Jon Rissik

I am singer songwriter from Kent in the UK. I started playing the ukulele back in 2014, having sung in rock and indie bands since I was 14 years-old. Like most people I began my ukulele journey by playing covers (with Eddie Vedder’s Ukulele Songs album a particular inspiration), but soon came to appreciate the joy – and challenge – of writing and performing original material. It doesn’t take great technical proficiency (some of the greatest songs in popular music have blissfully simple chord structures), but it does take thought, patience and a level of self-belief. People have described my style as being quite intense and although I don’t set out to write songs that fit that description, I don’t really go for light, jokey material. I enjoy the juxtaposition of serious lyrics and impassioned vocals set against the inherently light, playful and uplifting tone of the ukulele.

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