2007 APRIL 13 #103
The Ukuleles Of Halifax - Country Roads
The Ukuleles Of Halifax - Country Roads (2:33)
The Ukuleles Of Halifax were the brainchild of <!a href="http://www.chalmersdoane.com/index2.html" target="_blank">J. Chalmers Doane, a Halifax educator who devised a method of ukulele instruction that was eventually used in elementary schools across Canada throughout the 1970's and '80's. I myself received ukulele lessons in grade 6 at my grade school in Sarnia, Ontario, although I must sadly admit that none of it stuck with me.
Doane recorded three albums with The Ukuleles of Halifax; Ukulele Yes!, <!a href="http://fivebucksonbytor.blogspot.com/2006/07/j-chalmers-doane-week-ukulele-magic.html" target="_blank">Ukulele Magic and <!a href="http://fivebucksonbytor.blogspot.com/2006/04/ukuleles-on-tour.html" target="_blank">Ukuleles On Tour. If you'd like hear about The Ukuleles of Halifax from the perspective of one of the kids in the band, you can click <!a href="http://www.geocities.com/yvesperret/BruceJacobs.html" target="_blank">here to read my interview with <!a href="http://www.theswingcats.com/profilepages/bruce.htm" target="_blank">Bruce Jacobs, who played string bass on two of the albums, although not this one.
This version - performed by 35 kids and their ukuleles accompanied by a bassist and drummer - of John Denver's "Country Roads," transforms a wimpy, annoying artifact of the '70's into a hymn-like celebration of the great outdoors.
- Contributed by: <!a href="http://fivebucksonbytor.blogspot.com" target="_blank">Beau Levitt
Images: Front Cover, Back Cover
Album: Ukulele Yes!
Label: World Records
Credits: Produced by Music Department, Halifax School Board. Arrangements - J. Chalmers Doane