Friday, December 23, 2011

Music: The Ditty Bops

 The Ditty Bops: Abby DeWald and Amanda Barrett

I've had a cheap-o ukulele for years now that would never stay in-tune, therefore I never really played it -- so for Christmas, my boyfriend completely surprised me and bought me one that is actually not a piece of crap.  I'm excited to get back into it and learn some songs.  I started with "I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate," an old jazz song that was originally published in 1915 and has been sung by various artists, one of my favorite being the Ditty Bops.

The Ditty Bops are the very talented Los Angeles-based duo consisting of Abby DeWald and Amanda Barrett.  I first heard of them when they played a live set for the KCRW program Morning Becomes Eclectic (you can watch it here!).  Their music is definitely influenced by musical eras past, from folk to ragtime and bluegrass.  Amanda plays the heck out of a ukulele.  I also very much like their playful look -- and also the fact that they once went on a cross-country tour by bicycle.

I'll probably be posting a video soon once I brush up and practice a bit more.  In the meantime, enjoy the Ditty Bops!

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