So the main reason for this little site to exist has been to publish ukulele chord sheets for various popular (and not so popular) songs. And it will continue to do that. But over the last few months on my ukulele adventure I’ve taken to writing and recording a bunch of original instrumental material, and am taking the liberty of using these pages to give that material an outlet. The original motivation was to help soundtrack a documentary being put together about Southampton Ukulele Jam (see here for more background on that), but since then it’s become something of a bug that I’ll continue to indulge.
Brand New Day represents a first for me, in that this is the first recording I’ve done that doesn’t feature any ukuleles! Although its original roots were ukulele-based. This one was a bit hard work to realise, but I eventually got there, with three different versions (plus an edit) emphasising different aspects of the original.
The Light From The Window is a collection of two new songs and a remixed song from the SUJ soundtrack.
Let’s Go is unashamedly attempting to evoke the early 80s synthpop sounds of the likes of The Human League and Depeche Mode. This was an opportunity to have a bit of fun and try something different. There are no ukuleles on this song!
Raw and Refined is my first collection of original material. Written to soundtrack a documentary being put together about Southampton Ukulele Jam (SUJ) this was something of a learning experience in writing and recording.
[If you’re interested, the name “Tiny Dynamite” took a long while to come to, through many other options, but was inspired by a mis-hearing (for 30 years!) of an EP by Cocteau Twins, which is actually called Tiny Dynamine!]