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Wahine Ilikea MP3 - Dominator & Kirby Keough

A few years back on one of our trips to Kauai I met Kirby Keough playing at Joe’s on the Green in Poi Pu. We chatted a bit on his break and since it was Christmas time he invited me to play Mele Kalikimaka with him. That was is 2002. We didn’t cross paths again until this last November on our vacation to Kauai. We had dinner at Joe’s on the Thursday evening before flying home the next day and Kirby was gigging that night.

Kirby is a wonderful human being and a true musician. He has a wonderful voice and can play all the Hawaiian standards with an enormous amount of feeling and passion (That's when he's not ripping up some Hendrix on his Stratocaster). He is fortunate enough to be able to live on Kauai and support his family by playing the music he loves. He can even choose whether he wants to play on Saturdays or not as this is his “free day”.

Long story even longer. He sent me a CD of him playing with Kaui Low, his dear friend and amazing guitarist and ukulele player, who suddenly passed away last year. The CD contained all of their favorite Hawaiian standards. He told me to learn the songs and he would “test me” next year when we return to Kauai. I told him that I really liked Wahine Ilikea and asked him to record it and send it to me. I received the file today and added an ukulele track with the Spruce Top Tenor.

I sure wish I was living in Kauai because I know Kirby and I would have a ball putting some stuff together. I hope you enjoy it as much as I am.

Wahine Ilikea

Soprano Prototype Completed

I completed my first "Soprano Prototype" over the past weekend. Here are some of the specs:

13.5” scale length
Aquila Strings
High quality gold friction tuners
Walnut top, back and sides
Walnut peg head overlay with MOP logo
Rosewood fretboard and bridge
Width at nut = 1 ½”
12 frets clear, 17 frets total
Bwb fiber single ring rosette
Tru-Oil Finish

My assessment is that it sounds pretty good but lacks that “something special” that makes you say “I’ve just got to have this baby”. I’m really pleased with the way it looks and it should sound better with time.

Here are a couple pics and a sound sample of picking and strumming.

Soprano Top
Soprano Back
Soprano Sound Sample