Tag Archives: Mike DaSilva

Koa ukulele made with Mike DaSilva!

Play along with the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain

  The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain will perform in Gainesville on Friday, Dec. 2, and I’m delighted  I’ll be in the audience. There’s something inspiring about group musical performances. I developed that enthusiasm for musical groupwork from my own experience of playing clarinet in the high school band. Our band director would lead us through rehearsal […]

Southern Ontario Ukulele Players (SOUP) perform ‘I’ll Fly Away’

Hearing the Southern Ontario Ukulele Players (SOUP) was an added bonus of attending the Home County Folk Festival. The SOUPers, as they are called, played several songs, including “I’ll Fly Away,” written by Albert E. Brumley in 1929 and considered to be one of the most recorded gospel hymns. You can listen to the SOUPers playing by clicking […]

Compare sizes of travel ukulele to sopranino kantele and 5-string larger kantele (left).

Ukulele, Flute, Kantele: Sharing Adolphe Sax’s enthusiasm for making a variety of musical instruments

What fun to be introduced recently to Adolphe Sax, the inventor of the saxophone and the creator of many other musical instruments. I learned of Mr. Sax from a tribute on NPR Morning Edition celebrating him on his 200th birthday. Adolphe Sax didn’t create just one kind of saxophone but a family of saxophones and […]