Archive | March, 2017


Hi andydan here,

andydan is a ukulele artist from South Wales who incorporates a solid body steel strung uke fitted with a hexaphonic pickup, linked with a synthesizer pedal and loop pedals.

This set up gives him almost unlimited access to soundscapes and tones to paint either ambient textures or to icorporate vintage synth sounds within a songwriting context.

His debut album “RHYTHM & SOUND” will be released this April, and will feature in performances at GNUF in May &The Ukulele Festival Of Scotland this June.

He has already gained a small but loyal following since performing at Big House In The Country last February and according to his GNUF blurb ” Andydan has taken the uke world by surprise!”.

Influenced by many late 70’s & 80’s acts (Bowie , Eno , Roxy, OMD , Human League, Kraftwerk) , but also songwriting in general . ( Tom Waits, Joni Mitchell ,Paul Simon, Peter Gabriel, John Martyn….)

Andydan is currently auditioning and programming new sounds for a future instrumental project.


Martin Simpson on the ukulele by Nick Cody

Martin Simpson is best known as one of the world’s greatest acoustic guitarists. He also plays a variety of other instruments including the ukulele. I have known him for many years and we have become firm friends. In this interview I ask him about his approach to the ukulele.



Rita Braga

Rita Braga (Lisbon, 1985) is a singer, performer and multi-instrumentalist. She performs solo and sometimes collaboratively an unusual repertoire of songs in over ten languages, and well as original compositions and soundtracks.

She has also a background in the visual arts, doing illustration and animation, and a degree in Music Sciences.

For the past ten years she has performed across Europe, the US and in Brazil in numerous clubs, art galleries and festivals.

In 2011 she released her critically acclaimed debut album “Cherries That Went To The Police” (produced by Bernardo Devlin) after 3 CD-Rs with low-fi home recordings. Her latest self-released work is the EP “Gringo in São Paulo” (2015) and is comprised of original songs written and recorded while living in Brazil.

She’s had many collaborations with artists such as Bernardo Devlin, Martha Colburn, Borts Minorts, Nik Phelps, Felix Kubin, Dorit Chrysler, Uni and Her Ukelele, Amanda Jo Williams, Victor Coyote or The Legendary Tigerman. Since 2008 she started a long distance collaboration with Chris Carlone as “Chips and Salsa”, with whom she has toured in the US and Portugal.

She draws inspiration from dreams, from the city where she lives (currently Porto), 1930’s cartoons, Billy Wilder’s cinema and cosmic divas such as MM, Violetta Villas, Carmen Miranda, Marika Rökk, Annikki Tähti or Esma Redzepova.

In September and October 2016 Rita Braga was a Styria Artist-in-Residence in Graz, Austria, where she composed a minimal ukulele pop operetta entitled “A Quantic Dream”, which was performed at the end of the residency period.

Her song “Erosão” featured the compilation “Eurnovision 2016”, representing Portugal on the second edition of this European selection of underground artists.

Rita Braga has performed in a few ukulele festivals such as Kukulele 2015 in Finland, the Czech Ukulele Festival in 2016 and the Polish Ukulele Festival in 2017.