A relatively new addition to my many performing personas is “Fricknadorable” a duo with my wife Audra. Back in 2010 Audra picked up a ukulele in a music store and learned a few chords on the spot. Since then, she has amassed an impressive selection of songs using her already well-trained voice (her main artistic passion is theatre). Long-time friend Mickey Maguire – who just also happens to be the publisher of Ukulele Player Magazine – helped us select a uke to get her started, and it has been amazing to me to see just how quickly Audra has picked things up.
Our cumulative musical tastes cover a lot of ground. My folk/blues background merges with Audra’s love of quirky songs and ballads. We have a complete set of traditional and Irish songs. We both have a fondness for the 80s songs we grew up listening to, before music was too self-conscious and over-marketed. We also cover the occasional hit from the 90s and the new millennium. Having someone else to sing with opens up possibilities for performance, supporting another artist as a guitarist helps with my own growth as a performer. I’ve even been able to work in some of my electro stuff here and there.
Through Local Music Collective jams and open mic appearances, we’ve worked out a very entertaining set of standards, pop and novelty setlist that is now beginning to turn into its own (adorable) animal. Look for us at a venue or private party near you.
Our name comes from the general response that the uke receives, and that we get as a couple. Though, if you know our sense of humor and witness our stage banter, you soon realize this is no Yoko Ono situation. And who knows how “adorable” things will remain once we work out some new tunes on the electric uke!
“Listening to you and Audra was truly one of the high points of our week; thanks so much for the invite. To say the two of you are fricknadorable is such an understatement!” Al and Laura (after seeing us at Brews N’ Bytes)