HorizonThink: Russell Copelin (Ukulele Russ) in Kalamunda, Western Australia
Known for both his musical workshop and live performance ability Russ leaves a lasting impression and motivation with participants and audiences. The workshop in Kalamunda sold out several days before the event.
Central Maine: Maine native returns to uke it up.
Everybody has this preconceived notion that I’m going to be singing songs about beaches and rainbows and playing all happy songs. That’s really what people think about when they think ukulele — ‘Aww, it’s that cute little guitar from Hawaii.' Instead, he brings rock, blues, tongue-in-cheek and a catalog as varied as “You’re the One,” a sweet song to his wife, Dixmont native Lindsey, to “Two Ply,” a Stevie Wonder-ish ode to toilet paper.
KUAC: Ukulele Russ and the Fairbanks All Stars
Funky and fun, Ukulele Russ and the Fairbanks All Stars entertain and lay down some serious grooves. The first half of the set list was dominated by animal-themed originals, including a useful song to know when out in the wilds of Alaska "Bear Safety".
KAMUKE: Talk Story Ukulele Russ
When you think of the ukulele, you immediately think of... Alaska? Hailing from The Last Frontier, one-man band Ukulele Russ plays everything from rock'n'roll to funk, bluegrass and hip-hop. We caught up with the Wild Man Of Uke between moose hunts (no, really).
Got A Ukulele: The Ukulele Russ Interview
Is 'the wild man of ukulele' that his nickname? I have no idea - but I just called him that. We talk regularly online but only recently have schedules collided to enable us to talk in more detail about his stuff.