I wanted to create this blog as a place where I can store and retrieve information for future reference. I chose the name Humble Uker Ramblings because I have started out strumming my father's 1950's painted Harmony ukulele. I think that the greatest appeal of the ukulele as "the people's instrument" is it's humble simplicity. My contact email is HumbleUker@gmail.com. I have also been working on a blog for the Baritone Ukulele called Humble Baritonics.
It's was on a snowy winter morning that Carole Facal (a.k.a Caracol) came up with her first muse for «Blanc Mercredi.» In the comfort of her cozy studio, surrounded by her faithful instruments, she wrote interminably... Inspired by winter images, love poems, paintings and Art Deco books, the songs started to rise. French and English lyrics were given beautiful folk, pop, alternative and retro-soul melodies and arrangements. From this enchanting, slightly chaotic universe, emerged a collection of hypersensitive songs where sophisticated vocal harmonies, resonator guitars, ukuleles, old amplifiers and percussion of all kinds remind you that beauty still exists and that certainties, as rare as they are, are a beautiful thing.
Born in Quebec to a Swiss mother and a Uruguayan father, she grew up in a family of music lovers and studied the violin as a child. In her teenage years, she pursued another passion: snowboarding. For 6 years, she crisscrossed America and Europe to participate in the circuits of "half-pipe" and "big air" competitions. A series of lucky events finally brought her to songwriting and back to Montreal, where her music career has been blooming since 2005.
Released in 2008, her first solo album "L'arbre aux parfums" has won Caracol much praise. She received the "Radio-Canada REVELATION" title for 2009. She also won the PRIX MIROIR 2009, SODEC/ RIDEAU European Jury Prize, and was nominated for the JUNO AWARDS 2009, ADISQ 2009, and CANADIAN FOLK MUSIC AWARDS 2009.