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Thread #84223   Message #1556084
Posted By: GUEST,Barry Finn, keeping company at wife's office
04-Sep-05 - 05:05 PM
Thread Name: Are ukuleles a real instrument?
Subject: RE: Are ukelele's a real instrument
I'm told by an old cape horner(George Herbet, known as the "Rigger from W. Geelong", RIP)that it's also an instrument well worth taking to sea for long voyages. He sang & played a uke (alto,?) & a concertina. He never mentioned having problems with the uke but the concertine he'd have to dry out when nearing the tropics. He started out in the Baltic trades around 1913/14 at the age of 12 or 13. So I don't know when he I don't know when he became a cape or when he strarted playing any instruments. He played pretty nice music on both.

Barry