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Ukulele Speakeasy OCFF 2009

So you see, mugs, the Ontario Council of Folk Festivals (OCFF) puts on this conference every October for 800 or so musicians, and there’s these official showcases in the swanky rooms, see?

But then there’s two expansive hotel floors of Unofficial Showcases, and the Ukulele Speakeasy is the swankiest of them all.  Hard liquor is served in highball glasses, no cheap gin joint here. No microphones, no amps, just the Uke, see, and the odd accompaniment.

Here’s the highlights of a great evening, see? Hosted by David Newland, Candace Shaw, barmaid Lesley-Marie Boileau, and videographer Andy Frank, it stars: David Celia, Joan Besen, James Hill, Anne Davison, Jaron Freeman-Fox, David Woodhead, John Zytaruk, Collette Savard, Eve Goldberg, Shelley O’Brien, David Gillis, Ariana Gillis, David Newland, The Choir Girlz and Magoo.

Here’s lookin’ at you, kids!

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3 comments

  1. avatar
    Isobel Warren 31 December, 2009 at 18:13

    What a nifty fun way to wrap up the year and waltz into a new one. The only thing that could be more fun than this video would have been sitting in on the whole darned show. iw.

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    David Woodhead 2 January, 2010 at 20:30

    Most Excellent! I think Eve’s wardrobe consultant and your set consultant must be the same person – such a match! Also love Magoo’s tune choice for it’s scary threatening quality rarely heard in Ukedom. More ukishness for 2010! -DW

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    David Newland 2 January, 2010 at 20:49

    You have no idea how much work went into finding that set backdrop! But the best part is, Eve’s been using a pic taken at the Speakeasy as her FB pic for ages now… AND wearing the hat, presented to her by the set consultant. So you’re basically right 🙂 And yes, more ukishness for 2010!

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