Jim Persky

I’m a ukulele player in the Boston area. I’ve been playing the ukulele since 1976. Twenty years of trying to get a little more oomph out of a Martin soprano led me to develop a personal style that on a bigger uke has a percussive sound. Now I play mostly tenor, and I often add electric effects to the uke.

When I started playing, there was no Internet and it was hard to find out about any ukulele music that was out there. I didn’t have much interest in playing ’20s music or Hawaiian music. So I wrote songs to create my own ukulele repertoire. I also wrote songs on keyboard, which tend to sound interesting on the uke because they use chord progressions I wouldn’t have thought to use on the uke. My “Original Songs” playlist
on YouTube has songs written as far back as 1978. In addition to writing new songs, I am trying to finish up several songs that have sat half-written for years (sometimes decades).

When I play covers, I have a particular love for playing ’70s progressive rock on the uke. I’ve covered a ton of Genesis and Procol Harum songs. As part of the Ukulele Underground user forum’s “Seasons of the Ukulele” weekly challenges, I have played hundreds of different covers on YouTube. Other bands I’ve covered extensively include Fairport Convention, R.E.M., and the Moody Blues.

One Response to Jim Persky

  1. Alan Thornton 16th August 2018 at 10:40 pm #

    Hi Jim!

    As you may know, I’ve found your style to be unique and involving for years. I sometimes wonder how you’d like to get back into the band business (I may be wrong but I imagine that you were a keyboard player in a group at some point). As an onlooker, I’d be interested to see how that might go. Meanwhile, your solo stuff is often symphonic enough for me.

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