Ukulele master set to perform |

Ukulele master set to perform

Ukulele master Dan Scanlan, otherwise known as “Cool Hand Uke,” returns from a seven-week tour to Nova Scotia to perform solo at 6:30 p.m. Thursday (Dec. 12) at The Stonehouse.

His repertoire extends from Tin Pan Alley to familiar rock ‘n’ roll songs to Gold Rush folk tunes often with a social activist theme.

Scanlan, who has played the ukulele for five decades, started the Grass Valley Strum Bums Ukulele Extravaganza Rescue and Relief Band in 1999 that performs at festivals across the country and locally at schools, fairs, convalescent hospitals and other events. He has produced 10 instructional CDs and teaches online courses at to nearly 500 students.

Local legend Utah Phillips once said, “Dan Scanlan has more talent in his little finger than he has in the whole rest of his body.”

Scanlan recently was emcee, workshop presenter and performer at the Liverpool Nova Scotia International Ukulele Ceilidh.

He takes his workshops and performances on the road to the Honolulu International Ukulele Festival and to numerous cities across the states from Austin, Texas, to Baltimore and beyond.

In 1998, Scanlan helped coordinate The Father and Son Reunion Project, The Braguinha Meets the Ukulele, in which three American players including Scanlan, returned the ukulele to its ancestral home in Madeira Island, Portugal.

“This is my first extended solo concert I have offered in this community in many years,” he said.

For the past dozen years Scanlan fronted the local Strum Bum as well as the combos Jukolin and The Enablers locally.

“I look forward to performing for my friends and neighbors,” Scanlan added.

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