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traditional Hawaiian music in London....

GUEST,Helen 10 Mar 09 - 06:51 PM
Barry Finn 10 Mar 09 - 08:12 PM
Jack Campin 10 Mar 09 - 09:50 PM
M.Ted 10 Mar 09 - 10:07 PM
GUEST,leeneia 11 Mar 09 - 12:11 AM
GUEST,Helen 11 Mar 09 - 02:31 AM
GUEST,Ricks 11 Mar 09 - 04:50 AM
Darowyn 11 Mar 09 - 12:46 PM
Eric the Viking 11 Mar 09 - 04:47 PM
Newport Boy 11 Mar 09 - 06:12 PM
GUEST,Digby Hardy 12 Mar 09 - 07:04 AM
GUEST 12 Mar 09 - 01:52 PM
Folknacious 12 Mar 09 - 02:25 PM
Darowyn 13 Mar 09 - 11:57 AM
GUEST,Lawrie 13 Jan 13 - 09:46 PM
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Subject: traditional Hawaiian music in London....
From: GUEST,Helen
Date: 10 Mar 09 - 06:51 PM

Has anyone seen any Hawaiian folk in London? Are there any Hawaiian acts knocking about the big smoke? Am thinking more of a couple of voices and a ukele/steel guitar than seven guys with steel drums et al....but open to any leads!!

Thanks!


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Subject: RE: traditional Hawiian music in London....
From: Barry Finn
Date: 10 Mar 09 - 08:12 PM

Helen, Steel drums are not used in Hawaiian music

Though steel guitar may be used by a few much more of what is played is the guitar with the strings tuned by slacking them slightly, hence the Hawaiian style of "Slack Key" style of guitar playing which is very beautiful & at times extermely haunting.

Barry


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Subject: RE: traditional Hawiian music in London....
From: Jack Campin
Date: 10 Mar 09 - 09:50 PM

This looks about the nearest you'll get:

http://www.beatsofpolynesia.co.uk

Helps to spell it right: Hawai'i or maybe Hawaii.


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Subject: RE: traditional Hawiian music in London....
From: M.Ted
Date: 10 Mar 09 - 10:07 PM

There is the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain , not really traditional Hawaiian music, but certainly fun.

There has been a resurgence of interest in Hawaiian music , in all it's forms, over the last twenty years or so, both in the Islands and on the Mainland--as Barry has astutely pointed out, the slack key guitar, though maybe not well known abroad, is probably at the center of the revival. The uke has made a huge comeback, too, and, while the Hawaiian steel guitar is an integral part of the tradition as well, there are a lot fewer players.


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Subject: RE: traditional Hawiian music in London....
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 11 Mar 09 - 12:11 AM

YOu might contact this group and see where they are performing:

http://www.beatsofpolynesia.co.uk/


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Subject: RE: traditional Hawaiian music in London....
From: GUEST,Helen
Date: 11 Mar 09 - 02:31 AM

Thank you very much! Apologies for typo (spelling was never my strong point) and instrumental confusion (nor knowing things. hmmm.)!


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Subject: RE: traditional Hawiian music in London....
From: GUEST,Ricks
Date: 11 Mar 09 - 04:50 AM

Try googling the "Hula Bluebirds"


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Subject: RE: traditional Hawiian music in London....
From: Darowyn
Date: 11 Mar 09 - 12:46 PM

This might help:-
Hawaiian Steel Guitar Association
or for more direct help from one of the UK's top steel guitar players:-
Basil Henriques' website
Cheers
Dave


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Subject: RE: traditional Hawiian music in London....
From: Eric the Viking
Date: 11 Mar 09 - 04:47 PM

Used to be the "Prospect of Whitby" pub in the docklands was great on a saturday but that was about 35 years ago ! They had an Hawian band there almost evry Saturday night. (Probably some yuppie lounge bar now !!) At Wapping.


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Subject: RE: traditional Hawiian music in London....
From: Newport Boy
Date: 11 Mar 09 - 06:12 PM

Eric - I can't believe they were still there 35 years ago - I used to listen to them every Saturday 54 years ago!

Guitar, steel guitar & ukelele - 2 lads from Stepney and one from Whitechapel. The only thing Hawaiian about them was their shirts.

Anne & I got engaged to their music - romantic Hawaii - and the smell of the spice warehouses.

Phil


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Subject: RE: traditional Hawiian music in London....
From: GUEST,Digby Hardy
Date: 12 Mar 09 - 07:04 AM

Hi Helen

Your request for Hawaiian music in London has been posted on the European Steel Guitar Forum. http:www.chanos-isgf.org/esgforum

I'm sure one of our members will get back to you soon.

However there are are several get togethers of Hawaiian steel guitar players listed under the Events and meetings button - you may want to attend.

In September there is the Chanos International Steel Guitar Festival in France which will feature Hawaiian as well as Country and Blues players. http://www.chanos-isgf.org

Digby Hardy
Administrator
European Steel Guitar Forum


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Subject: RE: traditional Hawiian music in London....
From: GUEST
Date: 12 Mar 09 - 01:52 PM

Michael Messer is still playing Hawaiian music if you ask (he's playing Hawaiian since the 80', was on the Mike Cooper's band):
http://www.michaelmesser.co.uk/

or "The Hula Bluebirds" a current revival band, featuring Martin Wheatly on steel:
http://www.hulabluebirds.co.uk/


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Subject: RE: traditional Hawiian music in London....
From: Folknacious
Date: 12 Mar 09 - 02:25 PM

Used to be the "Prospect of Whitby" pub in the docklands was great on a saturday but that was about 35 years ago ! They had an Hawian band there almost evry Saturday night.

Can you remember if that was the Pearl Hawaiians (the late Bert Scott) who were from the East End? I recently came across a cassette of them made circa 1980 and they were very good!


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Subject: RE: traditional Hawiian music in London....
From: Darowyn
Date: 13 Mar 09 - 11:57 AM

Forwarded message from the European Steel Guitar Forum:-

"Michael Messer is still playing Hawaiian music if you ask (he's playing Hawaiian since the 80', was on the Mike Cooper's band)
Martin Messer

or "The Hula Bluebirds" a current revival band, featuring Martin Wheatly on steel:
http:///
The Hula Bluebirds
Aloha,
Pascal
_________________
http://www.pascal-mesnier.com
http://www.myspace.com/resonatorplayer"


Hope this helps,
Cheers
Dave


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Subject: RE: traditional Hawiian music in London....
From: GUEST,Lawrie
Date: 13 Jan 13 - 09:46 PM

I can remember the hawiian band at the Prospect 46 years ago, they used to play music to rugby songs and everybody was singing the atmosphere was unbelievable. About 15 years ago I was drinking in a pub in New Cross and was talking to an unfortunate guy who had been involved in a road accident and was partially crippled with some brain damage he told me his name was Butch and he used to be a member of that band and also some years earlier before the accident the Queen had requested them to appear at her garden party. Unfortunately I have not seen the guy since.


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