Shelley Rickey plays "Tonight, You Belong to Me" on her handmade cigar-box ukulele


41 Responses to “Shelley Rickey plays "Tonight, You Belong to Me" on her handmade cigar-box ukulele”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Boxbrown, try Janet Kllein’s version of this song on youtube-she sings it in a very period 20s mode(as well as gives a tutorial on how to play this very song, that methinks this woman has watched too). More fun.

  2. weatherman says:

    shelleyrickey; you are deservedly “obnoxiously proud” of your creation, but that uke still does a disservice to your voice.

  3. Maddy says:

    #8 — guess we’ll be seeing you at Pink Panther 2, or maybe one of the father of the bride movies.

  4. kiddr01 says:

    cute girls with ukes are really starting to get on my tits – where are they all coming from!! is there a school or something!

  5. hg says:

    Captivating video. Great voice !

  6. Anonymous says:

    I have zero problem with Shelley’s voice. In fact, this is the first voice I’ve heard in quite a while that would draw me to the store to buy her albums.

  7. David Newland says:


    I do love seeing the bookends of the contemporary uke experience – from Jake to the web-cam uke players – I’m just keen to see some credit given to the people who have been dedicating themselves to this most delightful of instruments all along.

  8. Patrick Dodds says:

    Neat. And nice voice too.

  9. artbot says:


  10. Maddy says:

    ah, reminds me of when Steve Martin was funny and smart …

  11. Mark Frauenfelder says:

    David, you might enjoy a blog I started about five years ago, called

  12. Slicklines says:

    Epic win. Perfect for a Directory of Wonderful Things.

  13. richlb says:

    Where’s the trumpet solo?

  14. ill lich says:

    Yeah “you haoles”. . . it’s pronounced “cavaquinho-tuned-incorrectly.” ;)

  15. se7a7n7 says:

    yea, I was waiting for Bernadette Peters to pop up with her trumpet.

  16. Tyro Prate says:

    Along the same lines, here’s an Instructable on how to build a cookie tin banjo. The author’s comments are pretty funny, too.

  17. arkizzle says:

    The torrents of cute ukers will continue unabated, and no body will get hurt!

  18. Takuan says:

    Dear Miss Rickey:
    I would consider it an honour to consume your Eternal Soul. (In a non-creepy way of course).

  19. ShelleyRickey says:

    Wow, Thanks Mark for posting me on BoingBoing….Neato!!!

    And thanks for all the compliments everybody…

  20. Anonymous says:

    beautiful, thankyou cigar box ukulele girl!

  21. stuiethegod says:

    Somebody give this girl some zither pins, I be she has to re-tune that thing all the time.

    Otherwise, it’s an awesome uke.

  22. arkizzle says:

    Shelley, you rock!!

  23. grimc says:

    Yeah, but is it ha-WAI-ee or ha-VAI-ee?

  24. Anonymous says:

    Can you haoles please learn to pronounce it correctly?

    It’s not YEW-ka-lay-lay!

    It’s OO-ka-lay-lay.

  25. Mark Frauenfelder says:

    Steve Martin is, in my opinion, as funny and smart as he ever was.

  26. boxbrown says:

    Can someone please find a chick playing a ukulele that doesn’t feature a mock-soul sounding voice? American Idol has penetrated the alt-ukulele scene, sadly.

  27. jimh says:

    I dunno about the rest of ya’s, but I cannot get enough of the cute girls with OOks! Keep ‘em coming, Mark!

  28. yri says:

    OMG, I fell in love with her even before I heard her voice, but then even more when I did!

  29. Jake von Slatt says:

    Give that lady a steampunk cake! Delightful!

  30. Anonymous says:

    Pretty girl!!

  31. Anonymous says:

    She’s beyond cute: She’s edible.

  32. shanespeal says:

    There’s free plans: How to build a cigar box guitar – Click the Plans tab.

    Songs Inside the Box, the cigar box guitar documentary:

    Cigar Box Guitar recordings:

  33. hadlock says:

    Note, don’t use the make magazine instructions word for word, they suggest gluing the neck to the top of the box(!!) I made my first one using their plans, but there’s a 100% increase in satisfaction when you create the throat joint so the neck goes through the body instead of on top of it. Hers is constructed pretty well, but I’d probably go with some real tuners and some metal frets(transmits vibration better, gives better tone).

  34. David Newland says:

    It’s great for all us uke players to see our fellow aficionados getting all this attention.

    Still, I can’t help but wonder, in looking at your link list and casting my mind back over other uke posts:

    Are you favouring a certain sort of geek chic aesthetic in which the uke features mostly as a cute novelty?

    Draw the box wide: the uke is a real instrument with a long history and a vital presence in many musicians’ lives.

    It is much more than a novelty or a recent web fad. Its proponents come in all shapes, sizes, and sexes and there is much more to it than lo-fi home-made charm.

    As much as I love this lo-fi home-made charm!

  35. Anonymous says:

    I am so in love! But not in a creepy way, honest. If only a smart talented pretty soulful woman like this would cross my path in RL… Post more of her and her creations, and anyone else remotely this wonderful.

  36. Jack says:

    This was excellent!

  37. Mr_Orion says:

    Please, marry me.

  38. Mark Frauenfelder says:

    What, David, you want me to show amateurs like this fumble fingered guy?

  39. Antinous / Moderator says:

    Hey! Male hotties can play the uke, too.

  40. David Newland says:

    Thanks Mark! I feel a whole lot better for that Smeck-down!

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