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    I've been playing in a duo for three years, intermittently. My partner is a lot younger than me and still has a lot of wanderlust in her sou;. But when we play together, magic happens. She is a natural talent, learning mostly on her own, intent on being true to her spirit and inspiration without affecting it through the influence of training. Reminds me a lot of me and how I learned.

    We've done a lot of busking and quite a few regular gigs. Both these ventures entailed playing mostly covers. Our repertoire includes swing tunes, Sixties songs, and a few more recent numbers. We much prefer playing our original songs - a hard row to hoe but much more satisfying, personally. The combination of mandolin and ukulele creates a trebly setting that may seem unusual at first, but produces an airy, dreamy quality that can be haunting and, we hope, enjoyable and memorable.

    Here is a video from The 8th Annual Key West Musicians Festival Sept 22, 2018. Just as we were arriving the skies opened and rain poured for an unusually long time, nearly twenty minutes. But as they say, it wouldn't be a festival if it weren't for the rain.

    This is one of Luna's lovely original songs, "Evergreen." It reminds me somehow of Led Zeppelin's acoustic songs, evoking fairies and wood sprites and the like. It often takes her a little bit to settle into a tempo for her ukulele and key for her voice, but she gets there. Worth the bit of patience. Enjoy!



    We have several audio clips up at soundcloud, videos at my youtube channel, both and more at our booking page, and naturally, facebook. I hope you like what you hear and see.
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    ''.........but produces an airy, dreamy quality that can be haunting and, we hope, enjoyable and memorable.''

    indeed it is airy and dreamy, ...a VERY interesting sound ...just lovely ..some wonderful finger-picking on the uke and some equally creative mando accompaniment in the turnaround . very engaging vocal ideas ....

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    SANTA CATALINA is sooo sweet . I love the water lapping in the recording and again , the combination of the Uke and mando is such a beautiful surprise . ...and Luna's timeless vocal is the icing on the whole musical cake , IMHO .....really enjoyed this , Loons .

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    Thanks! We were having a bit of silly fun. We hope that translates to the audience. Well, it did for you!

    Yes, her fingerpicking is an unusual approach to playing ukulele. It's somehow a stronger accompaniment than strumming, and gives me a bit more freedom to devise my parts to complement her.
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    We've entered our song "Evergreen" in NPR's Tiny Desk Contest. You can see it here

    Or go here and pop Zee Loons into the search field

    It's pretty exciting to see your entry on the interweb like that. Then you start scrolling down through all the recent entries, page after page from just today, and give up on having the patience to scroll past them all to get to yours from three days ago, being suitably humbled by the vast number of entries, grasping how difficult it is to stand out from the multitudes ...

    Well, wish us luck anyway!

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    Nice!
    Because mine has eight, does that make it twice as cool as a ukulele?

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    I wish you luck. And thanks for posting this, as I was unaware of the tiny desk contest despite being a big tiny desk concert fan.

    Now that I am aware of the contest, the YouTube is recommending me TDC videos. All I can say is, wow, there is tough competition.

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    Well I now have a new earworm. I guess that's as good a compliment as any.
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    Wow, after watching a few of your videos, I am impressed, Journeybear. You have a very nice combination going there. Hope you don't mind if I share them with the Ukulele Underground forum - I think they'd enjoy The Loons a lot, too!

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