The Ukulele Dude

On the 19th of September 2009, I stumbled upon a video. I'm not sure how I found it, but there it was, sharing laughter, fun and music through the tiny screen. Over the next two days I dug and searched, questioned and analyzed. On the 1st of October, I ordered it. On October 5th, three separate packages arrived on my doorstep, one of them contained my very first ukulele. Over the last four years I have collected ukuleles, played with various groups, done open mikes, radio, stage and made my own videos. I do enjoy playing and learning this instrument..


The Ukulele Dude's Instruments



Great Musicians and The Ukulele Dude

The Ukulele Dude's
Ukulele Shirts

A growing collection!

The Ukulele Dude's Videos

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The Ukulele Dude's Performances

I've gotten to participate in a number of performances in a wide variety of venues. Here is a sampling of some of the highlights:

Gilda's Stringers, the ukulele group at Gilda's Place in Royal Oak, hosted a fabulous gathering with workshops, strum alongs and short presentations. There was also an auction of lots of ukulele related items and crafts as well!


I presented a thirty minute version of my History of the Ukulele presentation, complete with excerpts of appropriate songs to represent the eras and key players.Thanks for the pictures, Fawn!

Mighty Uke Day III - Steve, Joannie and I practicing in the park.

Thom, my brother-in-law, and I on stage at the
Church and Synagogue Library Association Annual Banquet.
We did a version of Scarborough Fair that Thom arranged based on my video on YouTube.

The Ann Arbor/Ypsi Ukulele Group on break while recording with Know Obstacles at Big Sky Recording.

Motor City Ukes playing at the Canton Liberty Festival in 2013.

Motor City Ukes playing at the Kona Run 2013.

Mighty Uke Day III - The Banjolele Mania group playing.

Open mike at LAUGH meeting in 2013.

Motor City Ukes performing at the Canton International Festival, 2012.
Steve, Theodore, Ryan, Prashant, Joe, Sarah, Craig, Alicia, Christopher and myself.

Cousin Dave and me messing around in the living room.

Dave and me conducting a workshop at Pickin' in the Pines in Flagstaff in September 2011.

Steve Shoha and me entertaining the crowd at the NTS 2013. Steve often plays gigs in the area and I learn from him everytime we play together.

Under Construction but with Some Content

Ukulele History and Related Items

The Ukulele Dude's Ukulele Link Collection

Great sources to learn about the ukulele, find music and other things.

Checklist for Ukulele Activities
Suggestions of things you will find helpful to have with you when doing ukulele activities

Non-Ukulele Musical Items

Photos and Text Copyright 2013, Mark W. Swarthout

The Ukulele Dude's Other Life