UkePrints – Sarah Maisel & Craig Chee – Lips

Photo: Jon Benallack
Photo: Jon Benallack
Sarah and Craig with their Kanile’a ‘Ukuleles

Today we are joined by the “Wonder Twins” of the ‘ukulele, Craig Chee and Sarah Maisel. Both are talented ‘ukulele players in their own right but together they have created a unique blend of Craig’s pop-folk style and Sarah’s jazz influences. Since taking the form of a duo in 2013 they have toured internationally both as performers and teachers, with several album releases including their latest crowd funded album: Scene 1, Take 1. Craig and Sarah are also both wonderful singers and always have beautiful harmonies in their vocal duets. With their sweet and endearing stage banter, you cant help but feel the warm and fuzzys.

Latest release: Scene 1, Take 1

Today we hear the duo play one of Craig’s originals titled Lips back from 2013. You can really hear their personalities and stylization as they trade the main theme in the beginning of the song. Craig’s lightening fast right creates the general texture for the song as Sarah paints the song with ornate chord substitutions (0:17). Working through the fun and whimsical lyrics with occasional harmonies, both ‘ukuleles compliment not only each other but the vocals as well. Sarah takes the first solo at (1:42), slowly moving into a Lyle Ritz style chord solo. Craig shows his chops again too as he gives two clean, light-handed and fast rolls (2:41). They then gently lay the song down in a soft yet perfectly tasteful way.

You can visit Craig and Sarah’s website here!

UkePrints is a curated playlist of some essential ukulele tracks that all ukulele player should listen to. These songs have left a legacy for future players and in essence, sound impressions of the ‘ukulele or what I like to call them: UkePrints.


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