Solo Ukulele Christmas album (“Silent Night”)

There are countless feasts and holidays celebrated around the world each year. To the best of my knowledge, however, none of them have musical traditions which are nearly as rich and far-reaching as those of Christmas.

The carols on this CD have been shared and enjoyed every December for hundreds of years. They have transcended geographic, political, and linguistic boundaries. I have elected to present them here on the ukulele, partially as a demonstration of my firm belief that music also transcends the perceived boundaries between different instruments, and partially because it simply seemed like something fun to do.

If you’d like, you can listen to the entire album, or watch me play the pieces on my solo ukulele YouTube channel.

Track listing:

  1. Good King Wenceslas
  2. Angels We have Heard on High
  3. It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
  4. O Come all Ye Faithful
  5. Jolly Old St. Nicholas
  6. Away in a Manger (both melodies)
  7. Silent Night
  8. Joy to the World
  9. Coventry Carol
  10. O Holy Night
  11. The First Noel
  12. We Wish You a Merry Christmas

Running time: 29:32

Price: $15
(includes shipping)

Physical copies of this recording are currently out-of-stock. You can purchase MP3 downloads here:

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6 Responses to Solo Ukulele Christmas album (“Silent Night”)

  1. Benji–

    Heard of your solo Christmas carol CD on the uke at the Monroe Crossing New Year’s show at the Sheldon in Red Wing, but took until now for me to find the program with my note of your web site. . . . Have been watching and listening for the past hour — such FINE music.

    Question: It is possible to get a “gift pack” of the uke carols yet? 3 for $35.00?

    • Mike,

      Glad you’ve been enjoying my music. Sorry your message fell through the proverbial cracks until now. Unfortunately, I ran low on Christmas CD inventory early this year, and didn’t really anticipate more orders until closer to the holidays. I’ll be doing another manufacturing run sometime in the next few months, but I don’t currently even have enough inventory for a gift pack.

      I’ll send a note out to my e-mail list when the CD is available again (there’s a sign-up widget in the upper-right corner of this web site). If you wouldn’t mind replying to that message, and reminding me of this conversation, I’d be happy to sell you a 3-pack. :)

  2. Elizabeth Robinson

    Very beautiful baritone ukulele. What models do you play? No doubt, you have answered that question earlier. And will you now (in 2014) manufacturer more CDs of “Silent Night”? That would be fantastic for Xmas 2014. I am a former guitarist (teenage and college days) turning now to the baritone ukulele in my middle age (smile). I love the Christmas song “O Holy Night” and was looking for instrumental versions of it on YouTube (in baritone ukulele) and found your rendition. Wonderful you made an entire Xmas album. I am resisting the MP3 revolution for now, so if you do make more CDs, count me in.

    • Thanks for the kind words! My uke is a Lanikai baritone model number LU-21T, re-strung for octave mandolin tuning (GDAE). I am definitely planning to manufacture more physical CDs later this year, at which point I’ll send an announcement to my email list, and update this page accordingly. :)

  3. Hello. Just wondering what strings you use for the Baritone in this tuning?? I have seen recommendations on a mix of uke strings along with classical guitar strings. I have Aquila on mine now, and retuned it back to DGBE, as I am trying to sell it. Maybe I’ll change my mind. I really like the Christmas album.

    • Hi Wes,

      The truth is, I’m not sure exactly what kind of strings were on the uke when I’ve recorded it, and I’ve changed them since then. I think my 1st-string might be an Aquila (not sure what type), but the others are D’Addario classical guitar strings.

      I believe the gauges of the wound strings I’m using now are 45, 35, and 28, but I think my unwound 1st-string is a 30 or a 32.

      Hope that’s helpful. :)

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