UE #180 A Matter of Respect

Galileo, the new song and youtube video by McShane & Shaw, arrives on Thursday October 21. It’s quite different to our first video: Your Car’s Too Big and we hope you enjoy it.   Please subscribe to our youtube channel so that you don’t miss this...

Pedal Power

In 2005 one of my friends in the Vancouver Ukulele Circle spread the word that U.S. ukulele player Jake Shimabukuro would be giving a free concert that evening in a local furniture store. It seemed a very unlikely concept but a few of us showed up to see if it was...

What’s So Hard About Happy Birthday?

In today’s column I have solved a problem that I bet you didn’t even know was a problem. Namely, the singing of the Happy Birthday song…   My sister asked me, “Why is it that every time I sing Happy Birthday at a party it nearly always ends...

Faster, Higher, Stronger

With Japan’s Olympic games in full-swing I think about how differently sporting and musical achievements are rewarded. Athletes end up with shelves full of cups and medals from countless tournaments while musicians get… well what exactly? Today is my birthday and I...

The Big Day

On Sunday, July 11, 2021, McShane & Shaw were booked to perform two forty-five-minute sets at a small wedding (all weddings at this time were small as restrictions limited them to thirty guests.)   As the day came closer, we realised our second set, scheduled...
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