The ukulele was purchased new in 1930 by a wealthy man for his wife, Elizabeth's 30th birthday present. She felt it was too good to play so she locked in a security closet and only ever got it out for special occasions such as birthdays and anniversaries. She regularly played a much cheaper ukulele which she kept around the house. In later years her husband passed away and she developed Alzheimer's disease and was placed into care by her relatives. All her personal belongings were placed in storage for more many years including the prized ukulele. Finally she died in 1998 at the age of 98. Her belongings remained in storage for several more years until the family decided to sell everything including the 5K ukulele, which I purchased directly from her grandson. This means that although the instrument is 90 years old it is only now being played for the first time. It beautiful in every way and the memory of Elizabeth lives on through it.
Tony Leonard is an Australian musician and he appears at ukulele festivals around the country as 'AJ Leonard'. He is a multi-instrumentalist and plays piano, guitar, mandolin, bouzouki, ukulele and banjo but these days he concentrates on uke.
to feature him on your HumbleUker pages!
PS A few weeks ago we had the first Melbourne Ukulele Festival. I took loads of photos and videos and will be uploading them in the weeks to come.