King of the Ukulele


His first CD and still the biggest seller!

Released 1998 – Ralph performs some of the finest songs from the golden songwriting era of the 1920’s, 30’s and 40’s.

Note – prices are in US dollars





Produced by Geoff Gibbons. Recorded at The Roots Cellar.

Ralph Shaw – Vocals, ukuleles, harmonica, whistling. Ed Baarda – Drums, Gerry Teahan – Bass, Douglas Schmidt – Accordion, Linda Kidder and Peter Padden – backing vocals, Jacquie Morgan – Backing vocal, Mike Norman – piano, saxophone, Geoff Gibbons – pedal steel, backing vocals, guitar, string arrangements.

Track Listing: 1. Welcome to our Musical World 2. Busy Line 3. Ukulele Lady 4. Puttin’ On the Ritz 5. Paper Moon 6. Taking My Oyster For Walkies 7. Cheek to Cheek 8. Makin’ Whoopee 9. Whispering Grass 10. Paddlin’ Madelin’ Home 11. Blue Skies 12. Our Sergeant Major 13. Leaning on a Lampost 14. When I’m Cleaning Windows 15. I Don’t Want to Set the World on Fire 16. Mister Sun

Your album “King of the Ukulele,” I would say is a CORNERSTONE of our radio show…an essential ingredient. Although the show focuses on Islands (tropical) we branch out and visit the British Isles as well.  Your album has become one of our most played!  PAUL

One of the MOST NOTABLE CDs OF THE YEAR….The arrival of his CD at our studios caused a sensation of Beatles-like proportions — DEFINITELY NOT THE OPERA, CBC RADIO 1.

the smiles just seem to emanate from this his second independent release…positively lilting…the man is a ukulele god. — JOHN P. MCLAUGHLIN, THE PROVINCE NEWSPAPER.

It is my firm conviction that Ralph Shaw, The King of the Ukulele, should be magically transported from the Seabus Terminal to Carnegie Hall.  STEVE BURGESS – VANCOUVER SUN

Charming…an unusual gem…Honours his sources and material… TOM HARRISON – THE PROVINCE