Archive | December, 2016

Jane For Tea

JANE FOR TEA “Vintage Pop Song”. This Uke & Drum duo delivers pop song with a thousand influences, inspired by an instrumentarium from 1920 up to this day! Jane for Tea is Séverine, singer and actress, the sexy soul of the duo that she creates with JP, ukuleleist, autor and compositor. Jane For Tea is fronted by the soulful, gritty and powerful vocals of Séverine aka ‘Jane’.

“A vintage sound, audacity, creativity, an unknown universe, an atypical ambiance. Wrapped in elegance and class!”

UKULELE MAG winter 2014 : “Jane For Tea serve up the ukulele with a vaguely retro, yet soulful vibe that feels like a mixture of Gypsy-jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt and chanteuse Charlotte Gainsbourg, in other words, their music is cool and very, very French.

Jane For Tea has been a mainstay at European ukulele festivals of late, and their playing sounds incredibly crisp there. Their first album is not only a great ukulele record, but a masterfully produced collection of songs that demonstrates the instrument’s versatility. D.K”

Séverine Lescure :
Vocals, Ukulele, banjolele, washboard, kazoo, mélodica, omnichord

JP Savoldelli :
Vocals, Ukuleles, drum, programmation…


Bruno Renato & Daniel Gonçalves

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Hi! My name is Bruno Renato, I am songwriter and uke player. About 18 months ago, a friend of mine here in my place (Belo Horizonte/MG, Brazil) presented me an ukulele for the fist time. It was “love at the first time”, and since there, I can’t stop to write original ukulele songs.

This my friend, also musician and composer, started to collaborate with me in some new songs. This new composition marks a new stage in our artistic work: apart from being our first song in English language, It definitely sealed a musical partnership between me and my friend Daniel Gonçalves, who with great sensitivity has managed to translate my poetry into harmonious melodies.

I present with exclusivity to you: “Why People Die?” (Lyrics by Bruno Renato / Music by Daniel Gonçalves).

Artists: Bruno Renato Paschoal & Daniel Gonçalves da Silva


Bye bye 2016 and onwards for OUS in 2017…

We are almost at the end of 2016 and its been an amazing year for Original Ukulele Songs. The FB page has over 2400 members and this main site gathers together exceptional talent from across the globe. The collaborations aspect has also been extraordinary with artists working together in new ways. This is what OUS is all about, inspiring new creative songs. There have been many wonderful highlights in the last 12 months  and its a joy to check out new songs literally on a daily basis. As Alan Thornton said “Imagine what it will be like in years to come”

Special thanks to everyone who has supported the OUS initiative. 2017 heralds the first live platform at the superb GNUF festival in the UK. GNUF is by a mile the showcase for creative artists and Mary Agnes Krell is a key and invaluable supporter to Original Ukulele Songs.

Have a Very Cool Yule and keep writing and performing ORIGINAL UKULELE SONGS

Nick Cody






The great sub four minute song and the power of editing

I was watching the superb Nick Cave 20,000 days on earth movie and he talked about the power of editing and how he wished he had done more editing in past work. The film is a great insight into Cave’s writing process and he remains in my view one of the finest artists around these days, always provocative in music creation and always exploring new dimensions.

The same subject of editing also came up when I was talking to the studio producer for The Small Change Diaries who was talking about being given a CD which he noticed was 76 minutes long. His immediate reaction was to put it back in the glove compartment of his car, apprehensive about such a long listening experience!

I’m a big fab of the sub four minute song and sub 40 minute album. Often in my view “less is more” and I’d rather hear a really well crafted three and a half minute song, than one that’s significantly longer. On the classic Beatles “Rubber Soul” album, all songs were under three minutes. Elvis Costello’s “My aim is true” has all songs under four minutes. Of course there are many counter examples including my all time favorite “Blood on the tracks” by Bob Dylan, but I can’t help thinking that the discipline of writing in a concise manner is no bad thing. Often an artist can have a good idea for a song, but the central idea starts to lose momentum as it’s dragged out for 6 minutes when it would have been perfect in under four minutes.

My own experience of writing for the Small Change Diaries is that the editing of material is essential in producing the best final result. Material will go through many drafts until it’s finds its final form. Its also extremely useful to have a writing partner in Jessica Bowie as this sparks all manner of new dynamics in songs. The collaborations page on this site is a great example of how artists can come together to produce something that neither would have created independently.

The same consideration towards being concise applies in live sets. As a listener I have been attending gigs and festivals of all sorts for over 45 years. The best ones were where the artists made the very best of each moment on stage. I know the sound engineer who worked on Live Aid in the 1980s and he commented on how Queen rehearsed more than any other artist on the bill and basically presented a master class in how to play a live set.

In May next year GNUF hosts the first live OUS stage and all artists have a 20 minute set. This means you have to really consider what material you are playing and make everything count! There are also going to be lots of surprises at this weekend and I advise booking ahead as I hear that 50% of all tickets have already been sold!

Nick cody