My Own Music

Just to prove that I do actually play ukulele myself. Since starting to play in 2012, I have lost all sense of shame, as proven here. I don't claim to be a 'musician', I just play stuff for fun. The newer stuff is at the top. Beware if you venture lower down the page...

Some songs are performed for a monthly competition on facebook called "Uke To Bridge". Anyone who plays is encouraged to enter, with a monthly theme, it's a challenge and it's fun.

A vocal challenge to keep up with, play faster!


Pencil Full Of Lead

Playing around with the Artiphon Orba, covering an Ed Sheeran tune.


Shivers

A take on a Mike Oldfield classic.


CyberChime Bells

Steve Miller Band with a few magic twists.


Abracadabra

The Rolling Stones never meant it to be this way.


Paint It Black

From 1974, the original by Blue Swede.


Hooked On A Feeling

Made famous by Soft Cell.


Tainted Love

Original song by Landscape in 1981. One of the original synth-pop bands.


Einstein A Go Go

I've gone back to this one in 2021, original from 1982.


Da Da Da Da

I love the riff on this Beatles classic.


Come Together

Another one from Gary Numan / Tubeway Army.


Are Friends Electric?

Another classic from the 70s.


Cars

An original song - no ukulele though.


Microcomputer

Tom Jones is a legend.


Green Green Grass Of Home

A classic tune, it started so well, I'll re-visit this another time...


Trois Gymnopedies

The 1971 Christmas Number One in the UK


Ernie

Classic from OMD


Enola Gay

The Model again, but this time with my new creation - CyberChime ZERO


The Model

Believer by Imagine Dragons, with words and chords so you can play along


Believer

A Bill Withers classic


Lean On Me

One of Kraftwerk's, but in English...


Motorway

I was challenged to cover this. It's so NOT my genre. This is a Death Metal song from a band called Bloodbath.


Like Fire

A cover of Mike Krabbers' song, with no ukulele. Came about while experimenting with a new keyboard. Mike said of this: "I quite like it".


Dead Rat

Powfu's song covered here.


Deathbed (Cup Of Coffee)

One of Toyah's most famous songs, no proper video just yet.


I Want To Be Free

I enlisted Mike Krabbers' help for one of my favourite open mic songs from Kraftwerk.


The Model

One of my favourite songs to do on the open mic.


Heroes

Braving the George Michael classic
"Freedom '90" during the lockdown of 2020.


Freedom 2020

Possibly David Bowie's best ever hit.


The Laughing Gnome

A classic pop song from 2001, largely forgotten until now...


Pure & Simple

A "challenge" to perform a George Formby song resulted in this.


When I'm Sorting Samples

A song started and original lyric by Robin Evans, adapted by myself. Video animation by Ian Carley.


If I Had Superpowers

Inspired by a visit to Sainsbury's during the COVID-19 epidemic. The words & chords to this are available on the songs page.


Don't Stand So Close To Me

"Baby It's Cold Outside" - A song that's fallen out of favour in recent times. This won't make it any better.


Baby It's Cold Outside

"Turbulence" - A brilliant song from a band from Southend called The Trusted. Look them up at www.thetrusted.co.uk


Turbulence

"Mercy" - originally by Duffy, made for the Weird covers challenge, and featuring my theremin.


Mercy

"War" - originally by Edwin Starr. Done for a Motown challenge, part of the monthly Uke To Bridge group.


War

I love this song, the best version is by Toyah.


Sympathy

Adam Lambert's "Superpower".


Superpower

My own composition (July 2019), needs a proper video. I have no idea what I was thinking.


Tesla Cuckoo

Recorded for a monthly competition, this month with the theme "Moon".


Fly Me To The Moon

Originally by Patrick Hernandez from 1979.


Born To Be Alive

The Eurythmics released this in 1978.


Love Is A Stranger

Just for fun, this classic track from 1982 using the Casio VL-1.


Da Da Da Da (original by Trio)

One I wrote about toasters.


Toaster Of Doom

Here's a collaboration between Mike Krabbers & Richard Broughton from unplugthewood with myself. All recorded in different locations, at different times, and put together.


Because I Got High (original by Afroman)

Another one for the monthly 'Uke To Bridge' competition. This one, November 2018.


Willie & The Hand Jive

Uke To Bridge in September 2018's theme was 'Sea & Boats', so here's The Village People's 'In The Navy'.


In The Navy (original by The Village People)

Another Weird Cover challenge, and probably my weirdest yet. "Saturday Night" originally by Whigfield, and my apologies go to her. (this is not for the faint hearted)


Saturday Night (original by Whigfield)

This "Weird Covers" challenge, was a huge challenge to get the vocoder stuff done.


Leon (original by Japanese House)

The latest "Weird Covers" challenge is 'Code Monkey', originally by Jonathan Coulton.


Code Monkey (original by Jonathan Coulton)

For a "Weird Covers" challenge, George Bartle of Opera-lele suggested I cover Aqua's pop classic "Barbie Girl"...


Barbie Girl

Another "Weird Covers" challenge, Iain Glencross challenged me to cover "Gangnam Style". However, I could barely pronounce the words of the original, so I changed it a bit.


What Coffee Style / Gangnam

Then "Boogie Nights", the theme for this challenge was "Heatwave", so seemed appropriate. The reason the vocoder does not appear more is because I only worked out two chords on the keyboard.


Boogie Nights

August's theme was "Cartoons", so what else could I do but a song from The Aristocats?


Everybody Wants To Be A Cat

This first one is inspired by the Ukulele Orchestra Of Great Britain, who break their songs down into individual parts.


"I Can't Stand The Rain"

Next up, "Rock And Roll", originally by Led Zeppelin, one we play quite often at unplugthewood, and featuring a special guest instrument that you can only play when no-one else is around.


Rock And Roll

Of course, the real star of these videos is me.