Russ created his one man frontier band, which he dubs, the only full sized sounding band in Alaska that will fit inside a single engine plane. He plays 14 instruments, including harmonica, piano, bass and guitar, and busts out as many different instruments as he can travel with during shows.


RNZ: One-man Alaskan band

Colin Peacock interviews a survivalist and ukulele virtuoso from Fairbanks, Alaska, who makes his second visit here for masterclasses, workshops and concerts in Auckland, and plays two songs live on his ukulele, U-bass, loopers, and harmonica.



Access: Ukulele tour gives young professionals valuable business experience.

An Australian concert tour that not only brings one of the best-known ukulele players to his fans, but provides essential work skills that will boost the CVs of aspiring young professionals. Those in the know love how the ‘uke’ lends itself to a broad repertoire, from rock to RnB, jazz, funk and blues, country and even metal! And no one demonstrates its versatility better than Alaska’s “Ukulele Russ”.



Ukulele Russ - “Big Truck”

Ukulele Russ and the Parks Highway Band perform at the Howling Dog Saloon on Halloween night in Fairbanks, Alaska.



Midland Reporter: Ukulele Russ from Alaska set to entertain in Kalamunda

It’s quite unusual for international ukulele players to visit Perth, let alone Kalamunda, so the visit is quite unique and being looked forward to by many music fans and uke players. He [Copelin] is a great live performer, chatty, he can play at least 14 instruments and creates material on the spot.



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.






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