The ukulele's plunking heartstrings a...

The ukulele's plunking heartstrings again

There are 2 comments on the Marin-Sonoma Here story from May 14, 2010, titled The ukulele's plunking heartstrings again. In it, Marin-Sonoma Here reports that:

YouTube sensation Jake Shimabukuro has helped to elevate the ukulele from the kitschy sounds of the 1960s to modern musical status.

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Bob Gordon

Oakland, CA

#1 May 18, 2010
Hi Paul,

Not that it matters, but my understanding (and research) is that the instrument (the ukulele) was brought to Hawaii by Portuguese fisherman or farmers in the 1870s, no doubt under a differenct name, and quickly became adopted by Hawaiian musicians, much the same way that the popularity of the ukulele is growing so rapidly today.

Mililani, HI

#2 May 19, 2010
There's another uke group that meets the last Sunday of the month in Napa called the Napa Valley Flea Jumpers, founded by Judd Finklestein of Judd's Hill, wine, and 'ukulele (not necessarily in that order.) For more information on exactly when and where we meet, visit our weblog at

And for more information on the Wine Country 'Ukulele Festival:

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