links are full audio recordings with bass and rhythm uke accompaniment. Click on the photos to see Youtube videos of me playing the the tunes on ukulele.
Here are mp3 audio files for two newly-composed tunes; Snowflake Dance and Oldtown Quickstep .
You can see short videos of myself playing these and other numbers on my Youtube page - http://youtube.com/heftone,
Here's a merry new song I sing backed up by the Heftone Banjo Orchestra: Santa Claus Rag.
Lynn and I had a great time at the New York Uke Fest April 27-30 2006. Check out the photos on our Flickr.com pages
I posted my freshly-recorded ukulele version of Scott Joplin's popular 1902 rag The Entertainer (ogg | mp3 ). An ice cream truck has been driving by the house blasting out this tune all summer. The tune's been stuck in my head, so it's time to let it out.
I added three more song from my not-yet-released Tin Pan Alley "Irish" album Living the Life of Reilly. Check out :
Also from the Living the Life of Reilly album are:
O'Brien is Tryin' to Learn to Talk Hawaiian