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New Year's Eve in Petoskey, Michigan!

We will end 2012 in style! The Petoskey Public Library and Crooked Tree Arts Center have invited us to be part of their community-wide gala.

Admission is very reasonable: Buttons are $7 for adults and $3 for students. They expect a sell out again this year, so order your buttons here.

"In Search of a Ragtime Uke" on Fountain of Uke

I'm thrilled that Lil' Rev posted an article about me on his "Fountain of Uke" weblog. The article is titled "In Search of a Ragtime Uker". In the article Rev gives some background on the story of ragtime music, and generally gushes about me [blushes]. Thanks Rev!

The article includes a video interview, which I've embedded below. Be sure to read the article too.

More Ragtime Ukulele

Here are a few more rags I've worked up for ukulele:

Something Doing

Ragging the Scale

Ozark Rag

Persian Lamb Rag

A Real Slow Drag

Playing some tunes with Lil' Rev

Once in a while, Lil' Rev pulls into to town and pays a visit. That usually means playing some tunes together. Here are some videos from recent visits:

I Aint' Gonna Give Nobody None of My Jelly Roll (with Lynn)

St. James Infirmary

Sandy Boys

In the Evening When the Sun Goes Down

Pig Ankle Rag

How Long Blues

Shake That Thng (with Lynn)

Ukulele Yes! - The Classroom Ukulele eZine

If you are interested in the ukulele, check out the beautiful new Ukulele Yes! web site. It's a site dedicated to ukulele education, especially in the classroom. It's a revival of the Canadian-published Ukulele Yes! magazine, now edited by James Hill.

The new issue has an article by John Kavanagh about playing ragtime music on ukulele - http://www.ukuleleyes.com/issues/vol7/no2/feature.htm. The article quotes, among others, a version of "Maple Leaf Rag" I recorded a few years back (mp3). If you want to try it on your ukulele, check out the tablature for the is arrangement. The article also links to tablature based on a recording I did of "The Entertainer". You can see a Youtube video of pretty much the same arrangement,



Here's a Youtube playlist of my ragtime ukulele videos:

New Ukulele Instrumental Audio Mp3s

I've posted Mp3s for these new tunes: Creole Waltz (mp3),
Snowflake Dance (mp3)
and Dusk Flight (mp3). The Mp3 audio links are full audio recordings with bass and rhythm uke accompaniment.

Two more original instrumentals

Mp3s are now available for two new tunes: Looking Glass Frolic (mp3) and Service with a Smile (mp3). The Mp3 audio links are full audio recordings with bass and rhythm uke accompaniment. Click on the photos to see Youtube videos of me playing the the tunes on ukulele.

Looking Glass Frolic (mp3 audio) (video)


Service with a Smile (mp3 audio recording) (video).


New Tunes: Snowflake Dance, Oldtown Quickstep

Here are mp3 audio files for two newly-composed tunes; Snowflake Dance and Oldtown Quickstep .
You can see short videos of myself playing these and other numbers on my Youtube page - http://youtube.com/heftone,

Four New Ukulele Instrumentals

Here are four recently-recorded original Brian Hefferan ukulele instrumentals (mp3):
Tailwinds
Washington Strut
Get Out of Dodge
The Sleeping Bear

Enjoy!

New Song - Santa Claus Rag

Here's a merry new song I sing backed up by the Heftone Banjo Orchestra: Santa Claus Rag.

New York UkeFest Photos

Lynn and I had a great time at the New York Uke Fest April 27-30 2006. Check out the photos on our Flickr.com pages

New Song - April Showers

I added words, chords and audio files (mp3 and ogg-vorbis) for April Showers from our soon-to-be released Fabulous Heftones CD In the Garden.

New Tune - The Entertainer

I posted my freshly-recorded ukulele version of Scott Joplin's popular 1902 rag The Entertainer (ogg | mp3 ). An ice cream truck has been driving by the house blasting out this tune all summer. The tune's been stuck in my head, so it's time to let it out.

Three new songs from Brian Hefferan

I added three more song from my not-yet-released Tin Pan Alley "Irish" album Living the Life of Reilly. Check out :

He's Living the Life of Reilly
(sources/words) (listen: ogg vorbis | mp3)

My Irish Molly O
(sources/words) (listen ogg vorbis | mp3)

Mike's the Boy
(sources/words) (listen: ogg vorbis | mp3)

Also from the Living the Life of Reilly album are:
O'Brien is Tryin' to Learn to Talk Hawaiian

New Heftone.com look and features

I just dressed up the heftone.com site for a more dapper look. The site now allows comments too, so feel free to chime in. Login or register to post a comment.

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